Gulf Traffic, the region's vertical conference and exhibition (Confex) for the Middle East’s traffic and transport industry, was opened today by Assistant Director for Roads and Project Affairs, Dubai Municipality, Mattar Al-Tayer, as regional officials spoke of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)’s increasing road related casualties.
"Dubai’s road infrastructure has rapidly expanded during the last few years and today the emirate has a network of 8,000 kilometers of roads to cater for more than 375,000 cars," said Al Tayer.
"Increasing traffic has created road congestion, which requires new investments and solutions to alleviate the problem. There are also plans to improve road safety, including a new navigation system to help drivers avoid congested roads by taking the best alternative routes. This will be introduced next year," he added.
At the Gulf Traffic Convention, 26 speakers from 15 countries are thrashing out a blueprint for improved regional traffic management. Road safety was at the top of the agenda on Day One. According to IIR Exhibitions & Conferences, the organizers of Gulf Traffic, more than $300 million in ITS investment is in the pipeline across the GCC for the next five to 10 years. — (menareport.com)
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