Etihad Rail has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dubai Industrial City for the development of a rail terminal within the United Arab Emirates city.
The deal was signed by Nasser Al Mansoori, CEO of Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, and Abdulla Khalifa Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Industrial City, an industrial park. It specifies the logistics for the location of the terminal, which will be part of the second stage of the development of the UAE’s national rail network. The terminal will be 55 square kilometers and will be equipped with container, automotive and bulk-handling facilities.
“We look forward to working closely with Dubai Industrial City to develop one of Etihad Rail’s main public freight terminals, and to exploring opportunities with its growing portfolio of customers from the automotive industry,” Al Mansoori said in a written statement.
“We are delighted that Etihad Rail has selected Dubai Industrial City as the location for one of the main stations in the emirate,” Belhoul said. “The decision is further evidence of the key strategic role Dubai Industrial City plays as a hub for the manufacturing and logistics industry on both a local and regional scale.”
Belhoul also noted that Dubai Industrial City is located near Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Free Zone and has access to two major highways, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road.