RTA to build two PPP-funded truck stops in Dubai
Each facility will span an area of 5,000ha with a capacity to accommodate 100 trucks
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has inked a public private partnership (PPP) agreement with Emirates Desert Group to build two truck stops in Dubai, the first deal of its kind in the emirate.
One facility will be located at Dubai Industrial City near Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, with the other at Dubailand near Emirates Road.
Each spanning an area of 5,0000ha with the capacity to accommodate 100 trucks, the facilities will provide “service amenities to meet the needs of both trucks and drivers including a technical testing centre”, RTA said in a statement.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, director general and chairman of RTA’s board of executive directors, and HE Khalifa Mattar Al Mazroui, Emirates Desert Group's chairman, signed the agreement in the presence of several officials from both parties.
“Trucks make about 145,000 trips per day in Dubai lifting about three million tons,” said Al Tayer, speaking on the deal. “The two stations will step up the traffic safety, reduce associated accidents, and improve the traffic movement during the prohibited timings of trucks movement.”
The project, the RTA chief added, will also generate additional financial income, and will also improve the quality of public services, “transferring knowledge and expertise from the private to the public sector, and training government employees on managing and following up this build-operate-transfer (BOT) model”.
HE Khalifa Mattar Al Mazroui, chairman of Emirates Desert Group, added: “These stops will be environment-friendly, meet the needs of the local market, and contribute to the improvement of land projects.”
Dubai is not the only emirate approaching PPP as an alternative funding model – early August saw Abu Dhabi municipality award two PPP contracts worth $13.9m (AED51m) to build a service station and a market.