30/07/2014 (GulfNews - UAE): Earlier this month, the committee charged with preparing the GCC rail network project put the final touches to the design in preparation to put it out for bid. The 2,250-kilometre long rail network, which will link all the Gulf countries, is expected to be completed in 2018, after extending its timeline by one more year. It will run along the Gulf coast from Kuwait in the north, through Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf countries, to Oman in the south. With construction to start soon, it will constitute a qualitative leap in the bloc’s infrastructure and have significant economic and environmental aspects reflecting positively on all the GCC States. The railway project will create over 50,000 jobs, most of which will be designated for Gulf citizens who will gain new technical and managerial skills in managing land-based infrastructure. Such opportunities were limited to road transportation until now, which are costly to manage and cause environmental pollution.