UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the building of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) today, where he was briefed on the various projects, programmes and initiatives RTA intends to implement in the next phase.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chief Executive of Emirates Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
Sheikh Mohammed began his visit by inaugurating low carbon emission “Energy Vehicle” launched by RTA with the aim of encouraging public and private institutions to invest in environment- friendly transport means.
Sheikh Mohammed listened to a briefing about the new vehicle by Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA Mattar Al Tayer, who said that the new vehicle is a translation of Sheikh Mohammed’s call for green economy initiative through the implementation of the latest technology in mass transport in order to provide a safe and sustainable environment that goes with the global reputation of Dubai.
After that, Sheikh Mohammed toured the RTA gallery highlighting roads development and mass transport in Dubai since the 50’s of the past century until the present time. The gallery sheds light on the most prominent road projects as well as images showcasing the most important projects and initiatives implemented by RTA since its inception in November 2005 along with awards and appreciation certificates obtained by the Authority throughout its long and rich march of achievements.
Sheikh Mohammed went on to unveil a plaque of Middle East and North Africa Centre for excellent transport before touring the various sections of the centre crowning the great achievement of the 59th UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Congress and Mobility and City Transport Exhibition hosted by Dubai in April 2011. The centre is a joint venture between RTA and the International Union of Public Transport.
Al Tayer explained that enhancing public transport strategies in the Middle East and North Africa and spreading the culture of public transport in the region are among the centre’s major aims.
At the RTA’s main meeting hall, Sheikh Mohammed listened to a presentation by Mattar Al Tayer and other RTA engineers on the different plans, projects and programmes the RTA plans to implement in the next phase. Sheikh Mohammed approved the name and logo of Dubai bike track in Sieh Al Salam and the 70-km endurance Street.
Sheikh Mohammed also approved Diera Souq improvement project and gave green light to pedestrian crossing project designs to be implemented by RTA in the next stage before being briefed on the work progress in the Al Khail Street development project.
Sheikh Mohammed listened to an illustration about land planning project around Metro stations before reviewing Al Ittihad Square Project scheme. Sheikh Mohammed also gave his directions for the completion of the study concerning transforming Dar Al Ittihad to a museum that documents the different stages of the UAE federation. He went on to view roads network and mass transport performance indices.
Also accompanying Sheikh Mohammed during the visit were Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Director of Dubai Ruler's Court Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shebani, Government of Dubai Media Office Director General Amed Abdullah Al Sheikh Dubai Director of Protocol and Hospitality Khalifa Saeed Suleiman.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
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