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Slugbelch May 23, 2006 8:17 PM

UAE's high speed trains
Azerbaijan may buy Korean bullet trains
23 May 2006 [15:45]

Korean high-speed trains may run through the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Construction and Transportation said on Monday.

"The United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan expressed strong wills to adopt the Korean high-speed railway system during President Roh Moo-hyun's recent visit to those countries," the ministry said in a statement.
According to The Korea Herald, the ministry therefore plans to dispatch a task force jointly organized by the Korea Railroad Research Institute and the Korea Rail Network Authority to prepare for building railroads in the two nations.
The UAE plans to invest $3 billion in setting up a 130-kilometer high-speed railway connecting the airports in the capital Abu Dhabi and the city of Dubai.
Azerbaijan also plans to spend $20 billion in building a 503-kilometer high-speed railroad from the capital Baku to the neighboring country Georgia. High-speed trains developed by the KRRI are currently under test operation at home and are to be in use by October next year. The railway will connect the capital with the country's southwest.
The Transportation Ministry also plans to enter the railroad markets of China and Brazil, and to form a council of government and industry experts to support the overseas sales.

malec May 23, 2006 8:45 PM

At the moment there's no rail of any kind in the UAE

Slugbelch May 23, 2006 9:20 PM

At the moment no. But as the article says, when there is $3b to invest, there will be.

nomarandlee May 24, 2006 7:08 PM

130-kilometer high doesn't seem all that high speed. I am surprised that the UAE doesn't try to institute Maglev or real fast rail.

Pandemonious May 25, 2006 6:42 PM

That is the length of the track, I think, not the speed of the train.

Australiasian Jun 7, 2006 8:07 AM

is there going to be enough passengers for the highspeed trains?

Slugbelch Jun 7, 2006 7:53 PM

Maybe, but they do need some quick link between the capital and Dubai.

^The light rail will help bring this into reality:
(Courtesy ATM on flkr)

Australiasian Jun 8, 2006 2:56 AM

but the population of UAE is only around 2.5million (plus the expats and tourists and others, say 5million) i really dont think a highspeed rail line connecting UAE's captial and its financial centre is the best way to do it, i doubt they can ever recoup the investment. i believe planes would serve the purpose more economically. but then again, money doesnt seem like an issue in UAE anyway.

malec Jun 8, 2006 8:49 AM

Sharjah-Dubai is more important I think because there are loads of people commuting who live in Sharjah because it's cheaper.

malec Jun 8, 2006 11:37 AM

Also, there will need to be another metro line servicing new high-density projects on the creek.

twoNeurons Jun 8, 2006 5:23 PM

ISn't UAE Rich? DOes it MATTER if they recoup costs? They have the Al Burj ARab hotel there, for goodness sakes.

malec Jun 8, 2006 9:24 PM

Of course it does. Money no matter how much doesn't last forever and sooner or later the stash built up from oil will be gone.

BTW, I don't think they can spend enough on the metro. The more extensive it is, the better it'll be for everyone.
It'll be really important to educate everyone to use it though because right now, loads of people would prefer to be stuck in traffic (but in their ferrari) rather than be seen in the metro. The guys running the thing have emphasized this though.

They WILL recoup their costs though, it'd make the city far less car-dependent

canucklehead2 Jun 10, 2006 9:51 PM

I think it would be viable in the UAE since its fast becoming the cultural and financial hub of the middle east, and the state can only grow from where it is now. Azerbaijan though....

Slugbelch Jul 5, 2006 2:18 PM

Dubai Metro News:
Dubai Metro rail begins work
July 02

The first pier for the Dubai Metro rail has been installed on Sheikh Zayed Road between the sixth and seventh interchanges.

According to the Gulf News, its construction represents an important event for the project since it is the first structure, which can be seen by residents and drivers on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The pier has a diameter of 1.75 m and a height of seven metres. A total of 1,205 piers will be erected along the metro's Red Line by mid-2007.

The piling work for pillars is expected to be performed at a rate of one pile per rig per day.


Int'l firms will maintain and operate Dubai Metro
Khaleej Times - July 05

DUBAI — The Dh15.5 billion ($4.2 billion) Dubai Metro will be maintained and operated by international firms through a joint venture agreement with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). "We have gone to the marketplace and invited well-known international firms to bid for this work.

The RTA will make a public announcement in due course as the tender evaluation is presently under review," an RTA official told Khaleej Times.

The projected cash flow for the Dubai Metro is also described as "healthy." Specific details of the financing arrangements were sketchy, but will be "funded through various mechanisms including, but not limited to, metro stations sponsorship schemes." The official said: "We have received numerous approaches by private developers wanting to sponsor some of our stations because they realise the strategic importance of our railway stations to their businesses."

There will be 42 stations and, according to published reports, at least 15 of them look likely to be financed through sponsorship schemes.

The RTA commercial and investment department is also working with international consultants to develop Dubai Metro Land plots, the official said.

Late last year a representative of the Dubai Municipality denied reports that money had been borrowed to finance the project and said it was completely government financed.

However, many similar projects internationally are funded using project financing. This means that repayment is based on the future cash flows of the project.

Dubai Metro is also described "not as a nice-to-have project" but as a "need-justified" one. Although there have been no studies of what it would cost Dubai not to have a metro, such a study was considered unnecessary "as the prima-facie of traffic gridlocks and traffic pollution is staring everyone in the eye." Dubai is already plagued by traffic jobs especially at peak hours resulting in lost business hours and traffic pollution.

"The modernity of Dubai as an international city is also tied up with the implementation of Dubai Metro," said the official.

The Dubai Metro will be built in three phases. The first phase, known as the Red Line, will be completed by September 2009. A milestone in the construction of this line is said to be the construction of the first pier for the elevated route near Jebel Ali village at Shaikh Zayed Road, which is planned for June 29, 2009.

The RTA official also said that the RTA is planning to start phase two of the project, known as the Green Line, early, and that a contract announcement would be made shortly.

The RTA is also planning a railway network throughout Dubai to connect the major business centres and minimise the impact of traffic congestion. Final details will not be made available until the planning studies are completed, the official said. The aim is to provide a fully integrated transport system.

In line with this there are also plans to have a common ticketing system so that the ticket is transferable and can be used on any mode of transport.

It is being benchmarked against other international cities such as London, Singapore and Paris.

bobdreamz Jul 5, 2006 5:06 PM

Dubai Metro is also described "not as a nice-to-have project" but as a "need-justified" one. Although there have been no studies of what it would cost Dubai not to have a metro, such a study was considered unnecessary "as the prima-facie of traffic gridlocks and traffic pollution is staring everyone in the eye."

love this quote....if only we in the US could do the same!

Lecom Jul 5, 2006 6:03 PM

Awesome. I just hope that this elevated train won't block views of SZR.

It would be real cool if they expand this system into the other development areas like the Marina, BD area and the Palm Islands etc.

Slugbelch Jul 10, 2006 6:41 PM

9,000 men for Metro
Jul 9, 2006

9,000 men are working on the construction of Dubai's Metro system, reported Gulf News. At the current time, work is focusing on the diaphragm walls for the underground stations and then, from November, tunnelling work and viaduct construction will commence. A project official said that the design team for the Metro system included experts who had helped shape the interior for the Burj Al Arab and Dubai International Airport.

horatio_the_hermit Jul 11, 2006 7:09 AM

This is like a real version of sim city.

Slugbelch Jul 27, 2006 4:11 PM

Dubai Metro:
Mitsubishi wins Dubai Metro deal
Thursday, July 27, 2006

DUBAI: An international consortium led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd has won an order worth $88 million from the Dubai government for phase II construction work on the Dubai Metro,.

The new contract is stipulated in phase I as an option between the consortium, Dubai Rapid Link (DURL), and the Dubai government in July 2005. Phase II is scheduled to start as early as this month, with services due to begin in March 2010, according to Forbes magazine.

The other members of the DURL consortium include three Japanese companies - Mitsubishi Corp, Obayashi Corp and Kajima Corp - along with Turkey's Yapi Merkezi Insaat ve Sanayi AS.

Slugbelch Sep 6, 2006 9:19 PM

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