Dubai’s investments in roads and transport infrastructure, estimated at 100 billion UAE dirhams ($27 billion) between 2006 and 2018, generated 169 billion dirhams ($46 billion) in economic benefits in terms of time and fuel savings, during the past 12-year period, the chief of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Monday.

Mattar Al Tayer, RTA’s Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors said at the World Road Congress 2019 in Abu Dhabi that Dubai’s mass transit systems contributed to increasing the share of public transport in the total mobility journeys from 6 percent in 2006 to 17.5 percent in 2018.

“Moreover, the improved road projects together with the awareness programmes in place, contributed to reducing road accident fatalities from 21.9 cases per 100 thousand of the population in 2006 to 2.4 cases per 100 thousand of the population in 2018, dipping by as much as 89 percent,” he noted. 

According to the RTA chief, the cost-benefit ratio of Dubai Metro is expected to reach 2.5 by the end of 2020 and rise to as much as 4.3 by the end of 2030, according to a technical study conducted by a British university.

RTA increased the coverage of intelligent traffic systems in the emirate to 60 percent with the implementation of Enterprise Command and Control Centre (EC3), the biggest transportation and traffic control centre in the world.

Talking about RTA’s experience with the Dubai Water Canal mega project, he said the government saved one billion dirhams ($272 million) in costs by implementing value engineering, while partnerships with the private sector eased pressure on its budget.

“The implementation of such principles for the Dubai’s Shindagha Bridge project, reduced its cost by 50 percent and generated savings of about 316 million dirhams ($86 million) thanks to a revision of the arch design into an architectural shape.”

He pointed out that the UAE ranked the first in the world in the quality of roads throughout 2013-2017 thanks to billions of dirhams invested in infrastructure development.

“Such investments had also benefited the competitiveness of the UAE in hosting global events, such as Expo 2020,” he concluded.

(Writing by Anoop Menon anoop.menon@refinitiv.com, editing by Seban Scaria)

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