MENA Rail and Integrated Transport Summit
2016

Outline of the Event

Date
Venue
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November 8, 2016 – November 9, 2016

The Address Dubai Marina Hotel, Dubai, UAE

MEED (Middle East Economic Digest)

Details

The 12th edition of "MENA Rail and Integrated Transport Summit" was held under the esteemed patronage of H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure and Development and in partnership with the UAE Federal Transport Authority on 8-9 November 2016 in Dubai.

Senior project stakeholders from the government and private sectors attended the region's fastest growing rail and metro conference. Major attendees such as transport authorities, departments and ministries of transport, municipalities, government railway companies and agencies, urban planners, regional project owners, project management consultants, EPC contractors, operations & maintenance, engineering consultants, specialist & infrastructure works providers, and solution providers formed a knowledge exchange and business networking platform. The summit hosted over 700 of the region’s leaders in rail and metro to discuss interoperability, project delivery, opportunities, sustainability, innovation and localization in the MENA region’s exciting transport sector.

In addition to the gold sponsorship of the event, the successfull participation of Hitachi group companies from different regions enabled Hitachi to discuss and participate with MEED and other attendees (Regional Transport Authorities, PMCs, Advisors and other leaders in the region’s rail & metro sector) key issues, relevant topics, projects and important technical issues as well as key objectives in order to shape the most significant summit on the MENA region’s rail sector.

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Hitachi Activities

Hitachi was a Gold Sponsor for MENA Rail and Integrated Transport Summit 2016.

Hitachi participated in an advisory board meeting in order to discuss with MEED and other attendees (such as Regional Transport Authorities, PMCs, Advisors, and other leaders in the region’s rail and metro sector) key issues, relevant topics, projects, and important technical issues which should be covered at the Summit.

Hitachi attended a VIP Majlis session with the officials of the FTA, Minister of public work “H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Public Works and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority UAE“ and other stakeholders.

Mr. Mac Motraghi, Director, International Business Development Department, Hitachi, Ltd., Railway Systems Business Unit had a keynote speech titled “Digital Railway” - Advanced Railway Technology from Hitachi.

Mr. Mac Motraghi was interviewed by Ms. Jennifer Aguinaldo MEED’s Transport & Technologies Editor to highlight Hitachi's role at MENA Rail and Metro Summit in addition to Hitachi's best practices in the rail and metro domain.

Round Table discussion “Interoperability of using different systems to improve rail delivery” lead by Mr. Issam Chehimi, Regional Manager, Middle East, Sales &Business Development Ansaldo STS A Hitachi Group Company, UAE.

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Please watch the video to find more about Hitachi participation at MENA Rail and Integrated Transport Summit 2016

Mac Motraghi, Director, International Business Development Department, Hitachi Rail Europe, UK explaining in his interview with MEED (Middle East Economic Digest) about Hitachi innovations in the Railway sector and the effect of IoT and Big Data in managing projects in Rail, to deliver much better services and much bigger availability of Rolling Stock as new ways of making it more efficient and cost effective. Mac Motraghi explaining as well Hitachi end to end transportation solutions and Hitachi involvement in the GCC projects. In addition Mac Motraghi highlighting Hitachi acquisitions of couple of Italian companies and Hitachi annual participation in MENA Rail and Integrated Transport Summit. Hitachi looking forward for the entire region and market (Iran, Turkey, KSA, GCC and Egypt).

Hitachi group companies' booth attracted more than 200 visitors throughout the two days of the summit. Esteemed visitors to the booth included H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure and Development. Hitachi group companies distributed useful material at the booth such as brochures, point-of-view documents, solution profiles, datasheets, case studies, and model of IEP (Semi high speed train for UK).