The agreement comes at a time of rapid progress for Etihad Rail, with construction on Stage One underway and tendering for Stage Two in progress.
Commenting on the MoU, Shadi Malak, Executive Director-Commercial, Etihad Rail said: “We are delighted to be working with Sharaf Logistics to provide them with a safer, more efficient and more environmentally-friendly way of transporting their customers’ goods. It is an honour to partner with another local company that contributes to the country’s growth and economic development, and we are confident this agreement will bring positive impacts to their customers, further contributing to the UAE’s development as a regional hub for freight transport.” Managing Director of Sharaf Logistics, Johan Bergwerff added: “We are very proud to be associated with the Etihad Rail project and eager to continue being engaged as it further develops, and we look forward to experiencing the newer and more efficient transport avenues that we anticipate will change the way we do business.” Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network – which will cater to both freight and passengers – will span a total of 1,200 km across the Emirates. It will connect urban and remote communities, facilitate trade, open up communication channels and foster economic development. The network will also form a vital part of the GCC Railway Network – linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.