GCC rail network approved

By Richard High17 October 2008

GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) transport ministers have approved a US$ 11 billion railway network that will link the six Gulf states - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - according to Qatar daily Gulf Times.

The results of a feasibility study for the 1500 km-long network will now be submitted to the Gulf leaders' summit due to be held in Muscat in December.

The proposed GCC rail network will begin in Kuwait and go to Muscat via Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE, said the report.

A study to connect it with Yemen also is underway.

Qatar's Minister of Business and Trade, Sheikh Fahad bin Jassim al-Thani, was reported as saying, "The study has been approved in principle and will be submitted to the upcoming GCC summit."

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