Etihad Rail awards locomotive contract

15th Aug 2011
Etihad Rail awards locomotive contract

Etihad Rail – the master developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network – has selected Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), one of the world’s largest builders of diesel-electric locomotives, to design and manufacture seven heavy haul freight locomotives for delivery by 2012.  A momentous milestone for the AED 40 billion project, the locomotives contract award is perfectly timed to support Etihad Rail’s inaugural service in the
Abu Dhabi Emirate’s Western Region and reflects the requirement that the UAE-wide project will have the first trains running on schedule in 2013.
Following a competitive tender process, Etihad Rail awarded the contract to the U.S.-based company, a leader in the construction of diesel-electric locomotives for all commercial railroad
applications including intercity passenger, commuter, freight, industrial, and mining. EMD will design, manufacture, deliver, test and commission locomotives for stage 1 of the Etihad Rail network, running from Shah to Ruwais. Highlighting the award, Etihad Rail CEO Richard Bowker said: “We are excited to be working with Electro-Motive Diesel as we are confident they will be able to provide stage 1 of our railway with locomotives designed and engineered to withstand the demanding climatic conditions of this region. Etihad Rail seeks to offer faster, safer, more reliable and more environmentally sustainable services compared to alternative transport systems. With the expertise of EMD, our locomotives will incorporate the latest emissions.


Also in United Arab Emirates today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Abu Dhabi.

City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.

However, each city retains its own mobile identity via a dedicated domain. Already on offer are Brussels.Mobi, Paris.Mobi, Sanfrancisco.Mobi and Sydney.Mobi.

ADVERTISEMENT is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.

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Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.

City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.


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