Arab League Countries


Arab Railway Network Study
On 28 November 2010, Italferr signed the contract for the "Arab Network Railway Study" Project, funded by the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development.
The aim of the project was to provide the analysis and planning of the infrastructural works required to create a railway network that will interconnect the entire Arab world. All of the member states of the Arab League were involved in the process: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Kuwait, Algeria, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Mauritania, Somalia, Palestine, Djibouti.
It can be classified as one of the largest and ambitious projects in the world, in terms of its size-related technical-operational characteristics and in terms of its social and economic impact on the population affected.
The study analyzed,  defined and detailed  a network of roughly 30,000 km of regional lines (both existing and new). Only 11,350 km of this network were in satisfactory conditions (37% of the entire length), 15,600 km were “missing”, t, and 3,400 km incapable of handling regional traffic ("upgrading links").
The scope of the works included: analyses and projections of the expected passenger and freight volumes across various time frames; evaluation of the required infrastructural work.
As a final deliverable, a comparison between the various key projects was performed to define priority ranking.
The project began in January 2001 and was completed in late 2012.