The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) is gearing up preparation for holding the 59th International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Congress & Exhibition in Dubai in April 2011 despite the credit crunch currently engulfing the whole world, thanks to the consistent economy of the United Arab Emirates, according to Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of the 59th UITP Congress.
Al Mulla confirmed that preparations for holding this premier world event are up and running including coordination with all public departments in Dubai Emirate through their representatives with the RTA towards offering the required facilities in their respective fields.
The Organizing Committee is also holding scheduled meetings regularly and coordination is in hand with the UITP officials to brief them on all matters related to the organizational plans along with the procedures & arrangements for receiving the participating delegations according to the plans made, he stated.
“Hosting this global event in Dubai culminates the worldwide repute and high profile of the Emirate in holding exhibitions & conventions in a variety of economic, business and service fields. It also manifests the huge confidence pinned by the international organizations in the UAE as a whole and Dubai in particular,” said Al Mulla.
“Through holding this global event, RTA is seeking to reassert the standing of Dubai in public transport industry worldwide by showcasing the strategic projects & initiatives achieved in a record time compared to advanced countries with experience spanning more than a century such as the European countries as well as the USA, Canada and Australia. RTA achievements are true manifestation of the dedicated efforts made by the Dubai Government to boost the profile of Dubai as a global economic & business hub and a point of attraction for investors and business leaders from all over the world, considering the huge significance of infrastructure in all fields, including public transport means, in supporting the business sector,” he continued.
“The 59th UITP Congress & Showcase is a splendid opportunity for participants from all over the globe to showcase their products, services and solutions in this field to visitors comprising business leaders, investors and decision makers in ministries and authorities responsible for regulating public transport sector particularly in Middle Eastern and North African countries. Furthermore, the Congress will be a milestone in RTA drive to showcase its achievements in integrated public transport, particularly with the launch of the Dubai Metro last year and its substantial contribution to attract new passengers to use public transport means, including buses and marine transit modes,” said the Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of the 59th UITP Congress in a final remark.
Worth-mentioning that a senior delegation from the RTA will take part in the celebrations of the 125th anniversary of the UITP to be held in Brussels in September this year.