By December 2021, the rail network between UAE and Saudi Arabia is expected to be completed, covering a distance of 2,100 kilometers, as announced at the ongoing Middle East Rail 2018.
All the six GCC states were supposed to be part of this project.
Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council; United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman were supposed to be part of this project However, Oman withdrew from the project, focusing on developing its own domestic network while UAE had suspended the railway construction in 2016.
Abu Dhabi is currently developing the Etihad Rail.
Domestic railway network Etihad Rail will connect major industrial areas and ports across the country, stretching a distance of 1,200 kilometers. After which, Etihad Raill will be connected to the GCC Railway with its own station.
Saudi Arabia’s Haramain railway project is almost ready.
After the Riyadh Dammamm line and the North-South project, the Saudi Railway Company’s Haramain railway is expected to start operations by mid 2018. It’s currently going through test runs. The railway project will connect the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. It is expected to transport three million passengers yearly.