ADL aims to take Saudi transport to new heights

ADL aims to take Saudi transport to new heights
Updated 28 May 2014

ADL aims to take Saudi transport to new heights

ADL aims to take Saudi transport to new heights

British manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd. (ADL) with its local dealer partner Manahil International introduced its latest double-deck model to local stakeholders in transport organizations, infrastructure developers and other specialists on Sunday.
Mohammed Shoukat, British consul general in Jeddah, said it is always nice to present new partnerships between the two kingdoms and launch new products.
In March, ADL signed partnership with Manahil International to introduce an advanced mode of public transportation in Jeddah and the rest of the Kingdom with Midi bus and today it is launching its double-deck bus.
“We are going through the phase of change in Saudi Arabia; public transportation is coming to forefront of the infrastructure projects in Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh and Jeddah. And recently in Dammam we launched the product,” he said.
ADL has already made its mark by taking center stage at the recent MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition in Dubai.
“Double-deck is the bus I would like to see on the roads of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and other cities,” he said.
Gustavo Marqueta Siibert, business development director of Alexander Dennis, told Arab News that the company was happy to launch double-deck buses in the Saudi market; the experience of launching midi bus on the streets of Makkah and Jeddah was excellent.
Nearly all of the 600 buses featured in these new contracts have been ADL Enviro500 double-deck models. They have up to 89 seats and can carry up to 139 passengers.
Abdul Wahab Itani, SVP at Manahil, said the company’s partnership with ADL was an excellent move for the Saudi public transportation solution as ADL specialized in city transport. ADL buses are famous for its manouverability and superb fuel consumption.
Robert Davey, ADL’s international business development director, said double-deck is highly maneuverable and "wins back space" in congested cities.