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An Underwater Train Line Could Link The UAE And India

UAE and India are in talks about developing an underwater railway network to transport goods between Fujairah and Mumbai in the near future.

Underwater rail network

According to a local newspaper, National Advisor Bureau Limited’s Chief Consultant, Abdulla Al Shehi revealed plans of building an underwater railway network enclosed within a tube that can travel through the Arabian Sea, connecting Fujairah and Mumbai. It is thought that it will be used for exporting oil and importing excess water from the Narmada River, north of Mumbai. in the initial phase.

Travelling will never be the same once residents will be allowed to board the train.

Project still a “concept”

When the project was first talked about, it was still in the concept stage with plans for a feasibility study to take place. The challenge of creating this rail link, which is expected to span under 2,000 kilometres, is the underwater engineering. We’ll keep you posted as and when there’s any news about the project reaching the next stages.

“This is a concept. We plan to connect the Indian city of Mumbai with Fujairah through ultra-speed floating trains. The project aims to boost bilateral trade. There will be export of oil to India from Fujairah port and import of excess water from Narmada River, north of Mumbai. In addition, other GCC partners can also improve export and import.”

Abdulla Al Shehi, UAE National Advisor Bureau Limited

The man behind this project has other ambitious plans too

In 2015, Al Shehi authored the book, ‘Filling The Empty Quarter,’ offering a line-up of ideas of transforming the entire Empty Quarter desert into a blooming garden. One of the biggest concepts he’s working on is about bringing an iceberg from Antarctica to Fujairah. Later this year, reports revealed the idea will be tested when an iceberg is towed to either Australia or South Africa for water harvesting. If Al Sehi’s idea goes ahead, it’s expected that it will take ten months for the berg to reach the coast of Fujairah, where it’s glacial water will be extracted and sold as bottled drinking water.