By Sam Bridge
Dubai has been chosen by the International Road Federation to host the 18th World Conference & Exhibition in November 2021
Dubai has been chosen by the International Road Federation (IRF) to host the 18th IRF’s World Conference & Exhibition in November 2021.
The selection of Dubai came after the city saw off competition from metropolitan cities with advanced roads and infrastructure and strong credentials in smart technologies namely Rotterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Singapore City (Singapore).
Held every four years since launched in the US in 1952, IRF World Conference is one of the biggest gatherings in the field of roads and infrastructure across the world.
Topics for discussion cover strategic trends, research, smart mobility, using artificial intelligence in designing and managing highways, the infrastructure of autonomous mobility, innovative pavement materials, survey technologies, and zero-fatality strategies.
The announcement was made at the start of the IRF Global R2T Conference & Exhibition held in Las Vegas, in the presence of Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Hazza Ahmed Al Kaabi, UAE Consul General in Los Angeles.
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.”
He added: "Dubai has world-class infrastructure in various fields, especially in the field of roads and transport... From 2006 to 2018, Dubai Government invested more than $30 billion to upgrade roads and transport infrastructure to meet urbanisation needs and bring happiness to residents and visitors.
“These investments have generated economic returns in the order of $47 billion in terms of saved time and fuel, which would have otherwise been wasted in snarls.”
Abdullah Al-Mogbel, IRF chairman, said: “Such an achievement isn’t new to Dubai; a city that used to impress the world in staging global events. We are eagerly awaiting Expo 2020 to be held for the first time in MENA and south Asia regions.”For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.