RATP Group inks key UAE deal
Dubai, January 5, 2011
RATP Group, a world leader in public transport, has inked a strategic deal with Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) to develop integrated transport networks - bus, tram and metro services - in the emirates.
RATP, which stands for the Autonomous Operator of Parisian Transport, is a state owned company in charge of the Paris metro lines and the majority of the transportation system in all of the Île-de-France region.
RATP chairman and chief executive Pierre Mongin signed the agreement with Mattar Al-Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of RTA during his recent Gulf visit.
The partnership is intended to develop integrated transport networks (bus, tram and metro services) with high quality service in the United Arab Emirates, said Mongin who led a high-level delegation.
RATP Group chief said with many upcoming transport projects, the Gulf region was a strategic market for the company and it will support the region's growth through its subsidiary Ratp Dev.
Ratp Dev already operates in a dozen countries on four continents, providing clear proof of its ability to adapt to every situation and to all cultures.
"In June 2010 Ratp Dev inaugurated the Gautrain in South Africa, the most modern and fastest train in Africa operated and maintained by Ratp Dev," said Mongin.
According to Mongin, the RTA had set a high standard in the Gulf with the world’s longest automatic metro line, an extensive bus network and a future tramline.
"RTA decided to team up with the RATP firstly because it is an integrated company combining engineering, operations and maintenance, and secondly because of its expertise in automatic metro technologies (line 14, the Greater Paris project) and tramways (100 km around Paris by the end of 2012)," he added.
The RATP chief also met representatives of the Abu Dhabi transport authorities who are finalising their Master Plan for Transport.
"The RATP delegation was also in Doha when the FIFA 2022 World Cup tournament was awarded to Qatar. The experience acquired by the RATP Group at the ’98 World Cup in France and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa will also serve the ambitious project to develop transportation in Qatar," remarked Mongin.
RATP Group, he said, will field a strong representation at the 59th UITP International Transport Congress in Dubai in April 2011-TradeArabia News Service