The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the German Doche Ban Co. with a view to supporting the strategic partnership relationship and sharing expertise in the rail industry.
The MoU was signed on behalf of the RTA by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, and by Dr. Rudiger Grube, Chairman of the management board and CEO of Doche Ban Co. in the presence of several top executives of the two parties.
The MoU calls for boosting cooperation and sharing expertise between the two parties in the rail business and transferring of knowledge in the field of transport for Emirati employees of the RTA. It also calls for developing and implementing educational and training programmes periodically for RTA staffs, generating opportunities for exchanging experts in various specialties of relevance between the RTA and Doche Ban, and facilitating the means of deputising employees for 6-12 months to meet the urgent needs for experts, and skills between the two parties.
Al Tayer expressed his delight with the signing of the MoU with Doche Ban Co.; which is considered one of the biggest specialised companies in the field of operating trains and railways in Europe and attends to operating the German rail network which extends more than 33 thousand kilometers the services of which include the transfer of goods and passengers. The company provides services to more than 130 countries worldwide and employs more than 300 thousand staffs.
"The two parties share many common objectives and can exchange the best expertise in the field of rail operation and maintenance in addition to planning, designing and constructing rail projects. The MoU covers many fields of relevance to RTA business in the rail systems. This will contribute to improving mass transport in Dubai as the RTA is seeking to uplift the public transport sector to encourage the public migrate from using private vehicles to mass transit means," added Al Tayer.
Dr. Rudiger Grube commended the sweeping development seen by the Emirate, particularly the infrastructure and mass transit sector where the Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram are considered amongst the distinctive projects worldwide. They play a vital role in peoples movement in Dubai, and the MoU enables the two parties to have exposure to experience and knowledge and familiarize with more international practices.
"We are looking forward to cooperate with the RTA where Doche Ban Co. has a group of companies operating in three main sectors i.e. individual transport which comprises two companies, and commodities sector which also includes two companies operating in several European countries, and a company specialist in air, sea and land cargo, and the third sector is the management of rail infrastructure in Germany," added Rudiger.