DUBAI -- The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, will host the inaugural International Road Federation, IRF, Middle East Regional Congress & Exhibition, from 29th to 31st October, 2017, under the theme, Mobility Solutions for the 21st Century.

The event, to be held under the auspices of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, aims to examine the best practices and share knowledge in the field of road safety and smart systems.

During the congress, winners in various categories of the Global Road Achievement Awards will be honoured. The IRF was established in 1948 and comprised members from 115 countries.

The congress will review the latest technological and scientific developments for improving road networks and sharing expertise between global entities. It will also hold discussion panels to tackle the best practices and innovations in the field of smart cities, road safety designs, smart transit systems, asset management, pavements, partnerships, finance and issues of relevance to the environment and sustainability. Training workshops and field visits will also be arranged during the event.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, said, "Holding this global event in Dubai is tantamount to an international vote of confidence of international organisations and agencies in the standing of the UAE, and its ability to host world-class events. It also comes as an acknowledgement by the IRF of the massive efforts of the Dubai Government to provide top-notch infrastructure for a road network in the emirate. The congress ranks amongst the top specialist road congresses and will convene for the first time in the MENA region."

Thanks to the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and the Crown Prince of Dubai, the city boasts world-class infrastructure in various aspects, especially roads. These substructures are characterised by high-quality and wide geographical coverage of all parts of the emirate, he added Over the past decade, the Dubai Government has spent about AED90 billion for improving the infrastructure of roads and transportation networks in the emirate. The figure includes about AED40 billion for the road sector itself. Accordingly, the total length of the road network in the emirate jumped from 8,715 lane-kilometre in 2006 to 13,594 in 2016.

Source: Emirates News Agency