Dubai RTA to host ITS World Congress 2024; First time in the region

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will be the host of the World Congress of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS World Congress) 2024, bringing the signature event for the first time to the region.

RTA was honored with the opportunity of hosting the event after its nomination by ITS Europe, an organization to which RTA has recently been affiliated. The Congress is supported by three leading names of the sector, ITS Europe, ITS America, and ITS Asia-Pacific.

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity of hosting the 30th edition of this global showpiece in Dubai, especially as it would be conducted for the first time outside Europe, North America, Australia and East Asia.

Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer
Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer
Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors – RTA

“Hosting the ITS World Congress 2024 in Dubai underscores the rising global standing of the Emirate in the field of ITS, the confidence of such reputed entities in the role of Dubai, and the ability of the city to stage successful global events. The congress is widely regarded as the top global gathering of ITS and digital solutions of traffic, roads and transportation. The hosting of the Congress comes in light of the massive steps made by RTA in anticipation of the future like intelligent transport centers, and self-driving transport as well as the enablers of the 4th Industrial Revolution.”

The Dubai RTA holds a key role in transforming the emirate into a smart, innovative and sustainable city by using cutting-edge telecommunication and digital technologies. Following this, the authority is proceeding ahead with the Dubai Smart Self-Driving Transport Strategy which aims in converting 25 percent of total mobility journeys in Dubai to smart self-driving journeys by 2030.

The authority has partnered with leading technology firms worldwide for carrying out tests on various types of vehicles, autonomous mobility means, and future mobility means. It already started the trial run of an autonomous electric 10-seater vehicle, and the first air taxi capable of carrying two persons.

The trials of connected automated mobility pods operative as per the need and size of demand are being conducted and it also has made a pilot operation of the first autonomous taxi in the region.

RTA held the first edition of Dubai World Congress and Challenge for Self-Driving Transport bringing together senior officials, researchers, experts, specialists, scholars, policymakers and developers of autonomous transport technologies.

RTA has launched the Dubai Intelligent Traffic Systems Centre, one of the biggest and most sophisticated traffic control centers worldwide in terms of modern technologies used. The facility is considered as a key pillar in supporting the current and future transit means serves the huge urbanization of Dubai including the needs of serving Expo 2020.

“The prestige of organizing the World ITS Congress in Dubai is a further endorsement that we are moving in the right direction towards delivering on the ambitious vision of the Government to build the renaissance, wellbeing and the global image of Dubai. RTA is keen to make every endeavor to be a key and interactive contributor to the drive Towards the Next 50,” Al Tayer stated.

RTA is currently coordinating with the ITS Europe in finalizing the signing of the host agreement with the Dubai Tourism and the Dubai World Trade Centre.