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The World Federation of Public Transport announced that Dubai, represented by the Roads and Transport Authority, won the hosting of the World Summit of the World Federation of Public Transport 2026, during the summit’s work that was held in Barcelona, Spain. International Federation of Public Transport, in the year 2011.
The World Public Transport Summit is the most important global event in the field of transportation, as it brings together more than 1,900 members from 100 countries, and is attended by heads of authorities, legislators, developers, operators, and manufacturers in the transportation sector under one roof to discuss future solutions for public transportation, and attracts more than 15,000 visitors.
His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, and His Excellency Mohammed Al Mazghani, Secretary General of the World Federation of Public Transport, signed the memorandum for Dubai hosting the summit, at the Roads and Transport Authority pavilion, at the World Federation of Public Transport Exhibition, in the presence of a number of officials from the authority. and union.
- Reputation and prestige
His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer dedicated Dubai’s winning of hosting the summit to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, and His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, First Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, pointing out that Dubai’s winning of hosting this global event comes in line with its economic agenda (D33) aimed at consolidating Dubai’s position among the three best economic cities in the world. And affirming its global leadership as the preferred destination for hosting international events, and confirming the confidence of international organizations and institutions in the distinguished position and reputation enjoyed by the Emirate of Dubai at the global level, and its ability to host global events, with its highly sustainable infrastructure that serves all sectors, especially the quality and efficiency of the infrastructure. Distinguished for the public transportation system and mass transit in the emirate.
- strategic partnership
Al Tayer expressed his appreciation to the presidency of the World Federation of Public Transport for choosing Dubai to host this global event, and said: We are proud of our long-term partnership with the World Federation of Public Transport, which began with the establishment of the Roads and Transport Authority in 2005, and culminated in Dubai hosting the World Federation Conference and Exhibition in 2011. For public transportation, which was held at that time for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region, and this partnership was strengthened by the establishment of the Middle East and North Africa Center for Excellence in Transport, and the organization of four sessions of the International Federation of Public Transport Transport Conference and Exhibition for the Middle East and North Africa region, and the fifth session will be held in 2024 .
- 146 billion dirhams
His Excellency Al Tayer added: “Under the directives of the wise leadership, the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai has completed a wide range of mega projects, the value of which exceeded 146 billion dirhams, the most important of which are the Dubai Metro, the longest driverless metro system in the world, with a length of 89.3 km, and the Dubai Tram with a length of 11 km.” And the provision of a modern fleet of public transport buses that includes more than 1,400 buses, characterized by their conformity with European specifications for low carbon emissions “Euro 6”, and the provision of an integrated system of marine transport that includes, in addition to traditional abras, Dubai Ferry and water taxis, in addition to implementing a wide network Of the roads and bridges that contribute to the speedy arrival of the various means of transportation to their final destinations, as the length of the road network increased from 8,715 lanes – kilometers in 2006 to 18,765 lanes – kilometers in 2022, and the length of the bicycle paths network increased from 9 kilometers in 2006 to 543 kilometers 2022.
- sustainable transportation
His Excellency the Director General and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority, affirmed that the authority’s efforts in developing the integrated system of a sustainable transport network in the Emirate of Dubai have contributed to strengthening the emirate’s position as one of the largest urban economies in the world, achieving environmental sustainability, and encouraging the population to use mass transportation. , which includes the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, public buses, marine transport, taxis, and shared transportation, as the percentage of trips via mass transportation and shared transportation increased from 6% in 2006 to 19.4% in 2022.
His Excellency said: “The number of users of mass transportation and shared mobility in Dubai in 2022 reached more than 621 million passengers, compared to about 461 million passengers in 2021, recording a growth of 35%, and the Dubai Metro accounted for the largest proportion of the number of passengers by 36%, and buses Public transportation 25%, indicating that the number of Dubai Metro users, since its operation in September 2009, until last March, exceeded 2 billion passengers.
He added: “The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai had previously adopted the strategy (Zero-emissions public transportation in the Emirate of Dubai 2050), to be the first entity in the Middle East region to develop a long-term strategy for the transition towards public transportation with net “zero” emissions by 2050. With the aim of reducing the negative impact on climate change and reducing the carbon footprint in all its activities, he indicated that the authority’s plan includes converting 100% of public transport buses into electric and hydrogen buses by 2050, and converting taxis and limousines into 100% electric and hydrogen vehicles by 2040.
- world federation
For his part, His Excellency Mohammed Al Mazghani, Secretary General of the International Federation of Public Transport, said: “When Dubai hosts the World Summit of the Association of Public Transport in 2026, it will be 15 years since Dubai hosted this global event in 2011, during which Dubai showed great progress in the field of urban mobility. Since then, public transportation has developed at an exceptional rate thanks to the strong focus and commitment of the RTA.”
He added, “With the changes that have occurred in our strategy for global events, Dubai will become the first city outside Europe to host the new annual summit of the International Federation of Public Transport, and we look forward to seeing the wonderful urban mobility options that attendees will see when they arrive in Dubai.”
- System integration
The mass transit system in Dubai is characterized by the integration of its elements, and it has become the backbone for the movement of the population between the various regions of the emirate. The principle of integration to achieve smoothness and ease of movement, and includes the development and expansion of road networks, crossings and the mass transit system with all its elements, including metro, tram, buses, marine transport means, first and last mile means, joint transportation, development of pedestrian and bicycle facilities and linking them, and the development of traffic and technical transport systems necessary to achieve the best and highest utilization Efficiency of the road system and mass transit, as well as the implementation of supportive policies to encourage the public to reduce dependence on private vehicles and increase their dependence on other means and modes of transportation, including mass transportation and shared transportation.
The mass transit system in Dubai has witnessed a quantum leap in the past years, and the Dubai government has invested billions of dirhams to provide an advanced and diverse public transportation infrastructure. At the head of these mega projects is the Dubai Metro, which His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum described as : “The Century Project, and one of the unique and distinguished landmarks of Dubai and the Emirates.”
The Dubai Metro is one of the main pillars of the transportation system that connects the various vital areas in the emirate, and provides easy and safe movement for passengers. Consisting of 129 trains, the facilities and services available at Dubai Metro stations are among the best in the world.
The Dubai Metro set a new record, by exceeding the number of its users since its operation in September 2009 until last March, the barrier of two billion passengers.
The Dubai Metro has contributed to enhancing Dubai’s competitive strength in organizing international events, the most important of which is the successful hosting of Expo 2020 Dubai. It has also contributed to reviving the emirate’s economic development, promoting tourism activities, and raising the value of real estate near metro stations by 12%.
In order to facilitate the movement of residents and visitors between the regions of the Emirate of Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority provides a fleet of public transport buses, which includes more than 1,400 buses, which are unique in their conformity with the European specifications for low carbon emissions “Euro 6”, and are equipped with comfortable seats and high safety standards. Low entrance to facilitate entry and exit movement, provide a place for people of determination, and provide the best services for users of mass transportation.
The number of bus lines is more than 175 lines, distributed in various regions of the Emirate of Dubai, in addition to lines for transport through cities that connect Dubai to the main regions in the various emirates. Millions of flights, during which it carried 157 million passengers.
- bus stops
In recent years, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has established a new generation of bus stations, which are characterized by their typical designs that combine innovative and effective solutions for engineering designs with the modern system in providing mass transportation services, taking into account the provision of requirements and standards for transportation integration, and the strengthening of interconnection between the components of the city. , to facilitate the access of residents to and from stations of mass transportation, and to ensure pedestrians and bicycle users access to these means in a safe and easy way, in addition to providing a qualified environment for people of determination, and to enhance the link between stations of different means of transportation and development projects, and the attractions surrounding the region, by developing the requirements of the mileage The first and the last, and by providing a set of elements and requirements for transportation integration, such as public transport bus stops, bicycle paths and stops, pedestrian crossings, and landscaping according to the area, with the aim of encouraging the population to walk and use individual means of transportation.
Maritime transport is an essential part of the transportation system in the Emirate of Dubai, as the number of its users in 2022 reached nearly 16 million passengers. 24 lines, serving 54 stations, and it is expected that the number of marine transport users will witness significant growth in the coming years, with the completion of the construction of urban and tourist facilities on both sides of the Dubai Water Canal, and development projects with sea views, where marine transport will be the preferred choice for many citizens and residents And tourists on the move, to enjoy watching the tourist and urban facilities on the banks of the Dubai Creek, the Dubai Water Canal and the shores of the Arabian Gulf.
- Smart navigation
The Roads and Transport Authority is moving forward in implementing Dubai’s strategy for smart self-driving transportation, which aims to convert 25% of the total transportation trips in Dubai into smart self-driving trips by 2030. The authority has developed an integrated plan to transform the transport system into smart, integrated and user-friendly transportation, as Smart mobility is one of the most important pillars of smart cities.
The authority had earlier completed the initial stage of preparing digital maps to operate the “Origin” self-driving cruise vehicle, in preparation for the actual launch of the service in 2023, so that Dubai will be the first city in the world outside the United States of America in the commercial operation of self-driving cruise vehicles. Cruise self-driving vehicles “Origin”, to provide taxi service and electronic booking service, and the number will gradually double to 4,000 vehicles by 2030.
- Public transportation day
In order to enhance the efforts of the Dubai government in promoting environmental sustainability, the Roads and Transport Authority launched in 2010 an initiative: (Public Transportation Day), with the aim of encouraging residents and visitors to use mass transportation, increasing the number of its users, promoting the modern mass transportation system provided by the authority, and strengthening the pioneering role The Emirate of Dubai in general and the Roads and Transport Authority in particular, in the field of promoting public transportation, as well as educating the various groups and segments of society, about the culture of mass transit, and the benefits and advantages that accrue to the individual himself, including psychological and physical comfort in moving easily and easily.
World Transportation Summit
The World Public Transport Summit is of great importance, as it is a global gathering in which specialists in the field of mass transportation meet, to present the latest technology in the areas of infrastructure to establish a railway and tunnel network, interior designs for trains, luxury systems, in addition to public transport buses and means of transportation. It is also an opportunity for decision makers in the public transportation sector and others working in the field of mass transportation to review the latest developments in the field of public transportation, institutional systems, technology, institutional policies, industrial innovations in this field, and financial plans, in addition to discussing best practices and reviewing experiences. Successful exhibitions around the world, and the exhibition accompanying the summit is an opportunity for participants from different countries of the world to present their products, services and solutions in the field of transportation.
The Roads and Transport Authority achieved great success in hosting the fifty-ninth session of the International Federation of Public Transport Conference and Exhibition in 2011, which was held for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region. square meters, by 12%, and the number of visitors to the conference and exhibition exceeded ten thousand people. The event also witnessed the honoring of the winners of the competition for doubling the share of public transportation, which was organized by the International Transport Association for the first time in its history.
The success of the Roads and Transport Authority in hosting and organizing the conference contributed to the strengthening of cooperation and partnership relations between the authority and the World Federation of Public Transport, the signing of the agreement to establish the Middle East and North Africa Center for Excellence in Transport, and the organization of the World Federation of Public Transport Conference and Exhibition for the Middle East and North Africa, in Dubai. For a period of 10 years, once every two years, and its fifth session will be held next year.