From plan to 'live': How Dubai got its Metro, Tram bang on time


By Parag Deulgaonkar

Taking critical decisions at the right time and ensuring an effective team work has been the foundation for the successful completion of Dubai’s mega infrastructure projects – Metro, Tram, roads and bridges – on time.

2aDuring a panel discussion on ‘Complex and Mega Projects’ at the Dubai International Project Management Forum on Tuesday, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed the secrets of his organisation’s success, which has invested Dh80 billion in the last 10 years to build the city’s excellent infrastructure.

“We do follow up on regular basis as critical decisions can make or break a project,” he said, citing an example of how he and senior officials of Mitsubishi Corporation and Parson Corporation were meeting every three months to review the Metro project.

He further revealed that taking tough decision was necessary in the better interest of the nation and failure of the parties to complete the Metro by 09-09-2009 (September 9, 2009) would be ‘thrown out’. More info