Dubai, Riyadh transport plans win praise
Dubai, December 9, 2013
Dubai and Riyadh’s transport plans are setting a template for cities around the world to follow, according to a new study commissioned by Siemens.
Credo, an independent strategy consultant, conducted the study examining the cities, analysing them and comparing them for transport provision, quality, development and planning.
The preliminary findings of the study was released on the sidelines of the three-day Gulf Traffic Exhibition which began today (December 9) at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
It showed that Dubai’s massive and sustained recent investment places it highly in the 30 plus cities studied, while Riyadh’s high quality road and forthcoming metro networks will allow Saudi Arabia’s capital to confidently manage future growth in population and traffic levels.
The Siemens study also examined external factors such as population growth, the potential impact of emerging technologies and working practices, and historic investment to provide cities and policymakers with the information they need to draw on best practice from around the world and identify the best channels for future investment.
Dubai and Riyadh won plaudits for the lack of congestion on roads and public transport and on their plans to build new road and rail infrastructure and maximise the capacity of existing assets through the use of advanced traffic management technologies.
Siemens Mobility and Logistics CEO Sami Atiya said the importance of transportation networks is really emphasised by the preliminary findings of this new study.
"We are proud to present those findings in a region which the evidence suggests very strongly is setting new standards for transport development which will be applied all over the world,” he added. - TradeArabia News Service