RTA’s Higher Organizing Committee of the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) has held an introductory workshop for a number of public, private and educational entities in the UAE to highlight all matters of relevance to DAST.
The workshop examined the seven categories, and application procedures, and prospects of adding further improvements to the Award.
Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of Rail Agency and Head of the Higher Organizing Committee of DAST, said: “Since launched in 2008, the Award has been endeavoring to improve processes to keep pace with RTA’s initiatives & projects. In this regard the Award engaged different government & private entities as well as public benefit organizations across the nation rather than being restricted to the Emirate of Dubai. The move intended to avail these entities the opportunity to prop up RTA’s efforts and contribute to the advancement of sustainable transport in the Emirate of Dubai.” He commended the tremendous efforts made by companies which have had a huge impact on the success of previous editions of the Award.
“No doubt DAST, which is privileged by an unfettered support and attention from HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, in his capacity as Patron of the Award, is a practical demonstration of the vision of the RTA aimed at providing Safe and Smooth Transport for All. Moreover, community organizations contribute to the realization of this vision through making sustained efforts to improve the multi-modal integration of public transport, achieving sustainable transport and thereby contributing to shaping the future of Dubai,” commented Younes.
He stated that the workshop was held in a bid to diffuse the concepts of sustainable transport amongst community members, and encourage various sectors to adopt best practices of the industry towards achieving the vision of Dubai in implementing sustainable initiatives for improving the quality of living of future generations.
A visual presentation was made during the workshop spotlighting the objectives and seven categories of the award namely: mobility management, mobility safety, environmental conservation, disabled, school transport, and smart apps. The special categories are: best academic research, best journalist, best media organization, best students’ project, and the most frequent users of public transport. The workshop focused on the basic and special awards, and the procedures of participation.
Then winners of the 7th DAST 2014 made different presentations about their successful participations. Winners were CAR Transport, The Center for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars, Emirates Transport, Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology, and DP World. More info