UAE Leads the way in Middle East Tunneling Industry



As governments across the MENA region continue to invest in infrastructure megaprojects designed to meet the requirements of their increasing populations, the Middle East’s tunneling industry is rapidly expanding. With the Dubai Metro, Sharjah Diftah to Shis highway and Al Salam Street Project all completed or nearing completion, it is clear that the UAE is leading the way in this growing industry.

Dubai metroThe continued infrastructure investment has present increasing opportunities for the tunneling industry, but with some of the world’s most aggressive ground conditions, executing projects on time and to budget have proven to be an incredibly complex business. It is critical, therefore, for anyone keen to win future contracts to learn from the experience of the UAE in successfully completing the region’s key tunneling projects.

These project will all be featured at the 2nd Annual Tunnels and Underground Construction Middle East Summit, which takes place between from the 13 to 16 March 2011 at the Beach Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The summit is held under the patronage of the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City and is supported by the International Tunnelling Association.

Leading speakers at the summit include Engineer Abdulla S. Al Shamsi, Executive Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Assets, Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, Dr. Abdulssamie Haimoni, Deputy Director Rail Projects Construction Department, Rail Agency – RTA, Atta Abd Raboh EI Sherbiny, Chairman, National Authority for Tunnels, Egypt and Olivier Vion, Executive Director, International Tunnelling Association.

Expert speakers will be joined by a selected panel of industry service and solution providers including: McConnell Dowell, Ruud Lighting, Trelleborg, Eco, Daetwyler Rubber, Transgulf Readymix, Herrenknecht, MTS Perforator, American Chemical Technologies, DOW, Ekol & Asdem Construction Co, Minova and Nyx Hemera Technologies