HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) stated that the UAE had attached top priority to the promotion of reading and diffusing the culture of learning. For this purpose, it had established scientific & research centers as well as public libraries nationwide to encourage people to read.
Following the directives of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, designated 2016 as a Year of Reading. HH also issued a Decree establishing the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award. The Award aims to encourage the concerned individuals & staffs working in the field of knowledge to be innovative & creative in improving knowledge transfer and growth.
To this effect, Al Tayer decorated the departments winning the Corporate Knowledge Award in a ceremony held at Al Wasl Auditorium, RTA’s Headquarter in the presence of several CEOs, Directors and staffs of RTA.
“RTA is making every effort to diffuse the culture of knowledge and maximize the benefit from learning and its existing experience as it considers knowledge a key element in improving the efficiency of employees, and the quality of deliverables besides realizing the concept of the Educated Entity. The knowledge management is a solid corporate culture in all RTA’s practices,” said Al Tayer.
“The knowledge journey started in 2008 by launching the Corporate Knowledge Project, and then the Corporate Knowledge Committee was set up in 2010 to further drive the knowledge concepts in RTA. To enhance the concept of corporate knowledge management, RTA established the Corporate Knowledge Section within the Development and Corporate Performance Department. The Section has laid the blueprints and pillars of knowledge management, and launched RTA’s Knowledge Strategy 2014-2015,” he explained.
“RTA has undertaken a host of initiatives which contributed to promoting knowledge and the culture of reading, including the first and second phase of Read More initiative aimed at broadening intellectual horizons, and disseminating the culture of reading among students. The first edition of the initiative targeted about ten thousand students, and the second phase covers students of schools & universities, public transport riders, RTA employees and special needs. School libraries will be constructed to cover all schools at Hatta. The RTA will also launch the Knowledge Chair, and as such it will be the first entity to obtain five knowledge chairs in collaboration with Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, as well as public libraries in four metro stations,” explained Al Tayer.
“RTA also launched ‘Ask an Expert’ initiative, one of the most distinguished initiatives, and a sophisticated tool developed by the RTA to leverage the interaction between employees and RTA experts in various fields by utilizing RTA’s competent cadres who are capable of responding to all inquiries of their colleagues via the intranet. RTA’s specialized experts had carried out more than 60 studies, and delivered more than 100 internal knowledge transfer/sharing workshops featuring the participation of more than 1432 employees. The RTA, in collaboration with the Human Resources & Development Department, held more than 90 training workshops attracting more than 1,000 RTA’s employees.
“RTA launched the Knowledge Council, which aims to diffuse knowledge in various subjects in order to enhance the communication and self-development in technical, administrative and cultural fields. The RTA also conducted the Readers Club initiative that aims to encourage employees to read, learn and exchange knowledge. The RTA Scientific Research Award was also launched in a bid to detect experienced staffs and utilize their potentials in upgrading RTA’s performance. There is also the Corporate Knowledge Award, one of the key initiatives that support diffusing the culture of participation and sharing knowledge in the RTA. There is also RTA’s Library, which comprises more than 4,000 books in various fields of knowledge, in addition to the RTA’s Talent Contest, the first of its kind at the public offices level. Initiatives also include the Knowledge Cup, which is aimed to enhance employees’ cognitive aspects and ensure effective communication within the work environment,” added Al Tayer
HE Al Tayer honoured the winners of the Corporate Knowledge Award, where the Facilities & Installations Department at the Corporate Technical Support Services Sector took the first place, followed by the Rail Projects Planning and Development Department at the Rail Agency, while the Finance Department at Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector came third. Al Tayer also honored the top five RTA field experts who were namely Dr. Khalid Hamdi, Dr. Abdul Malik Abu Sheikh, Dr. Nadir Santreesi, Majid Abdul Rahman, and Mohammed Taher Arafa. Ms. Abeer Abdullah Al Bannai took the Best Promising Field Expert Award. Al Tayer also honoured 35 of RTA’s field experts, 9 promising field experts, and the work team supervising the Corporate Knowledge Award.
Al Tayer praised the efforts of experts in transferring and sharing knowledge with their colleagues in the RTA.