UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan has appointed a new chairman for the Union Railways Company board.

Nasser Ahmed Khalifa al-Suwaidi will now replace Hussein Jassim al-Nowais as chairman of the board.

State-owned rail company Union Railways is developing the UAE national railway network (MEED 24:3:10).

The first phase of the $11bn scheme involves the construction of a 270-kilometre freight line that will connect oil and gas processing and distribution facilities at Ruwais in the north with the Shah gas field in the south of the emirate.