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Sheikh Hamdan Celebrates Sustainable Transport
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Sheikh Hamdan Celebrates Sustainable Transport

Dubai RTA gets special accolades 

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai International Marine Club, has honoured the winners of the 11th edition of Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST).

The award is an initiative of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to motivate public and private sectors to contribute in easing traffic congestion and protect the environment.

Upon his arrival at the venue at the Dubai World Trade Center, His Highness was received by H.E Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of  RTA, along with a host of high ranking officials from the  public and private sectors.

Sheikh Hamdan at the Awards
Sheikh Hamdan at the Awards

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and attendees watched a short film about DAST highlighting the role of the award in protecting the environment and natural resources through conserving the consumption of power and implementing the principles of sustainable development; which are considered key components of a healthy future environment.

It also instils the concept of public transport as a tool for curbing carbon emissions.

Attendees also watched another documentary film about the progression of the Award, along with the steady growth in the Award’s categories, honourees, attendees and topics.

Dan Ammann, CEO, Cruise Automation, said: “The savings and economic revenues generated from the implementation of the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy aims at converting 25% of total mobility journeys in the city into autonomous and driverless journeys by 2030, which is expected to hit AED 22 billion.

“Around 2.1 million traffic accidents take place in Dubai due to human error, and people tend to waste about one week (186 hours) each year by being stranded in snarls.”

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