Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has honoured the winners of the sixth Princess Haya Award for Special Education (PHASE) at a ceremony held at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, and RTA was one of the winners of the (PHASE) in the Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Category for Corporate Social Responsibility Supporter (Public Sector).
In response to an invitation by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to participate in the UAE's initiative to care for the orphans, RTA sought to implement some community initiatives directed to orphans, where it organized a trip for 20 orphans to visit the Dubai Metro and Kidzania. Moreover, during the 10th anniversary RTA did a program where in orphans where given a chance to tell us what their wishes were and we picked 10 of those wishes and made them come true.
RTA announced a new complimentary service to Emiratis offering them standardized and suitable signage to be used to show directions to locations where condolences are accepted in the Emirate. This community-oriented initiative from the RTA is intended to maintain the civic appearance of the city, and the service will be available on demand where up to 10 signs can be provided per case.
As part of upgrading the specialized services provided to the disabled, RTA has launched "Awnak" service to offer transit services to the disabled and patients classified as non-emergency cases that do not require calling an ambulance service. The service is considered the first of its kind in the region and third worldwide after the UK and Ireland, where vehicles deployed combine dual features of ambulance vehicles and taxicabs.
RTA has announced new services including Smart Malls, which will enable users to shop using an interactive screen. The project was launched by RTA in conjunction with Etisalat, and allows Dubai Metro users to shop using interactive screens. Through the Smart Mall, the customer can select items required from those on offer, drop them in a shopping basket, and pay through a credit card. Items purchased will be delivered to the place and time selected by the customer.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in cooperation with the Youth for Public Transport Initiative (Y4PT) of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), organized the first Hackathon event at RTA’s Innovation Lab in Al Sufouh Tram Depot, Dubai. Attendees in the event included scores of university students, RTA’s directors and employees.
The Hackathon is one of RTA’s initiatives intended to develop high-quality strategies to induce various community segments to use public transport means instead of private automobiles. Through such strategies, the RTA seeks to provide safe, sophisticated and diverse transit modes such as the metro, public buses, tram and marine transport. It has also provided effective tools to public transport commuters to make the public transport ride a convenient, fast and enjoyable experience