Technical Review Middle East 4 2014

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. 

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