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Topic Reading-Vol.3163-12/8/2020

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2020/12/08 Topic Reading-Vol.3163-12/8/2020

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UAE’s first national rail network ‘has the potential to transform the economy’

Located at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates, UAE, is a federal elective constitutional monarchy consisting of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and five other emirates. The population of the united emirates is nearly 10 million, most of who live in urban cities. Of course. Between the major cities, there isn’t much out there but desert, below which there are precious natural resources like gas and oil, which together contributes 26% to overall GDP. So, the residents, though mostly expatriates, have been relying on automobiles to travel or move around. But UAE is looking and moving for the future that won’t depend on conventional vehicles for transportation, and is now building the nation’s first railway network. Once completed, the 1,200-kilometer artery will save 2.2 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year only by freight, or 375,000 vehicles off the road, even though the trains will run by diesel. Yes. UAE is building a nation’s first railway network of diesel trains. That sounds a little absurd in terms of green standard but no one knows what types of trains will be running on the rails a decade from now, such as hydrogen trains or electrified trains that is powered by renewable energy. For the time being, which is more economical or environmentally friendly, electric vehicles on the road or diesel trains on the rails?

Enjoy reading the article and learn about EAE’s ambition for future rail transportation.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/etihad-rail-uae-megaproject-spc-intl/index.html

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