A delegation of Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s railway network, has returned from Europe after reviewing the best rail security practices followed by European rail operators. Members of the UAE’s Supreme Committee for Safety and Security, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Municipality, and Abu Dhabi Police GHQ were also part of the continental tour.
The two month long trip included visits to France, Germany, Spain, and the UK where the members met with both public and private groups and learned more about public safety and security standards and procedures. The group was briefed about safety laws that are created, enforced, and followed by operators throughout the continent.
“Our visit to Europe with the Supreme Committee for Safety & Security provided us with critical insight in the fields of railway public safety and security. At Etihad Rail, we are dedicated to looking at how similar railway developers and operators are succeeding around the world, and gaining knowledge on these global best practices such that we are able to implement a railway system for the first time in the UAE to the highest level of standards and procedures,” Dr. Hazem Mobarek, CEO of Etihad Rail, said.
The delegation explored procedures that enhance rail security and studied the repercussions of different models of operational security in the UK and Spain. The UAE delegates met with representatives from Department of Transport who explained England’s rail network and London’s Tube system.
The group met with ADIF, the company that owns the infrastructure of the railway. It also paid a visit to RENFE offices, the group that operates the network in Spain.
The Emirati delegates also met rail authorities in France and Germany and discussed the relationship between safety and security. They also examined responses of emergency teams that react to accidents or sudden events.