RITIKA SHARMA / Emirates Business
Driverless commercial/passenger vehicles, autonomous cars, hybrid and electric cars, immersive experiences such as hyperloop transportation, and the latest in smart tap and pay bicycles – the newest technology in transport is all set to awe inspire UAE in the upcoming NATRANS expo, which will be held from October 25 to 26, in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
NATRANS Expo aims to be the GCC’s leading future transport technology and ITS trade show. The event will showcase the most advanced technologies across a wide range of applications in today’s smart cities; from Road & Traffic, smart parking solutions, automatic incident & real time traffic telemetry, signals, nationwide interoperable ETC systems, metro & rail infrastructure projects, maritime and ports, security solutions to green city buses and autonomous vehicles.
HE Dr. Abdullah Alkathiri, Director General of the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime said, “The UAE is always attracting the latest trends and discoveries in numerous aspects of the transportation technology that will bolster the UAE’s initiatives to advance its society in various sectors.”
HE Alkathiri added, “We look forward to the participation of hundreds of high-level experts and specialists in the transport and smart cities sectors from all over the world at the second edition of NATRANS Expo. We also expect 100 exhibitors and 75 speakers from global institutions and bodies concerned to attend NATRANS Expo.”
In line with its mission to regulate, plan and develop an efficient and well-integrated transport system that serves the public interest by enhancing mobility and delivering safe, secure and environmentally responsible Aviation, Maritime, Public Transport and Highway sectors, the Department of Transport and Municipal Affairs in Abu Dhabi has compiled a number of
Surface Transport Master Plans (STMPs) that cover various modes of transport in different areas within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Alex Heuff, Exhibition Director, told Emirates Business, “The outlook for the transportation sector in the UAE is positive, driven by government investment programs like Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi’s ‘Surface Transport Master Plan’ (STMP) which aims at improving the country’s strategic infrastructure.”
“This ambitious infrastructure investment plan includes 386 projects to be completed in a five-year period (2015-2020), including highways, junctions, bridges, ports, railways, airports and roads,” he concluded.