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The Gulf Traffic Exhibition & Conference 2014, scheduled to take place from 8-10 December 2014 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, will address the various transport needs in the GCC and have industry leaders discuss the latest trends in the transport sector
The conference will bring together leaders in the road, rail, public transport and parking industries from across the globe. The exhibition will feature a host of international suppliers showcasing new trends and technologies, offering industry insight and innovative solutions.
The upcoming mega events – Expo 2020 in Dubai and the World Cup set to take place in Qatar in 2022, have placed emphasis on improving the GCC’s transport system. To complement the growing need for an effective transport network, GCC nations have decided to invest US$125.4bn in major road, railway and bridge projects in the region.
In addition, the occurence of road accidents in the UAE too has led to the need for road safety and secure methods of transport. According to the Ministry of Interior, road accidents cost the UAE nearly US$3.8bn in 2013.
Richard Pravitt, exhibition director of Gulf Traffic, said, “An increase in traffic is generally followed by an increase in accident rates. With more vehicles on the roads, it is becoming increasingly difficult to reduce fatality statistics and to keep the main regional cities moving freely. This is one of the biggest challenges faced by Middle Eastern governance.”
At the Gulf Traffic Exhibition & Conference, multimodality within cities – including interconnectivity, mass transit systems integrating with traditional highways, advanced technologies and methods to keep the roads safe – will be discussed at length.
The conference speaker line-up for this year includes some important industry figures from emerging market countries such as Alan Bristow, director of road space management – surface transport, Transport for London (TfL); Eng Meitha Mohammed Bin Adai, CEO of Traffic & Roads Agency, Road and Transport Authority, UAE; Pieter Venter, CEO of the Global Road Safety Partnership; Sing Mong Kee, President of ITS Singapore, Land and Transport Authority, Singapore – among others.
“This is probably the biggest visible trend at the moment, especially in the UAE, and we have tried to tailor both the speaker line up and content that will be delivered during the conference," added Pavitt.