Etihad Rail (The UAE’s National Railway): An overview

Etihad Rail (The UAE’s National Railway): An overview

Etihad Rail: Connecting Abu Dhabi to Dubai, Fujairah and vice versa

Etihad Rail is the UAE’s National freight and passenger railway network.

Developer and Operator: Etihad Rail
Established: June 2009 under Federal Law No. 2

  • Travel time from Abu Dhabi to Dubai: 50 minutes
  • Travel time from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Travel time from Dubai to Fujairah: 50 minutes
  • 400 passengers can board the train
  • Etihad Rail’s 1,200 km network will extend across the United Arab Emirates, from the border of Saudi Arabia to the border of Oman.

Etihad Rail Freight services

What can I ship in Etihad Rail?

Contact Etihad Rail now with your shipping and logistics requirements and their team will advise you on how the Etihad Rail network will meet your freight carriage needs, transforming your business.
Listed below are some typical products that can be shipped using the Etihad Rail network. Contact us and provide information about what you are shipping and the Etihad Rail team will work with you to find a customisable rail solution to transport your goods.

  • Hay,
  • Containers
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers
  • Bulk shipments
  • Sugar
  • Metal
  • Waste
  • Aggregates
  • Consumer goods

Etihad Rail: Where can I ship?

Etihad Rail’s network will extend throughout the United Arab Emirates from the border of Saudi Arabia to the Gulf of Oman. The network is ultimately connecting maritime ports and industrial zones across the Emirates. Stage Two will connect the ports of Jebel Ali in Dubai, Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, ICAD, Zonescorp and Port of Fujairah with the existing line at Ruwais and thence to Ghuweifat, effectively uniting the major industrial ports of the country. Discussions are ongoing with other major ports and industrial areas. The Etihad Rail network will also link with the planned GCC network, crossing borders with the nation’s GCC neighbours. Use the route map below to visualise your shipping options.

Oman Etihad Rail: Travel between UAE to Oman and Oman to UAE

Etihad rail will connect Sohar city, Oman to Abu Dhabi, UAE, via Sohar Port to the UAE National Rail Network.


Maximum speed: 200km/h

Estimated Travel time between UAE to Oman and Oman to UAE

  • Abu Dhabi and Sohar: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Al Ain to Sohar: 47 minutes

Etihad Rail HQ (Head quarter)

Etihad Rail PJSC
Capital Gate, 6th Floor
Khaleej Al Arabi Street (30)
P.O. Box 989, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Phone: +971 2 499 9999,

Fax: +971 2 499 9998

Official website:

Before the commencement of any project that has obtained a Construction NOC from Etihad Rail, the requester should contact Etihad Rail DB, the Etihad Rail operator, to obtain a “Permit to Work”.

Etihad Rail Emergency Number: 800 SIQA (800 – 7472)

Map: View direction here

When will Etihad Rail be completed and open to the public?

  • Stage one commenced in January 2016 and Stage 2 will be expected to complete by 2024.

Do Etihad Rail have passengers?

  • Yes it will carry passengers and freight also

Is there Railway in UAE?

  • Yes. Etihad Rail is the UAE’s national railway

Etihad Rail Engine Test Run in Dubai, UAE

Etihad rail engine Test Run in Dubai-UAE
Etihad rail engine Test Run in Dubai-UAE

How to reach Etihad Rail on social media?

Etihad Rail on UAE Flag Day 2022

On the occasion of the UAE’s Flag day, Etihad rail raised the flag of the United Arab Emirates at Al-Faya Station, the main center for operation and maintenance of the Etihad Railways Network.

Etihad Rail Network Map

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