Transferring transportation from road to rail, UAE

From 2013 to 2022 (from 2018 through DB International Operations), Deutsche Bahn was responsible for the development and operation of a rail freight route centered on Mirfa for transporting granulated sulfur from mines in Shah to the port of Ruwais on the Persian Gulf via Habshan.

  • 264 km rail connection
  • 1,700 m freight trains with 11,000 metric ton of granulated sulfur per train
  • Elimination of 66,000 truck journeys during 12-month testing in 2014-2015


  • Establishing organizational and HR-related sides of infrastructure unit as part of a joint venture, Etihad Rail DB Operations LLC, between Etihad Rail and Deutsche Bahn
  • Supporting functional testing and management during testing stage
  • Infrastructure management and training for technical staff in scheduled operations
  • Etihad Rail DB operates and maintains rolling stock (locomotives and freight wagons) and infrastructure (tracks, signal boxes, maintenance facilities, and buildings) for stage one of the UAE’s national railway network.
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