Press Releases

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Briefing Dubai Media on knowledge and innovation practices

RTA has received a delegation from Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) and briefed them on the best practices adopted by the RTA in the field of knowledge and innovation management.


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Agreement with DP World on issuing driver permits

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has sign an agreement with DP World – UAE Region for assisting in issuing driver permits and offering licensing services.


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MoU signed with UNDP

RTA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to enhance the cooperation between the two entities.


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Updating Smart Drive app to ensure safe and smooth driving experience

The RTA has unveiled new updates to the Smart Drive app offering smart navigation. The app uses GPS technology to guide motorists en route without requiring internet connection on portable devices


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30 thousand Customers take part in Dirham Khair initiative

The RTA announced that the Charity Dirham initiative had attracted 30.000 customers since launched last July. The initiative has garnered the support of RTA clients using smart services


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Theyab bin Mohammed reviews key projects, initiatives of RTA’s roads and mass transit systems

‏His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has reviewed the projects and initiatives currently undertaken by RTA to improve the infrastructure of roads network and mass transit systems in Dubai.


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Reducing speed limits on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Emirates Road, takes effect this Sunday

RTA and the General HQ of Dubai Police have announced that the reduction of the speed limit on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and the Emirates Road from 120 k/h to 110 k/h across the sectors in Dubai should take effect as of October 15th, 2017.


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RTA extends deadline for submissions to Sustainable Transport Award to Nov 10th

The Higher Organizing Committee of the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) has announced the extension of the deadline set for receiving submissions from public, semi-public and private entities across the UAE to November 10th, 2017 instead of October 15th, 2017.


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Bus On-Demand App Service uncovered in Gitex

Through its stand in Gitex 2017 (RTA) unveiled an bus on-demand service via a smart app branded (MVMANT), the first app of its kind in the region


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Unveiling ‘Loyalty Points’ for nol card uses in Gitex

During its participation in Gitex 2017, the RTA is set to launch Loyalty Points program for nol cards, branded as (nol+), which will be available to the public by the end of this year


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Setting up cooperation with Smart Dubai

HE Mattar Al Tayer, has recently received in his office Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr – Director General of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO).


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Exhibiting Smart Pedestrian Signal in Gitex 2017

The RTA is displaying the Smart Pedestrian Signal in Gitex 2017 as part of endeavours to keep abreast of the Smart City initiative of the Dubai Government


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Launching Dubai Drive app in Gitex 2017 with enhanced customer features

The RTA has launched its smart app branded ‘Dubai Drive’ in Gitex 2017 to boost its smart services offering with the aim of bringing happiness to all beneficiaries of RTA services.


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Launching Integrated Mobility Platform, Dubai Drive and nol Plus in Gitex

HE Mattar Al Tayer announced that RTA would be launching a new package of smart services to clients in Gitex 2017. The services on show will include Dubai Integrated Mobility Transport Platform (branded as S’hail), Smart Pedestrian Crossing Signal, two-seater Autonomous Air Taxi, Dubai Drive App, and Customers Loyalty Points Programme (nol Plus).


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RTA Youth Council holds brainstorming session with Youth Hub X at Emirates Towers

The Youth Council at RTA has visited the Youth Hub X at Emirates Towers in Dubai. The visit aimed at familiarizing with the Hub, and its domain as defined by the Government involving several arcades designed for promoting the skills and knowledge of youth.


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Reviewing core objectives of Dubai Cyber Security Strategy

The RTA has teamed up with the DESC in holding an awareness-raising workshop about the objectives and key drivers of the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy launched in May 2017


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Dubai Maritime City Authority briefs RTA on ‘Sea Dubai’ initiative, reviews latest maritime lines

HE Mattar Al Tayer praised the ‘Sea Dubai’ initiative as instrumental to leveraging the cooperation between the maritime business in public and private sectors


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Al Tayer explores with Uber offering budget mobility products in Dubai

HE Mattar Al Tayer has received in his office Mr Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Vice President and CEO of Uber in Europe, MENA.


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Former US Secretary of Transportation delivers keynote speech in IRF MENA Congress

Dubai will play host to the inaugural edition of the International Road Federation (IRF) MENA Congress and Exhibition 2017. RTA will hold the Congress in collaboration with the IRF under the theme “Mobility Solutions for the 21st Century.”


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12 awards in IdeasAmerica’s international contest

The RTA has won 12 awards in the international contest held by IdeasAmerica; an organisation focused on innovative aspects contributed by employees of both public and private sectors


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AED25 million raised in 96th Open Plates Auction

RTA announced that its 96th Licensing Open Plates Auction held on 30th September 2017, had raised a total revenue of AED24.8 million


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Completing 90% of cycling tracks at 3 residential districts

HE Mattar Al Tayer, announced that the completion rate in the Cycling and Running Tracks at Mushrif, Mirdif and Al Khawaneej Project had reached 90%.


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Launching ‘Read with RTA’ app to keep abreast of National Agenda

RTA announced the launch of ‘Read with RTA’ app to match the national agenda of reading endorsed by the UAE for the next ten years. The Agenda considers reading as an integral part of the business of government bodies such as ministries and public entities.


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Organized campaign delivers fine health services to employees

The RTA has recently run a health campaign offering superb health services to scores of employees from various sectors and agencies


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Psychological and Linguistic Tests Manual to enhance qualification of passengers transport drivers

The campaign was held as part of efforts to maximise employees’ satisfaction through briefing them on their health conditions.


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Constructing entry points to Culture Village from Sheikh Rashid St.

The RTA has awarded a contract for constructing entry to the Culture Village from the Sheikh Rashid Street costing AED14.87 million in collaboration with Dubai Properties Group.


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Al Tayer opens Emirati-French Business Summit as 63 entities attend

HE Mattar Al Tayer, has opened the Emirati-France Business Summit held by the RTA in collaboration with the French Business Council.


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Hamdan bin Mohammed witnesses the first test flight

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, attended the maiden concept flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT), a vehicle that will be used for the world’s first self-flying taxi service set to be introduced by Dubai’s RTA.


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Launching ‘Young Leader Day’ initiative to enhance capabilities of Emirati employees

RTA has unleashed the Young Leader Day initiative as part of initiatives developed by the recently inaugurated RTA Youth Council in support of young male & female employees.


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Launching seven new bus routes and improving 24 others

RTA is set to broaden and improve the performance of the public bus network in Dubai through launching seven new bus routes, including two metro link bus routes, and improving 24 other routes.


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Offering 80 plates comprising 3, 4 and 5-digit plates in its 96th Hall Auction

RTA is offering 80 licensing plates in its forthcoming 96th public auction to be held at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel on 30th September 2017, and the bidding will start at 04:30 pm.


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RTA organises workshop entitled "Secure Your Information"

RTA has held an induction workshop under the theme: "Secure Your Information" in cooperation with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority which focused on "Cyberbullying”.


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627 submissions for Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management

RTA had received 627 submissions for various categories of the inaugural edition of the Award for Innovation in Project Management (HBM AIPM). Submissions are being examined by a technical advisory committee.


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Service timing during New Hijri Year holiday

RTA announces changes to the business hours of all its services in Dubai during the New Hijri Year holiday. Service outlets include customers’ happiness centres, paid parking zones


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Revised Strategic Plan 2017-2021 approved

The Supreme Committee for Strategic Planning & Corporate Development at the RTA chaired by HE Mattar Al Tayer, has approved RTA’s Revised Strategic Plan (2017-2021).


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Issuing professional permits to heavy bus drivers

The Public Transport Agency, at the RTA has recently started issuing professional permits to drivers of heavy buses, the step aims to streamline this sector further.


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Ahmed bin Saeed launches deployment of 50 Tesla electric vehicles

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has launched the operation of 50 Tesla electric vehicles to the limo fleet of the Dubai Taxi Corporation.


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RTA installs speed-related smart signs depicting motorists’ emotions within school zones

In the first week of the school year 2017, 0RTA started sending smart messages to interact with motorists and parents when driving in school zones through smart signs capable of detecting & displaying the driving speed and sending direct friendly messages to the drivers.


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DTC signs limo operation agreement with Palazzo Versace Hotel

The Dubai Taxi Corporation has signed an agreement with Palazzo Versace Hotel whereby the hotel will operate some of DTC’s limousines in offering services luxury transit services to hotel guests.


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Opening of major Deira-bound bridge at Marrakech intersection on Airport Street

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will open a bridge at Marrakesh Street intersection on Airport Street on Friday 15th September 2017


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Soccer Tournament at World Trade Center

RTA has recently kick-started a Socer Challenge at Dubai World Trade Center, marked by fierce competitions among 12 teams representing all RTA sectors and agencies.


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RTA and Dubai Police decide on lowering speed limits on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road to 110 kph

RTA and the General HQ of Dubai Police have decided to reduce the speed limit on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and the Emirates Road from 120 kph to 110 kph, which shall take effect as of October 15, 2017.


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RTA and Dubai Police explore enhanced cooperation in organising traffic movement

HE Mattar Al Tayer has held a coordinative meeting with HE Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police.


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RTA starts offering NOC for recruitment of chauffeur service online

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced a smart transition in the issuance of NOCs addressed to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation for the recruitment of chauffeurs for limousines.


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Booking & Dispatch Center executes 4.3 m taxi bookings during first half of 2017

The Booking and Dispatch Centre, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has executed 4,311,487 booking requests for taxicabs in Dubai during the first half of 2017.


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One billion riders used Dubai Metro in eight years

HE Mattar Al Al Tayer, announced that the Dubai Metro, comprising the Red and Green Lines, has made new records as the ridership of the metro has broken the one billion rider barrier.


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RTA Customer Council discusses upgrading services with school transport operators

The Customer Council at the RTA has discussed various services provided by the RTA with the school transport operators. A recent session was held to this effect in a bid to upgrade the mechanism and achieve public interest.


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Inspection jobs shifting gear from paper-based operations to tabs

RTA has commenced using PC tablets across all inspections carried out by the Monitoring & Enforcement Department, RTA Licensing Agency


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Gearing up for awareness events marking new academic year

RTA is all set to unleash an array of new awareness events marking the start of the new academic year. The events are coupled with technical measures to beat traffic congestion


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RTA introduces new generation of self-service machines

The RTA has recently launched a new generation of self-service machines characterized by an array of smart features that enable customers to make payments for transactions.


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Lifting about 5.5 million passengers during Eid Al-Adha holiday

The RTA revealed that the total number of passengers lifted by public transport and taxicabs in Dubai during Eid Al-Adha holiday has topped 5,454,714.


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School bus trips in Dubai account for 13% during the morning rush hour

HE Mattar Al Tayer, revealed that school bus trips accounted for 13% of the total volume of trips during the morning rush hours in Dubai.


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RTA and Siemens engage in the development of 3D Printing Technology

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai reiterated its endeavour and commitment to harness the world’s most sophisticated technologies


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Mohammad bin Rashid visits RTA and approves new projects

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the head office of the (RTA).


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Timing of services during Eid Al-Adha 1438H holiday

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the working hours of all services during the holiday marking the advent of Eid Al-Adha holiday


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Celebrating Emirati Women's Day in style

The Women’s Committee at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has held numerous events in celebration of the Emirati Women’s Day launched by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak


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The plan for managing traffic during Eid Al Adha holiday in Dubai Downtown

RTA has charted out a comprehensive plan for managing traffic movement, and mass transit modes in Dubai Downtown during Eid Al Adha holiday. The plan aims to meet the needs of road users, and offer premium services


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Contract for procuring 554 hybrid taxis

The Board of Executive Directors of RTA has endorsed a contract for procuring 554 environment-friendly hybrid vehicles, which are fitted with a combination of fuel engine and electric motors.


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RTA screens needs of users of smart car rental services

RTA has organised a brainstorming workshop attended by scores of smart vehicle rental users to examine their experience with this service.


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Receiving one million calls in first half of 2017

The RTA revealed that its Call Center (8009090) had received 1,184,100 calls during the first half of 2017 at a response rate of 11 seconds per call


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Dubai Taxi inks agreement to operate limo for Al Habtoor hotels

RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) has signed an agreement with the Al Habtoor Group (Hospitality Division) whereby the DTC will deploy and operate limousines for hotel guests of the Group.


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Hosting UAE-France Business Development Summit in September 2017

A collaboration with the French Business Council in Dubai & Northern Emirates, will host the "First Emirati - French Business Engagement Summit" on September 25, 2017.


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Six external workshops to promote DAST nationwide

Holding five workshops in the Ministry of Community Development (targeting people of determination), Masdar city in Abu Dhabi, and the Institute of Applied Technology in Dubai.


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Using technology in support of Dirham Khair initiative

The RTA has announced support for Dirham Khair initiative; one of the seven initiatives under the RTA Foundation launched by RTA in support of the 2017 Year of Giving initiative


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Linking 20-year old trucks with Smart Monitoring Centre

HE Mattar Al Tayer announced the start of the initial stage for the mandatory implementation of the Vehicles Safety system.


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6.6m riders used marine transit modes in Dubai during 1st half of 2017

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed that the total number of marine transit modes in Dubai clocked 6,638,468 riders during the first half of this year.


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Briefing Federal Transport Authority on best practices

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has received a delegation from the Federal Transport Authority - Land & Marine at RTA Head Office.


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Conditions for shifting from Auto to Manual transmission driving licenses

The RTA has opened a door enabling interested Automatic Transmission driver license holders to shift their licenses to Manual Transmission, in the light vehicles category


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Women Committee holds 1st Summer Awareness Gathering of female employees

As part of its plan for this year, the Women’s Committee at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has held its first Summer Awareness Gathering to educate female employees


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Health awareness campaign to up Dubai bus drivers’ efficiency

RTA has organised a health awareness campaign for public bus drivers, in cooperation with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Rashid Hospital, and Dubai Police General HQ


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A delegation visits Italy to review concrete systems for Route 2020

A delegation of specialists have visited the Italian company proposed to undertake the manufacturing & supply of pre-tensioned concrete for constructing viaducts of the said project


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Awarding contract for procuring 125 new school buses

The Board of Executive Directors of Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), chaired by HE Mattar Al Tayer, has endorsed the awarding of a contract for procuring 125 new school buses.


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Offering 250 plates comprising 3, 4 and 5-digits in 50th online auction

RTA’s Licensing Agency is offering 250 licensing plates in its forthcoming 50th online auction on Sunday 20th August 2017. Plates on offer comprise of three, four and five digits


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Inaugural cycling championships for male & female staffs

The inaugural edition of RTA’s Cycling Championships, which have recently taken place at Nad Al Sheba Cycling Track, witnessed intense participation from RTA’s male and female employees


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Brainstorming session with strategic partners of commercial transport activities

The Commercial Transport Activities Department of Licensing Agency has held a brainstorming session with a host of strategic partners


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4th Dubai International PM Forum attracts 50 speakers

50 speakers or more comprising ministers and senior executives of top global firms will be delivering speeches at the 4th Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF)


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Implementing campaigns to spot violations in public transport modes

RTA’s Public Transport Agency has implemented campaigns to spot dozens negative practices amongst public transport riders in general and public bus commuters in particular.


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Statement of H.E Mattar Al Tayer on the announcement of 2018 as the Year of Zayed

HE Mattar Al Tayer said that the declaration of 2018 by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed as The Year of Zayed was an endorsement of the charity & giving drive set for the UAE from inception.


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Becoming first Gov to obtain BIM certification worldwide

The RTA has been awarded the (BIM) certification by the British Standards Institute (BSI), rendering it the first government entity in the world to obtain the BIM Kite-Mark


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Public transport ridership in Dubai touches 275m riders in first half of 2017

public transit means in Dubai have lifted 275.772,000 riders in the first half of 2017. Figures of RTA’s statistics Section indicate that public transport ridership in Dubai recorded in the first half of 2017


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Introducing medical testing of driver license applicants aged 65 or above

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is introducing medical testing procedures for motorists aged 65 and above who wish to renew their driver licenses.


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Launching basic stage of automated accounting of operational costs

RTA has launched the initial stage of the automated cost accounting system, the core stage out of 3 stages set to be accomplished by end of this year


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Issuing NOCs for driver licenses online

The RTA has set up an online system enabling employers to issue NOCs to employees seeking to obtain driver licenses


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Winning Best Gov IT Infrastructure Project Award

The RTA has bagged the (.Gov Award) at the local level sponsored by ITP Media Group in the Government IT Infrastructure Project of The Year category


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Testing bus fleet using smart interactive voice technology

Rolling out a new smart technology for testing its buses using an interactive voice system. The system eliminates the need for completing forms and using paper in testing buses.


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Starting mandatory installation of remote monitoring devices in heavy trucks tomorrow

Announcing the start of the Mandatory Phase for installation of remote monitoring devices to detect faults in heavy trucks that have completed more than 20 years in service


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Carrying out quick wins at 5 traffic areas in Dubai

RTA has endorsed quick solutions at more than 5 congested traffic areas in Dubai. Improvements works in these areas are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018


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Calling on concerned entities to implement new railway law in Dubai

RTA’s Rail Agency called on all entities operating in the construction field, particularly those undertaking RTA projects


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Women Committee reviews achievements & plans with DAFZA counterpart

The Women Committee has recently received a visiting delegation from the Women Committee of Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority.


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Briefing RAK’s General Resources Authority on drivers training & qualification

Receiving a delegation from the General Resources Authority of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) to acquaint them with the best practices adopted by RTA in training & qualifying drivers.


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Opening Deira-bound traffic diversion at Rashidiya Interchange

Opening an important traffic diversion as part of the Airport Road Improvement Project this Friday, July 28th.


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Starting the installation of smart taximeters costing AED69 million

Starting the installation of a smart meter system for taxis in Dubai at the cost of AED68.8 million. All taxicabs will be fitted with the new meters by the end of June 2018.


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Launching free shuttle bus service to cover metro closure between JLT & Ibn Battuta

RTA’s Public Transport Agency is launching a free circular bus route as an alternative service to cover the partial closure of Dubai Metro Red Line


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Receiving 6071 ideas, observations from MBR Smart Majlis

Announcing of receiving 6071 ideas and observations since the launch of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Majlis. Inputs received comprise 4927 ideas and 1144 observations.


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Innovation lab mulls 240 ideas to enhance employees’ happiness

Staging an innovation lab to attract creative ideas for serving its employees and enhancing their satisfaction & happiness. The platform resulted in 240 ideas


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Completion 85% of Phase 1 of Parallel Roads, opens project in Q4 of 2017

Announcing the completion rate in the Parallel Roads Improvement Project - Phase 1 (Godolphin District) had reached as much as 85%.


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Reviewing City Makers’ creative design of services

Visiting the premises of City Makers, an affiliate of the Dubai Executive Council, to examine their creative design of services model.


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Briefing the delegation of Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation on audit practices

The RTA briefed a delegation from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation on internal audit practices adopted by the RTA.


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Introducing automated calculation, collection of fines for delay in replacing franchise vehicles

The RTA has started the implementation of the automated calculation and collection of fines resulting from the delay in replacing ageing taxicabs and limousines


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