The six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have decided to move forward with their ambitious plans to construct a railway system that will connect its neighbouring countries. The railways system is estimated to cost SR22.5 billion, ultimately expanding to additional Arab states.
The GCC is the highest population growth percentage in the world, which has at the same time affected passengers seeking to move around the region. Nevertheless, commuters have to play the waiting game for up to two days for a seat on the plane during the busy seasons.
To resolve this issue, the Transport and Communication Ministers assigned a commission encompassing global specialists to conclude the feasibility study for the railway system, as well as seek assistance from the World Bank for technical assistance.
An initial proposal consisted of two railway lines, one of them being 1,970 kilometers long, extending from Kuwait to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and through a bridge to Qatar, and from there to the UAE and Oman. The subsequent line would be 1,984 kilometers, spreading from Kuwait to Saudi Arabia and the UAE with the final destination in Oman.
Saudi Arabia’s contractors are currently looking for skilled workers to begin construction of a rail link from the Arabian Gulf to the Red Sea as well as connecting the western cities of Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah. The Governmental Sector Development stated that the GCC ministers also assumed a contingency plan which will be executed on GCC harbours in the case that Hormoz and Bab Al Mandab straits are not accessible.
Financial options and career prospects are open which includes the private sector through the establishment of stock companies and government subsidies. A distinguished and qualified construction firm is anticipated to be named shortly to undergo the project.
Officials guarantee the railway system will not impinge on supplementary means of transportation. GCC officials are requesting all GCC states to cooperate with linking the bloc, since it is essential to the prosperity of their economies.