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UAE: RTA and Taiwanese delegation talk cooperation

The visiting delegation, headed by the mayor of Kaohsiung City, was keen on reviewing RTA’s experience in designing and constructing the Dubai Metro and Tram projects

The visiting delegation, headed by Chen Chu, the mayor of Kaohsiung City [image: WAM].
The visiting delegation, headed by Chen Chu, the mayor of Kaohsiung City [image: WAM].

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has announced receiving a delegation from Taiwan to discuss means of boosting cooperation. 

The delegation, which was headed by Chen Chu, mayor of Kaohsiung City, was received by Mattar Al Tayer, RTA’s director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors. 

According to UAE state news agency WAM, the visiting delegation was keen on reviewing RTA’s experience in designing and constructing the Dubai Metro and Tram projects.

During the meeting, Al Tayer recapped RTA’s approach to the Dubai Metro project, regarded as the world’s longest driverless metro network undertaken as one project. 

The 74km-long track comprises the Red Line, which extends about 52km and encompasses 29 stations, including four underground stations; as well as the Green Line, which stretches about 22km and covers 18 stations, six of which are underground.

Discussions between the two parties also covered the Dubai Tram project, the first tram system powered by ground electric cables extending along the tramway without requiring overhead cables.

The tram track extends 11km and includes 11 stations.

Al Tayer commented: "Undertaking roads and transport projects, in general, and rail transport, in particular, requires long-term plans to be reviewed every three to five years. 

“The RTA has a master plan for roads and transport projects up to 2030. It has accomplished the Dubai Metro project in a record time of just four years, even though delivering a project of this scale normally requires double that period.”

The delegation also examined the designs and finishing works of the Dubai Metro stations and carriages, which showcase a blend of modernity and tradition. The external design of station roofs is modelled after the shape of the seashell, while the internal design combines the four elements of nature: water, air, fire, and earth. 

Chu commended the accelerated construction of the Dubai Metro and Tram projects, and the integration between various transit means. She also hailed the design and finishing, as well as the service on offer to metro and tram riders.

She also expressed hope for more cooperation and sharing of expertise between the two parties.

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