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Estimated Cost of Injury Crashes in the UAE is AED 20 Billion Annually
Gulf Engineering Forum examines technology solutions for Safety and Congestion Management.
January 8, 2011 11:06 by Rasha Reslan
Injury crashes in the UAE have been estimated to cost the country about AED 20 billion annually, according to research findings revealed during the 14th Gulf Engineering Forum held recently in Dubai. The research, carried out by the Roadway, Transportation and Traffic Safety Research Centre (RTTSRC), also revealed that the UAE sees about 10,000 crashes annually leading to about 2.7 fatalities per day.
In addition to safety issues, traffic congestion remains one of the major challenges of road transportation in the UAE, with nearly AED 10.5 billion reportedly wasted annually on congestion.
“On an average, UAE has a relatively high percentage of vehicles per person and a low dependency on public transport; these increases the challenges of congestion in the country,” said Engineer Essa Al Maidoor, Chairman, UAE Society of Engineers, and Assistant Director for Engineering and Planning at Dubai Municipality.
“This year’s Gulf Engineering Forum provided very useful insights in using technology to manage traffic congestion and safety challenges; and the UAE Society of Engineers is proud to have hosted this unique forum for the third time,” he added.
During the three-day Gulf Engineering Forum, one of the region’s top transport experts – Dr. Yaser Hawas, professor of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, and Director, RTTSRC at UAE University, discussed practices, challenges and opportunities in deploying Intelligent Transport Syetems (ITS) technology for safety and congestion management. Dr. Abdel Malek Abu Sheikh presented ITS Master plan for Dubai, while Major-General Mohammed Saif Al Zaffin, Director-General, Dubai Traffic Police, presented ‘Dubai’s Experience in Reducing Fatality rates from Road Accidents.
“We aim to achieve zero fatality from road accidents by 2020; this is no doubt an ambitious target, but it will motivate us to continually exploit laws and regulations that will help us achieve our vision,” Al Zaffin said.
Also, the Roads Transport Authority (RTA) presented case studies to showcase key milestones on the remarkable progress made on transportation in the Emirate. As part of the three-day conference, a technical tour of RTA and Dubai metro was organized to demonstrate the remarkable achievements of the Dubai transport systems. In addition, awards were given out to distinguished engineering professionals and students to recognize and celebrate innovation and excellence in the profession.
The Gulf Engineering Forum, organised annually by the Gulf Engineering Union which is an umbrella body for Society of Engineers across the GCC, was held in Dubai between 19 and 21 December 2010. Over 600 members from the various Societies of Engineering across the GCC states participated in the forum. The UAE had earlier hosted previous editions of the Gulf Engineering Forum in 1998 and 2004.
Founded in 1997, The Gulf Engineering Union participates in setting up engineering legislation, systems and codes as well as the rules of practice within the profession. It also functions to nurture and develop engineers from the Gulf region.