The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has signed an agreement with the German Deutsche Bahn AG for the establishment of a specialized mobility & transport center, and sharing expertise in the rail and transport sectors. HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, signed the agreement on behalf of RTA and HE Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, signed it on behalf of the German Company. A host of CEOs and Directors of both parties attended the signing ceremony.
The agreement provided for establishing a mobility & transport center to run intensive training programs to qualify & upgrade the competency of managers & engineers in the rail and transport sectors at RTA with special emphasis on rail technologies & systems. Deutsche Bahn will contribute to establishing a fully-fledged training center at RTA such that it will be up-and-ready to hold the inaugural training course in the Q1 of 2017.
Al Tayer was delighted with the signing of the agreement with Deutsche Bahn, which is considered one of the biggest specialized companies in operating trains and railways in Europe. The Company operates the German rail network that extends more than 60 thousand kilometers with services including transportation of goods and passengers. The company also provides services to more than 130 countries worldwide and employs more than 300 thousand staff.
The two parties share many common objectives and can exchange the best expertise in the field of rail operation and maintenance as well as the planning, designing and constructing rail projects. This agreement is a manifestation of the MoU signed between RTA and Deutsche Bahn last year. The MoU provided for boosting cooperation and sharing expertise in the rail sector and transferring transport knowledge to Emirati employees at RTA. It also provided for developing and implementing educational and training programs periodically for RTA staff, generating opportunities for exchanging experts in various specialties of relevance between RTA and Deutsche Bahn, and facilitating deputizing employees for 6-12 months to meet urgent needs for experts, and skills between the two parties.
HE Rüdiger Grube commended the cooperative relationships between the two parties and stressed that the agreement availed the two parties’ access to knowledge & expertise as well as the world’s best practices, and the Company would look forward for further cooperation with RTA.
About RTA Dubai
Since Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities in today's world, making the provision of high quality infrastructure facilities absolutely imperative, and since providing an advanced transport network for the people of Dubai has been high on the government’s agenda, which is evident from its initiatives to enhance the public transport facilities and improve roads across the emirate to make travel safer and smoother.
About Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn has several subsidiary companies operating in three main sectors. The first sector is passenger transport in which two companies are operative; DB Regio AG, which operates passenger trains within Germany, and DB Fernverkehr AG, which operates long-distance trains across Europe. The second sector is the transportation of goods in which two companies are operative, DB Schenker Rail AG for transportation of goods across several European countries, and DB Schenker Logistics AG that is specialized in the transportation of goods by land, sea and air worldwide. The third sector is the management of rail infrastructure in Germany in which DB Netze AG operates.