GCC rail could create 50,000 jobs
Etihad Rail chief says projects will need skilled people to deliver
The building of the GCC's rail network could lead to the creation of up to 50,000 jobs, according to Etihad Rail CEO Dr Nasser Saif Al Mansoori.
In an interview set to feature in a special GCC rail edition of Construction Week, Dr Al Mansoori said: "Within the GCC, there is the expectation that about 50,000 jobs will be created in the rail industry with all the projects that are happening.
"We will need institutions that will produce an output of people who are qualified to deal with rail projects."
Al Mansoori added that contracts for Stage Two of the $10.8bn Etihad Rail project, stretching 628km from the Saudi border via Abu Dhabi to Al Ain and Dubai, should be awarded "within a very short period of time".
He admits that tenders for this phase have taken longer than expected, but argued that this phase represented what was "absolutely the heart" of the project.
"It's not an easy process," said Al Mansoori. "You have four main construction packages. Secondly, we have had different joint ventures coming in to build this project. We have done all of the evaluations," he said.