The joint venture will initially focus on a bid for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain's bus network operations contract while the group is also eyeing a bid for Abu Dhabi's upcoming metro and light rail projects which are being developed by the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport. RATP Dev is also in discussion with the Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority to enhance Dubai's bus network.

"We are pleased to enter into a strategic partnership with Zain Capital and Lakhraim Business Group," says Mr Fran├žois-Xavier Perin, RATP Dev CEO. "Its deep knowledge of the local market and excellent credentials will ensure we strengthen our presence in the region and provide world-class services to the people of the UAE."