His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently met with His Excellency Andres Sutt, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology, Republic of Estonia and the accompanying delegation. The two parties explored the prospects of cooperation in the fields of self-driving transport, artificial intelligence and the use of high-tech in mass transportation.
Discussions also covered the means of stepping up cooperation and exchanging expertise between RTA and its counterpart in the Republic of Estonia. Meanwhile, the visiting delegation was briefed on RTA’s efforts to improve the infrastructure of roads and public transport networks.
Al Tayer briefed the Estonian delegation on Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy that aims to transform 25% of total mobility journeys in Dubai into smart and driverless journeys by 2030, as RTA is completing trials on the autonomous air taxi and the rollout of the autonomous taxis besides studying the development of suspended mobility systems. Al Tayer also discussed infrastructure projects that RTA is examining including roads network and transit systems as well as projects designated for construction under the Public-Private Partnership model.
In this regard, RTA had developed a comprehensive investment strategy encompassing specialist investment projects including alternative funding programmes to boost the role of the private sector in funding transport infrastructure projects. RTA had also charted out a policy for PPP along with a model for studying and undertaking such projects and their scope of work such that it becomes a reference in preparing and implementing PPP projects.
His Excellency Andres Sutt praised RTA’s experience in providing integrated public transport systems and using smart technology to ease the mobility of people across the city. He expressed his hope for enhanced cooperation and the exchange of expertise in the interest of both parties. The Minister concluded by stating that he would be looking forward to the participation of Estonia in the World Congress of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS World Congress) 2024, which will be held in Dubai; the first time such an event is held outside Europe, North America, Australia and East Asia.
Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, Mohammed Yousef Al Mudharreb, CEO of Corporate Technology Support Services Sector, and several directors of RTA attended the meeting as well.