1997 News Story

Proposed railway link for GCC states

A feasibility study by the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was published today, and finds that a railway linking the member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the UAE - would have considerable economic, political and social benefits.   The GCC states have already spent over U.S. $ 30 billion on 55,000 miles of asphalt expressways to connect them, but these roads require $3 billion a year for maintenance, and increases in industrial and agricultural goods to be transported could in future require over three million instead of the current 100,000 trucks.  A railway is estimated to cost $30 billion, but would be much more efficient as far as transportation and maintenance is concerned.