The inaugural UAE – France Rail & Mobility Days, a three-day event hosted in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, successfully concluded, making a significant impact on the transportation and mobility landscape in the UAE. This exceptional platform brought together a diverse array of public and private entities, UAE and French industry leaders, and mobility experts who delved into a myriad of initiatives, the latest trends in mobility, and ongoing projects reshaping the way people move.
Running from October 24th to 26th, the event featured an important lineup of organizations and leaders within the mobility industry, sparking meaningful discussions on the evolution of mobility solutions in the region. The agenda was thoughtfully divided into three impactful days, with Day 1 hosting esteemed entities such as the Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Bureau Veritas, Al Naboodah Transport and Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC). Day 2 featured the Roads and Transport Authority and major industry players, including Al Masaood, Beeah, Al Futtaim, and many others, providing a dynamic platform for the exploration of innovative mobility solutions.
Key organizations including Etihad Rail, Abu Dhabi Transport, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, and Abu Dhabi Ports shared their visions for the future of transportation.
A delegation of 16 esteemed French companies introduced an array of advanced solutions aimed at enhancing sustainability, efficiency, and innovation in the mobility experiences of the country’s residents and visitors. These solutions ranged from high-speed trains, metros, monorails, and trams to turnkey systems, services, infrastructure, signaling, digital mobility, passenger information systems, seating, and innovative training simulators.
Among these, Alstom, renowned pioneers in transportation solutions, showcased their expertise, covering high-speed trains, metros, trams, and cutting-edge digital mobility innovations designed to transform public transportation and infrastructure in the UAE. They emphasized their commitment to sustainable transport solutions, stating, “We are proud to participate in this year’s French Rail & Mobility Days, highlighting our commitment to sustainable transport solutions. As global mobility needs evolve, our focus remains on innovations that enhance efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and elevate the user experience. Partnerships stand at the forefront of these efforts, enabling us to craft transport systems that are efficient, safe, and environmentally conscious. Together, we are setting the pace, championing a sustainable future shaped by responsible business practices and mutual growth.”
Dassault Systems, with their revolutionary 3D EXPERIENCE platform, offered a pathway to create innovative transportation products and services through virtual experiences. Additionally, POMA, recognized for their proficiency in ropeway transportation, introduced cost-effective, eco-friendly transport solutions that respect the environment while addressing the unique mobility challenges faced by both urban and mountainous terrains in the UAE.
Axel Baroux, Managing Director of Business France Middle East, commented, “The UAE – France Rail & Mobility Days epitomizes the strong bilateral ties between our nations and our shared commitment to sustainable, innovative, and efficient transportation solutions. The exchange of knowledge, ideas, and the creation of partnerships during this event will undoubtedly contribute to the future of transportation in the UAE. As a leader in smart mobility, France has consistently demonstrated excellence in building and operating efficient and sustainable transportation systems, including rail, metro, and tram networks within the UAE.”
Throughout the three-day event, participants engaged in plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and established business-to-business connections with over 30 industry experts from France and the UAE, resulting in more than 100 scheduled business meetings. The central focus of the event revolved around solutions and services for public transport, including trains, metro systems, trams, and buses, along with pioneering technologies such as nexgen battery solutions and ropeway transportation systems, as well as e-mobility solutions, to name a few.
France’s historical and globally renowned expertise in the rail and mobility sector, dating back to the delivery of the first high-speed train in 1981 by ALSTOM, sets the standard for reliability, safety, and passenger comfort with pioneering rail technology and innovation. Their focus on sustainability and connectivity aligns with the UAE’s transportation system, with ALSTOM developing the first electric tramway in Dubai and Keolis strategically positioning itself as the asset manager of the longest driverless metro system in Dubai.
In 2022, Etihad Rail signed a memorandum of understanding with SNCF International, France’s national state-owned railway company, and Alstom, a national champion in the green and smart mobility sector, to drive the growth of the rail industry in the UAE and the region. The French company has been entrusted with overseeing all aspects of the metro and tram networks, including trains, control centers, stations, and associated infrastructure.
The UAE – France Rail & Mobility Days was the occasion to discuss the global vision of mobility opportunities in the UAE, fostering a spirit of cooperation and innovation to promote the adoption of smart mobility solutions and create more connected communities.
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About UAE – France Rail & Mobility Days:
The UAE – France Rail & Mobility Days is a pioneering event that brings together public and private entities to explore innovative mobility solutions. With a focus on public transportation and cutting-edge technologies, the event aims to foster international collaboration and shape the future of transportation in the United Arab Emirates. For more information.
Catalog of the French companies:
ALSTOM: From high-speed trains, metros, monorails, trams, to turnkey systems, services, infrastructure, signaling and digital mobility, Alstom offers its diverse customers the broadest portfolio in the industry
CERTIFER: For 25 years, CERTIFER provides support in testing, certification and inspection in railway, guided transportation and beyond. With our network of 650 experts, we are committed to making railway, urban transport and new mobilities safer, more reliable and more connected around the world.
CMA CGM Group is a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, which serves more than 420 ports around the world across 5 continents, with a fleet of around 623 vessels.
Création & image: Inheriting the couture savoir-faire of Balenciaga, Balmain and Carven, CREATION & IMAGE Paris designs and develops exclusive, comfortable, yet modern and elegant outfits to delight its international clients. Over 200 companies dressed worldwide since 1985: Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, All Business BEOND
Dassault systemes: We provide business & people with 3DEXPERIENCE universes to imagine sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing products, nature & life.
EGIS is an international player active in the consulting, construction engineering and mobility service sectors. We design and operate intelligent infrastructure and buildings capable of responding to the climate emergency and helping to achieve more balanced, sustainable and resilient territorial development. With operations in 120 countries, EGIS places the expertise of its 18,000 employees at the disposal of its clients and develops cutting-edge innovation accessible to all projects.
Hive electric: The batteries are a solution to accelerate the energy transition. This is why, Hive Electric developed two news technologies: Metal-ion batteries only with abundant raw materials and a Safest Lithium-Fer Phosphate batteries (without critical raw materials like Cobalt, Nickel, Manganese)
KEOLIS is one of the world’s leading public transport operators, present in 13 countries, KEOLIS operates and maintains tailored mobility solutions (automatic metros, tramways, trains, buses, coaches, ferries, self-service bicycles) adapted to local environments.
Since 1972, MBD Design proposes its industrial design expertise in Transport Design and Imaging. Recognized worldwide for its experience in creating modern rolling stock and station equipment design, MBD Design can also supports you in supplying 3D animation and virtual reality of your future vehicles and stations.
Momi is an online marketplace dedicated to connecting freelancers & businesses.
MPH is a renowned leading technical recruitment services provider specialized in deliveringcomplex energy transition projects with 35+ years of global experience and a footprint that spans across MENA, Asia and Africa.
OKTAL Sydac are a forward-thinking innovative training simulator company who have delivered over 700 simulators to customer across the globe.
POMA brings its expertise in ropeway transportation in Middle East. From the mountains to the cities, new mobility challenges are driving POMA to invent economically reasonable transport solutions that provide new experience for passengers and respect environment.
SERCEL is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-tech solutions for subsurface exploration (from natural resources to earth and infrastructure monitoring, energy transition, and defense). For the rail sector, SERCEL and its subsidiary company Geocomp, provides wide range of geotechnical and structural monitoring solutions and services.
SETEC is a French multidisciplinary engineering group which carries out complex construction projects throughout the world. The areas of the company’s expertise include economic & traffic engineering, transport infrastructure, intelligent transport systems, railway systems, buildings, industry, energy, water and waste engineering, environmental protection, project management, strategy and organization and urban planning & development.
Umann Passenger Information Systems meet the hardware, software, and standards requirements of major international projects. Our systems’ technological solutions cover all information functions (public announcements, information at boarding gates and platforms, mobile and tablet apps, safety and evacuation). UMANN also integrates complete technological solutions, both hardware (sound bays, servers, stations, tft/led screens, HP, etc.) and software.