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“Transport Working Group”, a joint meeting that brings together government agencies and the private sector

Ajman Chamber reviews the current situation of the transportation sector and its proactive solutions.

Mon, Mar 4, 2024 4:56pmGrey Clock 2 min

The Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) held a joint meeting of its “Transport Working Group” to discuss the current situation of the transportation sector and develop proposals and proactive solutions to overcome the sector’s challenges in a way that supports the continuity and growth of private sector businesses.

The meeting was attended by H.E. Salem Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Ajman Chamber, and Mohamed Ali Al Janahi, Executive Director of the Member Support Services Sector at the Ajman Chamber. The Ajman Transport Authority, the Department of Municipality and Planning – Ajman, the Department of Economic Development in Ajman (Ajman DED), the Ajman Free Zone (AFZ), the Department of Port and Customs – Ajman, and officials and representatives of a group of private sector establishments (construction companies, transportation companies, and factories) also participated in the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, H.E. Salem Al Suwaidi welcomed the attendees and pointed out that the Ajman Chamber is keen to keep pace with all economic decisions and circulars at the federal and local levels. He stressed that the Ajman Chamber is diversifying its channels to increase cooperation and partnership between the government and private sectors to support the local economy and enhance the position of the Emirate of Ajman as a leading investment destination.

The meeting addressed the challenges of the transportation sector and its direct impact on all fields and reviewed a set of solutions and proposals that ensure business continuity and the sustainability of private sector establishments. It also reviewed the government’s efforts to prevent any increase in the prices of construction and transportation materials after postponing the implementation of the Cabinet’s decision regarding weights and dimensions of heavy vehicles.

For his part, Al Janahi stressed that the Ajman Chamber aims, through its working groups, to achieve its goals aimed at establishing a participatory approach that ensures the development of flexible future policies and strategies that enhance the contribution of the various sectors in increasing the emirate’s domestic product, protecting commercial and industrial interests, and enabling the various sectors to keep pace with the accelerating changes in the business environment and the dynamism of the markets.

The participants stressed the importance of the meeting and the role of the Ajman Chamber in convening specialized working groups and opening direct communication channels between government agencies and the private sector, which unites efforts and visions to ensure business continuity, economic sector growth, and sustainable development.



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Preparations have begun on the transformative UAE to Oman Hafeet Rail network, revealing significant construction details during a site visit.

Thu, May 16, 2024 3 min

The $3bn Hafeet Rail project between the UAE and Oman will feature 60 bridges and a 2.5km tunnel, making it an “architectural and engineering marvel,” according to CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi.

Hafeet Rail has announced that preparatory work is moving full speed ahead for constructing the transformative railway link between the UAE and Oman. This announcement was made during a site visit attended by key officials, members of the Asyad and Hafeet Rail executive management teams, project contractors, and consultants.

Key Highlights

During the visit, attendees were introduced to the main components of the project, including passenger, repair, and shipping stations, as well as major bridges and tunnel sites.

The Hafeet Rail project is set to play a very important role in enhancing local and regional trade, unlocking new opportunities in the infrastructure, transportation, and logistics sectors, and fostering economic diversification. It will also strengthen bilateral relations between the UAE and Oman.

The project will involve constructing 60 bridges, some reaching heights of up to 34 meters, and tunnels extending 2.5 kilometres. The Hafeet Rail team showcased the latest rail technologies and innovative engineering and architectural solutions designed to navigate the challenging geographical terrain and weather conditions while maintaining high standards of efficiency and safety.

The rail network will boost various industrial sectors and economic activities and significantly impact the tourism industry by facilitating easier and faster travel between the two countries.

Ahmed Al Bulushi, Asyad Group Chief Executive Asset, noted that the project’s rapid progress reflects the commitment of the UAE and Oman to developing and realizing the project’s multifaceted benefits.

Investment and Future Impact

Al Bulushi added that investments in developing local capabilities and expertise in rail-related disciplines over recent years have enabled the project to reach the implementation phase successfully under the leadership of highly efficient and professional national talent.

Hafeet Rail’s CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi emphasized, “The commencement of preparatory works for construction is a testament to the robust synergy between all parties involved in both nations, achieving this milestone in record time. We are confidently laying down the right tracks thanks to the shareholders of Hafeet Rail and the expertise of local companies in Oman and the UAE, alongside international partners.”

During the site visit, the visitors explored some of the key preparatory sites, including Wadi Al Jizi, where a 700-meter-long bridge towering 34 meters will be constructed. This ambitious project is envisioned as an architectural and engineering marvel in a complex geographical landscape.

Future phases will require more collaboration, with a continued focus on quality, safety, and environmental considerations in line with the international industry best practices.

The Hafeet Rail project represents the first-of-its-kind railway network linking two Gulf nations, marking a significant shift in regional goods transportation. This efficient and reliable transportation option will reduce dependence on slower and less sustainable road transport.

Hafeet Rail promises a 40% reduction in shipping costs and a 50% in transit times compared to traditional land transportation methods, as it will be connecting five major ports and several industrial and free zones in both countries.

This shift will reduce reliance on road transport by cars and trucks and promote more sustainable shipping practices. The establishment of the railway network will also create significant opportunities for SMEs in construction, engineering, and logistics support, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and innovation within the domestic economy.

By linking major ports, the Hafeet Rail project will enable local SMEs to import, export, and distribute their products more effectively, enhancing their market reach and global competitiveness.

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