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Recruitment for Etihad Rail DB

One of the most exciting railway adventures continues...

Etihad Rail DB successfully launched the first phase of operations in January 2016. Are you a DB employee who has infrastructure, operations and/or maintenance expertise? If so, we encourage you to apply and help make the joint venture a continued success.

This page provides you with important information, as well as some background and fun facts.

Should you have any questions prior to submitting your application, please do not hesitate to contact us for no-strings-attached, confidential guidance. 

1. Etihad Rail DB as a company



Etihad Rail DB Operations, also known as Etihad Rail DB or ERDB, is a joint venture established by DB Cargo and Etihad Rail to build, operate and maintain the national rail network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). When the remaining phases of the project are complete, the network will connect the economic centres and ports of all seven Emirates. Etihad Rail DB Operations launched regular operations for phase 1 (of a total of three) in January 2016. The project was made possible by the joint efforts of employees from DB Cargo (formerly DB Schenker Rail) and DB Engineering & Consulting (formerly DB International).  


  • 2013
    • Etihad Rail DB Operations (ERDB) established
    • ERDB organizational structure established with the help of DB consultants
    • DB Cargo and DB Engineering & Consulting jointly responsible for ensuring reliable preparation of operations and maintenance
    • Deutsche Bahn to run operations and maintenance for 10 years
  • 2014  Safety tests conducted; official acceptance granted; trial operations begin 
  • 2015  Trial operations successfully completed (phase 1)
  • January 2016  Regular rail freight operations begin for phase 1


Facts and figures 

Joint Venture Etihad Rail DB (ERDB):

Website Etihad Rail DB

Factsheet ERDB  


Partner Etihad Rail:

Website Etihad Rail    


2. Etihad Rail DB job board


Vacant positions


Track Maintenance SupervisorEnglish
Systems EngineerEnglish

Operations & Fleet:




Pipeline Infrastructure

Track SupervisorEnglish
Track Maintenance Senior ManagerEnglish
Senior Signal TechnicianEnglish
Infrastructure DirectorEnglish
Equipment Maintenance SupervisorEnglish
On Track Equipment ForemanEnglish
Flashbutt WelderEnglish
Off Track Equipment SupervisorEnglish
Senior Power Supply TechnicianEnglish
Track InspectorEnglish
On Track Equipment MechanicEnglish
Communications SupervisorEnglish
Track Production Senior ManagerEnglish
Senior Systems ManagerEnglish
On-Track Equipment SupervisorEnglish
Signal SupervisorEnglish
Power Supply SupervisorEnglish
Equipment maintenance ForemanEnglish


Pipeline Operations & Fleet

Position Download 
Rolling Stock TechnicianEnglish
Reliability Senior EngineerEnglish
Facilities ControllerEnglish
Versatile ControllerEnglish
Senior Rolling Stock TechnicianEnglish
Train Operations ManagerEnglish
Train Operations SupervisorEnglish
Train ControllerEnglish



3. Requirements for applicants


DB contract

Candidates for phase 1 must be employees of Deutsche Bahn or one of its subsidiaries.
We are not able to consider non-DB candidates at this time.
If you are not a DB employee, please contact Etihad Rail DB Operations directly. The local HR experts will review your enquiry or application. Please make sure to submit all the necessary documents in English.
You can reach Etihad Rail DB Operations at recruitment@etihadraildb.com or by telephone on +971 2 807 8888.


Intercultural skills

ERDB currently has some 214 employees from 32 countries in Abu Dhabi and Mirfa.

This multinational team offers many new opportunities and experiences for everyone involved. Some workflows and meetings may not be handled in the way you are accustomed to.

This is why it is essential to do some intercultural "homework" beforehand to prepare for the different approaches to work, different hierarchy structures and different ways of communicating you may face, so that your transition runs smoothly and you feel comfortable with the different cultures involved.

A good way to start preparing is to watch this video on YouTube (Source: Dr Deborah Swallow).

Corporate language: English

B1 English skills or higher (see the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or CEFR) are essential for working in this multinational company which has English as its only corporate language.

Not sure how good your English is?

Before you apply, make sure to take our language test, and send us the results with your application. We will provide you with the language test upon request.

If you are below B1, do not hesitate to contact us. We can help you find ways to improve your English skills. 

Three-year assignment

We ideally expect all our applicants to be able to work in the UAE for three years.

Deutsche Bahn offers all its employees who are posted abroad fair posting conditions and a guarantee that they can return to a DB position.

Working abroad is also an excellent opportunity to improve your professional and personal skills


Application in English 

To apply, please send us the following documents:

  • Detailed CV in English
  • Application form
  • English test (upon request)

Send your application to uae.info@deutschebahn.com.

We will review your application and contact you.

  • Ideally, you should include your preferred area of focus in your CV.
  • Note: Please be aware that the application process will take some time because there are multiple countries and time zones involved.

​Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask the contact persons listed here.  

Special information for train drivers

If you are a train driver, please also submit safety documentation and psychometric test results showing that you have the necessary skills and qualifications. 

4a. Useful information for your application and interview


Step 1: Submitting your application

Click the above link to the Etihad Rail DB job board to see the positions with start dates in the near or immediate future.

To apply, please send us the following documents:

  • CV in English (with detailed information on your professional experience and education, with the information in each section in chronological order)
  • Application form
  • English test

Click the "Downloads" link on the right hand side of this page to access the forms you will need.

Send your application to uae.info@deutschebahn.com.

We look forward to receiving your application. Should you have any questions on the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Step 2: Telephone or Skype interview in English 

If Etihad Rail DB invites you to a virtual interview, you will need to be prepared to have a conversation in English about subject-specific topics relating to the job and your experience.

Make sure to do some research on ERDB, practice your English, and prepare ways to concisely summarise the expertise you have to offer.

Here are some tools and links to help you prepare for the interview: 

Information and fun things to know about ERDB:

Website of our joint venture partner, Etihad Rail

ERDB website

Video about ERDB

Impressive time-lapse video showing ERDB phase 1


Step 3: Job offer from ERDB

If your English telephone or Skype interview goes well and you would like to take the job, preparations will begin for your international assignment.

If you haven't already done so, you should let your HR management team and your line manager know about your new position, because this is the point at which the HR people involved will need to get in touch with each other to address all the HR-related details (such as whether your family will come with you, how much you will be paid abroad, when you will be able to start, how overtime will be handled, etc.).

Once ERDB confirms everything, you will receive your offer letter



Length of the application process

It will take some time after your first interview before you are contacted again, since a number of local parties are involved in decisions about candidates.

If you do not hear from us straight away, do not worry – this is normal.

If you are chosen for a specific position, it will usually take some three to six months until everything is ready and you can begin work. In other words, you will have time to organize any personal matters involved. 

If you are not chosen for the job, we will be happy to provide you with detailed feedback and discuss areas where you might have room for improvement. There could be another position available the next year that you might like to apply for.


Rest assured that we will address your needs – we help every DB applicant through the entire process. We look forward to receiving your application. .


4b. Useful information about international assignments

DB employees from Germany who are posted to the UAE: 

You will discuss your offer letter and any other relevant details with Ms Nami Üpping from HDT 1, DB's international assignment department.

DB employees from UK who are posted to the UAE:

If you are a DB employee working in UK, your contact will be Ms Anina Schauffele. She will discuss all the relevant details with you and your HR management team and supervise the whole assignment procedure. 

DB employees from other countries who are posted to the UAE:
If you are a DB employee working in a country other than Germany, your contact will be Ms Sehriban Riedl, the global mobility expert. She will discuss all the relevant details with you and your HR management team. 

4c. Useful information about returning from an international assignment


Once you know that you will be returning to Deutsche Bahn soon, we will be available to assist you throughout the entire professional and personal re-integration process.

Deutsche Bahn offers you as a DB employee a guarantee that you can return to the same position you had before your international assignment, or to a similar position.

At least six months before your international assignment ends, we recommend that you start thinking in detail about your goals (professional and/or personal), the experience you can offer, and the kinds of positions at DB you think would be a good fit.

Let us know what positions you would be interested in so that we and your HR management team can best assist you with returning to DB and starting your new job.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are happy to help. 

5. Contacts


Recruitment contacts 

MS Anina Schauffele
Phone: +49 30 297 69816
Mobile: +49 1512 7231952

Sehriban Riedl
Phone: +49 30 297 69818
Mobile: +49 1523 7553583


Ms  Tanja Germann
DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH
+49 30 297-59382


 Contacts during your assignment and when returning home:

Employees from UK who are posted to the UAE: 

Ms  Anina Schauffele
DB Cargo AG
+49 30 297-69816

Employees from countries other than Germany or UK who are posted to the UAE: 

Mr  Sehriban Riedl
DB Cargo AG
+49 30 297-69818

Employees from Germany who are posted to the UAE:

Ms Nami Üpping
+49 30 297-30806


Please contact as well the HR management team that was responsible for you before your international assignment started.

We look forward to hearing from you.  



Last modified: 18.07.2017

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