RTA opens Head Office of 1st government Innovation Lab in Dubai


By Mohammed Al Munji RTA  www.zawya.com

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the Head Office of the Innovation Lab within the premises of the Dubai Tram Depot at Al Safouh, rendering the facility the first Government Innovation lab in Dubai.

1The Lab includes cutting-edge training halls fitted with latest technologies, work areas for holding brainstorming workshops, and an innovation club designed to the highest standards and top-class finishing to offer a hospitable environment conducive to innovation. The facility also includes a library offering knowledge resources in various fields and majors; which will be regularly updated with the latest resources, in addition to a main platform for showcasing and discussing ideas.

The facility is also fitted with interactive monitors enabling members to exchange visual contents which are also supported by smartphones & portable gadgets used by participants in workshops enabling the display of visual contents through wireless connectivity. It also encompasses supporting facilities such as a rest area, prayer rooms and meeting halls.

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA , chaired the inaugural session of the Innovation Lab which was dedicated to the revamping of services provided by the RTA to the business sector with a view to thrashing out solutions of the challenges in hand. The session was attended by a host of CEOs, Directors of the RTA as well as a bunch of university students and a representative of Ernst & Young Advisory Company.

“Through the government innovation labs, the RTA is seeking to play a significant role in leveraging its business to the extent of materializing aspirations of our wise leadership in the drive towards excellence. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, perceives innovation as: To Be or Not to Be: If a government is innovative, then it is existing. HH believes that corporate sustainability hinges on the ability to innovate, and create opportunities for new beginnings capable of boosting the competitiveness,” said Al Tayer. More info