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Dubai Taxi delivers 2000 ‘My Driver’ service requests

From inception in 2012 and up to the end of 2020, My Driver service launched by the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) delivered about 2000 orders under contracts signed with individuals, parents and private firms.

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Regional gold award in automated driver licensing services

RTA won the award in the category of Digital Transformation Strategy for the Re-Engineering of Drivers Licensing Services Project

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38k safety inspections of heavy trucks in 2020

Violations reported were related to the lack of compliance with the technical specifications and regulations governing the operation of heavy vehicles.

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RTA steps up efforts to raise traffic awareness of workers, truck drivers

RTA is concentrated efforts to raise the awareness of workers and truck drivers. These ongoing efforts are in line with Dubai’s traffic safety strategy and RTA’s traffic awareness plans

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Starting formal operation of new enhanced generation of traditional wooden Abras

RTA has kickstarted the formal operation of the new enhanced generation of traditional wooden abras that boast of a design conforming to the highest security, safety and environmental standards

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4 drivers recognised for honesty and ethics

The felicitation was made in the presence of Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of Public Transport Agency, and Mansour Al Falasi, CEO of Dubai Taxi Corporation.

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Mohammed bin Rashid orders Al Mankhool Street to be renamed in honour of Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has ordered that Al Mankhool Street be renamed in honour of the late Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

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Launching marine jetty short rental service at 28 berths

The running of this service is part of RTA’s efforts to invest marine assets in diversifying and generating revenues and at the same time contribute to encouraging domestic tourism in Dubai.

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Launching smart taxi-top billboards project

The project is part of endeavours to invest RTA’s assets in generating and diversifying revenues, which is in line with RTA’s objectives of improving services.

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Holding virtual activities marking UAE Innovates 2021

During 21st -25th February 2021 held in line with the UAE’s Innovation Month (UAE Innovates 2021) celebrated by all federal and local governments as well as private entities and academic institutions across the UAE

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RTA’s wins two Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Awards in rail asset performance

The Awards, which are organised by the renown Bentley Institute, are meant to honour outstanding technological infrastructure projects worldwide.

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Dubai-Al Ain Road Improvement Project reaches 60% completion rate

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that the AED2 billion improvement project to widen the Dubai-Al Ain Road has reached a completion rate of 60%.

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RTA seeks to promote strategic partnerships with private sector, attract foreign investments

RTA is making renewed efforts to develop a comprehensive structure for promoting strategic relationships with the private sector and improving the organisational environment to support long-term public-public partnerships

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346 million riders used mass transit means, shared transport and taxis in 2020 despite Covid-19 challenges

About 346 million riders have used pubic transport means in Dubai comprising the metro, tram, buses and marine transport, e-hail rides, smart rental vehicles and taxis in 2020 i.e. about 947 thousand riders per day.

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RTA processes 2million drivers’ licensing transactions in 2020

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has processed 2.1 million transactions relating to drivers licensing in 2020. About 72% (i.e. more than 1.5 million) of those transactions were processed via smart channels.

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Biodiesel 5 proves successful in powering traditional abras, announces RTA in cooperation with ENOC

RTA announced that the experiment of powering five traditional abras by biodiesel 5, which is officially approved in the UAE, proved successful

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RTA’s digital transactions cross half-a-billion mark in 2020

These digital transactions were processed via four platforms namely the website, smartphone apps, a virtual assistant (Mahboub), and self-service machines.

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Al Tayer launches electronic Platform for railway engineering information

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the electronic platform for railway engineering information

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Cycling underpass at Seih Assalam designated as Houbara Tunnel

The move highlights Dubai’s and the UAE’s extensive efforts to protect endangered animal species and promote nature conservation.

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Statement of Mattar Al Tayer marking Hope Probe insertion into Red Planet’s orbit

This global achievement heralds the UAE entering the global space club and enables it to undertake a comprehensive study about the climate and atmosphere of the Red Planet.

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RTA offers concessions to Awnak service for lifting non-emergency cases

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled several concessions in support of Awnak service designated for lifting non-emergency patients that do not require ambulance service to take them to hospitals or medical facilities

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Enterprise Control Centre wins Smart Project of the Year Award

The Enterprise Command and Control Centre (EC3) of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has won the Smart Project of the Year Award presented by CPI Trade Media

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RTA celebrates fresh graduates of Emiratis Qualification Programme (Edaad)

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently celebrated the graduation of a fresh batch of young Emirati recruits, who have completed RTA-sponsored scholarship programme

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Completion of 475m long pedestrians and cyclists bridge over Ras Al Khor Road

The bridge, which has a width of 5 metres (3m for bikers and 2m for pedestrians), is fitted with rails between the lanes and on both sides.

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RTA activates offences for misusing bus lane at Khalid bin Al Waleed St

RTA announces that offence tickets will be issued against misusing the dedicate bus lane recently opened at Khalid bin Al Waleed St

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Dubai’s Commercial Transport Activities record 9% growth rate despite Covid-19 pandemic

69 activities listed under the commercial transport sectors in Dubai, run and regulated by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), have recorded healthy growth rates in 2020 albeit the economic woes that have hit the world hard as a result of the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.

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RTA employs creative skills of People of Determination to support Clothes for Good initiative

The intention is to capitalise on their creative skills in reconditioning pre-used uniforms donated by public and private entities and turning them into wearable attire .

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Setting 30 km/h speed limits for cyclists on dedicated tracks

RTA has set speed limits for cyclists in Dubai ranging from 30km/h on dedicated lanes for amateurs to 20 km/h on lanes shared with pedestrians in urban areas

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106 initiatives under RTA’s Digitisation Plan 2020-2022

The plan, which encompasses 106 initiatives, is part of the strategic plan to leverage digitisation and promote customers’ happiness.

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Al Khawaneej Road Improvement Project reaches 60%

The project works include the construction of three intersections, service roads extending 23 km along Al Khawaneej and Al Amardi Roads.

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Automation of RTA’s internal services saves 342k papers in 2020

RTA’s agencies and sectors have processed 72,102 paperless transactions related to operational, administrative, protocols requests and others in 2020.

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Online Bazar to promote employee projects

RTA has held an online bazaar for employees’ projects by promoting them on digital platforms. The move stems from RTA’s keenness to support and encourage employees’ private enterprises.

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Innovation lab ponders future trends of customer needs

RTA held a virtual innovation lab under the headline: Developing Customers Roadmap and future trends 2021-2040. The event lasted two days and attracted a host of RTA leaders

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Smart Safety License Programme for Workforce Safety

As part of its commitment to continually improve the health, safety and environmental (HSE) performance, and develop innovative concepts that turn ambitions into reality, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched e-certified safety training programme.

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Starting smart screening of paid public parking in Dubai

RTA has started the official operation of the smart screening system of paid public parking in Dubai involving the use of digital cameras powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies

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Completion of construction of 3 bus stations at Al Jaffiliya, Al Qusais and Deira

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer announced the completion of Al Jaffiliya, Etisalat and Union public bus stations at Al Jaffiliya, Al Qusais and Deira

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RTA to auction 350 premium plates of 2, 3, 4 and 5 digits online

RTA is offering 350 catchy number plates of 2, 3, 4 and 5 digits for private and classic vehicles. Plates on offer bear (A-B-C-D-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Z) codes in addition to distinctive plates of Code 2 for motorbikes

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Starting dedicated bus lane of Khalid bin Al Waleed St

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is all set to start operating the dedicated Bus & Taxi Lane of Khalid bin Al Waleed St on Thursday, Jan 21st.

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RTA holds 3rd virtual gathering of students on Scholarship Programme

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) held its third virtual gathering of students on scholarships from RTA in various UAE universities.

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MENA Centre for Transport Excellence holds several training courses, webinars in 2020

These events, which took place remotely via video communication, attracted 48 industry specialists from all over the world in addition to 40 employees from agencies and sectors of RTA

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RTA reports 3300 violations in passenger transport activities in 100 spots

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently launched a wide-scale inspection campaign covering passenger transport activities in more than 100 spots across Dubai.

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Al Tayer endorses improvement projects of Dubai Taxi in 2021

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) would launch the London Taxi version service using hybrid (electricity and fuel) cabs.

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Dubai Taxi introduces precautionary measures for school transport service from Term 2

The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) has introduced a series of precautionary measures in support of the school transport service from the start of the new academic term

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RTA selects 4 start-ups for Phase II of Dubai Future Accelerators

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has selected four start-ups as part of Phase II of the Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) that runs from 17 Jan to 25 Feb 2021.

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RTA’s social initiatives benefit 2.2 m persons in 2020

The number reflects RTA’s commitment to shoulder its social, humanitarian and charitable commitments to community members in need everywhere.

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RTA completes preventive rail grinding of Dubai Metro

Roads and Transport Authority, in collaboration with Serco, operator of Dubai Metro and Tram, has recently completed preventive maintenance works for grinding Dubai Metro rail tracks that extend about 300 km.

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RTA holds open day to boost vendor relations and services

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened a virtual Open Day for vendors to ensure effective communication with this important business segment.

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Opening dedicated bus and taxi lane on Khalid bin Al Waleed St

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has accomplished Phase III of the Dedicated Bus and Taxi Lanes Project at Khalid bin Al Waleed Street

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RTA educates Abra drivers about best practices of marine transport

RTA has held a workshop to educate drivers of Abras operating at Sabkha and Baniyas marine stations about the precautionary measures against the Covid-19 and the best marine transport practices in this regard

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RTA has recently held a virtual session of Partnerships Council of Licensing Agency in collaboration with the Knowledge and Innovation Department, Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector, RTA.

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RTA regulates licensing of delivery, eMedia in Dubai

RTA has introduced a set of standards for the licensing of the delivery services and electronic media facilities operating in Dubai.

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RTA releases its annual environmental sustainability report conforming to GRI Standards

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) revealed that it had made an operational surplus of 61%, thanks to the uses of artificial intelligence and a series of innovation initiatives.

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RTA to tap into artificial intelligence for better crowd management at metro stations

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has embarked on a trial phase of using artificial intelligence and simulators to streamline the demand for the metro service.

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RTA to host World Congress of Intelligent Transportation Systems 2024

RTA will be the host of the World Congress of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS World Congress) 2024, which marks the first time this signature event is held in the region since launched in 1994

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Announcing service timing from Thursday 31 Dec 2020 to Sat 2 Jan 2021

RTA announced revised service timings of its services during the period from Thursday 31st December, 2020 to Saturday 2nd January, 2021. The revised service timing cover customer happiness centres, paid parking zones, public buses, Dubai Metro & Tram, marine transport means, and service provider centres (technical testing of vehicles).

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Al Tayer explores cooperation with British Minister of Transport

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has held a remote video meeting with Chris Heaton-Harris, Minister of State for Transport, UK

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Launching region’s first digital nol cards in cooperation with Huawei

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Huawei Consumer Business Group have announced the exclusive launch of the GCC’s first digital nol cards and nol Pay mobile app on HUAWEI AppGallery

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Launching two bus routes to link Route 2020 metro stations on 1 Jan 2021

The first is Route F45, which starts from Al Furjan Metro Station and heads to the Discovery Gardens at a 20-minute frequency during peak hours.

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Al Tayer: 2021 Budget boosts Dubai’s competitiveness, supports the construction of vital infrastructure projects

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, confirmed that budget approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for Dubai in 2021 amounting to AED57.1 billion

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Al Tayer launches the enhanced new generation of traditional wooden Abras

New generation of traditional wooden Abras replicating the same design of the existing Abras while conforming to the highest security, safety and environmental standards.

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Resuming operation of two bus routes between Dubai and Sharjah on Dec 27th

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, in coordination with Sharjah’s Roads and Transport Authority, announced the resumption of two intercity bus routes between the two Emirates as of Sunday, December 27th, 2020.

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Al Tayer and Al Basti launch RTA’s Licensing Intelligent Operations Centre

The Centre has three sections: Drivers Licensing Operations, Vehicles Licensing Support, and Smart Monitoring.

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Launching remote knowledge-sharing programme to enrich employee abilities

The programme covers various fields such as self-education, e-knowledge conversations, introduction to global languages, generic knowledge about RTA, and the book club to name a few.

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Stunning fireworks extravaganza awaits marine transit riders on 2021 New Year’s Eve

RTA has unveiled special offers and premium services for a spectacular firework show on New Year’s Eve 2021 (Thursday 31st December 2020) aboard marine transit modes (such as the Dubai Ferry, Waterbus and the Abra)

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Offering ‘Naming Rights’ Opportunity on 5 Selected Bus Stations

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unleashed, yet again, first time within the Middle East, an opportunity for the private sector to be an Integral part of Dubai, through Naming Rights of 5 selected Bus Stations

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RTA’s 105th open auction for licensing plates yields AED31.5 m

The 105th Open Number Plates Auction held by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) at InterContinental Dubai Festival City Hotel on Saturday 19th December raised AED31.55 million.

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Al Tayer: Dubai Metro Route 2020 to start operation on 1/1/2021

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, announced that Route 2020, the extension of the Dubai Metro line from Jabal Ali Station to Expo 2020 station, would start commercial operation on 01/01/2021.

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RTA holds forum in celebration of World Arabic Language Day

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) marked the World Arabic Language Day, which is celebrated on December 18th each year, by organising the Arabic Language Forum remotely via video conference technology

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Changing Addressing System of metro platforms

Platforms of the Dubai Metro stations will now bear numbers rather than end destination names under a campaign initiated by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to change the addressing systems of these platforms.

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RTA grants AED1.1 m to insolvent employees

About 100 employees of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have benefited from the humanitarian initiative dubbed ‘Jisr Al Khair’ launched by RTA Foundation in 2017 to mark the Year of Giving

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Al Tayer holds virtual meeting with Danish Consul in Dubai

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, has held a virtual meeting with Jens Alsbirk, Consul General of the Kingdom of Denmark in Dubai

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Holding open day webinar to step up resilience in tackling Covid-19

This remote event discussed the challenges and impacts of Covid-19 on various sectors and how to boost the resilience in tackling the pandemic.

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7 Improvements to ease traffic flow along Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has carried out a series of improvements at seven locations across Sheikh Zayed Road to ease traffic congestions and increase vehicular flow on the road.

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Al Tayer announces finalists of Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport

The 2nd edition of the challenge is devoted to Self-driving Logistics Services, including ground transport and drones.

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RTA carries out 353 inspections on bus rental facilities

The campaign aimed to detect any use of rental buses in activities other than the licensed ones, besides verifying the compliance with the technical standards set for this type of buses.

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Super plates (AA18), (W69) top 90 premium numbers up for grabs in RTA’s 105th open auction

Registration of bidders starts on Sunday 13th December 2020 and bidding kicks-off at 4:30 pm on Saturday 19th December at the InterContinental Dubai-Festival City Hotel.

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Allowing ferry riders to take flexible mobility means onboard

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has allowed ferry riders to accompany their flexible transit means, such as bikes and scooters, onboard

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RTA holds International Volunteering Forum to explore local and global experiences

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has held an International Volunteering Forum remotely via video conference as part of celebrations of the International Volunteer Day held on December 5th annually.

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Using artificial intelligence to monitor customers compliance with wearing masks

The step is part of RTA’s precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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RTA exhibits artificial intelligence initiatives, releases nol mini at GITEX 2020

RTA is launching a host of smart initiatives and services at GITEX 2020 featuring the use of smart and advanced technologies.

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Al Tayer: The UAE tackles challenges by phenomenal achievements

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, extended heartfelt congratulations on the advent of the 49th National Day of the UAE federation.

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Holding minute’s silence to pray for the souls on Commemoration Day

The move is also a gesture of solidarity with the families and relatives of martyrs on the Commemoration Day, celebrated on November 30th each year.

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Al Tayer: Our martyrs are a source of our pride and prestige

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer said, “The Commemoration Day is an occasion to celebrate our martyrs who sacrificed their lives while on duty for the nation

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RTA service timing during 49th National Day, Commemoration Day holiday

The revised service timing cover customer happiness centres, paid parking zones, public buses, metro, tram, marine transport, and service provider centres (technical testing of vehicles).

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RTA scoops GCC Top Nationalisation Initiative in GCC Gov HR Awards 2020

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has won the GCC Gov HR Award for the Best Nationalisation Initiative category in the GCC during the 8th GCC Gov HR Summit

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Two key streets in Jumeirah to be renamed Kite Beach Street

Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, two key streets in Jumeirah (previously called Al Saffar and Mazmala Streets) are being renamed as Kite Beach Street.

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RTA signs with Sharaf Group new agreement for metro station naming right, renames 4 other stations

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement granting Sharaf Group the naming rights of the ex-Al Fahidi Metro Station. Thus, the new name of the station has become Sharaf DG Metro Station

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RTA’s forum discusses legal structure of transport on autonomous vehicles

RTA has held a forum to discuss “The Legal Structure of Transport on Autonomous Vehicles. Scores of specialists, employees attended the forum along with experts from RTA’s Legal Affairs Department.

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RTA issues driving licenses for free to 25 low-income earners

RTA is continuing the charitable initiative offering training and learning materials as well as all procedures for obtaining driving license free of charge for disadvantaged individuals.

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72% of works completed in the intersection of Al Khawaneej-Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Roads, opening in March 2021

Al Tayer expected all works in the intersection to be completed and the tunnel opened in March 2021.

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Opening improvements of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed-Al Rebat Roads intersection

The improvements will enhance the link between Dubai and Sharjah emirates, ease the traffic flow, and improve the safety along the corridor.

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RTA benchmarks vehicle testing practices with Sharjah Police

Dubai’s RTA has recently received a delegation from the General Headquarters of Sharjah Police. The visit aimed at promoting the cooperation and sharing expertise of monitoring and testing vehicles.

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Using gamification to leverage employees’ leadership skills

About 150 employees in leading positions were targeted in the programme, which included a host of virtual scenarios using gamification technique.

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RTA and Dubai Economy sign MoU to enhance Dubai's global competitiveness

The step is also part of efforts to promote the exchange of experience and partnerships between the two sides.

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RTA enables driving students to improve performance of driving instructors through Dubai Drive

RTA has recently launched an initiative whereby driving students can contribute to improving the performance of their driving instructors at driving schools licensed by RTA

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Al Tayer: Returns On Investment for each dirham on roads and transport projects amounts to AED 4.3

A British study conducted on 300 projects concluded that the economic return on each dirham invested in those projects ranged from AED1.84 to AED4.3.

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RTA gets re-certification in ISO Educational Organizations Management System

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has been successfully obtained a renewal of ISO 21001:2018 Educational Organizations Management System (EOMS), for the second year running.

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Dubai Tram lifts 32m riders in 6 years of operation

This new mass transit means turned into safe and convenient commuting serving in popular areas for tourists, visitors and residents.

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Mohammed bin Rashid inaugurates AED590 million Dubai Intelligent Traffic Systems Centre at Al Barsha

The facility is considered one of the biggest and most sophisticated traffic control centres worldwide in terms of smart technology use and the management of traffic systems

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