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The delegation comprised a host of entities operating in the fields of roads, bridges, urban planning, water, electricity and telecommunication.
Dubai: With the UAE having the highest number of mobile phone subscribers in the world, Dubai Smart Government has created many mobile solutions including mobile apps, mobile payment gateways, a dedicated mobile portal and a mobile SMS gateway.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced in a media statement sent to Emirates 24|7 today that it has decided to do away with the Dh24 daily cap on the Salik toll gate system from July 15, 2013.
The Department of Internal Audit, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), has recently briefed a visiting delegation from the Ministry of Finance on the practices adopted by the Department in using hi-tech applications in the automation of internal audit processes & activities, and how to improve them with the aim of sharing expertise and uplifting the business practices to bring them in line with the highest global standards.
A steep increase in traffic on alternative routes between Dubai and Sharjah since the introduction of two new Salik gates on Al Ittihad Road and Airport Tunnel has left residents in Al Ghusais, Al Nahda, Al Twar and Oud Al Muteena fuming.
Metro and bus commuters in Dubai will soon be able to pay for their journey using mobile phones. A senior official at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) confirmed the service would be made available by the third quarter of this year. Speaking with Khaleej Times, Abdulla Al Madani, CEO of Corporate Technical Support Services at RTA said: “We are working very closely with telecom providers in the UAE to roll out Nol services on mobile phones by the third quarter of this year.”
The Roads and Transport Authority said Al Mamzar Toll Gate, situated before and after Al Mamzar Bridge, and the Airport Tunnel Toll Gate - situated at the northern entry and exist of the tunnel – will go live on April 15. The announcement comes just weeks after the RTA said it was to charge taxis for passing through Salik gates.
A technical glitch with the Salik system is adding to the misery of taxi passengers as they are made to pay toll charges even if the taxis don’t pass through the gates. Already miffed by the re-introduction of Salik toll charges on taxis, most passengers taking the slip road adjacent to the Al Barsha toll gate near the Mall of the Emirates on Shaikh Zayed Road are charged an additional Dh4.