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Dubai exhibition to host railways career zone

Middle East Rail event geared towards engineering graduates and students

PHOTO: Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are embarking on ambitious rail projects. Credit: Saudi Railways

The Middle East Rail exhibition will for the first time feature a Rail Career Zone, which will enable current and future engineering graduates to learn about job opportunities in the fledgling sector.

According to Terrapinn, the exhibition organiser, the Career Zone will provide the students and graduates with direct access to regional rail operators, government authorities and leading multinational rail suppliers.

Young professionals who have already embarked on successful careers in rail engineering will also be present to share their experiences and answer questions.

The event organiser has also partnered with the Howarth & Co, founder of the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering in the UK, and an international project management consultancy firm to coordinate career advice sessions and interactive workshops.

Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the UAE Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime, said: “The region is home to some of the largest railway projects in the world and a number of large and small scale public and private-sector infrastructure projects are currently in progress. As engineering disciplines become more specialised, it is extremely important for the students to understand the industry’s demands and trends so that they can align their academic field experience and skillset with the opportunities and economic needs of the future.”

Gil Howarth, Chief Executive of Howarth & Co, said: “We see this initiative as the start of a major ongoing programme of industry promotion within schools, colleges and universities. We are delighted to have the support of the Federal Transport Authority in moving this localisation programme forward.”

The Middle East Rail exhibition and conference will take place on March 9th at the Dubai International Convention Centre.

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