Al Tayer attends closing session of MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition, honours sponsors

DUBAI, Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has attended the closing ceremony of the 3rd MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition 2018, held in Dubai by the RTA in conjunction with the International Association of Public Transport, UITP, under the theme “Pioneering for Customers Happiness.”

Attendees included Mohammed Al Mezghani, Secretary-General of the UITP, Khalid Al Hogail, Chairman of the Executive Office of the UITP MENA Division, CEO and Board of Director, Saudi Public Transport Co. – Riyadh, KSA, in addition to a host of officials from the UAE and overseas.

“Achieving the happiness of public transport users requires cities to be people-friendly and capable of responding to their needs. It also requires bringing happiness to employees to be able to bring happiness to customers. It requires designing mobility packages that suit public transport riders through benefiting from AI, big data and automation besides providing environment-friendly transport and promoting the culture of public transport among students,” Al Tayer noted.

He praised the superb partnership between the UITP and the RTA in holding this Congress and Exhibition every two years, and the event has thus become important to public transport legislators, operators, manufacturers and speakers.

Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla, RTA Board Member and Chairman of the Higher Committee of MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition, said, “The Congress has attracted more than 2,000 participants and visitors from the MENA region. They shared ideas and practices of cities of the region facing similar challenges with the aim of providing integrated public transport in the region. The Congress hosted 85 speakers from 21 countries and 49 exhibitors from 17 countries. The event attracted 36 sponsor companies.

“The Congress witnessed the signing of five MoUs, and 200 students from 18 schools were invited to attend. More than 200 drivers and bus conductors were trained on safe driving. The Congress hosted the 4th World Hackathon in partnership with youth for public transport, Y4PT, where 45 students from 21 countries came seeking to develop innovative ideas.”

In the closing ceremony, Al Tayer awarded the sponsors of the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition. Honourees included The Department of Transport � Abu Dhabi, Dubai Taxi Corporation, Cars Taxi, Wade Adams, Systra, Dubai Technology, Thales Group, Hyundai, GBM, Juma Al Majid, Etihad Rail, INIT, Serkal Group, Dobowi LLC, OWS, ACACUS, Alstom, Metro Taxi, Arthur D Little, Voith, STS, Gulf Computers, KEOLIS, Dell, Al Zarooni, National Taxi, SAAB, Parsons, Arabia Taxi, and the Dubai Maritime City Authority.

Source: Emirates News Agency