Six main areas have been identified
The Arab countries need a rail network of 30,000 kilometres to help promote trade across the region.
We have identified a network on 30,000 railways of regional importance. At the start of the study only 37 per cent were existing, under construction or in implementation. There are 19,000km of missing links or sections that need upgrading, said Marco Stegher, project manager of the Arab Railway Study, Italferr, speaking at MEEDs Mena Rail & Metro Summit in Abu Dhabi on 29 October.
There are six macro areas that have been identified to connect the region:
- Maghreb, running along the Mediterranean coast
- Nile, connecting Egypt
- Turkey/Red Sea, connecting the Levant
- Mediterranean/GCC, connecting Gulf States
- Saudi Arabia, linking east and west coasts of the kingdom
- Oman/Yemen/Djibouti and Somalia
More from the MEED Rail & Metro Summit
- Approval granted for GCC railway authority
- GCC to work with foreign partners for local manufacturing
- Award expected in November for Bahrain-Saudi rail link
- GCC railway needs its own standards
- GCC railway targets 2018 completion date
- Cairo metro to complete phase 2 of third line next year
- First Al-Sufouh trams to arrive in Dubai at end of year
- Jeddah metro readies for pre-project management contract tender
- Tehran expects to complete third metro line in 2015
- Kurdistans Suleimaniyah light rail project to tender in 2014
- Length of Middle East rail networks set to double
- Local talent needed for regional railway sector
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