Dubai road investments generate $46bn economic returns

RTA boss says Dubai's transport infra investments between 2006-18 have raised public transport journeys in the city

Mobility savings have been noted in Dubai.
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Mobility savings have been noted in Dubai.

The Dubai Government's $27bn (AED100bn) investments into roads and transport infrastructure generated economic benefits – both in saved time and fuel – worth $46bn (AED169bn) between 2006 and 2018, the director-general and board chairman of Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), HE Mattar Al Tayer, said during his keynote address at the 26th World Road Congress that is being held on 6-10 October in Abu Dhabi.

According to state run news agency, Wam, Al Tayer pointed to nine factors driving the success of infrastructure projects, including effective management, comprehensive strategies, proper administrative models and organisational charts, quick decision-making, sufficient funding, governance and control, risk and challenge management, implementation of plans and future foresight, and the application of technology to infrastructure projects.

Commenting on the economic savings during the 12-year period, Al Tayer said: “The improved mass transit systems of Dubai contributed to increasing the share of public transport in the total mobility journeys from 6% in 2006 to 17.5% in 2018.

“The improved road projects together with the awareness programmes in place, contributed to reducing road accident fatalities from 21.9 cases per 100,000 of the population in 2006 to 2.4 cases per 100,000 of the population in 2018, [declining] by as much as 89%.”

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