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Launching Thuraya Fund for promoting literacy across Arab countries

RTA has set up the Thuraya Fund for promoting literacy across the Arab world in collaboration with Rawafed Development & Learning Centre. The initiative is part of the global contributions of RTA’s Foundation.

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Partial closure of parking spaces at Satwa, Oud Metha to undertake transit projects

RTA has started a partial closure of the parking spaces nearby Satwa Bus Station and Oud Metha Metro Station to give way for the construction of a bus station and a multi-level parking terminal

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Al Tayer honours 51 excellent Dubai taxi drivers

HE Mattar Al Tayer has honoured 50 Dubai taxi drivers under RTA’s annual Taxi Services Excellence Awards

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Empowering women in government entities

The event is part of RTA’s efforts to step up communication with women committees and cope with challenges facing the empowerment of working women besides setting their ambitions and achievements

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Releasing U-coded fancy plates in November 2019

RTA intends to release vehicles licensing plates of Code (U) bearing three, four and five digits. Plates are on offer for sale through RTA website (rta.ae), customers’ happiness centres, and service providers. The launch of these plates begins on Sunday morning, November 17, 2019

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Migrates taxi bookings services to Hala e-hailing platform

RTA announces that taxi Booking and Dispatch services will move entirely to Hala, the joint venture between RTA and Careem, as of December 7, 2019. The move heralds a shift from the interactive voice response system of taxi booking in Dubai to Hala e-hailing system on the Careem app

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Celebrating 5th anniversary of Dubai Tram

Marking the 5th anniversary of Dubai Tram on 11th November 2019، RTA confirmed that the tram had become a key component of rail systems and public transport network in Dubai

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Contract for improving three metro stations

The Board of Executive Directors of RTA has awarded a contract to upgrade three metro stations on the red line in a session chaired by HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA

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Metro carries 60 k participants in Dubai Fitness Challenge in less than 6 hours

RTA announced that Dubai metro had carried around 60,000 riders of participants in the Dubai Fitness Challenge from 4:30 am to 10:00 am (30,000 pre-event & 30,000 post- event)

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Dubai Taxi workshop ponders future of taxi services in MENA

Dubai Taxi has recently hosted a workshop to explore the future of taxi services in the MENA region. The event, which was the first of its kind in the region, was run by Taxis and Smart Apps Committee, an affiliate of the UITP

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Offering discounts on unclaimed distinctive plates

RTA has rolled out an initiative offering holders of unclaimed distinctive old licensing plates a chance to own them at discounted rates. About 2,224 plates of two, three, four and five digits of Code A, B and C held by individuals in Dubai are still unclaimed by their holders

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1.7 m riders used Metro and Tram during 3 Days of Dubai Super Sale

RTA revealed that Dubai Metro and Tram lifted 1.757 million riders (1.699m riders by the metro and 57,837 riders by the tram) on the 7th Dubai Super Sale for 3 Days (31 October, 1 Nov and 2 Nov).

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Exhibiting Braille’s nol card, app at AccessAbilities Expo

RTA took part in the 3rd AccessAbilities Expo held at Dubai World Trade Centre (5-7 November 2019). Through its stand, RTA exhibited a directory covering initiatives and service products customized to the use of people of determination

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DEWA, DP World, Emaar, and PMI to co-organise 6th Dubai International Project Management Forum

RTA revealed that DEWA, DP World, Emaar, and PMI would be co-organisers of the 6th Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF), 7-10 Dec 2019

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Inspecting 917 school buses, reports 538 offences

RTA has recently run an inspection campaign on school buses aimed to verify the compliance of schools with the rules and regulations governing students and roads’ safety. The campaign covered 917 school buses in 50 schools, resulting in 538 offences

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Celebrating Flag Day by decorating Sheikh Zayed & Jumeirah Roads, and Dubai Water Canal

RTA took part in the nation’s celebrations of the Flag Day in response to the initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2012

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UAE Flag.. Symbol of our glory

We pride ourselves on this day, which saw the cohesion of the people and leaders of the UAE to establish a modern state on the pillars of solid unity.

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Completing roads leading to ‘Jewel of the Creek’

It confirmed that tunnels and roads leading to the project would be opened in coordination with the Dubai International Real Estate after the completion of construction works of the project, which sits between Al Maktoum and the Floating Bridges

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RTA and U.S. Green Building Council to boost partnership

Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to enhance their partnership in this vital field

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Al Tayer launches RTA’s sonic brand, Public Transport Day celebrations

HE Mattar Al Tayer, has unveiled RTA’s unique sonic brand; a melody encapsulating RTA’s unique transit services for the people of Dubai

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Exhibiting 400k digital books at Sharjah Book Fair for People of Determination

For the first time, Dubai’s RTA is taking part in the 38th Sharjah International Book Fair held in Sharjah under the theme ‘Open Books. Open Minds’ (30 October-9 November 2019)

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1.5m accident-free operation hours of marine transit modes

RTA revealed that Dubai’s marine transit modes have completed 1.58 million accident-free operation hours since January 2015. During this period, these modes have made 781,535 journeys and served 6,251,837 riders

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Signing MoU with Etisalat to use 5G and IoT to boost digitalization

RTA and Etisalat have signed a (MoU) to enhance their cooperation in a host of technology fields. The MoU opens more prospects for using 5G network and the (IoT) in a variety of applications related to RTA’s business

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Dubai Taxi to provide exclusive transit services for visitors of Global Village

Dubai Taxi Corporation at RTA has signed an agreement with the Global Village whereby it will be the exclusive provider of taxi, limo and bus services to visitors of the Global Village

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Celebrating the 10th Public Transport Day

RTA is celebrating this Friday (November 1st) the 10th anniversary of Public Transport Day’s initiative, which coincides this year with RTA’s 14th anniversary, under the theme: ‘Better transport for a better life’.

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Offering 300 distinctive plates in its 58th online auction

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is offering 300 special number plates of 3, 4 and 5 digits at the forthcoming 58th Online Auction. Plates on offer at this auction, the fourth of its kind this year, bear (A, F, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U and V) codes.

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RTA holds events to raise awareness to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month of October

Women Committee, at Dubai’s RTA, held a host of awareness events marking the breast cancer awareness month of October, under the theme: Early Screening Might Save Your Life. The event reflects RTA’s care for the female staff wellness and the need to step up awareness about the prevention of breast cancer and other diseases.

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Latifa bint Mohammed visits RTA to strengthen strategic partnership

Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, visited The Enterprise Command & Control Centre at Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority

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Speed limit raised to 100 km/h of Tripoli Street

RTA and Dubai Police General HQ have decided to increase the speed limit on Tripoli Street from 80 to 100 km/h in the sector from Emirates Road to just before Nouakchott Street.

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MBRGCEC awards RTA Dubai Endowment Sign

MBRGCEC, an affiliate of Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation in Dubai, has awarded RTA the Dubai Endowment Sign for three years, starting from this October 2019.

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Using a smart technique for testing and detecting faults of bus tyres

RTA has introduced a smart system called DOR that tests bus tyres and keeps air pressure intact. The state-of-the-art technique enhances bus road safety and improves the performance of bus operation.

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Dubai Taxis now fully fitted with security cameras

RTA has fitted the entire Dubai Taxi fleet with surveillance cameras to monitor the conduct and compliance of taxi drivers with the ethical and professional standards of their occupation.

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Open bridges leading to entry/exit of The Dubai Mall Zabeel parking

HE Mattar Al Tayer announced that bridges leading to entry/exit points of The Dubai Mall Zabeel multi-level parking building would be opened on Tuesday October 29, 2019

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MoU with ‘Emirates Association for Consultants’ to qualify Emirati internal trainers

RTA and Emirates Association for Management Consultants and Trainers (EMCT) have signed a MoU for sharing training expertise and certifying RTA’s trainers, especially Emiratis, at the highest standards of the industry

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Obtaining Best Business Award for innovative transit service

Dubai’s RTA has won the Best Business Award for S’hail App from the UK-based Awards Intelligence; a specialist in the assessment of innovative services in leading companies, SME’s and start-ups

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Self-driving prototype Jaguar I-PACE gives a glimpse of the future at Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport

RTA hosted Jaguar’s autonomous sports vehicle I-PACE; a prototype of which has been exclusively manufactured for the Dubai World Congress and Challenge for Self-Driving Transport

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Al Tayer launches Second Edition of Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA has launched the second edition of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport

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Future of Mobility has to be collaborative says Noah Zych

Dubai World Congress for Self Driving Transport held on October 15th and 16th, 2019 in Dubai by Roads and Transport Authority hosted exemplary speakers which included Noah Zych

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Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority hails cooperation with RTA in Self-Driving Transport

Muammar Al Katheeri, delivered a keynote address on the second day of Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport about the Strategy of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

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Self-Driving Transport Congress applauds Dubai’s sustainability standing

During Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport, Daan Roosegaarde, Founder, Studio Roosegaarde, delivered a keynote address to a session entitled (Connecting People and Technology in Smart Cities)

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MoU with FedEX for using Roxo autonomous delivery bot

RTA and FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp (NYSE: FDX), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) providing for the autonomous delivery device Roxo™ to have its international debut in Dubai

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Maktoum bin Mohammed opens Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport

HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, opened the Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport today. During the event, HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed honoured the winners of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport held by RTA

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Obtaining ISO in building information modelling (BIM)

RTA has obtained ISO 19650 certificate in the Building Information Modelling (BIM) – BIM Asset Lifecycle ISO 19650 Framework. In the process, it has become the first government entity worldwide to obtain this certification

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Launching four new bus routes, improves others

RTA is all set to launch (4) new bus routes and introduce improvements to many others by October 20. The step is in line with RTA’s ongoing efforts to improve Dubai Bus network and enhance the integration with other mass transit means

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Holding Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport, honours Challenge winners

RTA will hold the Dubai World Congress for Self-Driving Transport and honour winners of the Dubai World Self-Driving Transport Challenge on October 15, 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre

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Donating two buses to remote school in Thailand

RTA has donated two buses for lifting students of a remote school in South Thailand. The contribution, which was coordinated with Dar Al Ber Society, is part of the global contributions of RTA Foundation.

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Signs in GITEX MoU with Cisco to tackle bus fare-evasion

RTA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the American technology giant Cisco for using sophisticated technologies to spot bus fare-evasion cases. The step is part of RTA’s strategy to optimise inspection processes and protect revenues from public transit means

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Signing MoU with Du to provide free WiFi onboard buses, marine transport

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is teaming up with du to provide Free WiFi UAE on board public buses, marine transit modes and air-conditioned bus shelters.

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Providing Dubai Museums Company with nol digital ticketing solution

RTA has collaborated with Dubai Museums Company (Dubai Museums) to implement RTA’s nol digital ticketing solution to automate the ticketing and access operation of the entities.

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Dubai Government investments in roads and transport infrastructure saved AED169 billion between 2006-2018

The benefit-cost ratio of Dubai Metro is expected to reach 2.5 by the end of 2020, and rise to as much as 4.3 by the end of 2030, according to a technical study conducted by a British University

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Unveiling virtual nol card in GITEX 2019

RTA has unveiled the ‘virtual nol card’ initiative at GITEX 2019, held from 6-10 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre. It is part of a new package of solutions and applications in support of nol card uses enabling the public smooth payment of public transport fare

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Unleashing experimental ‘dynamic smart ads on taxis, smart metro faregates’ at Gitex 2019

HE Mattar Al Tayer has unveiled an array of smart initiatives and services marking RTA’s participation at Gitex 2019

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Holding open house for health, safety and environment

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently held its open day for Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) 2019 for the fifth year in a row. Expert lecturers from RTA and stakeholders shed light on the subject matter and highlighted RTA’s efforts in this field

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Training fresh Emirati graduate engineers on bus maintenance

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has accomplished a theoretical and practical training of Emirati fresh graduate engineers on the best practices of bus maintenance.

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Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport expands to MENA: RTA

RTA announced the expansion of the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) to include the MENA region as of the 12th edition where winners will be honoured in 2021. The move is made in collaboration with the UITP

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RTA and Majid Al-Futtaim to develop land plot near Mall of the Emirates

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Majid Al-Futtaim Group (MAF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for developing a land plot nearby Mall of the Emirates as well as the Bus and Metro Station bearing the same name.

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Celebrations of Dubai Metro 10th anniversary by reveling Metro Babies

RTA brought down the curtain on the celebrations of Dubai Metro 10th anniversary on 30.09.2019 by hosting a party to entertain and reward ‘Metro Babies.’ Invitees included children born on September 9th each year from 2009 to 2018.

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102nd open plates auction fetches AED25 million

Proceeds of the 102nd open distinctive number plates public auction held by RTA at InterContinental Dubai-Festival City Hotel on Saturday 28th September amounted to AED 25,138,000

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Dubai Future Council for Transportation examines self-driving practices, expectations

HE Mattar Al Tayer has chaired the third meeting of the council. The meeting was held at RTA Head Office in the presence of council members as well as a cluster of local and global future fore-sighting experts

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Obtaining ISO in Procurement Sustainability

RTA has obtained ISO 20400:2017 Certificate in recognition of its sustainable procurement practices, from the British Standards Institute (BSI). As such, it has become the first transport organisation worldwide to obtain this certification

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Dubai Taxi obtains ISO Certification in training drivers ‘Outside Formal Education’

Dubai Taxi has obtained ISO 29993 Certificate in training drivers Outside Formal Education from Bureau Veritas. Effectively, it has become one of the first government entities in Dubai to obtain such a high standard.

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Starting partial closure of Al Kafaf parking lot for 45 days

RTA announced a partial closure of the parking space at Al Kafaf, opposite Etisalat building, for 45 days starting from this Friday September 27, 2019. Construction of a bus station and multi-level parking spaces on the upper floors dictate the step

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Honouring best contractors in 2018, adding two categories

HE Mattar Al Tayer, has honoured a host of contractors and vendors in recognition of their substantial support to RTA’s massive achievements in 2018

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Collaborating with Mastercard to enhance public transport payment solutions experience

Supporting the Dubai government’s Smart City vision, Mastercard, a technology leader in the global payments industry, has entered a partnership with the (RTA)

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MEED award for maintenance of bridges

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has won innovation award for bridge maintenance management system presented by the leading British firm MEED; a specialist in the assessment of innovative projects.

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Awarding contract for building two bus passenger stations at Oud Metha, Al Satwa

The Board of Directors RTA has awarded a contract for constructing two bus stations at Oud Metha and Al Satwa in a session chaired by HE Mattar Al Tayer

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T 50 tops 100 premium plates up for grabs in the 102nd open auction on Sept 28, 2019

Offering 100 exclusive car registration plates encompassing two, three, four and five-digits in its forthcoming 102nd Open Auction. Plates on offer bear (H-I-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Z) codes

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Briefing Saudi delegation about asset management practices

RTA has briefed a visiting delegation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia about RTA’s asset management models and practices. The visit was coordinated with the Ministry of Infrastructure Development together with entities concerned with roads and transport in the UAE

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Strategic Plan 2019-2023 updated to match government’s priorities

RTA’s Higher Committee for Strategic Planning and Corporate Development has endorsed the updated Strategic Plan 2019-2023 of RTA in a meeting chaired by HE Mattar Al Tayer.

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Hosting ‘Skills Cube’ to promote employee abilities

RTA has recently hosted a delegation from Skills Cube; a national programme for fostering advanced skills, lifelong learning, talent identification and capacity building

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RTA inspects manufacturing of train equipment for Route 2020 in Poland

A technical delegation has recently visited one of Alstom’s trains manufacturing establishments in Poland to examine the manufacturing of equipment used in Route 2020 project trains

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Customers Council reviews Dubai business community needs

The Customers Council has held a discussion panel with representatives of a broad spectrum of the business community in Dubai

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Opening Al Yalayis, Al Asayel Streets Improvement Project

The improvement of Al Yalayis Street enhances the link of Sheikh Zayed Road with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road as well as the Emirates Road

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Briefing delegation of Ajman Municipality about buildings and facility management practices

The visit is in line with RTA’s strategy of boosting cooperation and exchanging relevant knowledge and expertise with various public and private entities across the UAE.

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Smart systems process 180k transactions in 7 months

In the first seven months of this year, smart service systems of RTA have processed as much as 178,009 transactions. Those smart systems, which operate 24/7, comprise 22 self-service kiosks, 14 smart counters, and the Call Centre (8009090)

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Al Tayer explores cooperation in autonomous transport with German delegation

HE Mattar Al Tayer, has received HE Holger Mahnicke, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dubai accompanied by a delegation comprising representatives of major public and educational entities as well as leading firms in Germany

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Youth Council ponders future-shaping concepts

RTA’s Youth Council held a workshop entitled ‘Youth Community’ at ‘Youth Hub X’, Emirates Towers, Dubai. About 30 employees of RTA took part in the workshop, which is a part of the annual creative events held by the Council

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Dubai-Sharjah ferry line lifts 48k passengers since inauguration

Ferry service shuttling between Dubai and Sharjah has ferried (47,843) passengers, since the service inauguration on July 27th 2019

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Dubai Metro accomplishes a decade of happy journeys for 1.5 b riders

RTA is celebrating (Monday) September 9th, 2019, the 10th anniversary of Dubai Metro, which had been inaugurated on 09/09/2009. The first decade of the metro operation has been marked by fabulous successes.

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Stepping up awareness efforts in the start of new school year

RTA started the new academic year with an array of awareness-raising events targeting both students and motorists. Several technical measures were introduced to curb traffic congestions in school zones in Dubai in line with this drive

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Dubai Taxi lifts 1 million passengers arriving at Dubai Airports

Dubai Taxi stepped up its efforts to serve passengers arriving through Dubai Airports, following the summer vacation. DTC took several measures to facilitate the running of taxi service at the three airports in collaboration with the Airports Management

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Raising the bar for training school bus drivers, supervisors

RTA has rolled out a new package of training programmes for school transport drivers and supervisors designed by specialised international institutes. The objective is to raise the calibre of this category to bring it in line with the top operational standards of the industry

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‘Tech Taxi’ provides free WiFi, digital services to riders

It involves providing free WiFi internet in Dubai taxis and a package of digital services to taxi riders. The digital services supports the smart city drive, which recently saw the launch of the e-hailing taxi service ‘Hala’ in conjunction with Careem.

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Cutting refund time of nol card balance to 8 days

RTA has announced a number of improvements on the refund period of nol card and ticket’s balance in line with its commitment to bring more happiness to users of nol cards, whether in public transport means or other uses

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Expanding Tamkeen Programme to cover training of 100 citizens, residents

RTA has expanded the third edition of Tamkeen with RTA programme, which is meant for training Emiratis who had been seeking jobs for one year since graduation, to include residents.

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RTA holds workshops about regulating cable cars safety systems

RTA has recently held a series of workshops highlighting the latest practices of licensing and regulating cable cars safety systems. Workshops were held in RTA’s Head Office in coordination with the French STRMTC as part of RTA’s efforts to improve public transit means and bring them at par with world-class standards.

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Opening Phases 3 and 4 of roads leading to Expo

These two phases included the construction of bridges and roads extending 5 km and 17 km respectively, at a total cost of AED 1.3 billion.

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Launching a new night bus service, improves other routes

RTA announced the launch of a new night public bus route as of Sunday 1st September. RTA will also improve the timing and connectivity of 11 other routes to boost public bus network in Dubai.

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Completing relocation of metro ‘Women and Children’ cabins

The two-month process included removing stickers from previous cabins during maintenance hours and affixing them to the newly designated cabins located at the other end of metro trains

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Services timing during New Hijri holiday 1441

Services affected by the holiday timing include customers’ happiness centres, paid parking zones, public buses, Dubai Metro and Tram, marine transit modes, and service-provider centres (Technical Testing).

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Holding diverse events in celebration of Emirati Women Day

2019 year’s edition of the event, which is annually celebrated on August 28, took place under the theme ‘Women, Icons of Tolerance’ in line with UAE’s initiative designating 2019 as a Year of Tolerance

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Initiatives to motivate bus drivers

Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is offering an array of valuable initiatives that have a significant role in fostering a positive and motivating working environment for drivers of public buses.

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Dubai Taxi adds five new schools to school transport network

Dubai Taxi has signed a contract with Athena Educational Group amounting, adding 5 more schools (2 in Dubai and 3 in Sharjah) for 5 years to the list of schools covered by DTC’s school transport service

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Smart Car Rental records 378k journeys in 7 months

Statistics reveal that as much as 377,873 journeys have been completed compared to 185,501 journeys recorded during the same period last year, which reflects a very healthy growth of 103%

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Completion of 65% of Intelligent Traffic Systems expansion project

HE Mattar Al Tayer announced that the completion rate of the Intelligent Traffic Systems Expansion Project had reached 65%.

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Briefing two delegations on BIM experience

A delegation from Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) and another from Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO) recently visited (RTA)

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Graduation of 70 interns of Ajial summer training programme

For the 11th year in a row, 70 Emirati students in secondary schools and universities have graduated from this summer’s internship of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) branded Ajial

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Chatbot ‘Mahboub’ wins IBM award for AI applications

The Chatbot of RTA, branded as ‘Mahboub’ has won a prestigious award from the top American and global technology giant IBM, for using leading artificial intelligence (AI) technology applications

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Using AI-powered cameras to measure customers’ happiness index

Smart cameras powered by AI technology installed by RTA have screened the facial expressions of 26,476 customers at four service centres (Deira, Awir, Barsha and Um Ramool) during the first half of 2019 year

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