Queensland companies find business in Dubai South
Queensland businesses offering smart, sustainable and livable city solutions are capitalising on major opportunities at one of the world’s largest master-planned communities – Dubai South – thanks to the strong local connections of TIQ’s Middle East office. Dubai South, which is expected to house one million people on completion, is under construction on a 146km2 site adjacent to Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport, which also includes the Expo 2020 site.
TIQ has been helping Queensland businesses support the ambitious vision to make Dubai South a smart and sustainable city. This includes setting up the Queensland Innovation Hub – in office space provided by Dubai South – to help companies establish a local presence quickly and economically. Dubai South executives have nominated Queensland as the international partner with which they have the deepest and most collegiate relationship in relation to the delivery of services to the development.
Queensland businesses with innovative technologies and services in smart-city solutions, waste management, transport solutions, energy solutions and water management are in advanced discussions or are running pilot projects for Dubai South. Among them is Gold Coast-based Transit Australia Group, which has signed a memorandum of understanding with Roads and Transport Authority Dubai to provide professional advice, services and products to meet the expanding transit needs and requirements in Dubai and to develop its electric bus fleet.
Another Gold Coast company, Greywater Solutions, has run a successful test of its recycled water technology and is now expanding that program into a second project. Ipswich-based business NuGrow and Dubai South have established a recycling and waste management facility at Dubai South, which is expected to be operational by the end of the year. These are the first of many outcomes expected for Queensland companies involved in Dubai South.