DP World, Egypt set up joint venture company for Suez Canal development

DP World plans to establish a dedicated industrial and trade logistics district within the free zone with the Suez Canal free zone. (AP)
Updated 10 August 2017

DP World, Egypt set up joint venture company for Suez Canal development

DUBAI: DP World has entered into a joint venture with the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone in Egypt to develop projects in the free zone and trade hub of the newly-expanded canal.
DP World plans to establish a dedicated industrial and trade logistics district within the free zone, and will incorporate services and facilities alongside spaces for residence and entertainment.
The joint venture announcement came after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Mohab Mamish, the Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, met with Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the DP World Chairman and chief executive, on Wednesday.
During the meeting, El-Sisi approved the plans for the joint development company and also affirmed Egypt’s support for the immediate start of DP World’s plans for the industrial and trade logistics district.

The world’s fourth largest terminal operator already has a presence in Egypt through the Ain Al Sokhna Port, which is one of the 78 terminals it operates in 40 countries.
DP World last month signed an agreement with the Indonesian government to provide advice on the development of the Kuala Tanjung greenfield port and logistics zone and the Belawan port located in North Sumatra.
The Dubai port operator will review Belawan port operations to help shore up efficiencies while looking for ways to reduce costs in building the new Kuala Tanjung port and logistics zone, DP World said.


Habtoor joins Israeli tech firm on ‘robo-taxi’ plan 

Updated 23 September 2020

Habtoor joins Israeli tech firm on ‘robo-taxi’ plan 

  • Mobileye technology will be fitted into cars from the Habtoor dealership, which has the Dubai franchise for Mitsubishi
  • Founder of Mobileye Amnon Shashua: Dubai is classic territory to launch technologies for smart cities and a natural for deploying autonomous cars

DUBAI: In the latest sign of increased UAE-Israeli business co-operation, Al Habtoor Group, the Dubai-based hotels and motor conglomerate, has teamed up with a Jerusalem-based company on plans to put “robo-taxis” on the roads of the emirate.

Khalaf Al Habtoor, founding chairman of the group, signed a deal with Mobileye, the Israeli high-tech firm owned by Intel, that will provide the technology for the next generation of self-drive and autonomous vehicles in the UAE.

Mobileye technology will be fitted into cars from the Habtoor dealership, which has the Dubai franchise for Mitsubishi, one of the leading volume car marques in the region, as well as several luxury brands.

Amnon Shashua, the billionaire Israeli founder of Mobileye who sold the company to Intel for $15 billion in 2017, said that by early 2023 there would be a “fleet of autonomous, self-driving robo-taxi vehicles” on the streets of Dubai.

“Dubai is one of the most advanced cities in the world. It is classic territory to launch technologies for smart cities and a natural for deploying autonomous cars,” he added.

Mobileye’s tech provides data for map reading, navigation, traffic and driving conditions in a kit that can be fitted to Habtoor’s fleet, which serves government and public sector transport in Dubai, or can be bought by individual motorists as an add-on package

Al Habtoor said: “This deal will benefit both countries, the UAE and Israel, as well as neighboring countries and Europe.”

Shashua said that while Dubai was a center for growth in the Middle East, he would look to expand into other emirates and countries in the region.

Asked whether Mobileye would like to do business in Saudi Arabia, he said: “We look at things not through a political lens, but from the point of view of areas or territories where we can expand. The only reason we could not expand to Dubai before was the absence of a relationship between Israel and the UAE.

“It is true that Mobileye is owned by Intel, an American company, but still it is very difficult to start sending Israeli engineers in disguise. From a logistic perspective, it is not convenient. I believe there are many more opportunities in the Middle East and, once the ties are made formally, we could expand even further,” he added.

The first phase of the partnership will see 1,000 petrol-engine cars from the Habtoor fleet fitted with Mobileye technology, leading up to trials with a human “safety driver” in early 2022, before a fleet of “smart cars” is launched later that year or early 2023.

The business relationship between Habtoor and Mobileye began before the recent normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel. The Dubai-based company has been among the most enthusiastic advocates of closer business links with Israel, recently signaling it will open a representative office in the Israeli capital.