Transit Australia Group forms strategic partnership with Dubai South, exports E-Bus to the Middle East

Transit Australia Group (TAG) Chief Executive Michael McGee and Ahmed Al Ansari, Acting CEO, Dubai South today signed an agreement strengthening the Australian mass transit company’s involvement in the world’s largest greenfield urban development.

Today’s agreement will see TAG deliver the first VIP Electric Bus to the Middle East, with the potential for additional e-buses through Bustech, the manufacturing arm of the company which last year attracted international attention with the successful launch of Australia’s first electric bus.

Supported by Queensland’s Deputy Premier Hon Jackie Trad and Trade Commissioner to the Middle East Hon. Donna Massie, the deal signifies the beginning of a strategic partnership with Dubai South.

“Dubai South is a truly incredible integrated urban project. It is a visionary city, with a 50-year horizon and it is hard to comprehend its scale until you personally visit the site,” says TAG CEO Michael McGee.

“To be working in partnership with the Dubai South team to help strategically plan the mass transit system is a huge honour for TAG and a real recognition of our capability internationally.”

“Having worked in the region for several years building relationships and supporting Dubai’s business community, it’s great to be involved in this project and it’ll bolster our footprint in the Middle East through our planned Dubai South base.”

Ahmed Al Ansari, Acting CEO, Dubai South said: “The signing of today’s agreement marks an important step in the relationship between Dubai South, the Queensland Trade Commission and Transit Australia Group. It’s also a step closer in fulfilling our ambitious aim of building a sustainable urban destination with technology, innovation, and smart planning at its core. At Dubai South we are pioneering an ambitious smart city transformation guided by people’s happiness. The aim is to build a smart city that enables its people to do smart things with minimum ecological impact and the environmentally friendly e-bus is a positive step in that direction.”

The deal with TAG demonstrates the growing links between Dubai South and Queensland, after Dubai South and Duserve FM signed deals with several Queensland companies during the recent trade mission led by the Queensland Deputy Premier Hon. Jackie Trad.

“Queensland enjoys a strong relationship with the UAE, and our team on the ground here has really done a great job in creating opportunities and assisting Queensland companies to establish and grow here,” says the Queensland Trade Commissioner Hon. Donna Massie.

“I’m proud to support Transit Australia Group as a company which demonstrates Australia’s world-class expertise and manufacturing capabilities. There is no better place to do that than in Dubai South.”

With construction of what will be the world’s largest airport underway, and international mega-companies such as IKEA, Nestle, DHL, Emirates Cargo, among others, already operating from Dubai South, the need for world class transport solutions for the city is imminent.

“TAG is uniquely placed for expansion within the region, as we offer truly end to end urban mass transit solutions, not just products or services,” says Mr McGee.

“To be able to begin to explore the potential of an innovative mass transit strategy with Dubai South and see the remarkable vision of His Highness Sheik Mohammed come to life is an honour and a privilege.”

Barrett Gibson