Monday, April 11, 2011
Saturday, April 9, 2011
59th UITP Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition opens today
Under the auspices of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the 59th UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition held under the theme “Boosting Public Transport: Action!” for the first time in the Middle East & North African Region, opens this morning (Sunday April 10th).
His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), welcomed the participants and attendants of the Congress & Exhibition saying: “Under the leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and his brother HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the UAE has witnessed extensive growth in all fields shaping it into a key commercial hub with a robust and diverse economy. The UAE succeeded in attracting many investors and business leaders, thanks to its global horizon, free economic enterprise policy, focus on delivery of best-in-class services and its excellent infrastructure in all fields; particularly in transport sector which has culminated in the opening of the Dubai Metro and the commencement of Al Ittihad Rail Project.
“The UITP Congress is the pinnacle of transportation and public transport events worldwide, and the UAE has won the privilege of hosting the Congress following a fierce competition with Melbourne (Australia) and Singapore; both cities have an excellent record in transport and public transport field. Thus the UAE has become the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to win the right of hosting this Congress since the UITP was founded more than a century ago. Staging of the Congress in Dubai underpins the confidence of the international organizations and entities in the ability of Dubai to host global conventions and exhibitions, and throughout the days of the Congress Dubai will be a focal point of public transport policy makers across the globe.
RTA stages huge Transport Art Exhibition during UITP Congress
The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) is taking part in the Exhibition accompanying the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Congress (Dubai 2011) through staging a huge Transport Arts Exhibition under the theme: Evolution of Transport, Dubai Experience. The Exhibition, the first of its kind, is seen as an artistic exploration of the history, technology, and cultural diversity found inside mass-transit systems in Dubai.
Commenting on the Exhibition, Nasser Hamad Bu Shehab, Director of RTA Strategic Planning Dep’t and Head of the Committee of Arts Exhibition accompanying the Congress, said that the Exhibition was intended to create awareness about how using public transport could deliver a better quality of life for citizens & residents, and help achieve more sustainable future for all. He stressed the role of photography as the dominant medium of visual expression besides its power to articulate change.
Bu Shehab continued: “The Exhibition reveals fascinating insights into the complexity and universality of mass transit systems in Dubai Emirate, and portrays Dubai’s growth in the transport sector, taking the viewer on a historical journey from the past to the present, with a peek into the future of transportation in the Emirate of Dubai.
UITP Organizing Committee Meets Dubai Hotel Representatives
Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla, Board Member of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Chairperson of the Higher Organizing Committee of the 59th UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition, underscored the rising role of public transport sector in Dubai Emirate thanks to the achievements made by the RTA in this vital field in keeping with its Vision of providing “Safe & Smooth Transport for All”.
Al Mulla made this remark in a gathering with the representatives of the official hotels receiving delegations taking part in this event from around the world. The gathering was organized by the Organizing Committee at RTA Head Office as part of its busy efforts to host the pinnacle global public transport event of this year which is being held in Dubai Emirate.
Commemorative Nol Card to be launched 2 days ahead of UITP Congress
With effect from Friday, the 8th of April 2011 i.e. two days ahead of the 59th UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition, the Automated Fare Collection Department, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will offer Nol Silver Card depicting the UITP Congress’s logo in commemoration of the event to be held for the first time ever in the Middle East and North Africa. The card will have the same value of the currently used one i.e. AED 20.
Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla, Board Member of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Chairperson of the Higher Organizing Committee of the 59th UITP Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition, stated that the RTA had mobilized its full potentials and capabilities to make this event a success and promote it locally, regionally and globally.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Under auspices of Mohammed bin Rashid, RTA hosts 59th UITP Congress
Under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Emirate will host during the period 10 – 14 April 2011 the 59th UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition. Dealing with issues relating to public transport sector in cities and convening under the theme “Boosting Public Transport: Action”, the Congress, which takes place for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa, provides an appropriate opportunity for public transport decision-makers and urban development stakeholders to review the latest developments involving public transport, corporate systems, technologies, corporate policies, industrial innovations and financial plans. It will also discuss the best practices and provide exposure to the successful experiences in various parts of the world. The Congress’s accompanying exhibition is also an opportunity for the participants from various countries of the world to showcase their transport-related products, services and solutions.
Attended by over 4,000 participants, the Congress will feature several sessions, panel discussions and events, including 22 working sessions, 16 forums, 9 workshops, one visit to the Bus Operation Control Center, and one visit to the Water Taxi and Dubai Metro as well as some other recreational activities in the form of introductory tours of Dubai city, a cultural soiree and luncheons and dinner parties for the participants.