DUBAI — The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) recently discussed ways and means of boosting cooperation and exchanging expertise during the visit of French Consul-General Eric Giraud Telem in Dubai.
Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), received the French Consul-General in Dubai, accompanied by Jean-Claude de Peru, Economic Advisor of the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
The meeting was attended by RTA Board Member Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla and Director of Commercial Affairs and Investwment Abdullah Yousef Al Ali.
Al Tayer commended the excellent relationships between the UAE and the Republic of France, which contributed to boosting the commercial exchange between the two countries, flow of joint investments in various fields, and tourist visits between the two friendly peoples.
“Key projects undertaken by French companies include the Dubai Metro and Al Safouh Tram where Tales Co. has carried out the signal control system as well as the system of communication between the Control Room and Trains and between trains themselves. Systra was awarded a consultancy contract for both the Red and Green lines of the Dubai Metro project and Al Safouh Tram.
Among the most important projects awarded to French firms is Al Safouh Tram, which has seen a milestone last October where His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the model station and carriage of the tram for the project.
The project is carried out by the consortium comprising the French Alstom, Belgian Besix, British Serco and the American Parsons, which caters to the detailed design works.
“Al Safouh Tram Project extends 14.7km along Al Safouh Road and the initial phase will see the construction of a 10.7km-long track starting from Dubai Marina up to the Mall of the Emirates Station.
The tram network comprises 19 passenger stations, 13 of which will be constructed under phase one and will be spread across activity and population density areas along the tram track. The fleet consists of eight trams in phase one and 17 more will be added in phase two such that a total of 25 trains will be in place capable of commuting about 5,000 passengers per hour per direction.’’ More info