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Abu Dhabi gears up for World Road Congress

ABU DHABI, June 16, 2019

Over 200 exhibitors from international private and public groups are expected to showcase the latest transport, road and planning innovations at the 26th PIARC World Road Congress which kicks off in Abu Dhabi on October 6 and runs until October 10.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) and the World Road Association (PIARC), the five-day event will see around 5,000 road transport professionals besides a record number of Congress national pavilions and over 40 transport ministers take part.

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the World Road Congress offers a unique opportunity to explore the challenges, solutions and innovations, such as the introduction of driverless cars and future technology which will enable energy generation via cars driving on the road.
 
The event comes to the UAE on the back of being recognized consistently by the World Economic Forum as having the best roads in the world from 2015 to 2018.

Recently, Dr Abdullah Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Transport Authority, wrote personally to Transport and Infrastructure Ministers of 195 countries around the world, inviting them to take part in the Ministers Sessions, a prominent feature of every World Road Congress.
 
Dr Al Nuaimi called for transport ministries around the world to come together at the 26th PIARC World Road Congress with public and private partners to share ideas and experiences and develop new partnerships to progress together.

He highlighted the importance of World Road Congress for the transport sector in the country as it offers a unique opportunity to exchange best practises and showcase the latest developments related to road networks, transport systems and road traffic control.

The Congress, which will be discussing the over-arching theme of ‘Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies,’ boasts over 50 sessions and workshops at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The event, he stated, also provides a platform to develop safety measures to address environmental and sustainability challenges as well as strengthening public-private sectors partnerships to support and develop the roads and transport infrastructure.

The PIARC has organised the Congress since 1909 as part of its efforts to share worldwide techniques, innovations, political strategies, trends and developments as well as best practice in the fields of road, infrastructure and transport.
 
On the choice of venue, Dr Al Nuaimi said: "Choosing Abu Dhabi to host this global event could not be more apt for a road congress not only as the UAE has, for the fourth consecutive year, been ranked 1st in the Quality of Roads Index in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Reports but also because few other places can rival the UAE’s achievements when it comes to the Congress’s theme: Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies."
 
The packed programme will address innovative transport service models, future transport policy agendas, use of new technologies to enhance safety of the road networks, transport infrastructure investments, surface transport sustainability and resiliency, road, bridge and tunnel operations and incorporating smart mobility solutions, among other topics, he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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