By Andy Sambidge
UK coach company chief Richard Bowker to join UAE gov't-owned Union Railway.
The CEO of UK travel giant National Express is joining a new company in the UAE which has been charged with improving rail links across the company, it emerged on Wednesday.
A statement on the National Express website announced that Richard Bowker CBE, group chief executive, has advised the Board of his intention to leave the Group.
He will depart at the end of August to take up a position as chief executive designate of Union Railway.
The UAE government-owned company was created in March after the Ministerial Council for Services passed a federal bill.
Its main mission is "to underpin the national economy through the transportation of passengers and goods, increasing inter-emirate trade exchange and easing traffic congestion", according to reports in March.
The company will own, lease, sell, buy and operate trains and invest in transportation of passengers and goods and other related activities.
From the board on National Express eh? What a coup! Makes you wonder what he knows about running railways, well at least profitable ones that don't have to be nationalized. Regards, Trevor
Well, Bowker has just resigned from heading a company that has had the UK's biggest rail franchise (National Express East Coast) taken away by the UK government due to problems with the finances of the franchise - hardly an auspicious beginning in the UAE. According to National Express Bowker's resignation had no connection to the loss of the East Coast franchise...
Dubai has so much potential. Unfortunately much of that potential is being underutilised, via excessive 'red-tape', inefficient mangements, a greatly underutilised domentic labour force, together with a lack of transparency. I worked in the UAE for 17 years, and so I have seen it all, which makes it even more sad, knowing that the 'powers that be' , are educated and dedicated people. But they continue to let opportunities for 'cleaning up the system', pass through their hands, and in so doing forego so much of Dubai,s potential.