Transport & Logistics Committee

Sectorial Overview

Transportation and logistics infrastructure is the key basis for economic development as well as for diversification. The UAE is heavily investing in completing its five-star infrastructure system and major infrastructure projects have been announced throughout the country - as well as in other GCC countries - to support the region’s economic development plans and objectives over the next several years.

Opportunities for German companies include all modes of transportation infrastructure, including rail, shipping, and air and cover project requirements associated with developments in other sectors such as oil and gas.

Download an overview of the Transport & Logistics Sector in the UAE


The Transport & Logistics Committee is addressing companies in the Transport and Logistics Sector, which is one of the most vibrant sectors in the UAE. It will concentrate on what has to be done collectively by both the "users" and "providers" of transportation infrastructure and logistics services to improve economic productivity, international competitiveness and quality of life. The Committee provides information, education, and networking opportunities that enable AHK members to remain at the forefront of industry topics.


Committee Chairman: 

Arash Mirzaei, DB International GmbH, Abu Dhabi

AHK Committee Officers: 

Dr. Dalia Abu Samra-Rohte

Kerstin Abed


More information about the next committee's meeting will follow soon.

Related Events and News

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InnoTrans 2014 - International Trade Fair for Transport Technology

17 September 2013
Bavarian Business Delegation for Rail Technology visits Abu Dhabi.Full report available [in German]

11 June 2013
Business seminar "Market development and business opportunities in port and transport logistics in the GCC countries" at Handelskammer Hamburg, Germany (event will be in German)

4 June 2013
transport logistic - International Exhibition for Logistics, Mobility, IT and Supply Chain Management
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25 April 2013
Article by Dr. Dalia Abu Samra-Rohte Transport and logistics sectors are emerging

Past Activities


11 September 2013
Transport committee visits Strata in Al Ain. Full report available [in German]


18 June 2012

The Transport & Logistics Committee focusing on "Intelligent Transport Systems" took place on Monday, 18 June 2012 in Abu Dhabi with the participation of Mr. Klaus Theml from the Department Infrastructure & Cities Sector in the Mobility and Logistics Division at Siemens AG [more]

30 January 2012

On 30 January 2012, on the occasion of the visit of Rainer Bomba, Undersecretary of the German Federal Ministry for Traffic and Construction the AHK Transport & Logistics Committee organized a round table discussion focusing on the transportation sector in the UAE.


30 March 2011

A multitude of current competitive biddings in the GCC Railway-network

What are the odds for German companies to the current railway projects in the GCC region? That was one of the key issues during the AHK Transport & Logistics Committee on 30 March 2011 in Abu Dhabi. The largest market is currently offered by Saudi Arabia as participants could see on the presentation by Boris van Thiel, Managing Director German Railway Consult and Voessing Qatar. During the session the guest speaker gave an overview of planned projects in the region.

In a long term, six Gulf States (Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait) should be connected by a railway network with a total length of over 2177 km. The majority of projects are currently carried out in Saudi Arabia, where three major projects are under construction. Among other things, a joint venture between GIZ/Dornier and the resident Zuhair Fayez Company is working on the Masterplan 2040, right now.

While in long term in the UAE, a 1,500 km railway line, including a high-speed connection between Abu Dhabi and Dubai is planned, Abu Dhabi issues an invitation to tender for the renamed Etihad Railway (primarily Union Railway) to build the first 276 km in the west region of the emirate. By signing the MOU between the Deutsche Bahn and Qatar Diar Real Estate Investment Company for the construction and operation of the entire network in the country Qatar already grab the international headlines with the planned project.

Whereas Kuwait plans the connection to the intended GCC Network and four own metro lines even in Oman two open competitive biddings take part at the moment. Conclusion of the committee was, that a large number of German companies offering high technology and services seem to be too small to handle such bulk projects. Van Thiel therefore presented the newly formed consortium of engineering company Vössing, Gauff Rail Engineering, Obermeyer planning and consulting, and Lahmeyer International. With joined forces and a total staff of 6000, the affiliated companies will have better enforce against "greater" international competitors.

by Dr. Dalia Samra-Rohte, Director Abu Dhabi Office, Deputy CEO of AHK