Drake and Scull Rail, a subsidiary of Dubai-based contractor Drake and Scull International (DSI), announced on Monday that it has won a contract worth Dhs35 million to build an airport passenger mover system at Dubai International Airport.
The company will provide complete MEP works for the automated passenger mover system (APM), which will connect Concourse 4 of Dubai International Airport to Terminal 1.
The scope of work includes the production and submission of fabrication drawings, supply and installation of MEP services throughout the APM-associated locations, provision of railway-specific services such as signals, traction power, maintenance of area power, compressed air and communication systems as well as minor construction works, DSI said.
Al Jaber LEGT Engineering & Contracting is the main contractor appointed to develop Concourse 4 at Dubai International Airport, while American firm Bombardier Transportation Holdings is responsible for rolling stock and rail technologies at the airport.
Bombardier will also develop the monorail system that will transport passengers between the newly constructed Concourse 4 and Terminal 1, the statement said.
“We are delighted to secure our first rail project in the Middle East, and are excited and proud to be a part of the prestigious Dubai International Airport project that combines airport and railway infrastructure,” said Darko Macura, operations director, Drake & Scull Rail.
“We are very optimistic about the outlook for the rail industry as we’ve seen tremendous activity in this sector in the last two years. In the last year, more than $30 billion worth of rail construction contracts have been awarded, from metro projects in Saudi Arabia to tram systems in Algeria.”
Darko added that DSI is looking to involve itself in major rail projects in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
“Kuwait and Oman are other promising prospects for Drake & Scull Rail, and of course, India remains one of the biggest Rail markets in Asia and we are actively pursuing opportunities over there,” he said.
Drake and Scull Rail division has previously worked on various rail projects across the world such as the UK’s Jubilee Line extension, St Pancras Station redevelopment, Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) line and the Hong Kong Metro.