Noteworthy participation of Spanish companies in the Middle East Rail


The Spanish Railway Association, Mafex, has travelled with a delegation of Spanish companies to the Middle East 2018 Trade Fair, held in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). This is the largest exhibition and railway congress in the Middle East and North Africa, which welcomed more than 9,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors.

The Spanish delegation has disseminated the wideranging experience it boasts in the entire value chain of railway projects, from the design, to their start-up, systems supply, rolling stock and maintenance. This year, the delegation was formed by the companies Aquafrisch, ArcelorMittal, CAF, Danobat, Implaser, Sener, Talleres Alegría and Typsa. Other Spanish companies in atten- dance were Idom, Patentes Talgo and Teltronic.

Institutional backing

In order to enhance the Spanish stance, the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Hou- sing, Julio Gómez-Pomar, and the CEO of Renfe, Juan Alfaro, travelled to Dubai to take part in the opening day of the trade fair and visit the companies. Spanish attendees at the fair, along with the Counsellor of the Commercial Office in Spain, Erik Rovina and the Ambassador of Spain to United Arab Emirates.

The opening of the fair was chaired by His Excellency Abdulla Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Development of Infrastructures and President of the Federal Transport Authority of the Arab Emirates. The UAE Government has approved a new Federal Railways Law that provides a regulatory framework for future development and this law is expected to “pave the way for the participation of the private sector in rail projects in the Emirates”. Emirates is interested in “learning about international best practices” and “benefitting from international experience”, which it considers “plays an important role in sustainable development, especially in light of the transformation towards a knowledge-based economy and innovation.”The Middle East, despite the recent slowdown in some investments in infrastructure, is one of the strategic destinations for the internationalisation of Spanish industry. For this reason, Middle East has become an ideal showcase to promote the presence of Mafex partners in this region. Currently, the transport authorities al- ready count on the experience and advice of Spanish companies in numerous railway projects. Amongst them, the design of the railway net- work of Oman, the high-speed line Medina-Mecca, the metropolitan railway systems of Doha (Qatar), Cairo (Egypt) or that of Riyadh and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).