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Railways in the

United Arab Emirates

Etihad Rail locomotive
Artist’s impression of an Etihad Rail locomotive.

The first public railway in the United Arab Emirates was a section of the Dubai Metro opened in 2009. The Metro has since been extended and a monorail added; further extensions are proposed, as are trams and a metro for Abu Dhabi.

The first long distance railway is a 264km, standard (1435mm) gauge freight line from the Shah industrial complex to Habshan and the port of Ruwais, opened in 2014. A second phase of 605km will connect to ports at Khalifa and Jebel Ali, to Fujairah, and to the border with Saudi Arabia, where an international connection is planned for the future.

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