Number of people using public transport in Dubai has increased from 6% in 2006 to 17.5% in 2018
Dubai has saved around $46 billion from various investments in roads and transport infrastructure over the last 12 years, according to Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, RTA.
Al Tayer was speaking at the key note session at the World Road Congress in Abu Dhabi where he revealed that spending estimated at $27bn had generated the $46bn in economic benefits between 2006 and 2018.
He said: “The improved mass transit systems of Dubai contributed to increasing the share of public transport in the total mobility journeys from six percent in 2006 to 17.5 percent in 2018. Moreover, 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, thus dipping by as much as 89 percent.”
Al Tayer said the success was down to nine particular key areas: Effective management, comprehensive strategies, proper administrative model and resilient organisational chart, quick decision-making, sufficient funding, governance and control, risks and challenges management, implementation of plans and future fore-sighting, and applying hi-tech in projects.