|03 September, 2019

Abu Dhabi's Department of Transport is leading road standardization

With less than two months' to go until the prestigious event takes place between October 6 to 10, global experts will be offered an insight into how Abu Dhabi's extraordinary transformation has helped the UAE receive worldwide recognition for building the best roads

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi’s Department for Transport (DoT) aims to showcase its successful model of standardizing the UAE’s roads when it hosts the World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019.

With less than two months’ to go until the prestigious event takes place between October 6 to 10, global experts will be offered an insight into how Abu Dhabi’s extraordinary transformation has helped the UAE receive worldwide recognition for building the best roads.

The DoT has played a significant role to date by delivering an integrated highways and roads network covering more than 25,000km. This has made travelling much easier and accessible to thousands of commuters every day.

Part of its success has been learning from past experiences with their diverse team of engineers initially facing challenges. Issues such as materials not being compatible with the hot climate led to the DoT writing their own technical manuals in 2009 to ensure future construction projects were not impacted.

By undertaking extensive research, a total of 37 manuals have now been published which focuses on the different topics including management, planning, design and construction of roads and related infrastructure.

The award-winning project, which was approved by the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, has become the mandatory guide that all engineers adhere to when constructing projects across the Abu Dhabi Emirate today.

With these manuals in place, it has enabled hundreds of people to enjoy efficient and safe journeys. Drivers have also benefitted from road signage that has been a significant contribution in helping ease congestion and reducing the number of accidents.

During the World Road Congress, road safety will be among the key topics discussed and the DoT has led by example by ensuring high standards have been implemented.

Over the course of several years, the DoT has taken the necessary steps to install more than 110 variable and permanent display signs that are clearly visible, almost 600 CCTV cameras and 70 Video Wall Screens.

The UAE government has played a major role in providing financial support and with this assistance, the DoT launched their own Intelligent Transport Systems. The essential state-of-the-art technology system has been integral in minimizing traffic problems across the city as well as providing thousands of drivers of up-to-date traffic information.

Additionally, as part of its integrated road infrastructure which now has routes to Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Abu Dhabi has provided a platform that ensures efficient journeys for drivers with its easy connections to neighbouring nations like Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Having taken the initiative to standardize the UAE’s roads, the DoT is making huge efforts to bring more conformity to road signs and infrastructure across the UAE and the World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019 will showcase these plans to thousands of delegates and business professionals.

The Department of Transport has led the way when it comes to standardizing the roads in the UAE. With the roads becoming the most convenient and accessible method to travel to the GCC, the UAE is proud to maintain these high standards and to be a model for the region. The World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019 is an excellent platform to showcase what the UAE has achieved and what it wants to build on going forward.

To be held for the first time in the Middle East, the World Road Congress will be hosted by the DoT and the World Road Association (PIARC) under the theme of 'Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies'.

The event will emphasize the world-class quality of the UAE’s road infrastructure and showcase Abu Dhabi as the global hub of major events and conferences worldwide.

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Background

Download the official World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019 program: http://www.aipcrabudhabi2019.org/events/abu-dhabi-world-road-congress-2019/custom-119-9cdd9b3dccdc450991da91decda350b4.aspx  

About PIARC
The World Road Association (PIARC) was established in 1909 as a non-profit organisation to be the world leader in the exchange of knowledge on roads and road transport policy and practices within the context of integrated, sustainable transport.

As of December 2018, the Association counts 122 national member governments from all over the world, including two-thirds from low and middle-income countries, and more than 2,000 members from industry, administration or academia as well as individuals.

About Department of Transport - Abu Dhabi
The Department of Transport of Abu Dhabi (“DoT”) was established by Law No. (4) of 2006, as amended by Law No. 5 of 2008 and No. 6 of 2018 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the U.A.E., as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, to carry out the legislative, regulatory, supervisory and control functions related to the surface, maritime transport and the civil aviation sectors in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as well as all commercial activities related to these sectors.

As part of its efforts to establish an integrated and sustainable transport system in line with the population and urban growth and the rapid technological development in the transport sector, DoT continuously works in cooperation with its stakeholders to develop projects that provide the best services in line with the Abu Dhabi Development Agenda and public policy.

About World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019
Since the first World Road Congress held in Paris in 1909, PIARC has organized Congresses every four years in a member country with the aim of sharing worldwide techniques, innovations, political strategies, trends and developments, best practices and experiences in the fields of road, infrastructures and transport between Ministers, governments, private sector, road and transport administrations and organizations, academics, solutions’ providers, experts and practitioners from more than 140 countries across the planet. 

The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) won the bid to host the prestigious 26th Congress and, taking the current international situation across the globe into account, came up with the topic “Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies” to enable multilateral talks as innovative way to establish new ideas towards better understanding not only of road, infrastructure and transport works but also regarding the cultural part that should be implemented among all.

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