| 13 September, 2017

RTA, Dubai Police discuss cooperation in organizing traffic movement during Expo 2020 Dubai

The meeting discussed means of stepping up coordination in managing traffic movement during major events.

DUBAI- Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has held a coordinative meeting with Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, to boost mutual cooperation in managing traffic movement during major events in Dubai.

Road projects serving Expo 2020 Dubai, comprise two main parts; upgrading the intersections of the Airport Street to accommodate the traffic movement around Dubai International Airport, which will be completed in February 2018; meanwhile road projects around Expo will be completed in phases ending in February 2020. The RTA will also deploy 724 buses and 2,900 taxicabs or more to serve the mega event, besides constructing 14 bus stations in different places. "Route 2020" Project for the extension of the Dubai Metro is progressing according to the set plan where completion rate has now reached 15% and is set for operation in May 2020.

During the meeting, which was held at RTA’s premises, Al Tayer welcomed Al Marri and stressed the importance of holding coordinative meetings between the two parties in enhancing cooperation and developing a common approach to a variety of issues. "These issues are highlighted by the improved traffic safety, smooth flow of traffic and enhanced safety of public transit means across Dubai in the interest of citizens and residents of the emirate. These meetings are part of channels used by the two parties to develop common viewpoints and act in team spirit," said Al Tayer.

Al Marri said, "The RTA and Dubai Police share a wide range of responsibilities that serve the strategic objectives of the Dubai Government. Their cooperation sets a role model for others to emulate in serving the common business without interfering in the specialist jobs of each party. This sort of coordination is bound to improve the services provided by the two departments to citizens and residents of the emirate".

The meeting discussed means of stepping up coordination in managing traffic movement during major events, to facilitate the mobility of people from and to event venues in a smooth manner. The two parties examined road and transport system projects designed to cater to Expo 2020 needs; as endorsed by Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during his recent visit to the RTA.

The Enterprise Command and Control Centre inaugurated by His Highness last May was one of the key projects completed. The centre will contribute in monitoring and controlling the movement of all transit during Expo 2020.

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