Muscat: Etihad Rail, the UAE Rail Network developer, and operator, has signed an agreement with Italian luxury hospitality company Arsenale to roll out a luxury train experience that pays homage to Emirati culture and heritage.
The luxury train will travel throughout the UAE towards the border with Oman, passing through Mezeira’a, along the Liwa Desert and its famous oasis. It will extend to the wider GCC, once the GCC Railway is operational. This will be Arsenale’s second international luxury train project, following the recent announcement of The Dream of the Desert project in Saudi Arabia.
The train will consist of 15 luxury carriages that will pass through Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Fujairah, the border with Oman, and the Liwa desert.
It may be noted that the GCC Railway will project will include a line connecting the Suhar and Abu Dhabi.
The 303-km railway will feature the best international safety, security, and environmental standards, to provide faster and safer passenger and freight services.
The passenger trains are designed to reduce travel time from Suhar to Abu Dhabi to 1 hour 40 minutes, and from Sohar to Al Ain to 47 minutes, traveling at a maximum speed of 200 km/h. Meanwhile, the freight trains will run up to 120 km/h.