Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Mattar Al Tayer said on Sunday that Dubai Government spent 20 billion U.S. dollars on development of the Emirate’s infrastructure and transport during 2006 to 2016.
Speaking at the opening session of the IRF MENA Congress, Al Tayer said, “The Dubai Government has pumped billions of dirhams in this sector and the sustained strategic direction has brought in a quantum shift evidenced by ranking the UAE number one in the quality of roads for four consecutive years in the international competitiveness index of Davos Global Economic Forum.”
The IRF MENA Congress was held under the theme of “Smart Infrastructure for Mobility Future in Dubai.”
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He further stated, “It has also resulted in saving 34 billion U.S. dollars as time and fuel wasted by traffic congestions. Accordingly, the rate of mass transit means jumped from 6 percent in 2006 to 16 percent in 2016. Mortality rate has also dropped from 22 cases per 100 thousand of population in 2006 to 3.5 percent per 100 thousand of population by 2016.”
Terming RTA as the key partner to the achievement of goal of making Dubai the smartest city, Al Tayer said, “The RTA is a key partner of the smart city initiative launched by the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, four years ago to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.”
“The RTA is spearheading the smart mobility drive and lends support to other key aspects such as the smart economy, smart life, and the smart government. RTA’s mobility services are focused on three key drivers: customer centricity, integrated transport, and encouraging the partnership between public and private sectors,” he added.
Apart from highlighting the achievements, Mattar Al Tayer also underlined the upcoming challenges facing the smart infrastructure improvement in Dubai which has been highlighted by the rapid demographic growth of 7 percent per annum.
He mentioned rapid urbanisation, inclement weather conditions and multi-cultural ethnicities as the major key roadblocks. Other challenges include global challenges relating to legislations and laws, laws and privacy and safety, maturity point and the endorsement of the smart technological systems, he pointed out.