Khalifa University, Etihad Rail and CRRC Qingdao Sifang signed an agreement to establish China – UAE Rail Transit Technologies R&D Center in Abu Dhabi which will be focused on new technologies in rail transit industry, especially in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), big data and new composite materials for railway applications.
The center would be the first in the Middle East region for CRRC Sifang, which already has four national R&D institutes in China.
Combining CRRC Sifang’s technology application experience and the scientific research capabilities of Khalifa University, R&D center will carry out joint projects to significantly enhance the technological innovations for global and regional rail transit markets, while further strengthening the Chinese – UAE technological cooperation.
“Through this agreement we will also offer our rail transit technology expertise to Etihad Rail that will help strengthen the UAE-China relations. We believe this hub will also help us explore new areas for business expansion in the nearby regions,” said Jiangying Liang, Vice President of CRRC Sifang.
The R&D center will aim to build a hub specialised in the latest rail transit technologies and focus on utilising competitive advantages of the partners’ technological resources. The partners will additionally explore the possibility of launching communication forums and training programs between China and the UAE, to cultivate local and international talents.
“With Stage Two of the Etihad Rail network poised to launch, the China-UAE Rail Transit Technologies R&D Center in Abu Dhabi will be able to guide the future of innovation in the region’s rail transportation infrastructure, increasing efficiency and driving sustainability for the future,” Shadi Malak, CEO, Etihad Rail, said.
A platform and hub for all joint collaborations within the field of China-UAE rail transit industries will be established, which will also include co-participation to push forward the research projects.