Dubai’s RTA to host International Road Federation event in Nov. 2021

Dubai fended off competition from metropolitan cities including Rotterdam, Copenhagen, and Singapore City

Dubai’s RTA chosen to host International Road Federation event in Nov. 2021
Dubai’s RTA chosen to host International Road Federation event in Nov. 2021

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has been chosen to host the International Road Federation’s (IRF) 18th World Conference & Exhibition in November 2021 due to its excellence in roads and infrastructure, as well as implementation of smart technologies.

The announcement was made at the start of the IRF Global R2T conference and exhibition held in Las Vegas, in the presence of the director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), HE Mattar Al Tayer; and UAE Consul General in Los Angeles, HE Hazza Ahmed Al Kaabi.

The IRF chairman HE Eng. Abdullah Al-Mogbel, and IRF president and chief executive officer, HE C. Patrick Sankey also attended the event, along with several ministers, and transport and road officials from various countries.

Dubai fended off competition from metropolitan cities including Rotterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), and Singapore City (Singapore) to host the conference and exhibition, which is held every four years and is one of the largest gatherings of roads and infrastructure across the world.

Commenting on being chosen to host the conference, Al Tayer said: “Hosting IRF World Conference & Exhibition in Dubai is a testament to the quality of UAE roads infrastructure; which was ranked number one in the world from 2013 to 2017 according to the Global Competitiveness Report of Davos Economic Forum. It reflects the confidence of international organisations in the standing of Dubai and its ability to host and deliver global events in style.”

The event is a global platform for envisioning the future of roads. It attracts more than 4,000 visitors from 80 countries, as well as 120 companies and startups, and 250 specialist speakers taking part in more than 100 discussion panels.

Discussion topics include strategic trends, research, smart mobility, use of artificial intelligence in designing and managing highways, the infrastructure of autonomous mobility, innovative pavement materials, survey technologies, and zero-fatality strategies.

Al Tayer added: “With more than three million inhabitants hailing from 190 nationalities, Dubai is one of the world’s four most-visited cities attracting about 17 million visitors in 2018, and Dubai Airport was used in the same year by 89 million passengers. Dubai has the longest driverless metro network in the world spanning 75km and 47 stations, the biggest man-made port in the world (Jebel Ali Port), and the tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa). Dubai’s roads network extends 17,217 lane kilometres, 119 pedestrian bridges and tunnels, and 386 km-long cycling lanes.”

Commenting on the RTA’s leading projects, Al Tayer said: “Dubai Water Canal stands out as one of the biggest projects undertaken by RTA. It has three bridges for vehicles and as many bridges for pedestrians in addition to nine water stations and a 12km cycling lane. As a result of using value engineering, the construction cost of the project was slashed by more than $272m (approximately AED1bn).”

“Key projects also include Shindagha Crossing symbolising the infinity sign of an arch over the bridge. It rises 42m at the highest point of the arch and needs about 2400 tonnes of iron. As a result of applying value engineering, the construction cost is cut by half and the bridge is expected to be completed by 2021,” Al Tayer added.

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