Dubai to be regional hub for transport research


By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter

Dubai: Students and professionals in Dubai will soon have an option to study courses covering the transport sector, which so far is not well-represented at most local universities.

With public transport gaining a lot of attention in the region, the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) decision to tie up with local institutions to encourage tailor-made programmes offering specialisation in various aspects of transport operations is just what the doctor ordered.

The initiative is part of RTA’s MENA Centre for Transport Excellence activities, which was inaugurated in July by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

“We at RTA believe that we have reached a certain maturity level and now it’s time we start sharing our expertise and the experience we have gained with others. We believe that we can help others in setting up public transport systems,” said Laila Taher Faridoon, director, RTA Chairman’s office.

A joint venture between RTA and International Association of Public Transport (UITP), which was conceived following the success of the UITP World Congress in Dubai last year, the centre will cover the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. More info