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Rail in the GCC

Contractors are being shortlisted for the construction of a $15.5bn rail network which will run from Kuwait to Oman and Yemen. We assess the opportunities it will bring for big business, backpackers and commuters.

January 20, 2010 4:18 by

Bridging the Gulf

A major component of the GCC railway infrastructure is the proposed Qatar-Bahrain Causeway, which is currently in its planning stages. When completed, the $3 billion structure – spanning 40km between the two Gulf countries – will be the world’s longest marine causeway.

Originally designed as a road bridge, the causeway project has been put back to incorporate a rail line. The roadway – which is likely to be a tolled – is scheduled to be completed in 2014, with the rail link following after that.

According to Paul Corbett, deputy director of design management for the Qatar-Bahrain Causeway Management, travelling between the two emirates could take less than an hour. “Journey times are anticipated to be less than air travel,” Corbett said at this week’s Rail Infrastructure Middle East Summit.  Trains are likely to travel at 200-250kph over the new bridge.


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