Dubai RTA launches 4th edition of MENA Transport Congress & Exhibition

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Dubai Media Council’s Chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has opened the fourth edition of the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition 2022.

According to the statement, the Expo is organized by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in collaboration with the Belgium-based International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

The three-day event has brought together heads of government departments, 1,000 participants, and 73 speakers from 19 countries. The accompanying exhibition features around 40 entities from 17 countries.

“Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed was received at Dubai World Trade Centre, the venue of the event, by Mr. Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, and Mr. Khalid Al-Hogail, President of the UITP, who briefed His Highness on public transport projects in the region including Route 2020 of Dubai Metro, Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, Bus Operation and Maintenance outsourcing in Dubai, Al Bahrain Metro, Al Riyadh Metro, Bus Service in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, BRT Buses in Jordan, Monorail, Metro and High-Speed Railways in Egypt and BRT Buses in Morocco,” as per the reports.

Mr. Wiebe Wakker, a Sustainable Adventurer, delivered a speech about “his experience traveling to Australia in an electric car and the hurdles he met along the way.” He also discussed his three-month stay in the UAE and the significant lessons he learned, as well as his voyage from the UAE to Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Wakker praised the UAE’s infrastructure development, the quality of its roads and transportation infrastructure, and the smooth movement between cities in the country.

The Congress includes 13 sessions, five of which are main sessions. “Topics to be discussed in the main sessions include mobility in the post-COVID-19 phase, the role of MENA mobility leaders in defining the future of mobility in the region, smart mobility management, future cities, and the role of female leaders in public transport. Other sessions will discuss the smart transport service, eco-friendly electric buses, artificial intelligence, big data, first and last-mile trips, post-pandemic sustainability, post-pandemic public transportation services, and technology enablers,” according to the statement.

Furthermore, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honored the winners of the 4th Transport Hackathon for university and college students.

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