Bids invited for implementation of UAE-Oman Rail Network Project

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Pre-qualification bids have officially been invited for the implementation of the UAE-Oman Rail Network Project that will produce the needed, connection between the UAE and Oman. Its operator and developer, the Oman-Etihad Rail Company, made the announcement inviting companies that specialize in the delivery as well as execution of mega infrastructure projects.

Reportedly, prospective contractors should demonstrate individually, or as a joint venture, that they possess the necessary resources. The bidders must also be local firms. If not, then the bidder must be a part of a consortium or joint venture that’s led by a local company registered in Oman or the UAE.

The submission deadline is 27 March 2023. The winning bidder will carry out ground laying works. Additionally, the company will devise the work plan for the UAE-Oman Rail Network Project, comprising its schedule and financial mechanism.

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The UAE-Oman Rail Network Project

The rail network will be 303 kilometers long from Sohar Port to the UAE National Rail Network. It will create a link from Oman to Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. 

The project is developed by Oman-Etihad Rail Company, a joint venture between Oman Rail and Etihad Rail at a total value of US$3 billion. The developer is responsible for the design, building, and operation of the railway network. 

Through official statements, Oman-Etihad Rail Company said that the project’s design is up to the best of international specifications. As a result, it will improve the efficiency of travel between the two countries alongside, cost and time. Furthermore, the project strives to improve the quality of life and strengthen social and familial connections. Additionally, the project aims to enhance and organize the tourism and logistics sectors.