Gulf News: Fifth Part of Dubai’s Budget Goes to Transport, Sky Pods Are Among New Projects

Gulf News: Fifth Part of Dubai’s Budget Goes to Transport, Sky Pods Are Among New Projects

08 February 2019 17586

Sky Pods ― samples of SkyWay rolling stock were presented in the UAE under this name.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has aligned its strategic plan to develop transport infrastructure in accordance with the “Eight management principles” ― a large-scale roadmap presented by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

In terms of strategic development, Sheikh Mohammad Al Maktoum talks about the basic principles of building a state in the UAE in the coming years. Among them ― orientation on business development and support of talents, stimulation of a variety of sectors of economy and care of future generations.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, noted that the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority will operate in accordance with the stated strategy:

“This step is needed to keep pace with the ambitions of our leaders in harnessing the government’s resources to serve the society and ensure sustainable welfare of future generations.”

In his speech at the ceremony marking the 12th anniversary of the RTA, Al Tayer spoke about the amount of investment in infrastructure in 2019:

“Dubai Government has earmarked 19 per cent of its 2019 budget to RTA. It clearly reflects the Dubai Government’s continuous support to the sustainable development and the construction of infrastructure projects required to enhance the competitiveness of the city.”

He also spoke about some of the plans of the Authority for the near future:

“This year, RTA will continue with the completion of several strategic projects in support of Dubai’s development plans. Projects underway are highlighted by Route 2020 for extending Dubai Metro Red Line to the site of Expo 2020, and road projects in the surroundings of Expo.”

Mattar Al Tayer noted that RTA plans to introduce several innovative transport projects in the near future, including SkyWay string transport, which is now known in the UAE as the Dubai Sky Pods. Thus, even before the practical implementation into the infrastructure of the emirate, string transport is included in the list of urban public transport and will exist alongside with Dubai Metro, Dubai Taxi, Dubai Bus, Dubai Tram and Dubai Marine.

“Among the world’s pioneer projects currently under consideration at RTA is Dubai Sky Pods; a highly power-efficient futuristic autonomous mobility system; which requires infrastructure much less than conventional transit means. The future projects also include autonomous air taxi; which is being developed by a big global firm, and autonomous transit pods. RTA is working with global labs on trials of innovative transit systems to solve the first & last mile challenges”.

Let us recall that in early December 2018, SkyWay technology was introduced to Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum. He was impressed with the new mode of transport and wrote about it in his Twitter:



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