H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), received at his office His Excellency Kees Van Spronsen, the Netherlands Consul General in Dubai.
The meeting discussed means of boosting cooperation and exchanging expertise between the RTA & its Dutch counterpart as well as other Dutch companies & organizations working in mass transit field, particularly public transport and marine transport.
During the meeting, which was attended by the CEO of Public Transport Agency Eisa Abdul-Rahman Al Dosari, H.E. Mattar Al Tayer expressed delight with the progress made in the manufacturing of Ferry Dubai boats and the Water Taxi. He praised the commitment of Damen Co. by the timeframe set for the manufacturing process, and expressed satisfaction with the performance of SITA buses manufactured by the Dutch VDL Co., where the RTA purchased 518 highly sophisticated buses currently deployed on the Metro Stations Feeder Routes.
Each bus measures 12 meters in length and has a capacity to accommodate 68 passengers. The buses are fitted with ultra modern air-conditioning system and highest security & safety standards. Moreover, they have been customized to meet the requirements of special needs passengers as they have low floors and dedicated entries for the disabled. The buses, which have deluxe and top quality standards, have also been equipped with the latest passenger information systems, onboard monitoring system, and auto fare collection system.
For his part the Dutch Consul in Dubai hailed the efforts made by the RTA for improving transportation and roads infrastructure and stated that he was relieved to see the Dutch businesses and factories engaged as strategic partners with the RTA in upgrading mass transit modes in Dubai. He stated that Netherlands was among the leading countries in the world in the field of water transport industry; a major means of transport in Holland.
He praised the strategy laid down by the RTA; which is based on integrated mass transportation modes such as public buses, Dubai Metro and marine transit modes, and stressed that upgrading transportation infrastructure would push ahead the economy through attracting investments, reviving commercial activities and boosting tourism.