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The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi recently hosted a workshop highlighting the opportunity for the private sector to “meet the decision makers” in the roads and transport industry at the World Road Congress 2019 being held in Abu Dhabi this year.

The workshop hosted in partnership with the World Road Association (PIARC) was aimed at providing an outlet for sharing best practices and experiences in the road, transport and mobility sectors.

Companies from across the UAE came together at the workshop to discuss the benefits that will come from being involved in the world’s foremost congress for the road industry, being held in Abu Dhabi this October.

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The workshop saw the participation of 50 organizations – all forerunners in the road and transport sector – including Hyperloop, Siemens, Al Naboodah, Atkins Acuity and Agility Engineering among others.

Participants discussed the innovative transport projects from the UAE which will be showcased at the Congress as well as the benefits to business of networking with international contacts in the industry and in government.

Hearing about the latest technologies in the road and transport industry as well as the development of projects in Africa were key reasons UAE companies gave for seeking to attend the first ever World Road Congress to be held in the Middle East.

Hosted by the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi and the World Road Association (PIARC) the workshop provided an opportunity to explore how companies can get involved in the five-day World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019.

Road network improvements, traffic management, best practices and innovations in smart cities, road designs and smart transport systems are all topics which will feature at the Congress at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

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Held between 6 -10 October, the event is expected to be attended by 5000 delegates with representatives of governments and private industry from countries all over the world.

Ahmed Al Hammadi, Chairman of the World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019, Department of Transport – Abu Dhabi said: “The roads and transport infrastructure industry in the UAE is going from strength-to-strength with real opportunities for the private sector to take advantage of this growing market. The World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019 – being held in the Middle East for the first time – provides a fantastic opportunity for companies to meet the world’s decision makers and understand the current and future landscape for the industry. The workshop was an opportunity for companies to explore with event organizers how they can make the most of the opportunity of the Congress and how we can ensure this seminal event delivers a positive legacy for the industry in the UAE.”

Patrick Mallejacq, Secretary General, PIARC World Road Association said: “The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for industry experts to exchange their views as well as to understand more about the opportunities that the World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019 will provide for businesses around the world to be at the forefront of the latest innovation in the industry.”

Christian Abrahamsen, Vice President of Transportation at Khatib & Alami (K&A), a planning, architectural and engineering consulting company and a sponsor of the World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019, said:

“It is a major achievement for the World Road Congress to be convening in the Middle East for the first time, and it clearly demonstrates the UAE’s status as a world leader in the sector. The event provides a great opportunity to showcase the vital contribution that well-planned transport infrastructure makes towards social and economic development. We’re looking forward to highlighting the key role that K&A has played in major projects across the region over the past 50 years, and also to sharing the work we are doing to support future sustainable growth, with a focus on smart systems and technologies.”

Hosted by the Department of Transport Abu Dhabi and the World Road Association (PIARC) the World Road Congress 2019 will be held under the theme of ‘Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies’.

The event will emphasize the world-class quality of the UAE’s road infrastructure and showcase Abu Dhabi as the global hub of major events and conferences worldwide.

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