The UAE’s Etihad Rail, which has completed preliminary engineering for the second stage of the $11bn network, is looking to award contracts in 2014, The National has reported. The second phase will extend the network by 630 kilometres. It will connect Musaffah in Abu Dhabi with Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali, and extend to the Saudi and Omani borders. “We are hoping to award contractors for the stage two packages this year. We are on track for 2017-18 [completion],” the assistant structure manager at Etihad Rail, Khuloud Al Mazrouei, said on the sidelines of the Al Gharbia Development Forum in Abu Dhabi.