Dubai, Dec 12, 2012: The whole of UAE braced to witness the opening of Danube Metro Station earlier known as Jebel Ali Industrial Station on 12/12/12. Danube Group is the first private expatriate entity to have officially licensed an agreement with the Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) securing naming rights under the second phase of the Dubai Metro Naming Rights Project.
Issuing the first ticket to H.E. Eng. Sultan Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, UAE, H. E., Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of RTA; Ms. Salma Ali Saif Bin Hareb, CEO of JAFZA and Mr. Rizwan Sajan, Founder & Chairman of Danube Group, the official inauguration of the Metro Station commenced. The event also marked the esteemed presence of Mr. Adnan Al Hammadi, CEO of the RTA Rail Agency; Mr. Abdullah Al Madani, CEO of RTA Corporate Technical Support Services Sector; Mr. Ebrahim Al Janahi, Deputy CEO of JAFZA; Mr. Talal Al Hashemi, Managing Director of JAFZA; Mr. Asim Al Abbasi, CFO of JAFZA; Mr. Anis Sajan, Managing Director of Danube Group, Mr. Adel Sajan, Director of Buildmart and high profile officials from RTA and JAFZA.
“It is a great honour to be associated with the Roads & Transport Authority under the Dubai Metro Naming Rights Project. Our collaboration with Dubai Metro is a reflection of our commitment to support the advancement of our nation’s infrastructure and we see great value in connecting ourselves with such a prestigious project. Besides visibility and brand reinforcement, the experience of joining the public sector is unique and unprecedented offering an ideal opportunity for private companies to contribute to the society.” Said Mr. Rizwan Sajan, Founder & Chairman of Danube Group.
The Jebel Ali Industrial Station will be called Danube Station, as part of a 10-year deal under the Dubai Metro Stations Naming Rights Project. The station is located on the Red Line next to the Danube headquarter in Jebel Ali and provides easy access to industrial complexes in the area. The new station is expected to bring on at least 10,000 new daily commuters to the already popular rail network which currently boasts a daily passenger volume of around 300,000. The 5.21 km-long Red Line which comprises of 29 stations, started its operation on Danube Station at 5:00 am in the morning.
Ibrahim Mohammed Al Janahi, Deputy CEO of JAFZA, commenting on the opening of the new Metro Station in JAFZA said, “The opening of the 2nd Metro Station in JAFZA will further facilitate 50,000 persons living in the staff accommodation in JAFZA and almost the same number of daily JAFZA commuters to use this most efficient and hassle free mode of transportation. By using Metro JAFZA commuters are and will be contributing their bit in reducing carbon emission, which is generated by private cars and public transportation systems.”
Adding further he said, “The Metro station is named after Danube, one of our most dynamic companies. The naming reinforces JAFZA companies’ deep commitment to the UAE and its enlightened leadership’s vision to make the country one of the best in the world. JAFZA companies together contribute more than 21% to Dubai’s GDP year-on-year basis.”
Over 184 million passengers have used Dubai Metro since its inauguration. Its achievements include high operational efficiency in terms of complying with on-time journey schedules as well as the highest international safety standards.
World’s largest driverless rail network, Metro is a symbol of Dubai’s drive to be a truly global city. With fares being one of the lowest in the world and many special passes launched by RTA recently, Metro has made commuting cheaper and easier for common man, while also reducing traffic congestion and parking woes.
Commenting further, Mr. Sajan, added, “I am very pleased with this development and would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to H. H. Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai for giving us an opportunity to be associated with such a prestigious project.”
Over the last 19 years, the Danube Group has surely gone a long way since its humble beginnings of a small trading shop in Deira to being the region’s leader in construction, building materials, home interiors and shop fitting industries. Today, Danube has coursed a path that transformed one shop with only three employees to over 40 locations in 9 countries with employee strength of over 2,000 people.