Gulf Traffic 2017: Road Infrastructure in the Middle East
At the beginning of December, we travelled to Dubai to attend this year’s Gulf Traffic conference. While this was a great excuse to catch up with our Middle Eastern clients, it also turned out to be a great opportunity to make new friends. With over 2600 attendees from over 50 countries, Gulf Traffic is the region’s largest traffic and transport exhibition.
Smart Mobility. Parking. Infrastructure.
Stretching between 4-6 of December, the event has dedicated one day to each of its main topics: Smart Mobility, Parking and Infrastructure. Local and international speakers have presented their research and views on the future of transportation in the region. Since Dubai aims to remain a leader in adopting innovating technologies, some focus was given to ways of financing these developments. In the words of Magid Elabyad, VP – International Programme, International Road Federation:
“The Middle East has begun to embrace public private partnerships (PPP) to fund infrastructure projects once left only to either private developers or municipalities. Driving this trend are lower oil prices, a need for strategic infrastructure planning, and the continuous demand for more infrastructure of all kinds.”
Road safety has been another main discussion topic. In UAE, road injuries are one of the leading causes of death for children. While we’ve seen the Dutch drastically improving from a similar situation, their approach involved a complete change of perspective. While the UAE is not looking to turn into a cycling heaven, they are going to target the enforcement, education, engineering and emergency medical services. A big part of the engineering component is focused on conducting road safety audits for new infrastructure. Simultaneously, education and enforcement programmes will reduce the speeds on current roads.
— RTA (@RTA_Dubai) June 9, 2017
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During the three days, our stand has welcomed many traffic engineers and road authorities representatives. Together with our friends at TTS, we have provided our visitors with customised solutions for improving their traffic monitoring practices. With pavement regulations restricting the use of embedded sensors, our RoadPod®VT tube counter has been a crowd favorite. Already used across the region, the RoadPod VT is the most advanced tube system on the market.