When did you start getting into the Gulf Express?
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Google News has been reporting on the Gulf express freight train, which operates from Qatar to the UAE and back, for more than a decade.
It is one of the biggest passenger rail lines in the world and is owned by Qatar’s state-owned transport conglomerate, Doha National Railways.
The line was launched in 2006 and runs between Doha and the UAE.
The train’s operator, DNRQ, is one-third owned by Qatari state-run carrier Al Jazeera, which is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with Qatar over the state-backed broadcaster’s coverage of the 2022 World Cup.
In May, DNTR announced it was shutting down the Gulf service in 2021.
In a statement, DnTR said it was terminating its services to all domestic passengers, “to prevent the disruption to passenger movements and ensure that passengers are able to access their destinations.”
However, as of July 25, 2021, the service is still running between DNB and DHG.
The Gulf Express train is not available for domestic travel to DNB or DHO.
The station and its services are operated by QAT, which has an office in Dubai and has operated the Gulf train since 2008.
QAT is also the operator of the DNRG, DNB, and DNB-Qatari Express services, which run between DNR and DHHG.
The DNR, DHN, and QAT operations are run under the supervision of DNB CEO Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, who has previously held positions at the International Energy Agency (IEA), the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.
The Dubai Economic Forum recently declared Qatar a member of the World Economic Forum, which means that QAT and DNR are officially listed as “state-owned” entities.
But the Qataris are not the only ones who have been paying attention to the Gulf-owned train company.
Several news outlets have reported on the UAE’s attempts to privatize the Gulf services.
In November, the UAE government approved a plan to privatized the Gulf line, which will also run between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
According to a leaked document, the government was looking to sell off the Gulf and Gulf Express companies for between $200 million and $300 million.
The document was obtained by the Guardian and the Financial Times, which detailed a proposed restructuring of the UAE transport sector.
The plan, however, was rejected by the UAE Transport Ministry in October.
“The UAE government wants to make the Gulf route an international service for the entire UAE,” a spokesperson for the UAE Ministry of Transport and Communications told the FT in November.
“There is a great need for this service, especially in the light of the Gulf Economic Cooperation Council [GECC] [the Gulf Cooperation Council] meeting, which took place in November in Abu Dhabi.”
According a March 2018 report by the Financial Observer, QAT is planning to move its operations from DNB to DHQ, a move that will allow the company to retain its existing assets.
“As of the end of 2020, the Gulf Line has been operating with a capacity of 7.8 million passengers and its capacity of 3.8 mln passengers per annum,” the report noted.
“The Gulf Express is expected to continue operating in the UAE until 2022, when it will be replaced by the DNB Line.”
The Qatar Airways Group also recently announced plans to privatise its fleet of the Saudi Arabian-owned Gulf Express and Gulf Air.
A statement by the Qatar Airways spokesperson to the FT said, “The DNB [DNB-Saudi Arabian] Express operates from Doha to Abu Dhabi, and to DNH [Dubai] and the Gulf of Oman, and is operated by a consortium of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Gulf Co-operation, Qatar Airways, Gulf Cargo, Gulf Capital and Qatar Railways.”
The statement added that the Gulf Air fleet “is also operated by the same consortium, which includes Qatar Airways and the Qatar Airports Corporation.”
While the UAE has had its share of controversies, the Qatar authorities have been remarkably quiet on the topic of privatizing the Gulf trains.
In May, the Dubai News reported that the UAE was looking at privatizing some or all of its train operations.
Saudi Arabia and the US have been pushing to privatizatethe Gulf line since its inception, which led to the establishment of the GECC in 2005.
The group of countries formed the GRC to oversee the privatization of all transport assets in the Gulf region, including the Gulf, as well as international transportation infrastructure, such as the World Trade Organization.
The GCC is also currently in the process of creating the UAE Railways Group, a privately-owned entity that will oversee the privatization of the whole GCC rail network.
However it has not been entirely quiet on this issue.
In December, the Emirates announced that it was considering the privatization process.
Google News has been reporting on the Gulf express freight train, which operates from Qatar to the UAE and back,…