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March 23, 2021
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Mitsubishi Corporation awarded 15-year contract to operate the Dubai’s world class driverless metro in Dubai and tram networks.

Mitsubishi Corporation (“MC”), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHI-ENG) and KEOLIS S.A. are pleased to announce that they have formed a consortium (“the Consortium”) and signed a 15-year contract to operate and maintain Dubai’s world class driverless metro in Dubai and tram networks with the Roads & Transport Authority of Dubai (”RTA”).
This Consortium combines MC and MHI-ENG’s extensive knowledge of the Dubai’s metro network with KEOLIS’ experience in automated metro operations and trams with operations in 30 cities worldwide. The Consortium will work hand-in-hand with RTA to deliver its vision of world-class, smart and sustainable mobility for the city.
The contract covers15 years (9 base years and 6 renewable years). The Consortium will have a transition period and will start operating Dubai’s metro and tram networks from September 8th, 2021.
The Dubai metro network is the longest fully driverless and automated metro network in the world. features two lines (including Route 2020) spanning a total of 90 kilometers. The metro system links metro stations with bus, taxi and water bus lines connecting major areas, such as Dubai International Airport and Burj Khalifa.
The city’s catenary-free tram network opened in 2014. Spanning a total length of 10.6 km, it offers passengers a convenient and comfortable mode of transportation. The Dubai metro and Dubai tram are Incorporated within a wider, multimodal network offering comprehensive and accessible travel options, the Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram are now considered essential to the country’s daily transportation infrastructure.
MC has experience in international railway projects all over the world. The company co-built the Dubai Metro with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and has supplied it with 395 railway cars. Among the new railway projects that are being planned in the UAE are the extension of the Dubai Metro and construction of Automated People Mover systems for Airports. MC will continue to participate in transportation infrastructure projects and contribute to the UAE’s economic development, helping to better the region’s quality of life and address challenges like traffic congestion. 
Dubai metro and tram networks – Key figures
Dubai Metro
Dubai Tram
General Information of Lines
Totally 90km
53 stations
Totally 10.6km
11 stations
Number of cars
129 train-sets
11 tram-sets
Number of passengers
Approx. 210 million per year for both
Keolis is a pioneer in developing public transport systems and works alongside public authorities. 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. 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. For more information, please visit
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial groups, spanning energy, logistics & 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
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, all of which benefit from its collaborations with trusted partners around the globe. For more information on MC, please visit the company's website at

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