Masdar City Transportation Competition


Since its inception in 2008, Masdar City has been a pioneer for sustainable urban development. A key element of this is its commitment to sustainable transportation.

Since November 2010, Masdar City has been operating a personal rapid transit (PRT) system, which has now carried more than 2 million passengers between its two stations without a single accident or injury. System availability and vehicle reliability consistently exceed 99.6% and 99.9% respectively. The PRT system is operational 18 hours a day, from 06.00hr until midnight, every day.

Future transportation for a growing city

We are now preparing for the next stage of driverless vehicles within Masdar City, incorporating a proposed extension of the PRT system. This will service the needs of the City, in line with its planned development growth over the coming years.

The vehicle chosen for the proposed PRT extension will become a key part of the Masdar City vision and story. Masdar is also planning for the long-term needs of the growing city with this vehicle, so it will need to be future proofed, scalable and commercially viable.

The extension of the PRT system will cover a 1km route linking Masdar Institute, the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the recently announced My City Centre Masdar retail development.

Importantly, this means that for the first time Masdar City’s sustainable transportation solution will need to operate outdoors in the Abu Dhabi climate, integrating with both pedestrians and other types of vehicles. It must therefore be able to meet even more stringent safety requirements than the current PRT.

In summary, the must-have requirements for the solution include:

  • Zero emissions
  • Driverless
  • Integrated to operate alongside other vehicles / pedestrians (to meet regulatory requirements)
  • Flexible – stops, stations
  • Operates outside in UAE conditions
  • Trackable by Masdar City transportation management system

The winning bidder will need to provide the following:

  • The technology to be used (driverless vehicle);
  • Number of vehicles required, based on Masdar City requirements;
  • Detailed CapEx and OpEx;
  • Operating model;
  • All civil infrastructure requirements;
  • Costed ‘Road Map’ for the development of the system;
  • Implementation plan.

Formal entry and evaluation criteria, detailed maps including routes, stops, and intersections as well as passenger requirements for the competition will be announced soon.

Please note that submissions for the competition have now closed.