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Serco inks $44m deal to train Qatar Armed Forces

Company will deliver professional military education course for the Qatari Emiri Navy, Army and Air Force

Serco inks $44m deal to train Qatar Armed Forces
Qatari army forces take part in a military parade. (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Serco, which operates Dubai Metro, has signed a three-year, £26 million ($44 million) contract with Qatar's Ministry of Defence to deliver training for the Qatar Armed Forces in Doha.

The Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College (JBJJCSC), which opened last May, is modelled on the UK's Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) at the UK Defence Academy, which Serco has managed and operated since 2000.

Serco said in a statement that it will deliver the professional military education course at the postgraduate level for the QAF's mid career officers (Majors and Lieutenant Colonels) from the Qatari Emiri Navy, Army and Air Force.

The courses will be delivered in partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence and Kings College London. The first 40 students have already started their year-long course in Doha, the statement said.

The development of the JBJJCSC and the establishment of this flagship course represents the first step towards a structured education and training pathway for Qatar's military leaders of tomorrow.

Serco said the contract highlighted its growing influence in the defence and security sector in the Gulf.

David Greer, Serco Middle East CEO said: "This announcement marks an important step for Serco's engagement in Qatar and the Middle East. We are delighted that the State of Qatar has trusted us to deliver a world class Defence education to its Armed Forces at the Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College.

"This contract reflects Serco's continued growth in the Middle East more widely and demonstrates our commitment to delivering high quality services.

Lord Livingston, UK Trade and Investment Minister added: "This contract will further strengthen the ties between the UK and Qatar. The deal shows there is continued demand for the expertise of British firms worldwide and that our Defence Growth Partnership is working."

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Skeptika 5 years ago

Serco, a Military training education provider and which has just been selected to train Qatar's army, operates the Dubai Metro?? Is it just me or something's awfully weird here!?

lamy 5 years ago

on top of that i am noticing less security guards in their dubai metro stations which in my opinion will compromise their operations in the long run as Dubai is growing and security is vital especially when your handling 1000000 plus passengers a day.
even i noticed the metros lack cleanliness as i don't see any cleaners as i used to do!!

the question here is

WHAT IF?

MY ANSWER WOULD BE TO ERASE THIS QUESTION IN THE FIRST PLACE AND KEEP SAFE GUARDING OUR METROS.

at the end of the Day we do state that Dubai is on of the most safest countries in the world if not the number 1

so cutting your budget could effect Dubai's reputation, unless you going to use robots to guard us!!