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* Buses to be delivered between July and September 2009
* Comprehensive service and maintenance contract signed
Stuttgart/Abu Dhabi, Germany/UAE, Oct 24, 2008 – Daimler Buses has been awarded a contract to deliver 100 Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses to Abu Dhabi. The buses will be used in the public transport system of the city of Al Ain, which has a population of 500,000. Delivery is scheduled to commence in July 2009. Daimler Buses and Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport have also signed a contract covering comprehensive service and maintenance for the Citaro buses.
A total of 80 Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses have been in operation in Dubai since 2006. The order from Abu Dhabi represents Daimler Buses’ ongoing commitment in the Middle East growth market. Daimler’s bus operations in the Middle East have been managed since 1999 by the Daimler Buses Regional Sales Office in Dubai.
The latest order consists of two-door Mercedes-Benz Citaro LE (Low Entry) buses that meet the Euro IV emission requirements. The vehicles are also equipped with powerful air conditioners and special heat-insulation systems for protection from the region’s hot climate.
A very rapid increase in demand for transportation has led the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which include Abu Dhabi and Dubai, to focus more closely on modern transportation concepts. To this end, the UAE is also implementing a large-scale expansion of the needed infrastructure, and buses are playing a key role here.
Daimler Buses is the world’s leading manufacturer of buses and bus chassis of eight tons GVW and up. The company employs a total of 17,200 people around the world and sold more than 39,000 buses in 2007. The product spectrum covers city and overland buses, as well as travel coaches, and includes everything from minibuses to double-deckers, all of which are available with different engines and equipment features. European bus operations are managed by EvoBus GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG.
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