$20bn investment in RTA projects over the last ten years paying off, accord to
Dubai has saved $34 billion in time and fuel previously wasted by traffic congestion as a result of the government investing billions into the nation’s infrastructure, a Dubai conference heard on Sunday.
The scale of investment has also helped the city retain its position for world’s best roads for the fourth consecutive year in the international competitiveness index of Davos Global Economic Forum, a senior infrastructure official said.
Around $20 billion has been invested by Dubai government in the development of the emirate's infrastructure and transport between 2006 and 2016, according to Mattar Al Tayer, director-general of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
As a result, of the government’s investment in RTA projects the rate of mass transit means jumped from 6 percent in 2006 to 16 percent in 2016, he told the opening session of International Road Federation (IRF) MENA Congress.
Road accidents have also declined with road deaths dropping from 22 cases per 100 thousand of population in 2006 to 3.5 percent per 100 thousand of population by 2016, Al Tayer said.
The RTA is also spearheading the smart mobility drive launched four years ago to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world, he stated.
Dubai’s meteoric population growth of 7 percent per annum, rapid urbanisation, inclement weather conditions and multi-cultural ethnicities are just some of the city’s challenges demanding smart infrastructure.
Held under the theme 'Smart Infrastructure for Mobility Future in Duba', the first Mena Congress and Exhibition of International Road Federation (IRF) will be held from the 29-31 October in the Dubai World Trade Centre. A total of 200 speakers from 50 countries are set to take part in the event.