Thales signs maintenance contract with Saudi Railway Company

The Northern Train project in Saudi Arabia is the longest railway in the world.
Updated 12 October 2017
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Thales signs maintenance contract with Saudi Railway Company

Thales, a global technology leader for the aerospace and transport sector, has signed a two-year maintenance contract with Saudi Railway Company (SAR) to maintain the signalling, telecommunication and electromechanical systems of the Kingdom’s North-South Railways project.
This contract also includes the transfer of knowledge to SAR national human capital teams, which is in line with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030, the company said.
The Northern Train project in Saudi Arabia is the longest railway in the world equipped with state-of-the-art technology signalling and communications systems, the ETCS Level 2. The project, currently in operation, involved the construction of 2,400 km of track, sidings, yards, depots, stations and administrative facilities of the two lines. SAR transports passengers from the capital city of Riyadh to Qurrayat in northern Saudi Arabia, in addition to the heavy transport of minerals such as raw phosphates and bauxite from the Wa’ad Al-Shamal phosphate mine.
The maintenance activities will be performed by Thales’ trained engineers and technicians located across eight maintenance bases situated along the railway line.
Thales will work with Buraidah’s Saudi Railway Polytechnic to train 1,500 students to obtain vocational qualifications.
“This will allow SAR maintenance teams to gradually and efficiently take over the maintenance activities by the end of the two-year contract,” the company said.
Jean-Yves Tolot, country director of Thales in Saudi Arabia, said: “Throughout its historic presence in the Kingdom, the group has developed very strong cooperation with local industries and universities to speed up the transfer of knowledge, know-how and capabilities. In line with Saudi Vision 2030 and National Transformation Program 2020 (NTP), this project further illustrates Thales’ commitment to ensure the SAR maintenance [personnel] are able to continue in their efforts long after our contract expires, and contribute toward the Kingdom’s success.”
He added: “This contract win further solidifies our footprint in the Kingdom. Along with our partners we have established a solid industrial network to provide maintenance and services to our customers in the Kingdom.”
In the Kingdom, Thales provides maintenance services to the Al-Mashaer Al-Mugaddassah Makkah Metro (MMMP) and Saudi Arabian Airlines.


A summer to remember with Jumeirah

Updated 17 July 2018
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A summer to remember with Jumeirah

Jumeirah Hotels has created a list of 90 different ways one can have fun over the summer months with friends and family at its hotels. From the beach, to the city, to the creek — or even a drive or plane journey away, there is something for everybody.
With six different categories to dip into, guests can enjoy a whole host of day or nighttime activities, as well as staycations or long-term stays within the family, dining, shopping, exploring, recharge and indulge categories — all available for guests to scroll through on www.jumeirah.com/90ways

Staycations at Jumeirah city hotels
l Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel are offering a UAE Residents’ rate from 315 dirham ($85). The perfect destinations to explore the Museum of the Future site, Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Bur Dubai and Deira.
l Zabeel House Al-Seef and Zabeel House MINI hotels are perfect for those looking for heritage and culture. Venture into the new area surrounding the Creek and the friendly team will lend you a bike to explore the eclectic neighborhood.

Food
l Foodies can tackle the huge variety of different meat cuts with a masterclass hosted by the Master Butcher at The Rib Room, Jumeirah Emirates Towers complete with a three course lunch for just 325 dirham per person.
l Experience dining re-imagined with a five-course menu to be enjoyed from the heights of Jumeirah Emirates Towers’ famed glass elevators with panoramic views.
l Learn to cook the perfect Spanish paella at Al-Hambra, Jumeirah Al-Qasr for 180 dirham per person.
l Kids eat for free at any of the Madinat Jumeirah all day-dining outlets of Hanaaya, Arboretum or The Palmery.

Day and nighttime fun

l Surprise a loved one by creating a personalized fragrance for 40 dirham at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, or host a party at Sinbad Kids Club at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray for 100 dirham per child.
l While the little ones enjoy that, the adults can enjoy beach and pool access, and the choice of either lunch or dinner at Lalezar followed by the legendary Turkish Hammam in Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.
l Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah invites guests to breeze through a hot summer day from a cooled pool cabana at The Terrace, sipping on unlimited signature mocktails, followed by a refreshing cold seafood platter from Scape Restaurant and Lounge. Or enjoy a romantic Moonlight Swim complete with your own pool adorned with rose petals and massage from 7,321 dirham per couple.