Oman will set up Sohar-Al Ain railway first: Paper

17 Sep 2012

(MENAFN) An official at Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications was quoted by Oman Daily Observer as saying that Oman is set to construct a railway from the industrial port of Sohar to the UAE border city of Al Ain.

The official said that the ministry will prioritise the 136km line, including an 8km spur line to Buraimi, as the first phase of the national rail network.

The newspaper reported that the Al Ain-Sohar link has replaced the 58km Sohar-Fujairah link, which was originally due to be finished first.

Oman’s railway network is being planned over three phases. The first phase includes two lines that will link between Sohar and the UAE, in a ddition to routes between Sohar to Muscat, Muscat to Duqm, Sinaw to Ibra, and Muscat to Rusayl.

The second phase will link between Duqm and Salalah, while phase three will link between Thamrait and the Yemeni border.

According to Oman’s Rail Working Group, the full 1,200km network will have a freight capacity of 8,800 tonnes daily.

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