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Gulf States to revitalize rail

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KUWAIT CITY, May 12: The Oxford Business Group has suggested that the Gulf countries will revitalize the railway plan between them after the many delays during the previous period, as this network constitutes a transformation of trade and linkage between the countries of the region, noting that the project received a big boost in December when the leaders of the countries agreed on the establishment of the Railways Authority in the Gulf States, and this decision represents a potentially important development for the railway infrastructure in the region, reports Al-Qabas daily.

The group’s website said in a report that the countries of the region had agreed to a railway project in 2009, but the financial pressures led to the delay of the project, and the delay of the project was also linked to the drop in oil prices in 2014 and finally due to the Corona pandemic.

“Oxford Business” mentioned that the railway project for the Gulf countries aims to link the countries of the region through a railway line with a length of 2,177 km, starting from Kuwait in the north, passing through the cities of Jubail and Dammam in Saudi Arabia, heading to Manama and Doha, then returning the line to Saudi Arabia before moving to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Fujairah, before reaching its final destination in Muscat.

The website pointed out that regional media reported earlier that Gulf officials hope to operate the railway by 2025, stressing that the line will significantly improve regional communication by reducing transportation times and costs between major cities and ports in the Gulf states, as well as improving exchange. Trade between the countries of the region and attract foreign investment.

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