The International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) has announced the selection of Dubai as a venue for hosting the 27th International Railway Safety Conference 2017, which will be the first time for the Conference to be held in the MENA region.
The event will offer an international platform for sharing expertise and identifying innovative solutions in the rail safety industry that is witnessing a remarkable growth in the Middle East in general and the Gulf region in particular.
A statement to this effect was made in the final communiqué of the Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Conference, which was first held in 1990 as a result of an initiative from the Japan Rail Association, is considered a special gathering of rail safety professionals from around the world and is run on a non-commercial, not-for-profit basis. It is a 5-day long event and compromises of technical presentations and site visits. The IRSC focuses discussion on railway safety, and provides a forum for an in-depth exchange of experience and lessons for improving rail safety and sharing of global best practices.
HE Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), expressed his delight over the hosting of the International Railway Safety Conference by the RTA. He considered this announcement a testament to the confidence pinned by international organizations in the global standing of Dubai and its ability to host and deliver international events in style. “RTA will invite to this event a great lineup of rail safety management executives, rail operators, maintenance contractors, railway societies, and accident investigators among others,” said Al Tayer.
“RTA attaches considerable attention to security & safety; which is incorporated in its vision where safety takes precedence to smooth transit (Safe & Smooth Transport for All). Safety and environmental sustainability are also one of the strategic goals of the RTA. The compliance with health & safety standards in RTA projects is one of the core values, which cannot be waived or compromised under any circumstances. All projects undertaken, underway or to be undertaken in future by the RTA are designed and implemented at the highest safety levels and environmental requirements. They are subjected to a thorough assessment during all construction phases to verify the compatibility of construction processes with the international standards relating to projects safety,” added Al Tayer.
“RTA has an impressive record in the implementation of safety standards to the rail projects at world-class standards like the Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram; which have recorded a safety level better than the acceptable global rate of one accident per million working hours. RTA adopted the highest standards of rail safety and has signed several agreements and MoUs with global entities such as the Rail Safety Office in the UK, SMRT in Korea (Singapore) and others. Moreover, the organizational chart of the RTA has an independent department affiliated to the Strategy & Governance Sector named Safety, Risk Regulation and Planning Department that caters to planning, policies, licensing, regulations, investigation in accidents, auditing and monitoring. The RTA has also established quality, health, safety and environment units in various agencies & sectors and culminated its efforts in this regard by launching the Safety Award in 2009 to decorate entities, companies and individuals who have made excellent contributions in the field of safety.”