Mafex members present in projects in UAE and Qatar


Dubái:  The  first  tramway in the Gulf region, developed by Alstom .On November 2014, Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) inaugurated the Dubai Tram. Alstom has been responsible for the design, integration and supply of this turnkey tramway project, which includes: the supply of Citadis trams, track laying, signalling (using Alstom’s Urbalis CBTC1), communications systems, integrated operation control centre, platform screen doors and ticketing system. Alstom will also be responsible for the maintenance of the transport system for a period of 13 years.

Alstom’s engineering centre and technology laboratory in Madrid has supported the signalling system (CBTC) development and has  designed  and commissioned  the central system that will manage video surveillance, public address systems and passenger information screens in stations and on trains.

The new 10-km line includes 11 air-conditioned stations and connects destinations such as the Burj Al Arab Hotel area, Dubai Media City, the Marina and the metro. In a second project phase, the line is planned to be extended up to 14.7 km. This first Tramway in the entire Gulf region is expected to serve about 27,000 passengers per day and is anticipated to hit about 66 000 by 2020.

The Dubai Citadis tram is 44 metres long and can carry up to 408 passengers in “Gold”, “Silver”, and “Women & Children” classes. It offers high-end comfort, “infotainment” solutions, enhanced communications and security systems both within the stations and on-board the trams. The main features of the tram’s fine design are its diamond-shaped front nose, and its external livery which evokes the sand dunes of the Emirate. Dubai’s tram is the first tram to run exclusively on APS3 and also the first with tropicalised next-generation equipment adapted to the extreme weather conditions of the Gulf, including temperatures above 50° C, high humidity and sand.


Bombardier has launched the Dubai APM project, which includes the delivery of 18 cars INNOVIA 300 APM DC-AC platform to configure a total fleet of 3 vehicles (5 cars each), plus 3 car parts.

This fleet is designed to transport 200,000 passengers daily along the 1.5 kilometres between the Terminal 1 and the new Concourse 4 of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

The project includes the design, supply and installation of all electrical and mechanical equipment, as well as project management, engineering and integration systems, testing and commissioning of the fleet.

The factory Trápaga in Vizcaya, was the Lead Site of PPC for the APM project in Dubai. This means that such facilities have led the design and manufacture of the propulsion equipment in the project. The car propulsion equipment includes: converter, transformer, three-phase filter, line choke, braking resistor, traction motors and TCMS.

The INNOVIA 300 Monorail system is an important solution for the future of urban mobility and it has been chosen as the main mode of transport for King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh.

Moreover, the BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 train control technology will allow transportation without drivers for the new INNOVIA 300 system in Dubai.

This driverless transportation system is specifically designed for flexible operation in both urban transport and the airport itself, with high passenger capacity and providing exceptional energy efficiency, thereby reducing costs


IDOM is an architectural, engineering and consultancy firm that is very active in Arab countries and is presently developing important infrastructure projects. Idom has an office in Abu Dhabi and since 2013 has been collaborating with the Department of Transport, designing and implementing new applications based on GIS.

Idom also has offices in Riyadh where an extensive multidisciplinary team is based. This team is participating in the Line 3 of the Riyadh Metro project, assuming the responsibility for the complete design of the line: route, tunnel, viaducts and level sections, the stations (underground and aboveground including the transfer station with Line 6), workshops, depots, and the road and landscaping civil works necessary for its urban integration.


Getinsa-Payma takes part in the PM contract for the modernization of the railway network of Oman. The contract includes: design and operational plan review, technical support to the commissioning and operation of the railway system, implement quality control procedures during the construction works, and provide assistance in the tendering of the rolling stock and in the selection of the railway operator for different design and build packages with a total length of 2.245 km.


Project: Railway networks in United Arab Emirates (Etihad Rail) and Oman (Oman Rail)

SENER has supported contractors in the tender processes for the railway networks of Etihad Rail in the United Arab Emirates and Oman Rail in Oman.

Project: Abu Dhabi LRT/Tram Study

SENER is responsible for the concept and preliminary design for the Abu Dhabi LRT/Tram. With 48 km long and  82 stations, it is designed for max. circulation speed of 80 km/h.

Project: Light rail transportation system in Lusail

SENER has been providing review services as an independent checker consulting engineer (ICE) and supervising the construction for the new LRT system in Lusail (Qatar).

Project: Doha Metro Red Line South elevated section

SENER is working on the design of the civil works, electromechanical systems and architectural station finishes on the elevated section of Red line South of Doha metro.


In 2010 TYPSA was selected by the Government of Abu Dhabi (UAE), in consortium with other engineering companies, to develop the LRT/Tram Study in Abu Dhabi. This study was aimed to design and develop a sustainable and high quality transport system to respond to the growing mobility demand in the city, improving its quality of life and maximizing the social benefits. The engineering works were to be carried out in different stages, of which, up-to-date, the first three of them have already been developed:

• Phase I: Feasibility Study for a network of 340 km of LRT which had been proposed by the Surface Transport Master Plan 2030. This first phase was concluded with the selection of the Initial Operating Segment, which comprised 2 LRT Lines (27,5 km and 45 stops) and 1 BRT Line (13,8 km and 25 stops)

• Phases II and III: Preliminary Engineering Design and Tender Documents preparation. During these two phases the Initial Operating Segment was modified after several Value Engineering Sessions held with the Client. The IOS, developed to a Preliminary Engineering Design level, included 3 LRT Lines (50 km and 78 stops); two depots with stabling capacity for the complete fleet of Light Rail Vehicles needed to operate the three lines, heavy maintenance workshops, Operation Control Centre, etc. and one transport hub with a small stabling area where, additionally, light maintenance could be carried out; one underpass including one underground station; five bridges and two viaducts.