Hamdan reviews progress at Etihad Rail


HH briefed on the operational and technical capabilities of the Depot

HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Dhafra Region, recently toured the Etihad Rail Depot in Al Mirfa City, to inspect the progress of network operations in Al Dhafra Region.

Upon arriving at the station, HH was welcomed by Shadi Malak, CEO, Etihad Rail, along with other senior company officials, according to a press communication.

Sheikh Hamdan commenced his visit touring the operation control centre, where he was briefed on the operational activities and progress of the Etihad Rail freight train, which has built a reputation for efficiently transporting substantial quantities of sulphur from Shah and Habshan to the port of Al Ruwais, since 2016.

Critical function

While touring the Etihad Rail site, HH was also briefed on the operational and technical capabilities of the Al Mirfa Depot, which serves as a critical function of the UAE National Railway Network and is poised to support sustainable economic growth in the UAE, particularly in regions such as Al Dhafra where the train are operational.

The cadres included several graduates from the first railway diploma in the UAE, a programme launched by Etihad Rail in 2017 in partnership with Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ADVETI).

Qualified national cadres

The programme aims to train qualified national cadres for a career in the railway transport sector. As a result of this programme, graduates now hold full-time positions at Etihad Rail, serving in critical roles such as Emirati Train Captain and Train Controller amongst other roles.

“The network’s benefits and impact on the socio-economic and developmental aspects of the Al Dhafra Region are evident. Today, Al Dhafra is working closely with other emirates regions within the national blueprint for economic resource diversification,” affirmed Sheikh Hamdan.


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