Invitation from the IRF Chairman
Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel, Chairman, International Road Federation
On behalf of the International Road Federation’s global volunteer leadership and members, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to join me for the IRF Middle East & North Africa Regional Congress & Exhibition “Mobility Solutions for the 21st Century”.
At the IRF, we often make the case that efficient, interconnected and sustainable transport services are fundamental building blocks for human development and regional integration. In other words, they are the world’s original “social network”.
This vision has guided the region’s transportation policies and investments in recent years, as evidenced by the emergence of spectacular highway and mass transit projects, and their transformative impacts are self-evident to visitors and businesses alike. However, the region remains confronted with growing demand for efficient, safe and sustainable mobility services which require continuously re-inventing our transportation models. New projects are increasingly combined with measures aimed at optimizing existing networks through active traffic management, notably by harnessing the exponential growth in the quality and diversity of user data available to network operators.
Our Congress comes at a time of concerted efforts by leaders throughout the GCC and wider MENA region to provide coordinated road network programs and other state-of-the art transportation services that are capable of supporting and sustaining the region’s economic integration agenda. It is an essential meeting place to discuss policies and present innovations and a must-attend opportunity for transportation professionals.
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Dubai Roads & Transport Authority
It is my pleasure to welcome the participants and attendants of the 1st International Road Federation Middle East and North Africa Congress & Exhibition hosted by Dubai (29-31 Oct 2017) under the theme “Mobility Solutions for the 21st Century”.
The holding of this global event in Dubai city tantamounts to an international recognition of the status of Dubai, especially as this Congress is one of the most important specialised conferences in the field of roads, and makes its debut as the 1st IRF MENA Congress & Exhibition.
Thanks to the visionary leadership of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the follow-up of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, Dubai has superb infrastructure to boast of across various fields, especially roads. It has a road network characterised by high-quality and wide geographical coverage spanning the entire Emirate.
The Dubai Government has invested heavily in uplifting roads & transport infrastructure to meet the urbanisation needs and the sweeping economic boom; which at the end of the day will translate into added happiness & welfare to both residents & visitors.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has succeeded in raising the roads sector to the next level; contributing to the UAE’s ranking as Number One in the quality of roads over the past four years (2013-2016) according to the Global Competitiveness Report of Davos Economic Forum. The overall length of roads network has leapfrogged from 8715 lane-km in 2006 to 13594 lane-km in 2006. Equally, the number of lanes crossing over the Dubai Creek has jumped during the same period from 19 lanes to as much as 48 lanes, recording in the process a stunning 153% increase.
The RTA has developed & implemented a bundle of measures to improve the traffic flow & safety to align it with the world’s best practices. These measures contributed to bringing down the fatality rate of road accidents in Dubai to unprecedented levels during the last decade.
I welcome all of you to the UAE, whilst wishing participants in the Congress & Exhibition every success in realising their objectives.