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Our cities are being redefined in a constantly developing world: and Dubai is a city where innovation shines.
What will the role of public transport be in our cities moving forward?
The UITP MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition (Dubai, 6-8 February 2022) set out to find those answers with a hugely successful edition, held as a full in-person event.
Jointly organised and hosted by UITP and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the event is the leading urban mobility gathering in the region.
Across all three days, the World Trade Centre Dubai was full of energy as delegates, exhibitors and attendees worked together to build a brighter future for public transport.
The MENA region is experiencing a paradigm shift towards more and better sustainable mobility. With impressive investments in public transport infrastructure, the region is leading the way. The MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition was a great success, and the perfect occasion to show what the future of our sector can look like if we all work together to achieve it.
2000 participants from 48 countries 73 speakers from 22 countries
942 delegates from 42 countries 8 Themed sessions
116 students from 31 universities 5 Ministers
44 exhibitors from 20 countries 5 Main Sessions
1013 exhibition visitors from 27 countries
3 Awards Ceremonies 3 Technical Visits
Our three-day event began with our Opening Ceremony featuring UITP President Khalid ALHOGAIL, UITP MENA Chairman, Member of the Board of Executive Directors at RTA Mohammad Obaid Al Mulla, keynote speaker Sustainable Adventurer Wiebe Wakker and the UITP Awards ceremony.
With the event underway, the Exhibition was officially inaugurated Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Council for Media.
Featuring eight themed sessions and five main sessions, with key topics such as Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and AI and Big Data, led by more than 70 expert speakers from almost 20 countries – with a special MENA Transport Leaders Session chaired by our President.
The winners of the 2021 UITP Awards were announced live during the event where the projects showcasing public transport as the backbone of urban mobility were rewarded.
A huge congratulations goes to RTA for winning Outstanding Achievement as a special recognition for their work in advancing sustainable urban mobility in Dubai.
The future was the topic of the roundtable discussion during our Closing Ceremony: Women Leaders in public transport.
Moderated by our Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani*, Sahar Aloul, Roslyn Zobel, Muna Al Osaimi, Dr Saeeda Jaffar and Lieutenant Khadija Al Hammadi spoke about paving the way in our sector and the hope they feel for making public transport better for women as workers and passengers.
The 2022 edition also saw many other special moments in Dubai, such as the graduation ceremony for those who studied for our Security in public transport diploma organised by the MENA Centre for Transport Excellence and hosted by Dubai Transport Security department.
A huge thank you to our event sponsors and partners for their brilliant support and thanks to everyone who exhibited, presented, attended and contributed to making the 2022 edition a great success!
In the words of our great keynote speaker Wiebe Wakker…“taking the plane changes your day, taking the train changes your life!”
*acting on behalf of Mohamed Mezghani SARL