Occasion is about to draw 1,900 delegates from 100 international locations and 15,000 guests
Dubai has been chosen to host a high worldwide occasion for the general public transport trade in 2026, it was introduced on Wednesday.
It is going to be the emirate’s second time to host the celebrated UITP International Public Transport Summit — following the profitable 59th UITP World Congress and Exhibition which was held within the metropolis in 2011.
The announcement was made by the Worldwide Affiliation for Public Transport (UITP) at this yr’s summit held in Barcelona, Spain.
A premier world occasion on the general public transport trade’s calendar, the UITP International Public Transport Summit is predicted to see the participation of over 1,900 delegates from 100 international locations and greater than 15,000 attendees.
Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the Board of Govt Administrators of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), and Mohamed Mezghani, secretary-general of the UITP, signed the internet hosting of the summit settlement on the RTA’s stand within the UITP Exhibition.
Dubai’s choice as a the host metropolis for the summit will be attributed to the visionary management of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Al Tayer stated.
“Dubai’s profitable bid to host this prestigious world occasion is in good alignment with the Dubai Financial Agenda, D33, which strives to place Dubai among the many high three cities worldwide. It underscores Dubai’s world management as a most popular vacation spot for worldwide occasions and highlights the worldwide group’s confidence in Dubai’s excellent world repute. The choice additionally exemplifies Dubai’s confirmed functionality to host profitable worldwide occasions, showcasing the excellence and effectivity of its public transport infrastructure,” Al Tayer stated.
Al Tayer thanked the UITP presidency for choosing Dubai because the host metropolis for the occasion.
“We’re pleased with our long-standing relationship with the UITP, which started with the institution of RTA in 2005, and reached a milestone when Dubai efficiently hosted the UITP World Congress and Exhibition in 2011, marking its debut within the Mena area. The collaboration was additional strengthened with the institution of the MENA Centre for Transport Excellence, and the internet hosting of 4 editions of the UITP MENA Congress and Exhibition in Dubai, which is slated to resume its internet hosting of the occasion for the fifth time in 2024,” he added.
Dh146 billion in public transport initiatives
Wanting again on the emirate’s public transport milestones, Al Tayer famous that, underneath the Dubai authorities’s directives, “the RTA has efficiently accomplished quite a few large-scale initiatives with a mixed worth exceeding Dh146 billion”.
“These initiatives embrace the Dubai Metro, the world’s longest driverless metro system spanning 89.3 km; the 11 km Dubai Tram; a contemporary fleet of over 1,400 public buses complying with the European low carbon emission (Euro 6) requirements; and an intensive marine transport system encompassing conventional abras, Dubai Ferry and water taxis,” he stated.
“Dubai has an intensive community of roads and bridges to facilitate fast journey for all modes of transportation to their locations. The street community has expanded considerably from 8,715 lane-kilometres in 2006 to 18,765 lane-kilometres in 2022. Equally, the biking tracks community has expanded from a mere 9 km in 2006 to a formidable 543 km in 2022,” he added.
RTA’s efforts to develop an built-in, sustainable transportation community have been pivotal in cementing Dubai’s place as one of many world’s main city economies. These measures have improved environmental sustainability and inspired folks to make use of a wide range of mass transit modes together with the metro, tram, public buses, marine transport, taxis, and shared mobility means. In consequence, the proportion of mass and shared mobility means elevated considerably from 6 per cent in 2006 to 19.4% in 2022, Al Tayer said.
Sharing figures, he stated that the utilization of public and shared transportation in Dubai witnessed exceptional development, with over 621 million riders recorded in 2022, reflecting a 35% improve in comparison with the earlier yr’s determine of roughly 461 million riders. Among the many varied modes of transportation, the Dubai Metro constituted 36% of public transport ridership, intently adopted by public buses at 25%. Notably, the Dubai Metro has served over two billion riders since its inception in 2009 till final March.
RTA has taken a pioneering step within the Center East by adopting the Zero-Emissions Public Transportation in Dubai Technique 2050, turning into the primary entity within the area to determine a complete long-term plan for reaching net-zero emissions in public transportation by 2050.
This visionary technique is designed to fight local weather change and minimise carbon emissions throughout all operations. As a part of the plan, RTA goals to transition all public buses to electrical and hydrogen-powered automobiles by 2050, whereas making certain that taxis and limousines are totally electrical and hydrogen-powered by 2040, setting a brand new benchmark for sustainable transportation within the area.
Mohamed Mezghani, secretary-general of the UITP, stated: “When the UITP International Public Transport Summit arrives in Dubai in 2026, it is going to be precisely fifteen years because the Summit was final hosted there in 2011. Even again then, the town was very nicely superior when it comes to city mobility. Since then, public transport has developed at a really spectacular charge because of the sturdy focus and dedication of RTA. With the adjustments to our world occasions technique, Dubai will turn out to be the primary metropolis outdoors of Europe to host the brand new UITP Annual Summit. I am excited to see what excellent city mobility choices the delegates will expertise upon their arrival.”
Dubai’s mass transit system serves because the spine for environment friendly motion throughout the emirate, with built-in elements which have remodeled attitudes in the direction of public transport. RTA’s strategic and govt plans prioritise integration to make sure seamless site visitors stream and mobility.
This complete community encompasses street community growth, crossings, and varied mass transit techniques together with the metro, tram, buses, marine transport, first and last-mile options and shared transport. Pedestrian and biking infrastructure can be prioritised, alongside the implementation of cutting-edge site visitors and transport applied sciences to optimise street and transit effectivity. Supportive insurance policies encourage the general public to cut back reliance on personal automobiles and embrace various modes akin to mass and shared mobility choices.
Dubai’s mass transit system has undergone exceptional developments, because of the substantial investments made by the Dubai Authorities in growing a classy and numerous public transportation infrastructure. On the coronary heart of those transformative initiatives is the Dubai Metro, hailed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum because the “The Venture of the Century, and a novel landmark of Dubai and the UAE”.
Serving as an important cornerstone of the transportation community, the Dubai Metro seamlessly connects key districts of the emirate, providing commuters a dependable and safe transit expertise. With its Pink and Inexperienced traces spanning a formidable 89.3 km and encompassing 53 stations, the Dubai Metro retains its distinction because the world’s longest driverless metro system. The fleet of 129 trains ensures environment friendly operations and handy entry for passengers. Furthermore, the facilities and providers supplied at Dubai Metro stations rank among the many most interesting globally.
Having surpassed the milestone of carrying over two billion passengers since its inauguration in September 2009 till March of this yr, the Dubai Metro stands as a testomony to its distinctive security requirements and operational effectivity, boasting a formidable punctuality ranking of 99.7%. The Metro has performed a pivotal function in enhancing Dubai’s competitiveness in internet hosting main worldwide occasions, most notably the profitable Expo 2020 Dubai. Moreover, it has contributed to the emirate’s financial development, stimulated tourism actions, and elevated property values by roughly 12% in areas adjoining to metro stations.
RTA operates an intensive fleet of over 1,400 public buses in Dubai, assembly the European Euro 6 requirements for low carbon emissions. These buses play an important function in facilitating the mobility of each residents and guests all through the town. Designed with passenger consolation and comfort in thoughts, the buses characteristic comfy seating and low entrances, making certain simple boarding and alighting. Furthermore, they’re outfitted with designated areas to cater to the wants of individuals of willpower, making certain inclusivity and accessibility for all mass transit customers.
Masking an unlimited community of routes, RTA buses function on greater than 175 routes inside Dubai in addition to intercity routes connecting the emirate to important districts in different emirates. With a staggering 2,599 stops and stations, the bus community supplies intensive protection throughout the town, making it handy for passengers to succeed in their desired locations. In 2022 alone, these buses remodeled 4 million journeys, serving a formidable 157 million riders.
RTA has lately unveiled a brand new era of bus stations that mix distinctive, modern and efficient architectural options with a recent system for offering mass transportation providers. These designs match the wants and requirements of built-in transportation, and the interconnection between a number of districts, simplifying folks’s actions to and from public transport stations.
The services assure pedestrian and biking accessibility, whereas additionally offering an inclusive environment for folks of willpower. Additionally they improve connectivity between completely different transit modes and growth initiatives, in addition to close by sights. Options embrace growing first and last-mile elements, in addition to integrating facets akin to bus stops, biking tracks, pedestrian crossings, area-specific landscaping, and bicycle racks. These options are supposed to encourage folks to stroll and use particular person mobility means.
Maritime transportation is an important element of Dubai’s transportation system, with customers reaching round 16 million passengers in 2022. Marine transport has a fleet of greater than 200 automobiles together with fashionable and conventional abras, water taxis and ferries, working on 24 traces and serving 54 stations. The variety of marine transport customers is projected to rise significantly within the foreseeable future with the completion of city and vacationer developments alongside each side of the Dubai Water Canal, and waterfront growth initiatives. Marine transport is prone to turn out to be the popular mode of transport for a lot of residents, residents, and vacationers who want to benefit from the scenic views of the vacationer and concrete infrastructure lining Dubai Creek, Dubai Water Canal, and the Arabian Gulf coast.
RTA is actively implementing the Good Self-Driving Transport Technique, which goals to revolutionise 25% of complete mobility journeys within the metropolis by incorporating self-driving know-how by 2030. This strategic plan is an important step in the direction of establishing sensible and accessible transportation as a key element of Dubai’s sensible metropolis imaginative and prescient.
Consistent with this technique, RTA has efficiently accomplished the preliminary section of making digital maps for the operation of Cruise’s Origin autonomous automobiles (AV). This milestone units the stage for the launch of Cruise’s AV in Dubai in 2023, making Dubai the primary metropolis outdoors america to commercially function Cruise’s AV know-how. Initially, these automobiles shall be deployed to supply taxi and e-hail experience providers, offering residents and guests with a glimpse into the way forward for transportation. Because the initiative progresses, the fleet of self-driving automobiles is predicted to develop to 4,000 by the yr 2030.
Public Transport Day
As a part of Dubai Authorities’s dedication to environmental sustainability, the RTA launched the Public Transport Day initiative in 2010. This annual occasion goals to encourage each residents and guests to embrace and advocate for using Dubai’s fashionable mass transit choices, thereby growing ridership and lowering reliance on personal automobiles. The occasion additionally highlights Dubai’s and RTA’s management in harnessing public transportation, in addition to educating the general public on quite a few bodily and psychological advantages of hassle-free motion.
International Public Transport Summit
The World Public Transport Summit serves because the premier worldwide discussion board for public transportation consultants and specialists to convene. This influential platform showcases the most recent developments in railway infrastructure, tunnel building, prepare interiors, leisure techniques, public buses, and marine transport.
On the summit, trade professionals come collectively to discover cutting-edge applied sciences, focus on coverage developments, share industrial improvements, devise monetary methods, and study from profitable world practices. The various views and experiences of contributors contribute to an enriching alternate of information. Moreover, the accompanying exhibition supplies a possibility for contributors from around the globe to showcase their merchandise, providers, and options.
The profitable staging of the 59th UITP World Congress and Exhibition in 2011 by RTA marked a milestone as the primary such occasion within the MENA area. The accompanying exhibition, spanning round 30,000 sq. meters, noticed a 12% improve in exhibitors, whereas over 10,000 guests attended. The occasion additionally witnessed the announcement of the winners of the inaugural UITP PTx2 Problem.
This congress strengthened the partnership between RTA and UITP, resulting in the institution of the MENA Centre for Transport Excellence and the settlement to host the UITP MENA Transport Congress in Dubai each two years for a decade. The fifth version is about to happen in 2024, additional enhancing Dubai’s dedication to advancing public transportation and reinforcing its place as a information hub within the area.