Transporting Us Into The Future

Warning: a cliched headline for an article containing many references to two clients whose products and projects I am in awe of.

On 8th and 9th March 2016 I will be attending the Middle East Rail exhibition along with two companies I’ve been working alongside, two leaders of the transport and infrastructure space, at least from an automation and safety perspective. Avanceon and Rockwell Automation teamed up in 2008 to deliver their contribution to the World’s Biggest Unmanned Metro System, AKA the Dubai Metro for the RTA. Something of an Infrastructural Dream Team, seamlessly reliable systems integration brimming with cutting-edge technology, these global engineering powerhouses have partnered up since on other great Middle Eastern Firsts, such as the world’s largest district cooling project for Empower and helping to form the backbone of the developments over in Qatar’s Lusail City.

At the 10th Middle East Rail event, to be held at Dubai World Trade Centre, there will be no great fanfare, these companies with nothing more to communicate than the projects listed in brief above. Only the Dubai Metro, Dubai’s air conditioning system and the bulk of the 2022 FIFA World Cup venue.

For those of you who have travelled on the Dubai Metro at some point, please comment below and tell me that it isn’t a thing of beauty.

Smooth, reliable, clean, complete with Gold Class carriage for those amongst us wanting to travel in style, a certain smugness takes over when you can look out at the traffic jams from above Sheikh Zayed Road. Even the stations are a joy to behold, giant armadillos lifted from a more uplifting scene in BladeRunner.

I hope to speak to the experts behind these projects (get in touch with any specific questions) in the coming weeks and share a smattering of their insights and hopes for the future of the region, for this is where we are journeying together with them.

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