The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, joined forces in a ground-breaking strategic partnership that demonstrates their shared commitment to enhancing the smart mobility concept in Dubai and dedicating routes for the movement of RTA’s smart vehicles at the DSO.
Ahmed Bahrozyan, CEO of Licensing Agency and Chair of Smart Vehicle Committee at RTA, and Dr. Juma Al Matrooshi, Deputy CEO – Operations and Client Affairs at DSOA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at RTA’s headquarters in the presence of officials and employees from the two entities.
Commenting on this initiative, Ahmed Bahrozyan said, “We are very proud to partner and collaborate with the DSOA to carry out our smart mobility plan on the premises of Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), a technology park, which provides both an integrated living and working community. We are confident our collaboration will go a long way towards achieving the vision of 25% of total trips in self-driving mode by 2030 announced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.”
“As a key player of the smart Dubai initiative, RTA has always been committed to leveraging the public transport technologies and spared no effort in enhancing its smart service offerings and boosting customer happiness.” Added Bahrozyan.
For his part, Dr Juma Al Matrooshi said: “A significant step in building a long-term fruitful partnership with RTA, the MoU is a testament to the status of Dubai Silicon Oasis as a reputed proof of concept and an important contributor to the leadership’s Smart Dubai vision. To practically contribute to the realization of this vision, we dedicated routes for the trial of RTA’s smart vehicles at the integrated technology park of DSO.”
“In line with Dubai’s Smart Autonomous Mobility Strategy and the Dubai Government’s strategic direction on smart cities that focuses on six pillar– life, society, mobility, economy, governance, and environment – DSOA has joined hands with RTA to increase the number of driverless journeys in Dubai. The collaboration aligns with our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, and preserve a healthy environment and clean air for the people of the UAE. In addition, as a centre of excellence and testbed for smart city applications, we aim to contribute to the research and development of new driverless mobility technologies,” added Dr. Al Matrooshi.
“RTA’s remarkable achievements, executed in record time, have hugely contributed to the rise of Dubai as a modern cosmopolitan city and international public transport icon on par with the most advanced global metropolises,” he concluded.