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Old June 18th, 2013, 07:42 AM   #1
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GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL | Inter-country Railways

GCC Railway Authority may be established by 2014













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what is GCC !? >>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coopera...es_of_the_Gulf
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GCC rail network approved

GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) transport ministers have approved a US$ 11 billion railway network that will link the six Gulf states - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - according to Qatar daily Gulf Times.
The results of a feasibility study for the 1500 km-long network will now be submitted to the Gulf leaders' summit due to be held in Muscat in December.
The proposed GCC rail network will begin in Kuwait and go to Muscat via Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE, said the report.A study to connect it with Yemen also is underway.

Qatar's Minister of Business and Trade, Sheikh Fahad bin Jassim al-Thani, was reported as saying, "The study has been approved in principle and will be submitted to the upcoming GCC summit.
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Qatar Railway.............http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=696464

UAE Railway...............http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=541672

Saudi Arabia Railway...http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=455078

Kuwait-Israel Railway..http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=669902 (I'M NOT sure about it )

Oman and Bahrain still Dont know~
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Special report: GCC rail

by CW Staff on Feb 10, 2014



The potential for rail projects in the GCC has been talked about for years, and the numbers associated with the market seem to grow exponentially as new projects are announced.

In 2012, the organisers of the Middle East rail conference, Terrapin, estimated the size of the market to be around $108bn. This year, that had increased to $250bn, the company said, as it opened the 2014 event in Dubai last week.

The jump is hardly surprising, given that 2013 was the year in which a couple of the biggest projects actually got to a stage where contractors were appointed.

Qatar Rail in May appointed three consortia and project managers as part of $15bn worth of deals agreed for work for the Doha Metro, and in Riyadh contractors and project managers were appointed for the $23.5bn metro project which will be the biggest project of its kind under construction anywhere in the world.

Elsewhere, metro projects in Jeddah and Makkah move closer to the construction stage, whereas the complex plan to build out six national rail initiatives at the same time and join them together is moving at different speeds within each individual country.

The UAE’s Minster of Public Works and chairman of its National Transport Authority, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, recently admitted that it is

possible that some of the countries may not hit their targets.

“We have aimed for the GCC rail (network) to be up and running by 2018,” he said. “In last October’s ministerial meeting in Bahrain, we realised that some of the GCC countries would probably witness a delay in their programmes.

“The question was, if some of the GCC countries delay their activities, do the rest delay or postpone their works as well?”

Delays are evident in other areas, too - whether this is in designs for systems being created from nothing taking longer to complete than expected, tendered projects such as phase 2 of Etihad Rail taking longer to award than anticipated (see interview, p.26), or projects currently being built taking longer to finish than anticipated (Haramain Rail), there is plenty of evidence that for all of the potential rewards firms can land from a major contract award, there is also plenty of risk.

Some of these are likely to exacerbate as more projects move from design to construction phase. Speaking at Middle East Rail, Etihad Rail’s acting executive commercial director, John Lesniewiski, said: “The biggest challenge that I think will come in the future is that as we are all developing these rail networks simultaneously, there will probably be a slight push on resources available in the Middle East.

“It does offer opportunities for many companies to come into the market and provide construction planning, programme management, actual construction, operating … there’s many aspects to the railway that are not here yet.”

A report by EC Harris in November last year stated that the region’s mega-projects were adding around $50bn a year to the GCC’s current construction bill. Of the 117 expected to have a value of $1tn between 2014-2020, 22% related to transport.

Qatar, in particular, faces a steep rise in spending over the next three years, which the firm predicted could lead to dramatic inflation in construction costs.

“There will be intense competition between Middle East countries, as well as with other emerging markets, for the necessary labour and material resource to deliver these major programmes,” said the firm’s head of infrastructure, Alistair Kirk.

“International contractors winning major programme contracts in the Middle East may find it difficult to attract unskilled labour and skilled construction professionals on the scale required to successfully complete contracts on time.”

M. Vasanth Kumar, Group CEO of Qatar-based Al Malki Holding, said: “In my opinion, the key to building so many massive infrastructure projects in tandem within a short period is to ensure seamless availability of resources, adequate facilities to support those resources during their stay and simple, but effective approval processes during various stages of construction.”

In this special report we’ll take a look at where many of the GCC’s light and heavy rail projects currently stand, and hear from those responsible for delivering them.

United Arab Emirates

Etihad Rail
As outlined in-depth in during this week’s interview with Etihad Rail CEO Dr Nasser Saif Al-Mansoori (see p. 26), the first of three phases of the $10.8bn Etihad Rail project is drawing to a close.

Speaking at Middle East Rail last week, acting executive commercial director John Lesniewski said that phase one, which runs from a sulphur granulating plant at Habshan owned by Abu Dhabi National Oil Co to the Port of Ruwais, will be operational “some time by the end of 2014.”

Lesniewski said the development of the network had been a challenge as the entire thing has had to be created from scratch at the same time as co-ordinating with other GCC members over their own efforts. It has commissioned around 10 separate studies from consultants over various aspects of the development, which led to it breaking the work into three phases.

And although the second phase has been a long time in gestation – tenders were first issued in 2011, with a view to starting on site in 2012 and have yet to be awarded - this comprises the bulk of the network and the vital link to the wider GCC route from the Saudi border via Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Lesniewski added: “The tenders have been evaluated and we are close to awarding those. We anticipate construction will start between now and the summer and we are definitely on line to completing that work by 2018.”

The third and final stage will link the northern Emirates to industrial areas and will be used in the first instance to carry aggregates from the northern mountains.

Dubai light rail
The GCC’s first (and still only) metro system operating to date is soon set to undergo expansion following Dubai’s 2020 Expo win, according to the CEO of the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) rail arm, Abdullah Yousef Al Ali.

“We did not finalise the alignment but we are tendering the project very soon so we can finish before Expo 2020,” he told Middle East Rail, with one report suggesting that tenders could be issued by April. “It will be around 10-15km, depending on the alignment.” A further 2-4 stops are likely to be added.

This extension will push out from Jebel Ali to the Expo site next to the new Al Maktoum International Airport – effectively providing a direct connection between both city airports. At the other end, meanwhile, Al Ali added that work was progressing on a 3.5km extension bringing the red line from its Rashadiya terminus out to Mirdif City Centre Mall.

“Another project we will complete before 2020 is the extension of the Green Line, which is 20.6km. It will extend to Al Jaddaf, with 11 stations serving areas such as International City, Academic City and Dubai Silicon Oasis.”

Al Ali said that since the formation of the RTA in 2005 to promote greater public transport use, the percentage of journeys has increased from 6% to 13% last year, with journey numbers climbing from 163mn to 330mn. It is targeting an increase to 20% of all journeys by 2020 and 30% by 2030.

This will be facilitated by the new Al Sufouh Tramway, for which test runs began earlier this month. Al Ali said phase one should start in November 2014 and contain 11 stations along 10.4km of track. It will be linked to Dubai Metro at a couple of locations, including Dubai Marina station.

A second phase, set to complete by 2020, will add a further seven stations and 5km, linking the Burj Al Arab area and Mall of The Emirates.

Saudi Arabia & Bahrain

Heavy Rail
Saudi Arabia is the one country in the GCC with experience of operating heavy rail systems, with the first systems being built in the 19th Century and the Saudi Railways Organisation operating a line between Dammam in the Eastern Province and Riyadh for Saudi Aramco since 1951.

HE Mohammad Khalid Al Suwaiket, president of Saudi Railways Organisation, said that it had been in business since 1951, and that rail was “the most efficient form of transportation”.

It is already contributing towards the Kingdom’s economic growth, and with the addition of further projects linking from Ras Al Khair in the North via Jubail to Dammam and from Jeddah in the West to Riyadh via the 1,000km Saudi Landbridge project, he argues the network’s expansion could play a major part in the Kingdom’s efforts for economic diversification.

Ras Al Khair, for instance, is a new minerals city linked to nearby mining facilities that will produce aluminium, phosphates, copper and other commodities for which low-cost shipping to ports and major cities will be vital.

The Kingdom’s rail projects are at various phases of development. The $11.1bn Haramain High Speed passenger rail line linking the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah and the new King Abdullah Economic City was meant to be nearing conclusion, but is running around a year behind schedule. Al Suwaiket told Middle East Rail that the 450km-long line, which will be capable of speeds of up to 350km/h, is currently around 50% complete.

The Saudi Landbridge project, meanwhile, is progressing with a $37mn contract to design the line awarded to Italferr in August last year.

Italferr’s Middle East manager, Luca Beccastrini, told CW that it already has 35-40 engineers working on the project, and that it will send the first batch of Saudi engineers to Italy for training later this month as part of a programme that will boost skills in the Kingdom.

Meanwhile, the line set to form the backbone of the GCC network, linking from Kuwait in the North to the UAE in the South via Qatar and Bahrain, is “now in the design phase”, according to Al Suwaiket.

In 2014, we will decide on the design to make sure we are ready to deliver by 2018,” he added.

A feasibility study on linking the rail network to Bahrain via a bridge is currently underway, but is expected to be finished within six months.

Riyadh Metro
As already mentioned, the $23.5bn contracts awarded for Riyadh Metro last year made it the biggest metro construction project anywhere in the world. It is split into six lines being carried out by three consortiums overlooked by two project management groups (see diagram).

A Bechtel-led group containing Consolidated Contractors Corp (CCC), Almabani Contractors and Siemens has the biggest deal for lines 1 and 2, containing 42 of the network’s 85 stations, including the main KAFD stop.

“It’s one of the biggest EPC contracts Bechtel has had in its history,” the company’s EMEA president, David Welch, tells Construction Week.

The contracts were announced in July last year, and Bechtel received its notice to proceed in November. Since then, the firm has been working on an eight month-long design period before starting work on a four-year construction element, which will be followed by a four-month testing and commissioning period ahead of the metro opening in 2019.

“We have begun our mobilisation efforts and we’ve opened our office. The initial engineering design works is already underway at a number of locations around the world, but we are also staffing up here in the Kingdom,” he added.

Further announcements about the timing of the works and likely construction date starts will be handled by the Arriyadh Development Authority, but Welch thinks that they will be made soon.

“I don’t think you’ll have to wait too long to see us,” he said.

The other two consortia working on the project include an Ansaldo/Salini Impregilo-led group completing a $6bn project for the longest line (line 3) and a group led by Spanish contractor FCC completing lines 3, 4 and 5.

Welch said the project is seen as key to the economic development of Riyadh. In 1977, just after Washington DC opened its Metro system, both cities had around 600,000 residents. The US capital’s population has stayed at around the same level since (although its transport system has extended). Riyadh, meanwhile, has seen a ten-fold increase in its population to around 6mn and still doesn’t have a public transport system of any note.

Jeddah Metro
The Kingdom’s second-biggest city has had plans in the pipeline for a metro system for many years, with a masterplan initially developed in 2008 subsequently abandoned for being outdated, according to Jeddah Metro Co’s director of studies & design, Dr. Osama I. Abdouh.
Speaking at Middle East Rail, Abdouh said that the old masterplan didn’t take new schemes like Kingdom Tower into account.

He added that work has picked up pace since a ministerial decree issued last year to provide government funding for metro and light rail projects in major cities including Jeddah, Makkah, Madinah and Dammam was passed.

He also said that the initial cost of the project has been estimated at $12bn (SR45bn), with the caveat that this could change as it progresses.

Ibrahim Kutubkhana, CEO of the Jeddah Metro Company, said that Jeddah’s population is growing quickly. It currently stands at 3.8mn, but is expected to reach 6.2mn within 20 years.
“The city right now is experiencing a lot of challenges,” he said, citing congestion as a problem.

The solution set to be implemented by Jeddah Metro Co, which is a joint venture between the Municipality and Jeddah Urban Regeneration Co, is a proper integrated transport mega-project that will include metro, tram and commuter rail elements with a combined length of 293km, a 750km-long bus system with more than 3,000 stops, ferries and taxis.

“The design has already started, and we expect the construction will start next year,” he said.

“We have a mandate to complete the construction within six years, which is 2020. So we have a lot of challenges we have to meet. We expect the participation of all major companies in our project so we can meet those and work together as partners to develop this,” he said.

Oman
Heavy Rail

The first major step forward in the development of Oman’s $15bn national rail project was taken in August last year, when the Ministry of Transport and Communications announced that it had awarded a $36.5mn contract to design the country’s 2,200km-long network from scratch to Italferr.

Oman National Railways Co’s Abdulrahman Al Hatmi pointed out at Middle East Rail that the network is one of the main pillars of the Sultanate’s economic development policy as it allows for the integration and expansion of key coastal ports such as Sohar, Duq’m and Salalah.

There will also be links to areas where new cities are expected to flourish.
Al Hatmi said that Oman faced a tougher challenge in delivering its aspect of the projects than other GCC states as a result of the terrain, which has more mountains and valleys than surrounding countries.

He added, however, that it had to ensure that its costs were kept in check in order for it to remain competitive in the long term against alternatives such as moving freight by road or sea.

“We need to develop this in the best way possible and not waste any resources,” he said. “We also need to develop human resources and to ensure we have the skills required.”

Italferr’s Middle East manager Luca Beccastrini told CW that this is already in hand. Although the official signing ceremony for the contract only took place last Wednesday (5 February), ten Omanis had already left for Italy for a 40-day training project aimed at boosting their rail engineering knowledge.

He said that Italferr is currently at a “very intensive” phase of the design process, with engineers who had worked on high-speed projects in Italy transferring to this and the Saudi Landbridge

contract. Designs for the entire Oman network are being undertaken under a 25-month contract and are due to complete by January 2016.

“We have an important target to reach. We will do our best to respect it,” said Beccastrini.
Some 29 firms submitted bids to project manage the line in August 2013, including Aecom, Parsons, China CREC and Hill International.

The Ministry is expected to announce its decision soon and to appoint contractors later this year with a view to starting on site by Q4 2014.

Kuwait
Heavy Rail

A $10bn national railway network and a $7bn metro network for Kuwait city have been touted for some time – they were part of the Kuwait Development Plan initially passed by the country’s parliament in 2010 , but then the subject of a series of political machinations before finally being approved in 2013.

As a result, initial plans by the Transport Ministry to award Metro construction contracts by 2011, with a view to completing by 2016, have had to be redrawn.

Kuwait is aiming for its 511km rail network, which will link its ports and major airport with the wider GCC project, to be ready in time for the 2018 deadline, while the Metro is expected to finish by 2020.

“For us, this is a very new project. We are still in the final process of design,” Kuwait’s deputy transport minister Mansour Al Bader, told Middle East Rail.

“We just need to start the tendering process,” he added. “The budget and the allocations have already been made.”

Qatar
Doha Metro

It seems that 2013 was a year of two quite contrasting halves for Qatar Rail in 2013 – specifically for its huge Metro project.

Speaking at CW’s Leaders in Construction in April last year, Qatar Rail’s senior programme director Adrian Shaw set out a clear trajectory for contract awards, with the “imminent” awards for major civil construction packages to be followed within the same year by the appointment of companies providing rolling stock and an operations and maintenance deal being awarded so that the end-user could sit alongside contractors during the construction phase.

A major milestone was hit within the month when four consortia were appointed to build the Red Line North, Red Line South, Green Line and the Major Stations in deals worth a combined $8.2bn.

By June, a number of the consortiums which had bid for the Gold Line – the biggest and most complex of the initial contracts – were being told that they had been unsuccessful. However, the deal subsequently seemed to have stalled and no announcement about the winning consortium has been made since.

By the end of the year, Shaw and a number of other senior team members had departed and the shadow operator had not been appointed, either.

Firms in the market are eagerly awaiting the announcement of further deals, including the M&E package.

The Middle East CEO of Siemens’ infrastructure and cities division, Joerg Scheifler, said “significant progress” was made in 2013, with the majority of civil works packages not only being awarded but starting on site.

“The most interesting Metro topic for this year will be the finalizing of the M&E package for the Doha Metro. Under this package, the rolling stock, signalling and rail electrification systems will be awarded,” he said.

He also argued that the Metro is an integral part of the country’s 2030 National Vision.
“Even without the World Cup, it is vital to build such a rail transport system in order to cope with the increasing traffic activity on the roads. ,” he said.

M. Vasanth Kumar, Group CEO of Al Malki Holding, also said that signs of progress were evident.

“Any visitor to Doha now can easily notice grey coloured site hoardings and white sign boards erected at dozens of rail station sites, which is an indication that construction work has commenced, which is a very good sign indeed.”

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15 May 2014


The memorandum was signed by Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail, and SAR Chief Executive Dr Rumaih bin Muhammad Al Rumaih

MIDDLE EAST: A number of joint committees are to be established by Saudi Railway Company and Etihad Rail to implement best practice in railway projects under a partnership accord signed in Abu Dhabi on May 10.

The two railway companies foresee the partnership forming the basis for a wider programme to develop common technical and operational standards which would apply to railways being developed across the GCC countries.

'We already work closely with our GCC neighbours in an effort to ensure that technical standards and technology for the railway network in the GCC are consistent, and this agreement will pave the way for greater co-operation, collaboration, and the exchange of knowledge with SAR', explained Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail
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Gulf states to study rail sustainability initiatives
Wednesday, January 14, 2015



DELEGATES at this week's Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Rail and Metro conference, hosted by the Oman Ministry and Transport and Communications and the GCC Council, have agreed to prepare a detailed study for the creation of a development fund to promote sustainability in the GCC railway sector

The study will be financed in a partnership between the six GCC member states - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE - and the private sector, and has four key objectives:
  • establish training programmes with on-the-job training and the establishment of a GCC academy for the training and development of a localised skill base, which will utilise existing training institutes
  • establish programmes for specialised railway academic studies, including research and technology development
  • study and establish programmes to localise supporting industries for rail projects, and
  • create a working plan and timeframe to localise supporting industries, knowledge, experience and regional and international experiences to achieve sustainable rail projects
The theme of the conference, held in Muscat, Oman, was sustainable development and speakers from each of the GCC states emphasised the role of their respective railway developments in helping to diversify their countries' economies

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Bahrain - Saudi rail link study nears completion
Friday, January 16, 2015

A feasibility study into the construction of a second causeway between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, which will include the first rail link to Bahrain, will be completed in the first quarter of this year

Ms Maryam Ahmed Jumaan, under-secretary for land transport at the Bahrain Ministry of Transport, told delegates at the GCC Rail and Metro conference in Muscat this week that the study, which is being conducted by SNC Lavalin, is nearing completion and the results will be made public in March

Jumaan revealed to the conference that the study proposes two possible routes for the new 87km link and both would connect with new freight and passenger terminals situated on reclaimed land on either side of the sea, north of the existing road causeway.

It is proposed that the link will comprise of 28km of approach tracks, a 26km causeway and 10km bridge. Trains will travel at up to 120km/h and the study estimates that it could carry up to 143,000 containers in the first year of operation rising to 343,000 in 2030 and 602,000 by 2050. Construction is expected to take five to six years to complete with a provisional opening date of 2022

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Kuwait approves GCC Railway section
Friday, January 23, 2015



KUWAIT's Municipal Council approved construction of the Kuwaiti section of the Gulf States Railway at an extraordinary meeting on January 22

According to the Kuwait News Agency, the council's decision means the Ministry of Communications can begin to coordinate its plans with other government ministries and agencies to finalise an alignment for the route.

The ministry is currently prequalifying consultants for design work on the project and construction is expected to begin next year

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Network to support Western Region’s growing industrial base
The Al-Gharbia region is set to be the first area within the UAE to benefit from the much-anticipated Etihad Railway.

The entire 1,200-kilometre network, connecting major cities and industrial zones throughout the UAE, is not set to be fully complete until 2018. However, phase one of the project, currently under construction in Al-Gharbia, is expected to be partially operational by the end of this year.

The line promises to be a faster way of transporting industrial products, compared with moving goods by road
Etihad Rail’s chief executive officer, Nasser al-Mansoori, confirmed in April that the scheme was running to schedule, with the first trains to operate between the sour gas fields of Habshan to the port of Ruwais before the end of the year. By mid-April, two of the seven locomotives had arrived at the Western Region’s Mussafah port for delivery to Etihad Rail’s base at Mirfa, ready to fire up in the second half of 2013.

The final part of phase 1, which connects the Shah gas fields in Liwa to Ruwais, is expected to be operational by mid-2014.

Boosting economic growth
The line will aid the region’s economic growth by supporting a growing industrial base. The Al-Gharbia regional authorities are aiming to boost the Western Region’s gross domestic product from AED243bn ($66bn) in 2010 to AED500bn by 2030. According to the Western Region Development Council’s Al-Gharbia roadmap, this goal will be met through investments in key industries including hydrocarbons, power generation and infrastructure.

The region contains about 3.2 per cent of the world’s proven gas reserves, and the new railway will help it better exploit its natural resources by transporting granulated sulphur on behalf of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc).

The line promises to be a more fuel-efficient, faster and more environmentally friendly way of transporting industrial products, compared with moving goods by road. There will be seven locomotives operating on the new 264km track, with each featuring 110 wagons and the capacity to transport 11,000 tonnes of sulphur. According to estimates from Etihad Rail, a single freight train can pull up to 400 trucks, the equivalent of making room on the motorways for more than 1,000 cars.

The railway will also support the Ruwais refinery, which is currently undergoing expansion. The facility’s capacity is being increased to 800,000 barrels of oil a day, and is part of parent company Adnoc’s strategy to develop its downstream industry.

The level of confidence in the future success of phase 1 is encouraging; Etihad Rail successfully raised AED4.7bn from international and regional banks earlier this year. The involvement of Adnoc was said to have boosted lender confidence in the potential success of the greenfield scheme.

Al-Gharbia’s race to meet its 2030 objectives will be further fuelled by the second phase of the Etihad Rail project. The 628km phase 2 will connect the region to other major ports and industrial zones in the rest of the UAE. A rail line will link Ruwais to Ghweifat, connecting to the Saudi border. A track running from Tarif to Dubai and Al-Ain will connect to the Omani border. The network will also connect Musaffah port to the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi development, the new Khalifa port and Dubai’s Jebel Ali port.

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Phase 2 is still at a tender phase and bids for the design-and-build packages are currently under evaluation. Consultants are also vying for the phase’s project management consultancy deal.

Phase 3 of the rail network will connect to the northern emirates of Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. Phase 2 is due to be operational by 2017 and phase 3 should be up and running by 2018.

Ultimately, the Etihad railway will connect into the planned GCC network, providing Al-Gharbia with even more connections to regional markets, boosting the region’s exports and imports and further driving its industrial and economic growth.

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Over $200 billion to be invested in GCC Rail project


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More than $200 billion will be invested in the GCC Rail project, providing a good environment to attract companies and capital to the region, the Omani Minister of Transport and Communications has said.
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“Over $200 billion will be invested in over 40,000km of rail across the GCC. This provides a good environment to attract companies, manufactures, human resources and capital to the region,” said Dr. Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Salim Al Futaisi, opening the GCC Rail and Metro Conference 2015 in Muscat, Oman, yesterday.

Held under the auspices of Sayyid Shihab Bin Tariq Al Said, Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan, the conference is attended by high-ranking government officials from the GCC States’ Ministries of Transport, Trade and Commerce, and Finance, alongside top executives from Etihad Rail, Saudi Railways Organisation, Saudi Railway Company, Qatar Rail, and Oman Rail.

More than 500 representatives from 25 countries will be present throughout the two day conference.

“Our challenge will not just be in how to ensure the success of executing these projects from a technical and operational point of view, but on how to exploit the socio-economic potential of these massive investments so to ensure the multiplier effect into our economies,” the Minister added.

Speaking at the conference, Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO, Etihad Rail, said, “The market will get an extra sector in which to expand, providing opportunities for both the public and private sector.We are currently looking at the UAE, and are in stage one of testing and commissioning– things are moving ahead as planned.” “The GCC rail project is one of a kind, ambitious and complex in nature,” said Dr. Ramiz Al Assar, Resident World Bank Advisor, GCC for the Arab States of the Gulf. “It will link six member states as a regional transport corridor, further integrating with the national railway projects, deepening economic social and political integration, and it is developed from a sustainable perspective.”

Dr. Rumaih M. Al Rumaih, CEO of Saudi Arabian Railways (SAR), said, “SAR is building a massive network of 5,000Km. Already 1,400Km is operational, with the ability to transport phosphate and bauxite from mines to the manufacturing facilities at the port in Ras AlKhair. Since the line became operational, we have transported more than 6.5 million tons of phosphate. The benefits of using the railway are tangible – we’ve saved 70% of the fuel that would have otherwise been consumed by trucks.” He added that the impact on the environment is huge – there will be an estimated 50% reduction of CO2 by using trains to transport goods.
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The Gulf region is growing rapidly. Areas that were desert 30 years ago are now vibrant modern communities. The population of the region continues to grow rapidly. As international companies locate offices in the Gulf States and service industries develop in response to new opportunities, along with this growth in buildings and population, there has been a dramatic increase in the demand for transport and for the infrastructure and facilities needed to support it - roads, ports and airports. It is now becoming apparent,that the growth in metropolitan travel demand cannot be met by roads alone.


As part of Oman's national logistic's strategy and overall development direction, Oman intends to realize the value, that its geographical position provides as a gateway to the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia. To do this, an inter-modal approach is being used, whereby the ports provide the access to sea lanes and the railway network the access into the Middle East and beyond. Oman has three deep water and two industrial ports, five international airports and over 2000km of planned rail network connecting these facilities and borders.


The proposed regional integrated GCC Railway will support GCC economic development, sustain growth at national and regional levels, foster economic development, growth and integration, enhance regional trade facilitation and promote GCC supporting industries in the neighbouring economies.
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The estimated total length of the Oman National railway network is 2135km. It is divided into several segments linking Oman's borders with the UAE to Muscat, as part of the GCC Railway Network and also to the southern parts of the country - Port of Al Duqm, the Port of Salalah and the Yemen border. The railway is double track, non-electrified and it is designed to serve mixed freight and passenger traffic. Freight train maximum speeds shall be 120 km/hr and for passenger trains - 220 km/hr (the corridor will be designed to 350 km/hr for possible future line-speed increases).

The railway design shall follow international standards (e.g. UIC, AREMA) and best practice.
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Gulf railway project begins in UAE, Oman, and in Saudi after two months

In Saudi Arabia, the Director of the Railways Organization Engineer Mohamed Al Suwaiket announced that implementing the Gulf Railway project in Saudi Arabia is going to start after two months, adding that the designs and budget are expected to be received at the end of this year. He also stressed that the United Arab Emirates and Oman have already started the implementation inside their territories. Six hundred kilometers of the project are to be implemented inside the Saudi territories, starting from Al-Batha in the south to Al-Khafji in the north, and it will connect the Kingdom to Qatar through the port of Salwa, and it will connect it with Bahrain through King Hamad new bridge in the area of Shatie Nesf al-Qamar area.

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Gulf railway project to be completed in 2018

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KUWAIT: The Gulf railway project that links Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries will be completed and operating by 2018, said the GCC Secretariat General. The project with a total cost of more than $15.4 billion will have a total length of 2,117 km and links Kuwait City and passes through GCC countries all the way to Muscat. It also includes the link between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia by a bridge. It said the passenger trains’ speed will be 220 km/hr, while cargo trains will be between 80-120 220 km/hr, with the use of diesel to generate power.
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I hear that the Kuwait railway project has been awarded to a Russian consortium.
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Project study underway to analyse 2,117km GCC Rail

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1. GCC railway projects under discussion in Kuwait

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Experts shared their experiences of railway projects and explained Kuwait and GCC countries’ need for considering these projects for economic development, at a seminar organized by the Kuwait Economic Society. The roundtable was titled ‘Effective strategies of metro and railway projects’ and held on Wednesday at the Regency Hotel. GCC member states are working on implementing railway projects to connect their cities and capitals with each other. Establishing the infrastructure is estimated to cost $15.4 billion.

Steve Lankester of Parsons Brinckerhoff said Kuwait needs metro and railways projects to face continued expansion of new urban areas in the southern and northern parts of the country. “To realize such projects, we have to think about the land and spaces that we need to build on, and also consider structures for stations, tunnels and public areas. Metro projects need concerted efforts of both the private and public sectors as they have many technical details during the phases of construction,” he explained. Lankester pointed out that metro projects need a number of technical steps which should be implemented accurately after conducting detailed studies on the goals of these projects.
2. GCC railway network project to create investments of $250 billion

Total length of track estimated at 2,117 kilometres


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The GCC General Secretariat said that the GCC railway network and infrastructure project would provide 10,000 jobs in addition to investments worth $250 billion.

Nada Abu Al Samh, a financial analyst at the GCC General Secretariat, said that the establishing of infrastructure is estimated at $15.4 billion and the network in Kuwait will be connected with the rail network that links all GCC countries and will end at Muscat, reports UAE-based Aliqtisadi.
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