The Government of Dubai is determined to provide the best infrastructure possible to its residents in creating a vibrant and energetic modern emirate which will be the envy of the region. While the economic downtown may have cast a shadow over projects elsewhere, in Dubai, the dream is closer to becoming a stunning reality.
Speaking exclusively to Gulf News earlier this week, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, delivered just the shot in the arm Dubai needs.
Al Tayer said that all of the infrastructure development projects planned for the emirate will go ahead as scheduled, acting as an accelerant for economic growth .
“There is no change in our policies because of the international economic downturn, thanks to the full support and wisdom of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” Al Tayer said. And those infrastructure projects include all of the integrated public transportation projects on the drawing boards. The reason? A strong infrastructure is essential to Dubai’s economic future; it is a necessity; build it and they will come.
Significantly, the RTA is also looking to become fully self-funding in as little as three years time while at present, 75 per cent of the authority’s funds are coming from the Dubai Government.
Between now and 2020, the RTA is looking at capital projects worth Dh75 billion – priceless in terms of improving the emirate’s infrastructure.
If all of this good news wasn’t good enough, Al Tayer went further, detailing that the Metro system will be the safest and most technologically advanced commuter train service in the world. And modelling the bus network on that of the innovative and successful Singapore model would give commuters a service second to none. All told, the Dubai Government deserve full credit for keeping Dubai moving forward.