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RTA inks agreement with Shell to enhance researches, innovation drive

RTA decorates winners of 3rd Scientific Research Award

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with Shell Company aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation in the fields of innovation, creativity and conducting researches on the green economy.

The Agreement was signed in RTA’s Head Office by HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, and HE Mounir Bouaziz, President of Shell in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and Vice President Upstream International Commercial MENA, in the presence of several officials from both parties.

Al Tayer expressed RTA’s keenness on improving sustainability & green economy, and contributing to the Dubai Energy Strategy 2030 through adopting the highest global standards in optimizing the consumption of energy & water, and protecting the environment & public health in various RTA projects. “Such endeavours are aligned with the drive of the Dubai Government in nurturing a green and sustainable environment at the highest international standards,” he noted.

The Agreement provides for sharing knowhow to ensure knowledge sustainability, holding workshops & seminars for showcasing the best practices, conducting applied researches in the field of green economy, and carrying out researches about sustainability & energy in order to figure out innovative solutions for improving transportation systems & sustainability, besides optimizing the use of fuel and power.

“From inception, the RTA has been attaching special attention to innovation and is keen to make innovation part & parcel of its projects. It has assigned paramount attention to knowledge, considering it an integral part of innovation. Knowledge is the gateway to innovation which in turn is the backbone of sustaining organizations. Three years ago the RTA launched the ‘Innovation & Knowledge Week’ as an annual event through which a number of events & activities are held such as the ‘Knowledge Cup’ and ‘Innovation Race’. It has recently endorsed the Overall Structure of Corporate Researches, and the Corporate Researches Plan 2015-2021. Lately, it has considerably improved its innovation management practices rendering them a key part of its corporate business structure. In this regard it had established Researches, Development and Innovation Section in 2014, launched an annual award for scientific research, and developed an innovation strategy; which is currently being revamped by an international consultant to realign it with the government policies,” elaborated Al Tayer.

HE Mounir Bouaziz, President of Shell in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and Vice President Upstream International Commercial MENA, said: “It is our pleasure to sign this cooperation agreement with the RTA as we are always looking forward to work with various community organizations in achieving a sustainable economic development in the UAE and the region. Shell attaches top priority to innovation, researches and development considering them key elements for figuring out future energy solutions; which is considered a brilliant step in leveraging the knowledge & innovation drive.”

Decorating Winners
Al Tayer decorated the winners of the 3rd RTA Scientific Research Award; which aims at identifying talented & experienced personnel in order to capitalize on their potentials in leveraging RTA’s business and knowledge management. The RTA goes on to publish the winning researches in international serials for broader benefits.

The awards ceremony was held at RTA’s Al Wasl Auditorium and attended by HE Mounir Bouaziz and several CEOs of the RTA as well as representatives of the United Arab Emirates University, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University, and the University of Sharjah.

Al Tayer decorated the following winners of the award: Mohammed Taher Arafa and Dr. Amro Muslim won the first position for a research entitled: Using Artificial Intelligence in Anticipating the Monitoring of RTA’s Projects by the Senior Management. The runner-up was Dr. Amro Muslim for submitting a research entitled: Issue Management in the Context of Projects Management. The third was Bayan Khidir Abu Shaaban who submitted a research entitled: The Contribution of the Dubai Metro in Limiting Carbon Emissions. The Rail Agency was presented with an Award of Merit in recognition of its efforts in encouraging employees to participate in the Award, and the Award was accepted by Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, CEO of the Rail Agency.

Al Tayer also honoured colleges and universities that submitted researches namely the United Arab Emirates University, Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University, and the University of Sharjah. Al Tayer also decorated members of the Award Judges Panel namely: Prof Basim Mohammed Younes, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government and Head of the Judges Panel; Prof Mustafa Noor Udeen Hasan, Assistant Executive Director of Education and Academic Development at Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University; Dr. Khaled Hamad, Associate Prof, Engineering College, University of Sharjah; and Dr. Yasir Al Sayed Hawas, Director of Roads, Transport and Traffic Engineering Research Center at the United Arab Emirates University. The list of honourees also included the Award’s team at the RTA headed by Ms. Laila Faridoon, Executive Director of the Office of the Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors; as well as the team members comprising Ms. Hanan Bajash, Waleed Al Amiri, Juma Al Mutawaa, Saeed Ishaaq, Ms. Salwa Al Kaabi, Ms. Fatima Al Ghaith, Ms. Deena Ahmed, Nidal Al Baitaar, and Ms. Hania Maraqa.

Maturity of the Award
Ms. Faridoon was delighted for the success of the third edition of the Award; which has reached the state of maturity in terms of standards adopted, and the broad participation where the number of participants has touched 50 participants who submitted submissions in individual and team categories; which indicates that the Award is continuing its success in motivating minds and improving scientific research techniques. Such an achievement is aided by a panel of judges comprising a crème of professors at reputed academic institutions who adopt a fully independent and highly professional scientific approach which is playing a vital role in selecting and sorting out the best researches submitted. Moreover, the panel adopts a feedback system in communication with nominees of researches which couldn’t make it to the podium such that they could be further improved for future submissions.

“The categories of the Award are linked to the eight goals of the RTA: Smart Dubai, Dubai Integration, Bringing Happiness to People, Smooth Transport for All, Safety and Environmental Sustainability, Financial Sustainability, RTA Excellence, and Asset Sustainability; such that they serve the strategic objectives of the RTA along the development path charted under the directives of our prudent government. The RTA has adopted scientific practices a methodology for driving all projects, and has recently set up a Section for Researches, Development and Innovation to cater to corporate concepts supporting the vision & mission of the RTA towards contributing to the future of Dubai. It has also mapped out the overall structure of corporate researches for the period 2015-2022 comprising 38 research projects at a total budget of 152 million dirham. These researches are being conducted by RTA’s agencies & sectors in collaboration with the corporate researches team and several international partnerships.

“RTA’s belief in the competence & talents of its staffs is the key driver behind the launch of the Scientific Research Award in order to utilize these potentials in serving future ambitions of the RTA. Results achieved over the past three editions of the Award were impressive. The Award has unveiled promising research capabilities, and creative ideas which are bound to make a rich contribution to RTA’s drive towards innovative corporate processes,” concluded Faridoon.