OMAN-Etihad Rail, a joint venture between Oman Rail and Etihad Rail, has launched a pre-qualification tender for construction work on a new railway it is developing to connect the UAE with Oman. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to IRJ.


In the announcement, the joint venture invited specialized contractors to apply for pre-qualification to participate in tenders for civil works. Potential contractors must demonstrate, individually or as part of a joint venture or consortium, that they have the necessary resources and the required experience.

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Oman Rail and Etihad Rail signed a US$3 billion agreement to design, build and operate a 303 km standard gauge cross-border railway from Sohar port on the Gulf of Oman to the UAE national grid at Abu Dhabi via Al Ain in September 2022. Passenger trains will run at speeds up to 200 km/h, which will reduce travel time from Sohar to Abu Dhabi to 1 hour 40 minutes, and from Sohar to Al Ain to 47 minutes. Freight trains will run on the new railway at speeds up to 120 km/h.

The civil works contractor must be registered in the UAE or Oman to work in that particular country, and must have recent experience executing projects of a similar size and nature. This includes earthworks, structures, tunnels, freight facilities, roads and depots, including design and build experience and on-time completion of projects.

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