Technical Review Middle East 4 2014
The question being asked by the region’s football fans is – “Will it be possible to take a train from major cities – such as Kuwait City, Riyadh or Abu Dhabi – to see the World Cup in Qatar in 2022? The Gulf Coast Countries (GCC) planned regional rail network linking all six countries is due for completion in 2018 but, according to Srinath Manda, Programme Manager Transportation & Logistics Practice, Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, of Frost and Sullivan, the project is still in the design stage for the overall route linking Kuwait to Muscat . Each individual GCC member is currently planning or scheduling the execution of their individual country railway networks, which will form part of the GCC-wide rail network. Two member states – Saudi Arabia and UAE – have started construction but the Gulf Railway Authority ,essential for the establishment of uniform standards and specifications such as track gauge , signalling systems and power source necessary for seamless cross- border traffic of freight and people, is not yet operational.