Etihad Rail Joins Hands With UAE’s Military—What This Means For The Freight Industry?
There is a lot of buzz surrounding the rail network in the UAE. Etihad Rail, the chief operator and prime developer of the country’s railway network has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Armed Forces of UAE. While this automatically spells tighter security norms and more safety, it also spells great news for the logistics industry.
As per the memorandum signed, the Armed forces will now gain primary control over all installations and facilities that comes within the bracket of the agreement. The means that stations, depots, yards as well as terminals will all be covered within its scope.
What’s more is that Etihad Rail will now offer linkage for five main logistical centres of the military that had been under the purview of the Defense Ministry and the Armed Forces, until now. This means that transport of freight over rail routes, now becomes all the more safe. This, however, means that more regulatory norms and practices will follow the same though. With the immense growth of the logistical sectors in the country, this is not set to pose much trouble though.
The CEO, Eng. Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Ethhad rail quipped, “The MoU is now a major milestone for UAE’s national railway project and will also ensure safety and the security of our entire infrastructure.” Etihad Rail will soon be available in full force to passenger and freight alike over 1200 kilometres across the country. Thus, it is evident how this will go on to seal trade ties and encourage further economic development throughout the UAE, in the near future. More so, this is anticipated to be a major link on the GCC network too.