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It is time to begin Building the Future of Mobility with the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition 2021

14/01/2021
  • Future of Mobility
  • Urban development
  • Urban mobility
  • Urban transport policy

UITP has a strong presence in the Middle East and North Africa

UITP regularly works with our members and stakeholders in the MENA region to develop public transport.

Every two years, the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition (MTCE) brings together those expert voices who help to move forward the debate on urban mobility.

For this year’s edition (Dubai, 29-31 March 2021), UITP and RTA have developed an impressive programme with participation from key regional and international experts to make sure the future of public transport is at the top of the agenda, no matter the format.

This March, the MTCE will be held at a crucial time for our sector and led by a discussion designed to contribute to building the future of mobility’ together.

The current situation within Dubai supports a hybrid event concept, maintaining the high-profile physical event alongside digital components and with constant review of all necessary developments. Dubai is open for business.

Last year, the continuous developments of the coronavirus pandemic led to some necessary changes to our global events calendar.

By hosting a planned hybrid edition, you have the option to participate in several ways and we can begin the road to recovery together.

“COVID-19 has brought a lot of challenges and changes to our daily lives, and one year on from the start of the pandemic we are now hopefully on the path to recovery. Public transport has been resilient throughout and stepped up to keep our cities moving. Dubai has been one of the shining examples on how it has dealt with the pandemic and by hosting the next edition of the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition, we can make sure the future steps can be led by our global discussion.”
Ayman Smadi
Director of UITP MENA

The MTCE is jointly organised and hosted by UITP and RTA, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority…

The event aims to promote public transport throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and showcase the developments in public transport on a global stage.

With eight themed sessions and four featured sessions across all three days, our programme contains topics such as Cities of Tomorrow, Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), AI and Big Data, Safety and Security, Clean buses, and smart mobility management.

Our Opening Session, four of our Plenary Sessions and Closing Ceremony will all be available for those attending digitally – alongside an interactive live-streamed webinar format for the selected sessions.

COVID-19 and the implications for urban mobility will feature within the congress sessions with an in-depth look at mobility in a post-pandemic world and financial sustainability after coronavirus.

What does the first and last mile debate consist of in the MENA region? What will MENA’s Cities of Tomorrow look like?

With confirmed speakers from France, Saudi Arabia, Spain and more, you can be part of that discussion this year…

…And to keep you as connected as we can, there will be some organic networking available both online and offline, with the virtual platform remaining accessible to attendees for up to two months after the event concludes.

The MENA Transport Exhibition is also the business and networking platform for all players within the public transport sector and you can explore our global exhibition with more than 90 international names showcasing their latest innovations, products, and developments.

The format of the exhibition for the 2021 edition is being updated to represent the new event style.

UITP is hosting a series of webinars from the MENA region in the lead-up to the event…

With more than 150 participants from 25 countries engaging so far, we’re bridging the gap before this year’s MTCE by informing and engaging our audience on what is happening in the region – and what’s coming up.

On 23 February, the next edition will take place, focusing on “The Cities of Tomorrow” with new details here on our dedicated events page.

UITP is looking forward to bringing the next edition of the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition to you as part of our UITP Digital World Tour, a series of digital and hybrid events taking place across the globe in 2020 and 2021.

After the great success of the 2018 edition of the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition, there is so much more to discuss as the world considers what’s next for urban mobility…

Learn more about our work in the Middle East and North Africa here.

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