Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), recently received Alan Azwao, Ambassador of the French Republic to the UAE, where the two parties discussed means of stepping up cooperation and exchange of expertise in the fields of rail and tram projects.
The meeting was attended by Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector, and Abdulla Yousef Al Ali, Acting CEO of RTA Rail Agency.
Al Tayer hailed the excellent relations between the UAE and France, as reflected in the increased commercial exchange between the two countries, flow of investments in various fields, and the rising number of tourists visiting the two nations.
“Projects undertaken by French companies are mainly in Dubai Metro and Al Sufouh Tram projects, where the company Tales undertook the signaling system as well as the communication system between the control room and trains, and between the trains themselves. Also, the company Systra was awarded a consultation contract in the Dubai Metro project comprising both the Red and Green lines. Among key projects currently being undertaken by French companies is the Sufouh Tramway project,” Al Tayer said.
The French ambassador congratulated the RTA on the test runs of the first train of the Al Sufouh Tram project and expressed his delight and pride in seeing French companies as part of the consortium undertaking the tram project. He added that the huge investments by the Government of Dubai to revamp transport infrastructure has contributed to the enhancement of the population’s living standard and conserving the environment.