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MENA region gears up for Trenchless Middle East

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is counting down to the biannual no-dig event, Trenchless Middle East.

The 11th biannual Trenchless Middle East Conference and Exhibition will take place on 18–19 February 2019 at the Jumeirah Beach Conference and Exhibition Centre in Dubai.

With largescale infrastructure plans announced from municipalities and authorities – including the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Road and Transport Authority (RTA) and developers including Dubai Holdings: Global Investment Holdings Company, Nakheel and Emaar – the use of trenchless technology continues at pace across the Middle East.

The prestigious event is the only one solely focused on trenchless technology (NDRC) in the MENA regions and will feature an extensive program.

The keynote address, presented by Dr Sabih Khisaf, will give an overview of the exciting Hyperloop project, which is set to carry passengers to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes once completed.

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Dubai’s recent launch of a new five-year plan for the emirate’s transport industry has cemented its reputation in the Middle East as a major investor in infrastructure.

Between 2014 and 2016, the RTA launched 29 initiatives under the government’s Smart City project, the goal of which is to turn Dubai into a global centre for the use of innovation and technology in urban planning.

In addition, the Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau (RSB) for electricity and water in Dubai has revealed that Dubai’s cumulative investment in the energy efficiency market increased to an impressive US$136 million in 2017. 

DEWA has announced it is set to award contracts worth US$843 million over the next three years as contractors will be brought on board for the construction of 91 new substations in Dubai emirate.

In a statement released by the utilities’ provider, it said that these new contracts are part of DEWA’s efforts to support and upgrade the capacity and efficiency of the electricity transmission networks. 

The government also recently approved $354 million on the development of rain and groundwater drainage systems for the districts around the Al Maktoum International Airport, Expo 2020 and other nearby urban centres. 

Dubai Municipality likewise awarded a contract to Parsons Overseas (US) for consultancy and supervision of the US$3.4 billion Dubai Strategic Sewerage Tunnel Project. 

Sponsors for the event include Vermeer Middle East, Apollo Techno International, Digital Control Incorporated, International Aramoon Corporation, Herrenknecht and International Drilling Services.

For more information visit the Trenchless Middle East website.

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