Under the auspices of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, recently opened the Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF) held by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in collaboration with PMI (GCC) in partnership with DEWA and Emaar.
The opening ceremony, which was held at Madinat Jumeirah, was attended by heads of government entities and private businesses and a wide array of international PM experts.
In a speech opening the forum, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, said: “This event was held in the context of the keenness of Dubai emirate to play a pivotal role in leading the development drive in the region and accelerating the drive on the basis of sound scientific standards and top class practices. This can be best achieved though attracting experts and top specialists of international repute to international gatherings acting as platforms for knowledge transfer. This will also empower Dubai to act as a communication link for the transfer of expertise and sharing of concepts between various leaders of the industry, in its capacity as an Arab city with a global profile.
“The event aimed at showcasing Dubai as a leading city in the field of PM that adopts the highest standards in constructing a series of mega projects, rendering it a point of attraction for the entire world such as Burj Khalifa, Dubai Metro, as well as giant airport and port projects characterised by high operational efficiency.
“The UAE in general and Dubai emirate in particular is experiencing rapid developments in all fields; which was further accelerated by winning the bid to host the World Expo 2020. The RTA will design and construct transport projects needed to host the expo including the extension of the Metro Red Line, and upgrading surrounding roads and junctions leading to the site of the expo.
“In accordance with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world within three years, Dubai will witness intense competition between global firms specialised in undertaking and managing technological projects to deliver their best technologies and programs capable of bringing comfort and welfare to the people. In this regard the RTA has chartered a comprehensive plan to transform the public transport system to smart and integrated transit means accessible to users. Smart mobility is considered a backbone of smart cities and the RTA will deliver more than 200 services via smart phones by the end of 2015,” Tayer added.