Oman to ‘delay’ trans-Gulf railway project

Oman to ‘delay’ trans-Gulf railway project :Oman has reportedly decided to delay its rail project connecting the Sultanate with the rest of the Gulf countries to meet the schedule of other Gulf countries.

The contract with a private consultancy company to manage the rail project has also been cancelled, The Times of Oman reported.

Mohammed Al Shuaili, director of the Minister of Transport and Communications office, was quoted as saying, “The ministry of transport and communications has not cancelled the project but only delayed it as other Gulf countries have decided to stop work on the project.”

In January, Etihad Rail – the developer and operator of the UAE’s $11bn national rail network – said it has suspended the tendering process for stage two of the project.

Stage two involves linking the country to the Saudi border at Ghweifat and the Omani border at Al Ain.

Al Shuaili wouldn’t confirm when the project could be relaunched but told the newspaper: “Whenever the image becomes clear in the other part of the project, the ministry can assign the company to start working on it agagin.”

The multi-billion dollar 2,117km GCC rail network – which aims to connect Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Oman – was earlier slated for a 2018 completion.

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