2nd UITP MENA Bus Seminar

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H.E. Engineer Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed

Minister of Transportation & Acting Chief Executive of the Economic Development Board







The Kingdom of Bahrain is venturing into a new economic model of public transport as the Ministry of Transportation (MoT) has developed plans to have a new bus operator on board by 2015. Under these plans, MoT plans to increase the number of buses from 32 to 128 to cover 77% of the total populated areas to accommodate a greater number of users. In addition, the Ministry’s immediate plans include revamping the infrastructure of bus stops and bus shelters.

As the Kingdom of Bahrain gears up to implement these plans, it is an opportune time to attend this seminar in Bahrain. This seminar will highlight the different models of contracts and the proper way to monitor public transport operations.  A session will shed light on Bahrain’s challenges and provide key recommendations.  At a time when there are several large scale infrastructure projects being implemented in Bahrain including (GCC Rail Project, Airport Modernisation Programme, Khalifa bin Salman Port, Channel dredging phase 2, Bahrain Logistics Zone, Salman Industrial City) bus transportation services will play a critical role in economic development.

While Bahrain spearheads its transportation and infrastructure industry to support its economic growth, the rest of the region is also implementing large scale projects in the transport sector, particularly in public transport sector where we are witnessing an increasing trend towards privatising operations. Examples include: Dubai Metro operation contracted to SERCO; Sharjah's bus operations delegated to KGL; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s awarding of a tender for bus operations in Riyadh through Arriyadh Development Authority to the joint venture of SAPTCO (Saudi Public Transport Company, an operator in Saudi Arabia) and RATP (Public Transport operating company in Paris, France). This 2.1 Billion Dollar Contract will extend over 10 years and will be one of the leading examples in the MENA region of a truly privatised public transport bus operations with local and international knowledge combined. More and more cities in the MENA region are going towards the trend of outsourcing their bus operations and turning the government into a regulator instead of an operator.

Within this context, ensuring a proper contracting process is a critical success factor, and this seminar will focus on experiences and lessons in this area. Experts from the MENA Region and internationally will share their expertise on tendering out a bus public transport service in line with the relationship between the private sector and the government.




900 - 0930:    Registration & Welcome Coffee

0930 - 1015:    Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony will have an opening speech from the local host, UITP representative, and patronage along with a keynote speaker.


Welcome note: His Excellency Engineer Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Acting Chief Executive of the Economic Development Board, Manama - Bahrain


UITP Introduction: Mohamed Mezghani, Deputy Secretary General, UITP, Brussels - Belgium


General MENA Overview speechNaser Al Khanji, Executive Director, Mowasalat, Doha - Qatar


                             Introduction Speech : Mike Weston, Director of Buses, Surface Transport, Transport for London, London - UK

1015 - 1030:    Coffee Break


1030 - 1215:    Plenary – Contracting Public Transport Bus Operations

Mike Weston, Director of Buses, Surface Transport, Transport for London, London - UK

London has established contracting regime for its bus network which has evolved over the years to ensure that efficiency and good quality services continue to be delivered. The network has experienced dramatic growth over the last 10 years which has seen usage increase from 4 million to 6.5 million passengers per day. The contracting regime has facilitated the delivery of this growth. The presentation will cover how the contracting regime is organised including changes that have been made and the lessons learnt from these. An overview of the performance management regime including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and other performance measures will also be reviewed.

Panel Presentations – Contractual relationships between authorities and public transport operators

One of the success factors for the provision of public transport services is a proper and fair distribution of responsibilities between transport authorities and operators. The contract is the right tool for the definition of the service, the risks born by each party, the conditions for the remuneration if any, and the way performance will be measured and evaluated. During this session, we will view different contractual models and how they are implemented in different contexts.


Chair: Dr. Abdulrahman AlJanahi, Advisor to H.E. the Minister, Ministry of Transportation, Bahrain

Overview of Transport authorities and their contractual relationships with operators
Mohamed Mezghani, Deputy Secretary General, UITP, Brussels, Belgium

                             Key expectations for Operations and Maintenance contracts in the Middle East

                             Stephen Webb, UAE project manager, RATPDev, Dubai-UAE

                              Khalid al Hogail, CEO, Saudi Arabi Public Transport Company, Riyadh - Saudi Arabia




1215 - 1245:     Prayer & Coffee Break

1245 - 1345:     Closing with overview of Kingdom of Bahrain Public Transport System


Reviving Public Transport in Kingdom of Bahrain: An Overview

                              Dr. Abdulrahman AlJanahi, Advisor to H.E. the Minister, Ministry of Transportation, Bahrain


Closing Speech

Abdulla Saleh Naser, Head of UITP MENA & Director of MENA CTE, Dubai-UAE


Thank you Note

Mariam Jumaan, Undersecretary, Land Transportation and Post, Ministry of Transport, Bahrain


Token of Appreciation

1345 - 1445:    Closing Lunch


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Registration fees to seminar

No VAT – Subject to local change

Until 30 August 2014 

UITP Member: € 250

Non Member: €500




Practical information: 

Seminar Venue

The 2nd UITP MENA Bus Seminar will be held at the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain
143 Road 2403
Tel: +973 17460007


For information on accommodation options, please refer to the below hotel.  You may contact the hotel directly to make your reservations.

The negotiated room rates offered are:

Single: BD 60++
Double: BD70++

The above rates are subject to 15% service charge and 5% government levy and include breakfast.

Deadline to avail negotiated rates: 10 August 2014

Contact for direct reservation:  hotel.bahrain.reservation@moevenpick.com

Code: Bahrain Ministry of Transportation to avail the rates

Visa information

All visitors require a visa, except for neighbouring GCC countries and visitors from England holding a passport valid for over six months. Some nationalities will be eligible to get a visa upon arrival, either at the airport or at the Saudi border crossing.  For more information on visa requirements and eligibility, please visit the Bahrain E-Visa site here.

Alternatively Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain can assist the guest with submitting the visa request to the Immigration Department at the rate of BD30.000 Net. Kindly provide us with the legible copies at least 5 days in advance in order for us to process the visa. In case of no-show, visa rejection or cancellation, full visa cost will be automatically charged to the guest’s credit card or the company’s hotel account in the event of established credit. Kindly note: if credit card details are not received, the visa request will not be accepted. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain will not be responsible for any visa delay or rejections that may arise from the Immigration Department.  


Please ensure the registration fee is paid in advance.  Access to the seminar will be prohibited for unpaid attendees.  Kindly carry proof of payment onsite to avoid inconvenience.  Confirm your payment with dure.shewar@uitp.org atleast 7 days prior to the event.

Networking Dinner

A welcome dinner is organised by Ministry of Transportation on 17 September.  Venue and details will be provided closer to the event.


The main and preferred mode of transportation in Bahrain is by car. Taxis are available in most tourist sites (e.g. malls, hotels, business districts) however it is advisable to arrange for transportation between different points.

Taxis in Bahrain are obligated by law to use the meter. There are several local taxi companies operating within Bahrain,  all of whose prices vary slightly. The most commonly seen taxis are:

  1. Arabian Taxi, (also known as a London Taxi): starting fee of 1.250 BD to start and 200 fils for every km.
  2. Bahrain local taxis: starting fee of 1.000 BD to start and 100 fils for every km.

Rates change during weekends ( Friday and Saturday) and at night time.



Dure Shewar :  dure.shewar@uitp.org

Tel: 00971 4 2905578 ( Office hours : 0830 am to 0330pm Sunday to Thursday)