Solaris Bus & Coach has won in a public tender for the delivery of 225 city buses of the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority. Apart from the shipment, the contract includes the buses’ maintenance and service and has a total value of about 112 million Euro.
In fall last year, the Dubai transport company had issued a public tender for the delivery of 620 city buses.
In the end, the contracting entity decided to split the order. As a bottom line, Solaris Bus & Coach is to ship 225 buses to Dubai. The first part shipment is scheduled for November 2007, the final shipment for 2008. For the first five years, Solaris will also maintain and service the vehicles. A service station, operated by Polish Solaris staff until local workforce has been trained, is to be established at the site of the newly constructed fleet facility.
Among the 225 ordered buses, there are 150 articulated Solaris Urbino 18 and 75 Solaris Urbino 12 city buses. Due to the specific climatic and cultural conditions, the buses to be shipped to the Arab Emirates will feature a great number of special solutions. Among other things, all buses will feature a so-called family zone. The area between the first and the second door will, form a family compartment for women and children. All inscriptions in the buses, including the instrument panel, will be bi-lingual - Arab and English. Also, all vehicles are going to be equipped with a video surveillance system.