Here’s a press release from Abu Dhabi, can you pick out the country that does not belong?

The Abu Dhabi Transport Department has drawn up a list of companies from the US, the UK, Australia, Lebanon, France, Spain and Denmark which will compete for the role of consultant to the capital’s metro project. The winning firm will carry out a feasibility study, provide initial and detailed designs for the network, stations, safety and security systems and electronic control systems and supervise the eventual construction of the metro. ADTD will award the contract to the selected company once it receives approval from the emirate’s Executive Council.

I’m curious to know how a Lebanese company got into the list? Wouldn’t it be useful to have the company actually build a metro? Honestly, I don’t know which company it is but I am pretty sure that not a single Lebanese consultant has worked on a mass transport project of this nature. I can tell you, its no SimCity.

Update – September 16, 2009: I’ve got the Lebanese company in question: Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners). Now here is where I have conflicting information. On one site, its reported that Dar al-Handasah has a joint-venture agreement with Spain’s Ineco Tifsa. However, Middle East Tenders is reporting that Dar al-Handasha has a JV not only with Ineco Tifsa but also with France’s Egist and Spain’s Gestisa.