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18 Oct 2021

Registration open for 12th Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport

an image of the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport logo for the 12 Edition.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently started registering and receiving submissions for the 12th Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) in collaboration with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP). Participation in DAST is open to government, semi-government entities as well as private companies, schools, universities, and various public benefit societies in the region. 

Mohammed Abu Bakr Al Hashmi, Secretary-General of DAST, Director of Marine Transport, Public Transport Agency, RTA, said, “We have started receiving submissions for the award from the government, semi-government entities and the business community as well as schools, universities, and public benefit societies in the region. The deadline for receiving submissions is 15th November 2021. The Judges Panel will carry out the required assessments of nominations, and winners of all categories will be announced in the first quarter of 2022.”

The Pioneering City in Sustainable Transport is a new addition to the main categories and submissions are invited from the entire MENA region. As such, countries and cities of the region will have a superb opportunity to showcase their pioneering experiences in public transport designed to deliver excellent sustainable transport services that make their communities safer and more comfortable. The focus of this category is on cities that integrate sustainable transport concepts and standards in their urban plans and future strategies. It sheds light on initiatives and trends adopted in developing these cities to serve sustainable transport. The UITP will nominate the cities to enter the competition according to four criteria, namely, the Governance and Regulatory Framework, Strategy, Mobility Management and Environmental Sustainability. The judging jury will evaluate the entries to select the winning pioneering city in the sustainable transport.   

Registration in all categories can be processed in simple steps through the Award’s website ( The process is designed to save time & effort, compliment the Smart Government practices, and the Paperless Initiative advocated by the Dubai Government to facilitate the processing of customer transactions and make people happy. The 12th DAST will have a different look from the previous editions as it will be characterised by diverse experiences and environments featuring successes in sustainable transport along with supporting sectors. 

Al Hashmi urged the government and semi-government entities, private companies, schools, universities, and public benefit societies in the region to participate in DAST. He noted that submissions from these entities would enrich the profile of the award and prompt the supreme organising committee to contemplate further improvements, in collaboration with the concerned entities, in the interest of all parties in the region. 

From this 12th edition of DAST, the supreme organising committee is introducing three categories to the special categories of the award: They are The Best Sustainability Partner category, Best Sustainability Contractor and the Best Sustainability Consultant category. Other existing special categories include The Best Academic Project/Research category, which relates to research on sustainable transport compiled by academicians as well as all community members, provided they comply with the established scientific research methodologies. The Best Student Project/Research category relates to the best student project in sustainable transport and targets projects of students in educational institutions of the UAE. The Best Journalist category relates to journalists that made the best coverage of sustainable transport in the UAE. The final category, which was introduced in the 9th edition of DAST, relates to The Best Media Organisation for the media team that provided the best coverage of sustainable transport in the UAE. Participation in special categories is limited to the UAE level only.

The Pioneering City in Sustainable Transport category is a new addition to the main categories that already include: Mobility Management Category, which focuses on initiatives and practices that contribute to the efficient use of public transport means. The Transport Safety Category, which relates to initiatives and practices that contribute to raising the security and safety for users of transport means. The Environment Protection Category, which relates to any initiative or practice that reduces the negative impact of transportation on the environment. And there are Initiatives relating to Transport for People of Determination Category launched in line with directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, launching the term (People of Determination) in the national policy aimed to empower People with Disabilities. Participation in the Main Categories is open for entrants from the United Arab Emirates and the MENA region. 

DAST is a practical demonstration of RTA’s strategy aimed at realising its vision to become ‘The world leader in seamless & sustainable mobility in line with the development taking place in the Emirate in all commercial, economic, tourism, real estate, and other vital sectors. It is an important step towards involving the business sector, governmental, semi-governmental and private institutions to contribute to strengthening RTA’s efforts aimed to achieve the integration and safety in public transportation means.

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