ABU DHABI – Etihad Rail arrived on the track of the UAE’s dream project with passengers, brightening the National Day celebration. The passenger train passed through the center of the 51st National Day celebrations held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and other emirate rulers and crown princes waved and greeted.
The passengers of the train waved and expressed their happiness as they made friends with their fellow passengers, read the newspaper and saw the sights outside. Two years ago, the UAE showed the world the vision of the travel train that will connect the various emirates of the UAE and will become a reality in 2024.
The train roared to the stage which was prepared in the form of a tunnel to the amazement of the guests. Running at a speed of 200 km per hour, Etihad Rail will connect 11 cities from Sila to Fujairah. 400 people can travel in one train. If the project becomes a reality, the Dubai-Abu Dhabi travel time will be reduced to 50 minutes. By 2030, 3.65 crore passengers are expected.
Under the leadership of the Father of the Nation, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the special show painted direct pictures of the development of the UAE from its origin to the present day and hinted at how the country will be in the 100th anniversary of 2071.
Benefits from space, nuclear energy, solar energy to agriculture were also highlighted. The UAE’s lunar and Mars missions were also specifically mentioned. He also paid tribute to the late former president Sheikh Khalifa.
A concert by world-renowned musicians was also staged on the National Day celebration which incorporated advanced technologies. Both locals and foreigners can participate in the celebration program which will last from today till 11.