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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering to Form Consortium with Keolis of France and Mitsubishi Corp. Following Receipt of Order for Concession Relating to Two Transport Systems in Dubai
-- Arrangement Covers Operation and Maintenance of Dubai Metro and Operation of Dubai Tram --


・ First participation by MHIENG in operation of overseas urban rail transport systems, to commence in September
・ Consortium brings together MHIENG’s experience in transport systems and railway carriages, Keolis’s expertise in operating public transport networks and Mitsubishi Corp.’s track record for rolling stocks,

Dubai Metro(Photo provided by Roads and Transport Authority)

Tokyo, March 23, 2021 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIENG), a Group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) based in Yokohama, has received an order for a concession relating to two transportation systems serving Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The agreement calls for operation and maintenance of the Dubai Metro, a fully automated, driverless rail system, as well as operation of the Dubai Tram network. The concession order, placed by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), was received by MHIENG as part of a consortium to be newly formed with Keolis SA, which is a member of France’s SNCF (French National Railway Company) Group, and Mitsubishi Corporation. The concession marks MHIENG’s first participation in operating urban rail transport systems overseas. The new business arrangement will commence in September 2021, taking over operation and maintenance duties from the current service provider, following the establishment by the three consortium partners of a new business company to be named Keolis MHI Rail Management and Operation LLC. Ownership ratios in the new business will be Keolis 70%, MHIENG 25% and Mitsubishi Corporation 5%. The contract will cover a maximum of 15 years: 9 years plus a maximum 6-year option.

The Dubai Metro is an urban rail network inaugurated in 2009 that currently consists of 2 lines (including Route 2020) spanning a total length of 90 kilometers (km), of which the original 75 kilometers was completed by a five-member international consortium led by MHI, under a D&B (Design & Build) contract. The Dubai Metro links Dubai International Airport with the major urban areas and EXPO 2020 site, and as infrastructure indispensable to everyday life the system provides an extremely convenient and diversified means of transport. The Dubai Tram went into operation in 2014 and covers a total of 10.6km linking the rapidly developing Marina district, site of Dubai’s major skyscrapers. Users enjoy riding the tram both for its convenience and comfort and also for its beautiful views of the surrounding areas.

Under the newly concluded concession agreement, MHIENG’s significant experience in urban railway systems and carriages, and the robust track record of Mitsubishi Corporation for rolling stocks, will join forces with Keolis’s expertise in operating public transport networks as a world leader in automated metros and trams with operations in 30 cities worldwide to collaborate with RTA in operation and maintenance. MHIENG has abundant experience coupled with outstanding operating rates, having already provided high-quality operation and maintenance services in countries including the United States, Singapore, Qatar and the Philippines. In the UAE, since 2018 the Company has provided operation and maintenance services for the Automated People Mover (APM) linking the concourses in Dubai International Airport. Through active participation in the UAE’s transportation infrastructure projects, going forward MHIENG will continue to contribute to local economic development, enhance regional convenience, and provide solutions to address traffic congestion and other local issues.

Applying its accumulated and well-proven technologies and abundant track record in oversight of EPC projects, MHIENG today is undertaking development of diverse products and systemization of technologies incorporating digital and AI advancements in new areas within the transportation field. Through these endeavors the Company will continue aiming to provide customers with operation and maintenance services of high added value, and will further develop its after-sales service operations, including participation in business concessions.

■Profile of Transport Lines

Name Dubai Metro Dubai Tram
Overview 2 lines, total length 90km, 53 stations Total length 10.6km, 11 stations
No. of trains 129 11
Ridership Approx. 210 million per year for both
Dubai Metro(Photo provided by Roads and Transport Authority)
Dubai Tram(Photo provided by Roads and Transport Authority)

About Keolis

Keolis is a pioneer in developing public transport systems and works alongside public authorities who want to enhance shared mobility systems to grow the appeal and vitality of their regions. A world leader in operating automated metro and tramway systems, Keolis and its partners and subsidiaries Kisio, EFFIA, Keolis Santé and Cykleo support the core business with innovations offering new and bespoke shared mobility solutions for modes including trains, buses and coaches, trolleybuses, shared car solutions, river and sea shuttle services, bike share services, car sharing, fully electric driverless shuttles and urban cable cars. In France, Keolis is the second largest provider of parking management solutions through its subsidiary EFFIA, and the country's leader in medical transport since the creation of Keolis Santé in July 2017. The Group is 70%-owned by SNCF and 30%-owned by the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (Quebec Deposit and Investment Fund) and employs 68,500 people in 15 countries. In 2019, it posted revenue of €6.6 billion. In 2019, 3.4 billion passengers used one of Keolis’ shared mobility services.
*Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Senegal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

About Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Corporation is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates businesses together with its offices and subsidiaries in approximately 90 countries and regions worldwide, as well as a global network of around 1,700 group companies. MC has 10 Business Groups that operate across virtually every industry: Natural Gas, Industrial Materials, Petroleum & Chemicals, Mineral Resources, Industrial Infrastructure, Automotive & Mobility, Food Industry, Consumer Industry, Power Solution and Urban Development. Through these 10 Business Groups, MC’s current activities have expanded far beyond its traditional trading operations to include project development, production and manufacturing operations, working in collaboration with our trusted partners around the globe. For more information on MC, please visit the company's website at

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About MHI Group

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, spanning energy, smart infrastructure, industrial machinery, aerospace and defense. MHI Group combines cutting-edge technology with deep experience to deliver innovative, integrated solutions that help to realize a carbon neutral world, improve the quality of life and ensure a safer world. For more information, please visit or follow our insights and stories on