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The first passenger train station will be built in the of Fujairah city, in Sakamkam area.
There on June 23 an agreement between Etihad Rail and Spain's CAF company for designing, manufacturing, supplying, and maintaining passenger trains for the Etihad Rail project was signed. The agreement value exceeds AED1.2 billion.
Under the terms of the agreement, CAF, one of the world leaders in the railway sector, will design, manufacture, supply, and provide maintenance for passenger trains as per the European standards.
Each train will have a seating capacity of over 400 passengers and will run up to 200 km/h. The trains, which will offer a variety of seating segments, will serve as a major addition to the public transport system in the UAE.
As of now, no start date for the passenger service has been made public, but officials have said more than 36 million people will use the service annually by 2030.
Etihad Rail will connect 11 cities and regions in the UAE from Al Sila to Fujairah, including Al Ruwais, Al Mirfa, Dubai, Sharjah, Al Dhaid, and Abu Dhabi.
Customers can expect a travel time of 50 minutes between Abu Dhabi and Dubai and about 100 minutes from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah, cutting commutes significantly. Construction of the UAE-wide network is advancing rapidly with close to 70 per cent of the twin-track route built.
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