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Bahrain plans $8bn rapid transport grid.

BAHRAIN has earmarked $8 billion (BD3bn) to set up a rapid transport grid.

A Gulf Construction report says the transport sector would achieve a quantum leap.

GCC countries have already approved a $30bn project to set up a 2,200km GCC Railway Network.

"The GCC railway grid project which is under construction will be a major boost for the transport sector in Bahrain," the report said.

GCC states have also approved a series of railway transport projects in their respective territories amounting to a total of $106.2bn.

Saudi Arabia tops the GCC states with 23 projects as part of a $25.6bn package which includes the mega Haramain High-Speed Rail which links Mecca and Medina.

Projects

Qatar has ambitious plans to build metro and railway networks for $25bn, as part of preparations for 2022 World Cup.

In the UAE, eight railway projects are currently under construction costing $20.6bn, including the $11bn Etihad Rail, which will be later integrated into the GCC Railway Network.

Oman's National Rail Network is being built in three phases. The first phase comprises a 230km link from Sohar to Muscat. The second phase is a 560km line from Muscat to Duqm. The third phase involves extending the line from Duqm to Salalah.

Kuwait has also announced plans to build a national railway and metro network costing $17bn.

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