New rail route to slash UAE-Oman travel times

New rail route to slash UAE-Oman travel times

The network will cut travel time between the two countries to 47 minutes

An agreement has been signed between the UAE and Oman to establish a railway network between the two countries.

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE National Rail Network, has entered into a deal with Oman Rail to establish an equally owned company that will be called the Oman-Etihad Rail Company.

With an investment of more than AED11 billion, the route spanning 303km will connect Oman's Sohar Port to the UAE's rail network.

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The state-of-the-art passenger trains will travel at a maximum speed of 200km/h, slashing travel time from Sohar to Abu Dhabi to one hour and 40 minutes, and from Sohar to Al Ain to 47 minutes. Meanwhile, freight trains will run at speeds of up to 120km/h.


This joint venture is an extension of the longstanding collaboration between Oman Rail and Etihad Rail. The two parties aim to unlock new opportunities by strengthening commercial exchange and social cohesion, connecting key urban centres, facilitating travel between communities and providing transport solutions between industrial zones in Oman and the UAE.

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