Kuwaiti Emir receives Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan

ABU DHABI: The Department of Transport, DoT, in Abu Dhabi today announced that His Highness the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, received Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of Transport, to honour the DoT for its smart application “Darb”, which was among the five top smart applications in the Arab World at the 14th Annual Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah Informatics Award.

The Chairman of DoT received the award from the Kuwaiti Emir at the official annual award ceremony held at the Emiri Diwan in Bayan Palace. The “Darb” application achieved fourth prize as one of the best smart applications in the Arab World. The decision to award “Darb” was made by the award jury, which comprises of senior e-government officials, researchers and academics as well as representatives of the IT community.

The excellence award serves as proof of the DoT’s interest and involvement in the important role of information systems technology towards realising the optimal management of traffic and transport networks in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This management contributes to the facilitation of movement for road users and public transportation in addition to its role in improving traffic safety standards. The “Darb” smart app, which was launched in March of this year, is one of the most the most important outcomes of the smart transport systems strategy in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

“Darb” provides the public with basic interactive maps, showing public transport routes and timetables within a fast and user-friendly experience. The app provides the public with live road conditions, covering construction works, traffic detours and accidents and congested roads.

The United Arab Emirates has won three awards in the best websites and smart applications categories. The DoT’s “Darb” smart application won its award in the category of the best smart applications and the most popular in the Arab World. The application went through three stages of qualifications that included the assessment of more than ten thousand applications from 13 Arab countries. “Darb” managed to qualify for the final stage and held an advanced position among the first four smart applications in Informatics Award 2014. The decision of the jury was based on the standards of comprehensiveness, diversity and quality.