GCC Rail sector expected to steam ahead with new project timelines by member countries

Posted on 2nd September 2018

GCC Rail sector expected to steam ahead with new project timelines by member countries
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The GCC rail sector is set to witness some increased activity with UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait announcing new timelines for their planned rail and metro projects recently.

In June 2018, Jacobs Engineering and Atkins were awarded the engineering design contract for stages 2 and 3 of UAE’s Etihad railway project. The new stages will extend the existing 264km track by 600km in stage 2 and 250km in stage 3.

Bahrain’s government has announced that it is expecting to invite bids from leading construction firms for the construction of its metro railway project in the fourth quarter of 2019. The project, to be built with private participation, will have 184km of transit network, comprising of six lines.

Kuwait too has announced recently that work will start soon on a 111km railway project to connect Kuwait with the rest of the Gulf region. According to a report by Al Anba newspaper, the first phase of the project will create a new line to Nuwaiseb on the Saudi border and a 153km line linking Kuwait City with Boubyan Port. Citing senior officials, the newspaper said phase one will cost an estimated $3 Bn.

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