Drake & Scull (DSI) says its rail subsidiary has won an AED35m ($9.5m) contract to build a new airport passenger movement system at Dubai International airport.

The automated system, which will move passengers between Concourse 4 at the airport and Terminal 1, is the first rail project won by Drake & Scull’s dedicated rail division in the Middle East.

The contract covers complete mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) works and railway services including signals, traction power, maintenance of area power, compressed air and communications systems.

Alec is the main contractor on Concourse 4, while Bombardier is providing rolling stock and rail technology at the airport. Bombardier will also develop the monorail system that will transport passengers between the newly constructed Concourse 4 and Terminal 1.

“We are delighted to secure our first rail project in the Middle East, and are excited and proud to be a part of the prestigious Dubai International airport project that combines airport and railway infrastructure,” says Drake & Scull Rail’s operations director, Darko Macura.

“We are happy to continue the rich history of DSI’s rail projects from Europe and Asia in the Middle East and we hope to pick up more work in the region.”

Outside the Middle East, the company has carried out work on projects including London’s Jubilee Line extension and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link as well as Hong Kong’s metro.

“We would like to offer our integrated end to end engineering services to major projects including metro rails in Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca, Medina, Dammam and Doha and Etihad Rail (UAE). Kuwait and Oman are other promising prospects, and of course, India remains one of the biggest rail markets in Asia and we are actively pursuing opportunities over there,” Darko says.