DOT Creating and delivering a world-class transport system that supports Abu Dhabi's broader social and economic ambitions, and meets the Emirate's needs for the future. http://www.effortz.com/eprojects/dot/en/home Mawaqif Parking Management Services To Be Introduced In 4 New Sectors ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Parking_Management_Services_To_Be_Introduced_In_4_New_Sectors Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, May 29, 2012: The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the upcoming implementation of Mawaqif parking management in 4 new sectors as follows “W13-01, W12, W38 and E22”, managing3030 parking spaces in the area effective Sunday, June 10th 2012.

Sectors W13-01 is located between Al Manhal Palace from the north, Hazza Bin Zayed Street to the south, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Makhtoum Street “Airport Road” from the east, and Al Karamah Street to the west managing263 parking spaces.

sector W12 is located between Corniche Street to the north and Zayed The First Street to the south, and Sultan bin Zayed Street to the east and 6th Street to the west, managing672 parking spaces.

Sector W38 is adjacent to the previous sector and is located between 5th Street to the north and Zayed The First street to the south, and 6th Street to the east, and Khalidiya Police Station to the west, managing 334 spaces.

Sector E22 is located between Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Street to the north and Al Jazira Street to the south, and Muroor Road to the east and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Makhtoum Street “Airport Road” to the west, managing 1761 parking spaces.

Parking management services will apply in these areas from 8AM to 10PM, Saturday to Thursday. The charges will be AED 3 per hour for premium parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and white) with a maximum permitted parking duration of 4 hours, and AED 2 per hour or AED 15 per day for standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black). Parking is free on official holidays, however, cars parked illegally will be fined at any point in time. Mawaqif users are encouraged to observe timings, rules and regulations posted on the signs at each Mawaqif sector. The signs also display general information and instructions about Mawaqif.

The DoT also announces that Resident Parking Permits will be provided by Mawaqif Customer Service Centers to residents in the newly-assigned areas, allowing them to park in available standard parking spaces in the vicinity of their residence. This permit is available to owners or tenants and first of kin residing with them, such as mother, father, wife, husband, children, brothers and sisters. A maximum of two permits is allowed per household and each permit must be sector- and vehicle-specific.

To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their national ID, passport with valid residency visa; leasing contract or residency ownership proof, last water & electricity bill, municipal registered ternary contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, if different from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1,200 for the second vehicle.

Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Department of Transport Customer Service Centers as per the following schedule:

Customer Service Center

Days Of The Week

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hamdan Street

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

Closed

Marina Mall

Closed

7:30AM to 6PM

7:30AM to 6PM

7:30AM to 6PM

7:30AM to 6PM

7:30AM to 6PM

Closed

Central Market

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

10AM to 11PM

Muroor

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

Closed

City Terminal Building, Tourism Club Area

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

Closed

Al Falah

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

8AM to 8PM

Closed

ADCCI

Closed

7:30AM to 3PM

7:30AM to 3PM

7:30AM to 3PM

7:30AM to 3PM

7:30AM to 3PM

Closed

All Customer Service Centers are closed on public holidays, except for the Customer Service Center located in the Central Market.

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2012-05-29T04:00:00Z 4916b462-d2e8-4517-b4dd-6cd0641bf763
By End of February, Mawaqif Parking Management Implemented in the Tourist Club Area ../mediainfo/By_End_of_February,_Mawaqif_Parking_Management_Implemented_in_the_Tourist_Club_Area Abu Dhabi, 19 February, 2012: The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the upcoming implementation of Mawaqif parking management in the Tourist Club area in sector “E11” managing 4644 parking spaces in the area starting from Wednesday February 29, 2012. The new area is located between Zayed the Second Street from the north, Al Falah Street from the south, Al Salam Street from the east and Najda Street from the west.

Parking management services will apply in these areas from 8AM to 10PM, Saturday to Thursday. The charges will be AED 3 per hour for premium parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and white) with a maximum permitted parking duration of 4 hours, and AED 2 per hour or AED 15 per day for standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black). Parking is free on official holidays, however, cars parked illegally will be fined at any point in time. Mawaqif users are encouraged to observe timings, rules and regulations posted on the signs at each Mawaqif sector. The signs also display general information and instructions about Mawaqif. 

The DoT also announced that Resident Parking Permits will be provided by Mawaqif Customer Service Centers to residents in the newly-assigned areas, allowing them to park in available standard parking spaces in the vicinity of their residence. This permit is available to owners or tenants and first-of-kin residing with them, such as mother, father, wife, husband, children, brothers and sisters. A maximum of two permits is allowed per household and each permit is vehicle-specific and valid for specific sector(s) indicated on the permit.

To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their passport with valid residency visa; leasing contract or residency ownership proof, last water and electricity bill, tenancy contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, if different from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1200 for the second vehicle.

Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Department of Transport Customer Service Centers as per the following schedule:

Customer Service Center

Days Of The Week

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hamdan Street

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

Closed

Marina Mall

Closed

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

Closed

Central Market

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

10 AM to

11 PM

Muroor Street

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

Closed

All Customer Service Centres are closed on public holidays, except for the Customer Service Centre located in the Central Market.

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For More information : ahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae  

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2012-02-19T05:00:00Z 0bd6581c-887f-4c57-bf4b-ad71340d5bb1
The Department of Transport Inaugurates State-of-the-Art Service and Maintenance Center for Public Buses in Al Ain ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_Inaugurates_State-of-the-Art_Service_and_Maintenance_Center_for_Public_Buses_in_Al_Ain Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - The Department of Transport (DoT) announced today the inauguration of a state-of-the-art service and maintenance center operated by Eastern Motors (EM), the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Al Ain, and a business unit of Alfahim Group.

The inaugurated DoT public bus maintenance and service center comes exclusively to service Al Ain’s 100 public transport Mercedes-Benz buses. The center features a state-of-the-artfacility with 40 team members and is open every day of the week and operates around-the-clock, 365 days-a-year to provide required servicing and maintenance of the DoT public bus fleet in Al Ain.

The DoT public buses in Al Ain operates 18-hours-a-day, and transports more than 25,000 passengers daily through Al Ain City areas and suburbs. With such high working demand and long operational hours, public buses need to be maintained on daily basis by the authorized Mercedes-Benz dealership. For the safety of the driver and passengers on the bus, the DoT ensure the buses are in excellent condition and should there be a request for recovery service, the maintenance and service team is accessible 24 hours a day with a reaction time of less than 15 minutes.

In this regard, Saeed Al Hameli, General Manager of the Bus Office at the DoT in Abu Dhabi said: “The safety of our passengers is our main priority at the Department of Transport. We aim to develop an efficient and well-integrated transport system in the Emirate, and in order for us to deliver our mission, we need to work with partners who possess extensive experience in the mobility sector such as Eastern Motors and Al Fahim Group. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Eastern Motors’ efforts and cooperation with the Department of Transport in a testimonial on public private partnership for the development of infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi”.

“Tailored to cater to the Department of Transport exclusively, our five-year repair and maintenance agreement with the government organization guarantees the constant availability of staff at all times to provide round the clock service, keeping in line with the huge demand on service required for the public transport sector” stated Mr. Nassim Mourani, EM General Manager.

The opening ceremony was attended by Saeed Al Hameli, GM Bus Office, DoT; Saeed Al Fahim, Chairman of Alfahim Group; Rashed Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, MD of Alfahim Group;  Chris Preston, CEO of Alfahim Group’s Automotive Division; Nassim Mourani, GM of Eastern Motors as well as Mike Belk, President & CEO of Daimler Middle East & Levant. 

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For More information : mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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2012-05-22T20:00:00Z 52eeebcb-4ae3-4867-9a23-5d0f220af499
By End of February, MAWAQiF Parking Management Services To Be Introduced in Sector E25 ../mediainfo/By_End_of_February,_MAWAQiF_Parking_Management_Services_To_Be_Introduced_in_Sector_E25 Abu Dhabi, February 22, 2012 – The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the upcoming implementation of Mawaqif parking management in sector “E25” managing 1430 parking spaces in the area starting from Wednesday, February 29, 2012. The new area is located between Delma Street from the north, Mohamed Bin Khalifa Street from the south, Al Nahyan Military Camp from the east and Fourth Street (Al Muroor) from the west.

Parking management services will apply in these areas from 8AM to 10PM, Saturday to Thursday. The charges will be AED 3 per hour for premium parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and white) with a maximum permitted parking duration of 4 hours, and AED 2 per hour or AED 15 per day for standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black). Parking is free on official holidays, however, cars parked illegally will be fined at any point in time. Mawaqif users are encouraged to observe timings, rules and regulations posted on the signs at each Mawaqif sector. The signs also display general information and instructions about Mawaqif. 

The DoT also announced that Resident Parking Permits will be provided by Mawaqif Customer Service Centers to residents in the newly-assigned areas, allowing them to park in available standard parking spaces in the vicinity of their residence. This permit is available to owners or tenants and first-of-kin residing with them, such as mother, father, wife, husband, children, brothers and sisters. A maximum of two permits is allowed per household and each permit is vehicle-specific and valid for specific sector(s) indicated on the permit.

To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their passport with valid residency visa; leasing contract or residency ownership proof, last water and electricity bill, tenancy contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, if different from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1200 for the second vehicle.

Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Department of Transport Customer Service Centers as per the following schedule:

Customer Service Center

Days Of The Week

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hamdan Street

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

Closed

Marina Mall

Closed

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

Closed

Central Market

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

10 AM to

11 PM

Muroor Street

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

Closed

All Customer Service Centers are closed on public holidays, except for the Customer Service Centre located in the Central Market.

 -Ends-

Notes

For More information : ahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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2012-02-22T05:00:00Z 2b92a838-7077-40c6-a86e-18381d9a6ec4
By End of March, MAWAQiF Parking Management Services To Be Introduced in Sector E16 ../mediainfo/By_End_of_March,_MAWAQiF_Parking_Management_Services_To_Be_Introduced_in_Sector_E16 Abu Dhabi, 11 March, 2012: The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the upcoming implementation of Mawaqif parking management in sector “E16” managing 6700 parking spaces in the area starting from Thursday, March 29, 2012. The new area is located between Zayed the Second Street from the north, Al Falah Street from the south, Tenth Street from the east and Al Salam Street from the west.

Parking management services will apply in these areas from 8AM to 10PM, Saturday to Thursday. The charges will be AED 3 per hour for premium parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and white) with a maximum permitted parking duration of 4 hours, and AED 2 per hour or AED 15 per day for standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black). Parking is free on official holidays, however, cars parked illegally will be fined at any point in time. Mawaqif users are encouraged to observe timings, rules and regulations posted on the signs at each Mawaqif sector. The signs also display general information and instructions about Mawaqif. 

The DoT also announced that Resident Parking Permits will be provided by Mawaqif Customer Service Centers to residents in the newly-assigned areas, allowing them to park in available standard parking spaces in the vicinity of their residence. This permit is available to owners or tenants and first-of-kin residing with them, such as mother, father, wife, husband, children, brothers and sisters. A maximum of two permits is allowed per household and each permit is vehicle-specific and valid for specific sector(s) indicated on the permit.

To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their passport with valid residency visa; leasing contract or residency ownership proof, last water and electricity bill, tenancy contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, if different from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1200 for the second vehicle.

Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Department of Transport Customer Service Centers as per the following schedule: 

Customer Service Center

Days Of The Week

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hamdan Street

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

Closed

Marina Mall

Closed

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

7:30 AM to

6 PM

Closed

Central Market

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

7 AM to

10 PM

10 AM to

11 PM

Muroor Street

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

Closed

All Customer Service Centers are closed on public holidays, except for the Customer Service Centre located in the Central Market.

-Ends-

Notes

 For More information : mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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2012-03-11T05:00:00Z e9093b7d-9b84-4e5a-b7a9-dca883dc5985
Mawaqif Unifies Working Hours in its Customer Care Centers ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Unifies_Working_Hours_in_its_Customer_Care_Centers The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the unification of working hours in its Mawaqif Customer Care Centers in Abu Dhabi starting from today. The customer care centers will be welcoming customers from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM, from Saturday until Thursday except the Central Market Customer Care Center that will open on Fridays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM; Marina Mall Customer Care Center from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM from Saturday to Thursday and the customer care center at Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ADCCI), 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM from Sunday to Thursday.

Mawaqif currently operates seven customer care centers around Abu Dhabi to provide support and information needed to get parking permissions and answer all customers’ inquiries and receive suggestions according to the timetable below:

 

Customer Service Center

Days Of The Week

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

Marina Mall

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM

to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

Closed

Closed

2

Hamdan Street

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

Closed

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

3

Central Market

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

10:00 AM

To

11:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

4

Al Mamoura

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

Closed

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

5

City Terminal Building Tourism Club Area

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

Closed

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

6

Al Falah

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

Closed

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

7

ADCCI

7:30 AM to

3:00 PM

7:30 AM to

3:00 PM

7:30 AM to

3:00 PM

7:30 AM

to

3:00 PM

7:30 AM to

3:00 PM

Closed

Closed

 

- Ends -

 

For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

 

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2012-06-12T04:00:00Z 290dd050-1bf6-44d1-a3f1-1bc6dce3f786
Mawaqif Parking Management Services to be Implemented in Two New Sectors in The Tourist Club Area on Al Mina Road ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Parking_Management_Services_to_be_Implemented_in_Two_New_Sectors_in_The_Tourist_Club_Area_on_Al_Mina_Road The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the implementation of Mawaqif parking management in two new sectors in the Tourist Club Area on Al Mina Road. Sectors “E14 and E12”, managing 1540 parking spaces in the area starting from Sunday, July 08, 2012.

 

Sector E14 is located in the Tourist Club Area between Al Mina Road from the north, Zayed the Second Street to the south, and Al Ferdous Street from the west providing 1362 parking spaces. Sector E12 is located between Corniche Road to the north and Al Mina Road from the south, and Al Ferdous Street from the east and Salam Street to the west, providing 178 parking spaces.

 

Parking management servicing will apply in these areas from 8 AM to 10 PM, Saturday to Thursday. The charges will be AED 2 per hour or AED 15 per day for standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black). Parking is free on official holidays, however, cars parked illegally will be fined at any point in time. Mawaqif users are encouraged to observe timings, rules and regulations posted on the signs at each Mawaqif sector. The signs also display general information and instructions about Mawaqif. 

The DoT also announces that Resident Parking Permits will be provided by Mawaqif Customer Service Centers to residents in the newly-assigned areas, allowing them to park in available standard parking spaces in the vicinity of their residence. This permit is available to owners or tenants and first of kin residing with them, such as mother, father, wife, husband, children, brothers and sisters. A maximum of two permits is allowed per household and each permit must be sector- and vehicle-specific.

To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their Identity cards, passports with valid residency visa; leasing contract or residency ownership proof, last water & electricity bill, Municipal registered ternary contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, if different from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1,200 for the second vehicle.

Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Department of Transport Customer Service Centers as per the following schedule:

 

 

Customer Service Center

Days Of The Week

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

Marina Mall

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM

to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

Closed

Closed

2

Hamdan Street

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

Closed

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

3

Central Market

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

10:00 AM

To

11:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

4

Al Mamoura

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

Closed

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

5

City Terminal Building Tourism Club Area

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

Closed

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

6

Al Falah

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

Closed

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

7

ADCCI

7:30 AM to

3:00 PM

7:30 AM to

3:00 PM

7:30 AM to

3:00 PM

7:30 AM

to

3:00 PM

7:30 AM to

3:00 PM

Closed

Closed

 

- Ends -

 

For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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2012-06-25T04:00:00Z d45bd9a1-835f-48eb-b703-29d518721650
Mawaqif Parking Management Services to be Implemented in Three New Sectors in Al Jazira and Abu Dhabi Police Area ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Parking_Management_Services_to_be_Implemented_in_Three_New_Sectors_in_Al_Jazira_and_Abu_Dhabi_Police_Area The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the upcoming implementation of Mawaqif parking management in three new sectors in Al Jazira and Abu Dhabi Police Area. Sectors “E22, 23, 24 & W24”, managing 1691 parking spaces in the area starting from Sunday July 08, 2012.

Sector E22 is locatedin the Saada Area between the Civil Defense to the north and Al Jazira Street from the south, East Road (Muroor Road) from the east and Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoom (Airport Road) to the west, providing 482 parking spaces. Sector E23 & 24 is located between the Civil Defense from the north, Al Saada Street to the south, East Road (Muroor Road) from the east, and Airport Road to the west, providing 391 parking spaces. Sector W24 is located between the Airport Road from the east and Al Karama Street to the west, Al Saada Street from the south and the local street (19-01) to the north, providing 818 parking spaces.

Parking management servicing will apply in these areas from 8 AM to 10 PM, Saturday to Thursday. The charges will be AED 2 per hour or AED 15 per day for standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black). Parking is free on official holidays, however, cars parked illegally will be fined at any point in time. Mawaqif users are encouraged to observe timings, rules and regulations posted on the signs at each Mawaqif sector. The signs also display general information and instructions about Mawaqif. 

The DoT also announces that Resident Parking Permits will be provided by Mawaqif Customer Service Centers to residents in the newly-assigned areas, allowing them to park in available standard parking spaces in the vicinity of their residence. This permit is available to owners or tenants and first of kin residing with them, such as mother, father, wife, husband, children, brothers and sisters. A maximum of two permits is allowed per household and each permit must be sector- and vehicle-specific.

To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their Identity cards, passports with valid residency visa; leasing contract or residency ownership proof, last water & electricity bill, Municipal registered ternary contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, if different from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1,200 for the second vehicle.

Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Department of Transport Customer Service Centers as per the following schedule:

 

 

Customer Service Center

Days Of The Week

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

Marina Mall

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM

to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

Closed

Closed

2

Hamdan Street

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

Closed

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

3

Central Market

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

10:00 AM

To

11:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

4

Al Mamoura

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

Closed

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

5

City Terminal Building Tourism Club Area

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

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2012-06-26T04:00:00Z ac26c68a-cc1e-466a-98a2-7d191f2780b5
Department of Transport Reduces Mawaqif Timings During Ramdan ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Reduces_Mawaqif_Timings_During_Ramdan The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi announced today that it will reduce Mawaqif paid timings during the Holy month of Ramadan.

The new paid timings throughout the Holy month will be spread out over two periods; from 9 am until 4 pm, and from 10:30 pm until 2:30 am. Mawaqif fees remain unchanged during the Holy month.

The move comes as part of DoT’s strategy to provide effective car parking solutions to the public in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with the aim of facilitating their parking and travel needs during the Holy Month. 

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2012-06-13T04:00:00Z 7c4acf51-349e-421d-825f-3672475bc45d
Abu Dhabi Department of Transport Invites Bids from Leading International Consultancies for the preparation of Abu Dhabi Metro Study ../mediainfo/Abu_Dhabi_Department_of_Transport_Invites_Bids_from_Leading_International_Consultancies_for_the_preparation_of_Abu_Dhabi_Metro_Study Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 – Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (“DoT”) announced today that it has invited leading international consultancies to prepare Abu Dhabi Metro Study, one of the largest Metro projects in the world.
 
The ‘Abu Dhabi Metro Study’ is a result of the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), a major initiative taken by the Department of Transport to develop a comprehensive plan for surface transport – including different modes for passengers and freight such as roads, metro, Light Rail Transit (LRT) – that will meet the people’s and the economy’s mobility needs throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi until 2030.
 
Currently the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) in its final phase, indicates the need for establishing a high-quality, high-capacity metro rail system on approximately 131 KM, supported by tram and bus feeder services, to serve a substantial proportion of passenger trips and relieve traffic congestion on the highway network. As well as to provide optimal connectivity between Abu Dhabi Island and its suburbs and upcoming communities such as Saadiyat, Yas Islands and Al Raha Beach.
 
The Study’s overall objective is to help ensure implementation of ‘Abu Dhabi Metro’ in accordance with its schedule and technical specifications. Accordingly the study will be phased out on 3 (three) different stages as follows:

Stage 1: Feasibility Study
Stage 2: Preliminary Design
Stage 3: Final Contract Documentation and Tender Award

Under the main stages of ‘Abu Dhabi Metro Study’, the main tasks will include: the determination of parameters of the metro line covering its alignment, track rail systems and station locations; the selection of the optimal project urban insertion; the provision of capital, operation and maintenance cost estimates of the metro line; the project implementation schedule; the revision of alternative options for design, construction, procurement and operations; the specification of optimal functional / output characteristics of the project to maximize its patronage and financial viability.
 
The ‘Abu Dhabi Metro Study’ will aim to carry out planning of metro operations to the level of detail necessary to specify train technologies, track geometry, train sizes, numbers of train car sets, depot and maintenance facilities, power, station configurations, train service frequencies, fare collection and ticketing systems. As well as to carry out operational planning for feeder services to the level of detail needed to specify vehicle technologies and geometries, interchange facilities / arrangements, coordinated service schedules, integrated fare collection, ticketing and information systems and all other features required as inputs to preliminary designs for infrastructure, rolling stock, and services.
 
Finally, the Study will focus on the development of a detailed implementation schedule for the project based on the technical, economic and updated financial feasibility studies.
 
Background and Media Notes:
 
The Department of Transport (“DoT”) was established pursuant to Law No. 4 of year 2006 to cover the entire value chain and ensure fully coordinated planning in all aspects of transport policy and development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in cooperation with all relevant local, regional and international stakeholders and partners. 

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2009-02-23T05:00:00Z b990bbb1-4695-4d33-9f84-367fd730a062
Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi to Offer Free Bus Service to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque During Ramadan ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_to_Offer_Free_Bus_Service_to_Sheikh_Zayed_Grand_Mosque_During_Ramadan The Department of Transport (DoT) announced today the provision of a free shuttle service dedicated to the public using public buses between a number of routes within Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. In addition, DoT also announced that it will offer a free-of-charge ‘Park and Ride’ service between Zayed Sports City and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

According to the action plan, developed by the Public Bus Office at the DoT, a special public bus schedule for Ramadan has been set for the operation of 9 routes within Abu Dhabi City and the surrounding suburbs going to and from Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, as follows:

- 3 routes from Abu Dhabi City starting from 5:00PM to 10:00PM:

  • Route No. 32 (Marina - Maqta)
  • Route No. 44 (Municipality - Umm Al Nar)
  • Route No. 54 (Tourist Club Area – Umm Al Nar)

- 6 routes from the suburbs of Abu Dhabi City starting from 5:00PM to 10:00PM:

  • Route No. 202 (Al Shahama - Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque)
  • Route No. 115 (Workers Village, Mussafah – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque)
  • Route No. 117 (Industrial City of Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque)
  • Route No. 102 (Mussafah station – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque)
  • Route No. 400 (Baniyas west bus station – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque)
  • Route No. 500 (Al Mafraq Workers' City – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque)

- In addition to the free of charge 'Park and Ride’ service between Zayed Sports City and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al-Hameli, General Manager of the Public Bus Office at DoT, said: “I would like to wish UAE nationals and residents, as well as our wise leadership the very best for Ramadan. May this holy month bring utmost peace and prosperity to all.”

“In accordance with the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, we have developed a clear operational schedule, in line with the timings and commuters' needs during Ramadan,from different areas of the city to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The free of charge ‘Park and Ride’ service will be available to minimize traffic congestion and limit the number of illegally parked vehicles in the area surrounding the mosque and on nearby roads,” Al-Hameli added.

“Furthermore and based on the Public request, DoT has decided to extend this free service until “Qiam” (praying at night), during the last 10 days of Ramadan.”

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2012-07-17T04:00:00Z 2b071d88-5372-4b5d-9d8c-95a5cd318645
Immediately after Ramadan, Mawaqif Extends its Timings and Provides a Grace Period for Permit Renewals ../mediainfo/Immediately_after_Ramadan,_Mawaqif_Extends_its_Timings_and_Provides_a_Grace_Period_for_Permit_Renewals The Department of Transport (DoT) announced today the addition of new features to the parking management program, Mawaqif.

The announcement was made during a press conference by Mr. Mohamed Nasser Al Otaiba, General Manager of Mawaqif at the Department of Transport, and in the presence of media representatives.

During the conference, the DoT unveiled the latest updates relating to Mawaqif, including the extension of paid parking hours from 8:00 AM until 12:00 midnight from Saturday until Thursday immediately after Eid Al Fitr holidays.

Mawaqif will also be providing residents with a one month grace period from the date of expiry of their parking permits to renew them easily, in addition to the sms send by Mawaqif to remind residents with their expiry dates and inviting them to renew their permits.” 

Mr. Mohamed Nasser Al Otaiba, General Manager of Mawaqif at the Department of Transport said: “The new timing will be implemented immediately after Eid Al Fitr holidays. Furthermore, all parking will be free starting from the 29th of Ramadan and until the 3rd day of Eid Al Fitr.”

“Since the launch of Mawaqif and within a short period, we achieved a noticeable improvement in the usage of parking spaces, positively impacted the lives of visitors and residents in Abu Dhabi. Also, we received positive feedback in areas where Mawaqif has been implemented,” Al Otaiba explained.

He added “extending the paid parking hours until midnight will result in more efficient utilization of parking space, so it can be benefit a bigger number of Mawaqif users. This would also support commercial activities in implemented areas, while enabling residents and visitors to find dedicated parking spaces after 9:00 PM”.

The DoT also recently announced Mawaqif Ramadan Timings; over two periods: from 9 AM until 4 PM, and from 10:30 PM until 2:30 AM.

During the month of Ramadan, the Mawaqif customer service centers will be open from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM from Saturday to Thursday, with the exception of the Central Market Customer Care Center, opening on Fridays, from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

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2012-07-16T04:00:00Z e2baad82-b999-482b-9797-e4e8eba22db1
The Department of Transport Invites Bids For The Construction of The New Abu Dhabi–Dubai Main Road ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_Invites_Bids_For_The_Construction_of_The_New_Abu_Dhabi–Dubai_Main_Road The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today its invitation to local and international contractors to bid for the construction of the new Abu Dhabi- Dubai main road (E311).

The Department of Transport through this project aims to alleviate traffic congestion on the current main road connecting Abu Dhabi to Dubai (E11), and provide a new strategic link between the two most populated emirates in the country, as well as create new entrances to the city of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi International Airport, and Yas and Saadiyat Islands.

The new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road (E311) is one of the biggest infrastructure projects that the Department of Transport is working on as part of its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP). 

The new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road will serve the Khalifa Port Area and the South Shamkha, Wathba and Baniyas residential areas and labour camps, and will accommodate light vehicles as well as trucks. The new main road will also cater for the new Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) (A) and (B) in Abu Dhabi at Taweelah as the road is being designed to accommodate up to 7,000 vehiclesper hour. In addition, the new main road will also facilitate connectivity to Al Ain as its link up with E22 (Abu Dhabi – Al Ain main road) and the rest of the main roads network in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The new main road (E311) will consist of 62 Kilometres of dual carriageway starting at the end of Emirates Road in Seih Shuoaib through Al Maha Forest and Khalifa Port Industrial Zone (B) and will join up at the Sweihan Road (E20) interchange.

The construction of the new main road will be executed through two tenders. The first tender is to construct 34 Kilometres with three interchanges; the second tender will focus on the construction of 28 Kilometres and will also include three new interchanges and the modification of one existing interchange.

In addition, the construction of the main road will include a number of protective structures for service lines, especially for gas pipelines which intersect with the route of the new main road.

It is expected that execution of each contract will take 30 months to be completed, from the date of the beginning of construction to the completion of the entire project by the end of 2014.

Executing the project through two parallel contracts will ensure competitive pricing, reduce project risks and will expedite the completion and delivery of the project through the simultaneous construction work by two contractors.

The new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road is the result of detailed studies and surveys on daily traffic volumes between Abu Dhabi – Dubai. It will serve numerous local commuters along the way and provide an alternative main road to the current Abu Dhabi and Dubai main road (E11).

Eight hundred 30-meters-high light columns at 300 meters intervals will light the new main road. It will provide ample lighting at night and will follow best sustainable standards which aims to reduce energy consumption, be environmentally friendly and reduce operational cost. Sustainability efforts will be achieved by reducing power demand in the off peak periods.

For optimal road safety, the new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road will feature six laybys,     three in each direction of the main road at 20 Kilometer intervals. E311 main road shoulders will be three meters wide, each designed for emergency use. The 20 meter wide median is designed for a staged upgrade and future expansion through the addition of two lanes in each direction, if needed.

The laybys are designed for emergency use by light vehicles and heavy trucks and also serve as a patrol point for police, ambulance, and emergency vehicles. In addition, the main road will come with five U-turn facilities especially designed for emergency by official vehicles only.

Adding to road safety features, the new main road will come with a rainwater drainage system and a fence on both sides of the main road to protect from crossing herds.

The median will be equipped with a guard rail in each direction to prevent median crossings and contain vehicles to the carriageway. These barriers will also protect streetlighting and other infrastructure in the median.

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2012-02-06T05:00:00Z 1b04826c-86c5-4812-965f-3e3be55d5255
Mawaqif Opens New Customer Care Center on Al Muroor Road ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Opens_New_Customer_Care_Center_on_Al_Muroor_Road The Department of Transport (DoT), announced today the opening of a new customer care center known as “Al Falah Branch” located on Al Muroor Road in Al Muroor area.

The new center is located at the intersection of Al Muroor Road and Al Falah Street, and opens for business from 7AM to 9PM.

Residents in the areas where Mawaqif is implemented can apply for resident permits from the Customer Care Centers. Residential permits allow motorists to park in any available Standard Parking bay in the area where they reside. By clearly displaying the permit on the vehicle dashboard, they will be exempt from paying hourly or daily tariffs at the parking meters. This permit is available to owners or tenants and their first of kin residing with them, such as mothers, fathers, spouses and children with a maximum of two permits per household. Each permit is sector and vehicle specific.

To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their national ID, passport with valid residency visa; leasing contract or residency ownership proof, last water & electricity bill, Municipal registered ternary contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, ifdifferent from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1,200 for the second vehicle.

Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Department of Transport Customer Service centers as per the following schedule:

Customer Service Center

Days Of The Week

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Hamdan Street

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

Closed

Marina Mall

Closed

7:30 AM to 6 PM

7:30 AM to 6 PM

7:30 AM to 6 PM

7:30 AM to 6 PM

7:30 AM to 6 PM

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7:30 AM to

10 PM

7:30 AM to

10 PM

7:30 AM to

10 PM

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Muroor

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9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

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City Terminal Building, Tourism Club Area

9 AM to

9 PM

9 AM to

9 PM

9 AM to

9 PM

9 AM to

9 PM

9 AM to

9 PM

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Al Falah

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7 AM to

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7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

9 PM

7 AM to

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7 AM to

9 PM

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All Customer Service Centers are closed on public holidays, except for the Customer Service Centers located  in the Central Market. 

For more information or inquiries, feel free to contact Mawaqif call center on 800-3009.

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2012-05-21T20:00:00Z f9a317c8-7588-442e-9ed5-6a3505e48fc7
Mawaqif Parking Management Services To Be Statistically Implemented in Two New Sectors in The Central Market Area ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Parking_Management_Services_To_Be_Statistically_Implemented_in_Two_New_Sectors_in_The_Central_Market_Area The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the upcoming statistical implementation of Mawaqif parking management in two new sectors in the Central Market Area. Sectors “E1 and E2”, managing 1297 parking spaces in the area starting from Sunday, August 12, 2012. This new implementation has been undertaken in order to survey the resident and commercial requirements of the sectors as well as to prepare the sectors for full implementation.

Sector E1 is located in the Central Market Area between Corniche Road from the north, Khalifa Bin Zayed  Street to the south, Airport Road from the west, and Liwa Street from the east providing 961 parking spaces. Sector E2 is located between Khalifa Bin Zayed Street to the north and Hamdan Street from the south, Airport Road to the west, and Liwa Street from the east, providing 336 parking spaces.

Parking management services will apply in these areas during Ramadan timings; over two periods: from 9 AM until 4 PM, and from 10:30 PM until 2:30 AM and after Eid-Al-Fitr from 8 AM to 12 Midnight, Saturday to Thursday. The charges will be AED 2 per hour or AED 15 per day for standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black). Parking is free on official holidays, however, cars parked illegally will be fined at any point in time.

Mr. Mohamed Nasser Al Otaiba, General Manager of Mawaqif at the Department of Transport said: “It is our aim at the DoT – through mawaqif – to resolve parking issues in Abu Dhabi, especially in congested and commercial areas like the Central Market Area, whose residents called upon us to implement the Mawaqif Parking management program there to curb residents from other areas from parking in these two busy sectors, E1 and E2.”

“In line with the DoT’s efforts to constantly facilitate parking services, we have also announced that Resident Parking Permits will be provided free-of-charge for the coming 6 month in the Central Market areas’ sectors E1 and E2, where Mawaqif is implemented by visiting and of Mawaqif Customer Service Centers,” Al Otaiba added.

To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their Identity cards, passports with valid residency visa; leasing contract or residency ownership proof, last water & electricity bill, tenancy contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, if different from the tenancy contract.

DoT calls on the Central Market area residents and visitors to observe timings, rules and regulations posted on the signs at each Mawaqif sector. The signs also display general information and instructions about Mawaqif. 

Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Department of Transport Customer Service Centers as per the following schedule:

 

Customer Service Center

Days Of The Week

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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Marina Mall

7:30 AM to

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7:30 AM to

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8:00 AM to

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8:00 AM to

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City Terminal Building Tourism Club Area

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8:00 AM to

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8:00 AM to

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Al Falah

8:00 AM to

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8:00 AM to

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8:00 AM to

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All Customer Service Centres are closed on public holidays, except for the Customer Service Centres located  in the Central Market. For more information, please contact us on 800-3009.

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2012-08-05T04:00:00Z 4308822b-5459-490d-b6cf-f25ad8c20529
Mawaqif Parking Management Services To Be Implemented in The Eid Prayer Grounds Area in Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoom (Airport Road) ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Parking_Management_Services_To_Be_Implemented_in_The_Eid_Prayer_Grounds_Area_in_Sheikh_Rashid_Bin_Saeed_Al_Maktoom_(Airport_Road) The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the implementation of Mawaqif parking management in a new sector in the Eid Prayer Grounds Area on Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoom Road (Airport Road), also known as “Sector W15-02”. Sector “W 15-02”, managing 1231 parking spaces in the area effective from Thursday, October 04, 2012.

Sector W15-02 is located around the Eid Prayer Grounds Area between Delma Street from the north, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Street to the south, Al Karma Street to the west, and Airport Road from the east, providing 1231 parking spaces.

Parking management services will apply in these areas from 8 AM to Midnight, Saturday to Thursday. The charges will be AED 2 per hour or AED 15 per day for standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black). Parking is free on official holidays, however, cars parked illegally will be fined at any point in time. Mawaqif users are encouraged to observe timings, rules and regulations posted on the signs at each Mawaqif sector. The signs also display general information and instructions about Mawaqif. The DoT calls on the public to avoid parking their cars in parking slots designated for residents. 

The DoT also announces that Resident Parking Permits will be provided by Mawaqif Customer Service Centers to residents in the newly-assigned areas, allowing residents to park in available standard parking spaces in the vicinity of their residence. This permit is available to owners or tenants and first of kin residing with them, such as mother, father, wife, husband, children, brothers and sisters. A maximum of two permits is allowed per household and each permit must be sector- and vehicle-specific.

To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their identity cards, passports with valid residency visa; tenancy contract or ownership proof, last water & electricity bill, Municipal registered tenancy contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, if different from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1,200 for the second vehicle.

Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Department of Transport Customer Service Centers as per the following schedule:

 

Customer Service Center

Days Of The Week

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

Marina Mall

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

6:00 PM

7:30 AM to

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7:30 AM

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8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

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8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

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Al Falah

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

8:00 AM

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8:00 PM

8:00 AM to

8:00 PM

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ADCCI

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7:30 AM to

3:00 PM

7:30 AM to

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7:30 AM

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3:00 PM

7:30 AM to

3:00 PM

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Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties (Tourism Club Area)

8:00 AM to

3:00 PM

8:00 AM to

3:00 PM

8:00 AM to

3:00 PM

8:00 AM to

3:00 PM

8:00 AM to

3:00 PM

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All Customer Service Centres are closed on public holidays, except for the Customer Service Centre located in the Central Market.

For more information, please contact Mawaqif Call Center on 800-3009.

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2012-09-19T04:00:00Z 323789d8-5b2d-4003-b375-a42e3bd91a91
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Releases its Annual Sustainability Report ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Releases_its_Annual_Sustainability_Report
The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it has released its Annual Sustainability Report titled “What Does Sustainable Transport Mean for Stakeholders?” which attained a GRI-checked Level A+ Sustainability Report, making DoT the first government entity and national transport authority in United Arab Emirates, to accomplish such achievement. The aforementioned report was verified by an authorized third party to ensure accuracy of provided information.  
 
The Annual Sustainability Report was prepared using the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) G3.1 guidelines – the most globally recognised and used guidelines for sustainability reporting. The GRI G3.1 guidelines are comprised of 127 standard disclosures that ensure consistency of relevant information included in sustainability reports globally. These standard disclosures ensure information is released regarding organizational management approach and performance towards a wide range of sustainability issues under the economic, environmental and social dimensions.
 
Furthermore, the report, which fulfils the requirements of application level A+ of the GRI, demonstrates governmental commitment in transparency, accountability and sustainability reporting. It also shows DoT’s role in the development, regulation and operation of an integrated and multi-modal transport system, contributing to environmental sustainability and delivering social well-being and quality of life for the public in Abu Dhabi. 
 
The DoT Annual Sustainability Report acts as a tool for engagement and interaction with the Department’s stakeholders on the creation of a more sustainable transport system.  It helps to demonstrate DoT’s commitment to engaging and responding to the needs of its stakeholders, The importance of the report lies in the fact that it is the only document that annually captures the development of the transport system in Abu Dhabi, and the impact it has on the Emirate economically, environmentally and socially.
 

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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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2012-10-02T04:00:00Z 10f08f0e-7c4e-4306-97f8-6b47550af450
Mawaqif Opens New Customer Care Counter in Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties Building And Closes Hamadan Street Customer Care Branch for Maintenance ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Opens_New_Customer_Care_Counter_in_Abu_Dhabi_Commercial_Properties_Building_And_Closes_Hamadan_Street_Customer_Care_Branch_for_Maintenance
The Department of Transport (DoT), announced today the opening of a new customer care counter at the “Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties Building in the (Tourist Club Area ).
 
The new counter is located at the intersection of Al salam Road and Ninth Street, and opens for business from 8AM to 3PM Sunday to Thursday.
 
Residents in the areas where Mawaqif is implemented can apply for resident permits from the Customer Care Centers. Residential permits allow motorists to park in any available Standard Parking bay in the area where they reside. By clearly displaying the permit on the vehicle dashboard, they will be exempt from paying hourly or daily tariffs at the parking meters. This permit is available to owners or tenants and their first of kin residing with them, such as mothers, fathers, spouses and children with a maximum of two permits per household. Each permit is sector and vehicle specific.
 
To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their national ID, passport with valid residency visa; leasing contract or residency ownership proof, last water & electricity bill, Municipal registered ternary contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, indifferent from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1,200 for the second vehicle.
 
Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Department of Transport Customer Service Centers as per the following schedule:
  
 
Customer Service Center
Days Of The Week
 
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
1
Marina Mall
7:30 AM to
6:00 PM
7:30 AM to
6:00 PM
7:30 AM to
6:00 PM
7:30 AM
to
6:00 PM
7:30 AM to
6:00 PM
Closed
Closed
2
Central Market
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM
to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
10:00 AM
To
11:00 PM
8:00 AM
to
8:00 PM
3
Al Mamoura building area
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM
to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
Closed
8:00 AM
to
8:00 PM
4
ADCCI
7:30 AM to
3:00 PM
7:30 AM to
3:00 PM
7:30 AM to
3:00 PM
7:30 AM
to
3:00 PM
7:30 AM to
3:00 PM
Closed
Closed
5
Al Falah
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM
to
8:00 PM
8:00 AM to
8:00 PM
Closed
8:00 AM
to
8:00 PM
6
Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties (Tourism Club Area)
8:00 AM to
3:00 PM
8:00 AM to
3:00 PM
8:00 AM to
3:00 PM
8:00 AM to
3:00 PM
8:00 AM to
3:00 PM
Closed
Closed
 
 
All Customer Service Centers are closed on public holidays, except for the Customer Service Centre located in the Central Market.
 
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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
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2012-10-03T04:00:00Z fa941624-73f0-421f-98f4-8d30483d0f03
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Starts New Petroleum Institute Bus Terminal Operations ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Starts_New_Petroleum_Institute_Bus_Terminal_Operations
The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the start of new bus terminal operations at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. The DoT contributed its resources, consultants and feedback on the design of the new bus terminal and its conformity to operational and technical requirements of public transport serving the Petroleum Institute while Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) funded the project.  
 
The new terminal serves 4 public transport routes and has a frequency of 10 buses per hour connecting Umm Al Nar with Abu Dhabi and its suburbs.
 
This cooperation between DoT and ADNOC comes within the continuous coordination and efforts made by government entities in order to facilitate the lives of Abu Dhabi residents.
 
Before launching the terminal, operational tests were successfully conducted by DoT specialists using the longest bus in the current fleet, which is 13 meters long and has a capacity of 80 passengers. DoT is planning to upgrade this public transportation infrastructure by installing a covered waiting area to enhance bus commuters’ comfort in order to boost usability of the facility.   
 
The terminal which has a total area of 25000 m2 and a capacity of 5 buses at the same time is in line with the DoT’s strategic objectives for public transport in Abu Dhabi.
 
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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
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2012-10-01T04:00:00Z a45467eb-5fa7-4bf1-91d4-709572b7b81e
As of November 1st, 2012, public transport tariff will be amended throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Ojra to be introduced in Al Ain and the Western Region and student and senior cards to appear for the first time in Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/As_of_November_1st,_2012,_public_transport_tariff_will_be_amended_throughout_the_Emirate_of_Abu_Dhabi_and_Ojra_to_be_introduced_in_Al_Ain_and_the_Western_Region_and_student_and_senior_cards_to_appear_for_the_first_time_in_Abu_Dhabi The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) announced today the amended tariff of public transport throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, effective November 1st, 2012 and launched as well Ojra bus cards in Al Ain and the Western Region in addition to “Reaya” card for Senior citizens and individuals with special needs and “Hafelaty” card for students in Abu Dhabi as a part of its efforts to develop and enhance the public transport system in Abu Dhabi.
 
The new structure unifies public transport tariffs throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as follows:
  • Public transport tariff within Abu Dhabi city: 2 dirhams
  • Public transport tariff to the suburbs: starting from 2 dirhams in addition to 5 fils per km, with 5 dirhams being the average.
  • Inter-city public transport tariff: starting from 10 dirhams in addition to 10 fils per km with 25 dirhams being the average.
Passengers may also purchase “Ojra” bus passes available for unlimited weekly or monthly usage for the nominal charge of 30 Dirhams per week or 80 Dirhams per month. Annual Ojra cards entitled “Hafilaty” are available for students for 500 Dirhams, while senior citizens over the age of 60 and individuals with special needs will be eligible for a new card “Reaya” that entitles them for free unlimited travel on all of the DoT buses. Ojra cards are available for purchase at the accredited selling points and all Red Crescent centres across the Emirate. It is worth mentioning that terms and conditions apply to all cards.
 
Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, General Manager of the Bus Office at the DoT said: “the new structure was adopted after months of in depth studies of all economic aspects relating to the usage of the public transport system in order to provide a more efficient and reliable public transportation service.”
 
Al Hameli added: “We are continuously thriving to upgrade and enhance the public transportation network in order to provide commuters with a comfortable and safe transport system where by this means of transportation becomes the ideal choice for commuters which will ultimately reduce traffic congestion and protect the environment.”
 
It is worth noting that the current bus fleet includes around 800 modern buses accommodating more than 170,000 commuters per day. In addition, more than 500 buses operate in Abu Dhabi city, over 200 in Al Ain and 80 buses have been allocated for inter-city travel, all of which operate at an average of 18 hours per day.
 
Furthermore, several new bus routes have been introduced recently across the Emirate, such as Mussafah bus station - Al Ain Int’l airport, Abu Dhabi Int’l terminal – Al Ain bus station and Abu Dhabi bus station – Al Ain bus station. Additional routes will also be introduced in the next few months as part of the DoT’s efforts to boost the usability of public transport.
 
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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
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2012-10-09T20:00:00Z 981cdcc6-54b3-4da3-a633-aee9e7d92003
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Partially Inaugurates Bainunah Tunnel in Al Bateen Area ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Partially_Inaugurates_Bainunah_Tunnel_in_Al_Bateen_Area

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the partial opening of a newly constructed tunnel located at the intersection of Bainuna Street no.34 and Sultan bin Zayed Street no.32. The addition of a tunnel in this area is aimed to improve and upgrade the overall infrastructure and traffic flow on Bainunah Street. In addition, the newly built tunnel will accommodate greater traffic capacity serving Hazza bin Zayed Street and Sultan bin Zayed Street.

The DoT commenced work on the tunnel project in 2011 to improve and support the traffic flow and infrastructure in Al Ras Al Akhdar and Al Bateen areas. This project is in line with the DoT’s overall strategy to enhance and develop a world class transport infrastructure in Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  

The new tunnel extends to a full 750 meters in length and is 10.5 meters in width and 6.5 meters in height consisting of two lanes leading to Sultan bin Zayed Street as well as a hard shoulder for vehicle emergencies as well as police, ambulance and fire trucks use, and a pedestrian side-walk for emergencies only.

The state-of-the-art tunnel was designed following the highest international standards for economic efficiency and environmental protection. The tunnel features a control centre offering the latest Intelligent Transport system (ITS) that manages traffic flow as well as Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for the control of an advanced fire fighting system, Rain water drainage system and ventilation system. As for the tunnel lighting, it adheres to the highest levels of sustainability and can be automatically adjusted according to the natural lighting intensity throughout the time of the day.

A spokesperson from DoT said: “The opening of this tunnel is an accomplishment in developing the infrastructure in Abu Dhabi as it will improve and compliment the overall public transport network in Al Bateen area to meet the ever-increasing urban development in Abu Dhabi city”.

“We are working hard to finalize and deliver the project by the end of the year” the spokesperson added. 

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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
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2012-10-15T04:00:00Z 6e853b20-1d92-490b-a015-ef64ebb67165
The Department of Transport Launches Mobile Fees Payment ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_Launches_Mobile_Fees_Payment
Abu Dhabi motorists can now pay parking fees through mobile phones
 
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) announced the launch of ‘Mobile Fees Payment’ service for Abu Dhabi motorists that enables them to pay for parking by simply using their mobile phones. The new service is aimed at offering Abu Dhabi registered vehicles convenient solutions that save their time and effort.
 
‘Mobile Fees Payment’ is an innovative service that allows motorists to pay their parking fees through their “Etisalat” or Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company “Du” mobile telephone numbers by sending an SMS to 3009in the following format: “Vehicle Plate Color and CategorySpace Plate Number Space Parking type (Premium or Standard)Space Duration in hours,” as in the following example: “Red10   1234   P or S   3”
 
Once the message is sent, users will get an SMS response with a parking e-ticket number, highlighting the expiry date and time. The applicable parking fees is directly debited from the motorists’ mobile telephone number.
 
Only Abu Dhabi registered vehicles can use the service without prior registration. Vehicles registered in other emirates and interested in mobile fees payment must create an ‘m-Mawaqif’ account. For more information regarding ‘m-Mawaqif’ and how to create an account, motorists should visit
 
DoT introduced Mawaqif in October 2009 to manage the parking issues across the congested parts of Abu Dhabi. The DoT is continuously seeking ways to introduce practical and innovative parking solutions in the Emirate to go with the unprecedented economic growth and urban expansion in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
 
 

 
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2012-10-15T20:00:00Z f0a0bafe-1066-4141-ac9c-8d8208f3b7e6
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Announces the Completion of Road Works of Ras Al Akhdar and Bainunah Street Project ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Announces_the_Completion_of_Road_Works_of_Ras_Al_Akhdar_and_Bainunah_Street_Project
The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the completion of road works of Ras           Al Akhdar area and Bainunah Street Project. The project is set to improve and upgrade road and traffic infrastructure in the area.
 
The DoT commenced work on the comprehensive project in 2011 to improve and support the traffic flow and infrastructure in Ras Al Akhdar and Al Bateen areas. This project is in line with the DoT’s overall strategy to enhance and develop a world class transport infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 
 
The project includes the development of two tunnels, the Bainunah tunnel and Etihad tunnel. Consisting of two lanes leading to Sultan bin Zayed Street, the Bainunah tunnel extends to 750 meters in length and 6.5 meters in height. The tunnel is set to improve and upgrade the overall infrastructure and traffic flow on Bainunah Street and to accommodate greater traffic capacity serving Hazza bin Zayed Street and Sultan bin Zayed Street.
 
As for the Etihad tunnel located at Ras Al Akhdar area, it extends to 240 meters in length with a height of 5.5 meters. The two-lanes tunnel leads directly into the Etihad Towers. The tunnel is designed in “U” shape and decorated with an Islamic pattern, a symbol of the country’s culture and heritage. The Etihad tunnel will improve and compliment the public transport network to meet the ever-increasing urban development in Ras Al Akhdar area.
 
Both state-of-the-art tunnels were designed following the highest international standards for roads and  tunnels development. The tunnels feature a control centre including Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) that manage traffic flow as well as Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for the control of an advanced fire fighting system, storm water drainage system and ventilation system. As for the tunnels lighting, it adheres to the highest levels of sustainability and can be automatically adjusted according to the natural lighting intensity.
 
The project also includes expanding a part of Bainunah Street to four lanes, including a dedicated bus lane on both sidesto encourage public transportby providing faster travel time for public transport users. As well, the project encompasses improvement of the traffic capacity on part of Corniche Road and Sultan Bin Zayed Street.
 
In addition, zebra crossings have been placed in all intersections across Bainunah Street and Ras Al Akhdar along with pedestrian walking signals.
 
While the infrastructure project is completed; the area’s landscaping and natural aesthetics will finish by the end of the year.
 
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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
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2012-11-04T20:00:00Z 0664c2a7-c4f6-4db7-96e9-96795ac3a15c
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Unifies Road Engineering Standards ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Unifies_Road_Engineering_Standards

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the launch of a project to unify road engineering standards by adopting the best international practices for design, construction, operation, maintenance and management, of roads and bridges projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as part of its efforts to improve safety and maximize the capacity of the Emirate road network.

“Unifying and Standardizing of Road Engineering Practices” project is carried out by the DoT in coordination with several strategic partners from the government of Abu Dhabi such as the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM), Al Ain Municipality (AM) and the Western Region Municipality (WRM). In addition, three global consulting firms were assigned to prepare the new standards, which are later reviewed and verified by DoT officials and experts.

The project, which is expected to be finalised in Q3 2013, consists of 34 documents covering all aspects of road engineering and related infrastructures (bridges, tunnels), such as geometry, materials, traffic, construction and maintenance standards, environmental, health and safety issues, etc.

The new standards are going to be implemented gradually and in phases starting Q3, 2013 on new projects and on the on-going ones (if the contract conditions allows,) while delivered projects will have abide by the standards concerning maintenance and operations.

This project which is a DoT initiative is intended to support the rapid development of the road network in Abu Dhabi, improve safety and contribute to a sustainable environment.

The Main Roads Division of the Department of Transport is responsible for planning, development, management, operation and maintenance of the Road network, in addition to its policy formulation and regulatory role for the road sector.

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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
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2012-12-03T20:00:00Z e0582bdb-c5fd-4798-9014-1f925c88fbf6
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Completes Traffic Improvements Project near Al Mushrif Mall ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Completes_Traffic_Improvements_Project_near_Al_Mushrif_Mall
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi announced today the completion of major traffic improvements around Al Mushrif Mall in Al Zafarana area. This comes as part of a wider strategy to further develop transport infrastructure across the Emirate.
 
The Al Mushrif Mall project designed to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety, in order to accommodate traffic density in Zafarana and around Al Mushrif Mall, in addition to increasing the absorptive capacity of traffic in the area and surrounding roads.
 
The project included developing three new intersections with traffic lights. The first intersection is located between Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (known as Airport Road) and Street No. 25 (the Street located East of Al Mushrif Mall). In addition to the creation of new two lanes that allow motorists to make U-turns into Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street in both directions. The second intersection is at the junction of Street No. 25 with 4thstreet (know as Al Muroor Road).
 
The third new intersection is at the junction of Street No. 4 (the internal street parallel to Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street) with the street adjacent to Al Mushrif Mall from the north.
 
These initiatives were designed to regulate traffic in the residential area adjacent to the recently opened commercial center, while improvements to the internal street No. 4 included widening the road from one lane in each direction to a dual carriageway. The project also included establishment of 148 additional parking spaces west of Al Mushrif Mall to serve the commercial center and Al Zafarana area.
 
Zebra crossings at all intersections were added in order to increase traffic safety for pedestrians and motorists in the area.
 
The project commenced in the second quarter of 2011 and the intersections were opened recently.
 
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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
 
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2012-12-04T20:00:00Z d74ba25a-c4d2-4175-9ec0-576cbdd2e83e
Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Wins Gold Award for its “No Objection Certification” ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Wins_Gold_Award_for_its_“No_Objection_Certification”
 
 
In recognition of its effort in the development of information systems for public transport in Abu Dhabi, the Department of Transport (DoT) won the Gold Award at the Business Process Management (BPM) and Workflow conference for its “No Objection Certification (NOC)” initiative. This came during the 20thannual event held recently in Washington D.C.
 
According to the conference jury panel, this global-level accolade was in recognition of DoT’s efforts to develop effective systems of the highest international standards. The NOC system is one of the most advanced globally.
 
DoT, through the NOC system, aims to effectively and meticulously plan projects by applying best practices and world-standard engineering solutions, in line with its strategies plan.
 
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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
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2012-12-09T20:00:00Z ba4e608e-6f83-4e9b-8634-0bcfc0a1d7ef
Masdar Institute and the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Sign MoU on Exchange of Data ../mediainfo/Masdar_Institute_and_the_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Sign_MoU_on_Exchange_of_Data
Information to be Used for Research Project on Sustainable Transportation
 
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport (DoT) and Masdar Instituteof Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advancedenergy and sustainable technologies, today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a collaborative partnership on exchange of information in transportation.
 
The MoU will enable the sharing of information on Abu Dhabi’s public transport systems and basic traffic data to be used by Masdar Institute for a research project. The project will investigate the transportation infrastructure, technology needs and public attitudes in Abu Dhabi, pertinent to instituting a level of electrification in the Abu Dhabi transportation system.
 
The collaboration on exchange of information aims to develop a successful urban transport system in Abu Dhabi covering human resource development, integrated program management, knowledge management and intelligent transportation systems.
 
The MoU was signed by Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, and H.E. Mohamed Hareb Al Yousef, the Executive Director of the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi.
 
H.E. Mohamed Hareb Al Yousef said: “DoT will provide Masdar Institute with the technical details including the provision of basic data on traffic in the city and the status of public transport services to facilitate the research project. Our participation will ensure that the scope of research is consistent with the objectives of the department’s strategy on intelligent transport systems (ITS).”
 
Dr. Sgouris Sgouridis, Associate Professor, and Dr. Amro Farid,Assistant Professor, both from the Engineering Systems and Management program, Masdar Institute, will be the principal investigators of the project. Eng. Salah Mohamed Al Marzouqi, the acting director of Integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems Division in Department of Transport will be the lead coordinator in regards to the provision of data and technical advice to the research team.
 
Dr Fred Moavenzadeh said: “The agreement with DoT further demonstrates our continuing commitment to bring innovations in clean energy systems. Research collaborations are the ideal way for an academic institution to solidify its role in implementing innovative solutions. We believe with the support of the country’s leadership, the information from DoT on transportation will enable rapid progress in the research project, leading to an outcome that benefits Abu Dhabi and the UAE in general.”
 
Serving as a key pillar of innovation and human capital, Masdar Institute remains fundamental to Masdar’s core objectives of developing Abu Dhabi’s knowledge economy and finding solutions to humanity’s toughest challenges such as climate change.
 
Established as an on-going collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.
 
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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
 
  
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2012-12-18T20:00:00Z 17bdfb1a-b4c7-40a2-8dcb-7d9bbb74daed
Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Launches New Website Featuring a Mobile Customized Version ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Launches_New_Website_Featuring_a_Mobile_Customized_Version
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi has announced today the launch of the new website, www.dot.abudhabi.ae in Arabic and English, designed to enhance the Department’s official online presence. Featuring the latest in information technology, the site acts as a communications link for the public, characterized by efficient and user-friendly access to all of DoT’s information and services.
 
On the architecture level, the new website features an enhanced layout design that allows a smooth and interactive browsing experience, which reflects web users’ expectations today. As for the content, the pages of main topics have been updated while new pages comprise even more information such as sections and pages on “Public Transport” and “Abu Dhabi Roads”.Also, visitors can easily view essential information about DoT’s main Sectors (Aviation, Maritime, and Land Transport) and their Divisions, highlighting how they function in terms of supporting and developing the transport sector of the Emirate in line with the Department of Transport’s objectives, also published on the new website.
 
Regulations, legislation and various activities have also been added, including customers' “Complaints Handling Policy”; an FAQ section, and information on the Department's efforts to achieve an integrated and sustainable world-class transport system.
 
Furthermore, in line with the latest trends on the web, a mobile version of the new website has been customized for mobile users allowing them a user-friendly and a smooth browsing experience. Mobile users will be automatically directed to this version, which is available on http://m.dot.abudhabi.ae knowing that the full site can also be accessed on mobile phones through a link located at the footer of the mobile website.
 
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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
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2012-12-22T20:00:00Z bcd45ee6-6130-4b92-86b4-3e23c4dcd6c0
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Signs MoU(s) with Government and Private-Sectors Entities to Issue No Objection Certificates (Noc) ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Signs_MoU(s)_with_Government_and_Private-Sectors_Entities_to_Issue_No_Objection_Certificates_(Noc)  
 A strategic partnership aimed at facilitating the process of obtaining
 
The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi signed four Memorandums of Understanding(MoU) with Mubadala Development Company; National Central Cooling Company PJSC “Tabreed”; Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company (ADSSC) and Bunya Enterprises LLC at DoT’s headquarter in Abu Dhabi; this step comes within the continuous coordination efforts between the government entities and the private sector in Abu Dhabi.
 
The MoU(s) aim at reinforcing cooperation between government entities and the private sector to establish a strategic partnership that works on developing a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for projects and sharing the knowledge.
 
The MoU plans and organizes the suitable mechanism for receiving, and studying the NOC and the technical assessment; it also specifies the time frame during which the application will be studied automatically through special software. In addition, a technical team at both parties will be assigned to monitor the performance level.  
 
The automated NOC system in the DoT thrives to maximize business efficiency by using the right planning approach and the highest international engineering standards which is expected to reduce effort and time spent on construction of infrastructure development projects.
 
In this regard, DoT seeks to cooperate with government entities and the private sector in Abu Dhabi to benefit from their support in different business areas, the MoU comes as a part of DoT’s efforts to improve operational and administrative requirements, in line with DoT’s strategic plan. 
  
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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
 
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2013-01-08T20:00:00Z e1b82143-041f-45a4-83bf-a97c4ef9054b
Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Supports Major Global Events Held in Abu Dhabi at a Cost of Approximately AED 50 Million over Four Years ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Supports_Major_Global_Events_Held_in_Abu_Dhabi_at_a_Cost_of_Approximately_AED_50_Million_over_Four_Years
Through Providing Public Transport Solutions
 
 
 
 

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that the support it provided to major global events held in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi over the last four years amounted to AED 50 million, which was in the form of providing free public transport for more than 30 local and global events.
 
This comes within the role played by DoT to contribute to the success of major events hosted in Abu Dhabi as a leading global destination for organizing and managing big events such as Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and FIFA Club World Cup.

Providing free public transport to serve thousands of the public to-and-from events destinations and significantly contributes to reducing traffic congestion and improves traffic flow and road safety.

These major events include the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC); World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC); Abu Dhabi Air Expo; International Association of Public Transport (UITP); V8 Super Cars Australia Race and Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. In addition, the DoT offered ‘Park and Ride’ services between Zayed Sports City and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in order to minimize traffic congestion and limit the number of illegally parked vehicles in the area surrounding the mosque and on nearby roads.

Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, General Manager of the Bus Office at the DoT in Abu Dhabi said: “We are contributing to Abu Dhabi’s positioning as a global pioneer in the events industry and one of the leading global destinations for internationally recognized events. We are continuously striving to upgrade and enhance the public transportation network in order to provide the public with a comfortable and safe transport, while protecting our environment. This will encourage frequent use of public transportation and give Abu Dhabi an added competitive advantage.”
 
In light of this achievement and to recognize the efforts of the teams contributing to the success of special events public transport, the DoT in Abu Dhabi recently honored 120 employees for their performance in supporting global events.

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For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
 
 
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2013-01-27T20:00:00Z 57c9d431-c670-452e-bf33-6aff124e877b
Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Commences Work on Multi-Storey Parking Project in Sector 11 East ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Commences_Work_on_Multi-Storey_Parking_Project_in_Sector_11_East

DoT Invests 120 Million Dirham in Parking Project

 

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that construction commenced on an underground three-storey parking facility, which will have the capacity to accommodate over 800 vehicles and cover a total area of 8,300 square meters. This project comes as part of the DoT’s strategy to provide an effective system for parking management and upgrade the overall transport infrastructure in Abu Dhabi according to the highest international standards.

The parking facility is located in Sector 11 East between Al Falah Street and Baniyas Street nearby the Ministry of Finance, Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council and The Department of Economic Development (DED). The new parking structure will provide additional parking for the needs of the Capital’s growing population and urban expansion.

The new parking project consists of a three multi-storey underground parking facility in addition to surface parking. Through this project, the DoT aims to increase the capacity and number of parking spaces in Abu Dhabi, while providing multiple services within the facility in accordance with the highest standards in safety and comfort for the public. The parking facility will feature three elevators equipped with a high-tech security system, CCTV and round-the-clock security surveillance, while “MAWAQiF” inspectors will supervise the parking area. The facility will also feature a dedicated parking section next to the entrance of the building to accommodate people with special needs. The parking has been designed in a rectangular shape to facilitate movement into and out of the building. In addition, the facility will offer efficiency in energy consumption through its use of environment friendly technologies.

The search for a parking space can take a lot of time and effort in such a large facility; to simplify this process, the “Parking Guide System” is utilized. This system highlights vacant parking spaces through the use of green lights, and indicates occupied spaces with red lights.

The facility will also feature recreational elements, including a park for families with a children's play area and a basketball court as part of the surface parking. Future plans also may include a mosque.

The project is set to be completed by Q3 of 2014.

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2013-01-29T20:00:00Z 5048d7c4-fa3f-4824-9fa2-ca8724b5c95d
Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Provides Free Shuttle Bus Services for More Than 40,000 Visitors and Exhibitors During - IDEX 2013 ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Provides_Free_Shuttle_Bus_Services_for_More_Than_40,000_Visitors_and_Exhibitors_During_-_IDEX_2013

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today its support by providing 80 free shuttle bus services to the visitors and exhibitors of the “International Defence Exhibition and Conference IDEX 2013" that will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 17 to 21 February. This initiative comes within the role played by DoT to contribute to the success of major local and international events hosted in Abu Dhabi as a leading global destination for organizing and managing big events.

DoT will provide free shuttle bus services throughout all event days from 7am to 7pm for visitors and exhibitors of this international exhibition and conference from Abu Dhabi Island and its suburbs to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The services will include the following routes: service (1 and 2) Tourist Club Area, service (3 and 4) Central Business District "Downtown", service (5) Khalidiya area, service (6) Al Manhal, service (7) Yas Island and Saadiyat Island and service (8) Al Maqta. The frequency of this service is available every 20 minutes. 

In addition, DoT will provided “Park and Ride” service from 7am to 8pm located at the Zayed Sports City Park with a capacity of 3,000 parking facilities. The frequency of this service will be available every 5 minutes. 

DoT has dedicated 130 employees consisting of drivers and supervisors to oversee and assist the public using the free bus shuttle services. Moreover a schedule stating the date and time of the free shuttle services will be available at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre at “Gate A”. Furthermore, DoT will provide the Hotels located along the 8 routes with leaflets to guide their guests on how to use the DoT’s free shuttle bus services.

Mr. Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, General Manager of the Bus Office and Chairman of Events Committee at the DoT in Abu Dhabi, said: “Providing free public transport for more than 40 thousand visitors, exhibitors and participants to-and-from this major event which contribute significantly in reducing congestion and enhancing mobility to the event and working collaboratively with DoT’s strategic partners to position Abu Dhabi as a global pioneer and increasing its competitiveness to result in the rapid growth of Abu Dhabi’s economy and tourism sector.”

 Mr. Al Hameli added: “DoT seeks to apply best global practices and continuously strives to upgrade and enhance the public transportation network in order to provide the public with safe, comfortable, sustainable and reliable transport services, while protecting the environment.

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2013-02-13T20:00:00Z 8782ed89-9dd2-4ded-a9b1-6a643b8ed650
Department of Transport and Abu Dhabi Police Launch "Truck Enforcement Committee” Programme ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_and_Abu_Dhabi_Police_Launch_"Truck_Enforcement_Committee”_Programme

Abu Dhabi in Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Police announced today the launch of the five week long “Truck Enforcement Committee” Programme, in order to gather data from more than 500 trucks in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The objective is to ensure a workable and detailed database to achieve successful studies relating to the programme.

This initiative is designed to increase safety levels and find necessary traffic solutions in Abu Dhabi, in addition to reducing reckless driving habits and serious accidents caused by trucks through specialist technicians to examine thoroughly and accurately the brake, oil leakage, tires, lighting of the trucks and the weight of the trucks in addition to questionnaire in various languages aimed at trucks and articulated truck drivers.

The Truck Enforcement Committee Programme will be implemented to regulate the traffic flow of trucks in Trucks Control Stations that cover strategic locations, which include Musaffah, one of the primary industrial areas of Abu Dhabi, Khatam Al Shukla border exit in Al Ain and the Al Ghuwaifat exit in the Western Region, the Dynamic exit which connects the Emirate of Abu Dhabi with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
 
This programme will contain accurate and important data such as violations, like trucks weights, speed limits, damaged tires, In addition to drivers’ identity documents, full technical inspections and the mechanical condition of trucks.
Both team will also analyze the data and deliver extensive suggestions to implement innovative traffic solutions that will limit violations that result in accidents. After the completion of this stage the team will provide a comprehensive report containing proposals and recommendations for traffic solutions that can be applied to "Joint Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee", a group comprising the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi; Abu Dhabi Police; Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and the Municipality of Abu Dhabi (ADM), dealing with all aspects of road safety and commuters in Abu Dhabi.
 
This programme will support surface transport, through improving traffic safety; maintaining the infrastructure of roads and bridges; organizing of surface transport and present integrated traffic solutions to enhance overall road safety.

It is noteworthy that this comes in a time when the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is witnessing rapid growth across various key economic sectors, which lead to an unprecedented increase in traffic throughout the Emirate. This requires the need to take necessary measures to ensure smooth traffic flow and improved traffic safety.

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2013-02-18T20:00:00Z 827f0446-1801-44c0-80b5-24e979eb06e1
Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Provides “Park and Ride” Service in Sector 45 West for Government and Private-Sector Staff ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Provides_“Park_and_Ride”_Service_in_Sector_45_West_for_Government_and_Private-Sector_Staff Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - The Department of Transport (DoT) commenced on “Park and Ride” service at Al Khubeirah area, in Sector 45 West, located between Corniche Road North and Fifth Street South and Sixth Street East and Twelve Street West, for government and private sectors staff, in a move to reduce congestion, implement sustainable travel options and provide effective car parking solutions to the public in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
 
The move comes as part of DoT’s Transportation Mobility Management Strategy (TMM). The main objective of the strategy is to improve the way of travel, making Abu Dhabi an attractive, efficient and healthier place for the public. As part of the strategy, DoT will seek inputs from key stakeholders and work with local organisations and businesses to develop transport mobility management plans.

The Department of Transport has allocated five hundred (500) parking spaces with a total area of 19,620 square meter provided by the DoT, marked with “Mawaqif” curbstones painted in turquoise, in addition to signage to direct the employees, to large organizations based in Abu Dhabi’s Central Business District (CBD). Through this service, DoT aims to transport a large number of employees to their work-place using transport provided by each organization such as First Gulf Bank. Moreover, DoT will provide these companies' employees with permits to enter and park their vehicles, where “Mawaqif” inspectors will manage and facilitate traffic. The service will run at 7:00am to 7:00pm from Sunday through Thursday. This service will save twenty minutes to half an hour from staff time to reach their destination.

Based on the demand, DoT will study the provision of the “Park and Ride” service for employees in different areas within the city of Abu Dhabi and its suburbs.

To enhance coordination and integration with government and private sectors, all organizations can sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Transport for the “Park and Ride” service to reduce the use of private cars and encourage the public to use public transportation.

DoT is considering the public transport needs in Abu Dhabi and seeks to address related issues through sustainable public transport. Moreover, DoT is developing strategies and policies for transport management to make Abu Dhabi a leading city with world-class infrastructure and transportation systems.

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2013-02-19T20:00:00Z d09e113a-9b82-4dc1-83da-750d8c0dba58
Partial Closure of Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street and other Major Streets During the Opening of the Qasr Al Hosn Fort Festival ../mediainfo/Partial_Closure_of_Rashid_Bin_Saeed_Al_Maktoum_Street_and_other_Major_Streets_During_the_Opening_of_the_Qasr_Al_Hosn_Fort_Festival  
 
Supporting Qasr al Hosn Fort Festival
 
The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the partial closure of Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (known as Airport Road) and the other major streets like Al Falah Street, Hamdan Street, Zayed the First Street and Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street, during the opening ceremony of Qasr al Hosn Fort Festival on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 2 pm to 6 pm, in support of the festival which will take place in part of Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street.

During the first day of the festival, five major streets and an internal street will be closed: (click on the street name to view the closure location on the map)

  • Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (known as Airport Road), will be closed from Hamdan Street intersection to Al Falah Street intersection.
  • Zayed the First Street, will be closed from Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum intersection to Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street intersection.
  • Hamdan Street, will be closed from Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum intersection to Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street intersection.
  • Al Falah Street, will be closed from Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street to Al Karama Street intersection.
  • Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street, will be closed from Hamdan Street intersection to Zayed the First Street intersection.
  • The internal street, is the Al Mashtal Street located in Al Khalidiya area between Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street and King Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Street. 

As a result of the closure, the residents and visitors of Fotouh Al Khair Centre, Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Al Khalidiya will be affected. Therefore, DoT encourages the public to be aware of the traffic congestion during the festival.

In order to facilitate the flow of traffic, some bus routes will be detoured from 1 pm to 6 pm during the first day of the festival as follows: (click on the route number to view the detour on the map)

  • Route 006, that operates Zayed the First Street and Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, will be detoured to Fourth Street (known as Al Muroor Street) going through Hamdan Street and then follow the normal route.
  • Route 007, that operates Zayed the First Street, will be detoured to Fourth Street (known as Al Muroor Street) going through Hamdan Street to Sixth Street, and then follow the normal route.
  • Route 008, that operates Fourth Street (known as Al Muroor Street) and Zayed the First Street, will be detoured to Hamdan Street going through Sixth Street and then follow the normal route.
  • Route 009, that operates Al Falah Street, will be detoured to Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, going through Hazza Bin Zayed Street then Al Karama Street, and then follow the normal route.
  • Route 032, that operates Zayed the First Street, will be detoured to Fourth Street going through Hamdan Street and Sixth Street, and then follow the normal route.
  • Route 034, that operates Zayed the First Street and Rashid Bin Saeed Street, will be detoured to Hazza Bin Zayed Street going through Al Karama Street, Al Falah Street, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street and then back to Zayed the First Street going through Sixth Street and Hamdan Street, and then follow the normal route.
  • Route 044, that operates Al Karama Street to Al Falah Street, will be detoured from Al Karama Street going through Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street and Al Falah Street going through the Fourth Street to Zayed the First Street, and then follow the normal route.
  • Route 054, going through the main bus station heading to Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street to Hamdan Street, will be detoured to Fourth Street to Hamdan Street, and then follow the normal route.

DoT will open all closed routes at 7:00 pm after the opening festival.

It is worth mentioning that Qasr Al Hosn festival will kick off its festivity on Thursday, February 28, till Saturday, March 9, 2013, celebrating over 250 years. Centered around the historic Qasr al Hosn Fort, the festival will bring to life the history of Abu Dhabi’s oldest building and the emirate’s culture through a host of events and a world-class live entertainment show for all family members. DoT is keen to be part of this historical event inline with its strategy that significantly contributes to reducing traffic congestion, road safety and plays an effective role in improving and upgrading the overall infrastructure to position Abu Dhabi as a global pioneer and tourist destination. 

In addition, DoT will provide "Park and Ride" free service to the public, located at Mashtal Al Manhal in Al Khalidiyah with more than 500 free parking facilities. The service will be available on Thursday, February 28 from 7:00 pm until 1:00 am and will continue from Friday, March 1 to Saturday, March 9 2013 from 2:00 pm to 1:00 am during the weekends and 2:00 pm to midnight on weekdays.

DoT will also launch public awareness campaigns, to provide information related to re-routing of bus services and all affected areas and partial closure streets as a result of the festival, through the distribution of leaflets on vehicles and public buses, in addition to broadcast and prints advertisement, SMS, posters inside the buses and signboards at the entrances of the partially closed streets.

In this regard, Mr. Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, General Manager of the Bus Office and Chairman of Events Committee at the DoT in Abu Dhabi, said: "DoT is always eager to be proactive in providing support and endorse the cooperation between government entities and strategic partners. Moreover, the public support and understanding will contribute to the success of such local events". Mr. Al Hameli added: "Providing free public transport will contribute in reducing congestion and enhancing mobility to the event and applying best global practices and continuously strives to upgrade and enhance the public transportation network in order to provide the public with safe, comfortable, sustainable and reliable transport services, while protecting the environment. Furthermore, working collaboratively with DoT’s strategic partners to position Abu Dhabi as a global pioneer and increasing its competitiveness to result in the rapid growth of Abu Dhabi’s economy and tourism sector.”

Click on the maps below to view them in full size. 

Road Closures

Park & Ride Bus Routes Detoures
 
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2013-02-23T20:00:00Z f6dccb9a-85bd-4216-bb30-78d4e8b0d158
Department of Transport to Complete Upgrading of Parking Meters to Accept the New and Old Coins in Q2 2013 ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_to_Complete_Upgrading_of_Parking_Meters_to_Accept_the_New_and_Old_Coins_in_Q2_2013 The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that the upgrading of parking meters will be completed in the second quarter 2013, in order for the parking meters to accept the new and old coins and provide an effective system of parking management and the overall upgrading of transport infrastructure in Abu Dhabi.
 
DoT through this project - aims to facilitate the use of parking meters for the public. DoT specified that priority was given to the most congested areas, such as the Central Business District (CBD), hospitals and governmental buildings. DoT completed the following sectors in Abu Dhabi:

  • Sector E4-01, located between East Street, Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum (Known as Airport Street), Al Falah Street and Zayed the Second Street.
  • Sector E4-02 is between East Street, Bani Yas Street (known as Al Najda), Al Falah Street and Zayed the Second Street.
  • Sector W38, located between Fifth Street, Zayed the First, Sixth Street and Al Khalidiya Police Station.
  • Sector W12, located between Corniche Street, Zayed the First Street, Sultan Bin Zayed Street and Sixth Street West.
  • Sector W9, located between Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Zayed the First Street, King Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Street and Al Falah Street.
  • Sector W4, located at Khalidiya Region, between Zayed the First Street, Al Manahal Street, Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street and King Khaled Bin Abdel Aziz Street.
  • Sector E12, located between Corniche Street, Mina Road, Al- Ferdous Street and Sheikh Zayed Street (Known as Al-Salam Street).
  • Sector W15-02, located around the Eid Prayer Grounds area between Delma Street, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Street, Al Karama Street and Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
  • Sector E25, located between Delma Street, Mohamed Bin Khalifa Street, Al Nahyan Military Camp and Fourth Street (Known as Al Muroor).
  • Sectors W13-01, located between Al Manhal Palace, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Makhtoum Street and Al Karama Street.
  • Sectors E18, located between Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street, Sheikh Zayed Street, Hazza Bin Zayed Street, and Al Falah Street.

It is worth mentioning that upgrading the parking meters requires plenty of time and effort in order to be compatible with the new and old coins in nearly 50 sectors in Abu Dhabi. Each parking meter has to be re-programed to recognize the weight, size and category of each coin before accepting or rejecting it.

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2013-02-24T20:00:00Z 37cee269-f1ca-4576-a63a-62df5fb63aec
MAWAQIF Introduces Credit Card Payments ../mediainfo/MAWAQIF_Introduces_Credit_Card_Payments

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the introduction of “MAWAQIF” credit card payment options such as Visa and MasterCard at over 2,000 payment machines. The new service is aimed at offering multiple payment options to motorists.

As a result of the new multiple payment methods, motorists can now use their credit cards to pay MAWAQIF. They can now insert their credit cards in the machines and choose the tariff time.

The new credit card facility is one of several payment methods introduced by “MAWAQIF”, including prepaid cards, mobile fees payment (SMS) and coins.

Parking management services will apply from 8 AM to 12 PM, Saturdays to Thursdays, at a rate of 3 Dirhams per hour for Premium Parking (identified by turquoise and white curbstones) with a maximum stay of 4 hours, and 2 Dirhams per hour or 15 Dirhams per day for Standard Parking (identified by turquoise and black curbstones).

For further information and inquiries, customers can call MAWAQIF call center toll-free number 800-3009.

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2013-02-25T20:00:00Z 7aa20c1d-17d8-4615-bfbf-aef682e49983
Department of Transport Announces its Official Sponsor of Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013 ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Announces_its_Official_Sponsor_of_Abu_Dhabi_Air_Expo_2013

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announce today its official sponsor of Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013, which will be held under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, in Al Bateen Executive Airport, from 5th to 7th March 2013. This initiative plays a vital role in developing a world-class aviation industry in Abu Dhabi.

DoT reinforces its participation in this exhibition, which is considered one of the largest air shows dedicated to private jets that reflect the growing importance of aviation industry in the Arab world and the entire region. The exhibition will witness the attendance of more than 12 thousand visitors plus major aviation players from across the GCC, Europe and the United States.

On the sideline of the event, DoT will conduct a workshop under the title: "Air Transport Exhibitor in Abu Dhabi", which will be attended by a number of prominent aviation sector companies such as Royal Jet, Al Jaber Aviation (AJA), Falcon Aviation Services (FAS), Maximus Air and other local and international companies. The workshop will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2013 and will address the latest developments and techniques adopted in the aviation sector, in addition to important topics related to the aviation transport sector like challenges that operators face, future prospects and other areas relevant to this growing industry globally.  
 
It is worth mentioning that Abu Dhabi Air Expo is an integrated platform for the decision-makers and leaders in the general aviation sector to share views and experiences to promote their latest innovations and development in the aviation sector, with a continuously growing audience of businesses, pilots and aviation enthusiasts around the world.

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2013-03-03T20:00:00Z a1be1b6a-dcad-49dc-9931-befbb36155d6
Department of Transport Launches the New Trip Generation and Parking Rates Manual for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Launches_the_New_Trip_Generation_and_Parking_Rates_Manual_for_the_Emirate_of_Abu_Dhabi

The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) announced today the launching of the “Trip Generation and Parking Rates Manual for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi”. In addition DOT initiated the Transportation Impact Study (TIS) online system. This is part of DoT's endeavor to transform numerous services from paper to electronic methods, which will enhance customer services and expedite the review process.   

The Transportation Impact Study (TIS) is one of the requirements for any development in Abu Dhabi Emirate. The (TIS) contribute to the planning of infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  The preparation of the TIS relies mainly on the availability of a comprehensive manual, which calculate the expected trips generated and identify the parking demand requirement for each Development based on the proposed land uses 

The Integrated Transportation Planning (ITP) Division in DOT prepared a study, where the project team surveyed more than 400 sites in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Western Region areas.  The study covered more than 70 land use type, including residential, commercial, lodging and industrial projects. Subsequently, the new trip generation and parking rates have been defined for different land uses in Abu Dhabi Emirate which also varies according to the project location either inside or outside the Central Business District (CBD).

In addition, the trip generation and parking rates manual has been linked to the TIS online system. The system will calculate traffic volumes and parking requirements related to the proposed land use information according to the new Trip Generation and Parking Rates Manual.

It is worth noting that publishing of the Trip Generation and Parking Rates manual will help in planning the transportation infrastructure surrounding any project in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

With regard to the development of the TIS online system, this system helps in saving time and effort for applicants through the continuous communication between developers, consultants and DOT representatives to enhance customer services and expedite the review process. The DOT is also working in coordination with other relevant stakeholders to establish online integration.

it is expected that the Trip Generation and Parking Rates manual issued by the Department of Transport will be utilized in several cities with similar land use characteristics.

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2013-03-03T20:00:00Z 6d680d23-02a9-41ae-bb4e-e4e05485b0e8
Department of Transport Launches Mawaqif in Our Lives Awareness Campaign ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Launches_Mawaqif_in_Our_Lives_Awareness_Campaign

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi today announced the launch of the "Mawaqif in our lives" awareness campaign. The campaign will kick off on March 17 and continue for two consecutive months during which it aims to raise public awareness on how to use "Mawaqif” services, the comprehensive and integrated parking management program that addresses the parking needs in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 

The announcement of "Mawaqif” campaign came during a press conference held in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers. The awareness campaign will be showcased in print, electronic and broadcast media, as well as on buses and social networking platforms such as Facebook; Twitter; YouTube and Instagram, to open all possible doors of communication with the public. In addition, the public awareness campaign will feature competitions in the media reinforcing awareness about “Mawaqif” services.

The campaign hopes to educate the public on the use of “Mawaqif” various features and benefits, such as “Mawaqif” colors; how to pay; where it is permissible to park and parking times and allowed durations.

“Mawaqif” parking times are from 8AM to 12PM daily from Saturday to Thursday. The parking areas are categorized as “Premium Parking” (turquoise and white colors) and "Standard Parking" (turquoise and black). Resident Parking is marked with a street sign and/or a continues turquoise line, and is enforced from 9PM to 8AM. In addition, villa residents with valid permits have dedicated parking around-the-clock. “Mawaqif” offers a 10-minutes grace period when vehicles are first parked legally.

The campaign will highlight the different payment methods for “Mawaqif”, including, coins; prepaid cards; “m-Mawaqif” (for Abu Dhabi registered and non-Abu Dhabi registered vehicles), and “direct mobile billing” for Abu Dhabi registered vehicles only. Drivers can also pay for “Mawaqif” by Credit and Debit Cards such as Visa and MasterCard.

The campaign will focus on dedicated parking areas for different users, such as residents, visitors, special needs, etc. The campaign will also highlight prohibited parking areas such as reserved parking bays; fire hydrant bays; yellow and grey curbstones, sandpits and sidewalks.     

For further information and inquiries, customers may call “Mawaqif” toll-free number 800-3009 which operates in both Arabic and English. 

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2013-03-11T20:00:00Z 6ed90746-7961-489b-8574-3e508eba96eb
Department of Transport Launches Crash Analysis and Reporting System in Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Launches_Crash_Analysis_and_Reporting_System_in_Abu_Dhabi

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi today announced the launch of its  Crash Analysis and Reporting System (CARS), which will be implemented in DoT at a cost of exceeding 3.4 million dirhams. This initiative comes as part of the DoT’s endeavor to improve the level of traffic safety and reduce serious crashes in the capital.

The system was developed by the Traffic Safety team at DoT in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Police to address the DoT’s need for scientific engineering analysis capabilities to assess accidents data and information related to road safety. The solution was developed by global expert “The British Transport Research Laboratory” (TRL), an independent consultancy and research institute that specializes in the transport sector.
 
The new system aims to adopt international best practice in the management of road safety programs, technical analysis, study of traffic safety data and assessment of information such as traffic density information; speed data and road assets (such as signboards, bridges, underpasses and barriers). It will also utilize social data to identify the nature and indicate population segments for each residential sector, which will help in identifying trends, patterns and predate location of crashes. These evaluations will contribute to the development of various solutions in order to identify the main causes of accidents, identify and implement appropriate counter measures in the fields of engineering and legislation, education and training.

The system will provide specialists in the DoT with relevant data, information and tools to take appropriate decisions to address traffic safety issues. These tools will offer frequent accidents site management capabilities, help save time, costs, and avoid less efficient traffic safety solutions.

The DoT aims to make “crash analysis and reporting system” the main tool for the management of road safety programs and follow up the implementation and evaluation through the integration of available and future database to enhance the level of safety. DoT has recently implemented an electronic link with Abu Dhabi Police to provide DoT with traffic accidents data that would support the efforts of CARS, in engineering studies.

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2013-03-16T20:00:00Z 08fac42a-3788-4de8-a5f6-cdeabb231511
Department of Transport’s “No Objection Certification” System Project Among Top Six Worldwide ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport’s_“No_Objection_Certification”_System_Project_Among_Top_Six_Worldwide

The Department of Transport’s (DoT) in Abu Dhabi “No Objection Certification” (NOC) system project was chosen among the top six projects worldwide for ‘best project contributing to organizational value, sustainability and innovation’, during the annual “Operational Excellence Management” conference in Orlando, USA. This recognition followed the DoT’s efforts in the development of information systems for public transport in Abu Dhabi according to the highest international standards. 

The (NOC) system project was chosen from an extensive list of projects from around the world. Specialized committees by the “Operational Excellence Management” team conducted a thorough study and accurate segmentation for all the candidate projects based on several criteria to assess the positive impact in the organizations and power-system and the suitability for global engineering standards.

It is worth mentioning that the DoT has won three awards recently for its NOC system. DoT won the Gold Award at the Business Process Management (BPM) and Workflow Conference held in Washington D.C., ‘best application’ from “FlowCentric”, a business process management specialists and an award from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

DoT, through the (NOC) system, aims to effectively and meticulously plan projects by applying best practices and world-standard engineering solutions, in line with In line with its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP).

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2013-03-17T20:00:00Z 3a392532-1c2f-4b38-a90f-a2bc331a6e38
Department of Transport Commences Work on Bridge and Underpass Project on Sweihan - Al Hayer Main Road ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Commences_Work_on_Bridge_and_Underpass_Project_on_Sweihan_-_Al_Hayer_Main_Road  
Total cost exceeding 50 Million Dirhams
 
 Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced that work has commenced on a new bridge and an underpass at Sweihan – Al Hayer main road, in order to maintain traffic safety and improve traffic flow in Nahil area in Al Ain City. This project comes as part of the DoT’s overall strategy and is in line with its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP).

The bridge will be 15.5 meters in width and 8 in height and consists of one lane in each direction, a hard shoulder and a pedestrian side-walk which will be 1.5 meters in width for emergencies only.

As for the underpass, it will be 14.5 meters in width and 5.5 in height and consists of one lane in each direction, a hard shoulder and a pedestrian side-walk which will be 1.5 meters in width for emergencies only. The distance between the bridge and underpass is 1.5 meters and the project is being developed about 110 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi city.

The project was commissioned to meet the needs of the growing population and urban expansion in Nahil; and was designed following the highest international standards for bridges and underpasses development. The project will also feature a lighting and water drainage system in addition to landscaping and road signs.
 
DoT has announced that the project is set to be completed before the end of the year.

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2013-03-19T20:00:00Z b855aec3-48b2-4979-840b-115e27469d5e
Department of Transport Implements “Post Collision Inspection Program” ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Implements_“Post_Collision_Inspection_Program”

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the implementation of the “Post Collision Inspection Program” in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Police. The initiative aimed at investigating vehicle crashes and identifying root cause of crashes in Abu Dhabi such as geometric design of roads, geometric curves, traffic signals and traffic density on the road. The program allows the DoT to analyze the data and use the insight to better develop roads and the Emirate’s overall traffic safety.

The program, led by the DoT, was developed for highway safety engineers as part of the Joint Safety and Traffic Solution Committee. The committee is made up of several Abu Dhabi government entities, including: Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi; Abu Dhabi Police (ADP); Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and the Municipality of Abu Dhabi (ADM). Safety engineers across all entities are actively participating in the program through sharing relevant material/data and developing counter measures to treat locations.

Commenting on the recent announcement, Eng. Faisal Al Suwaidi, General Director of Main Roads Division for the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi said: “Our drive to developing and implementing world-class programs at international standards stems from our commitment to produce a safe and efficient road network across the emirate of Abu Dhabi. We have already received significant data that will be incorporated into our Road Safety Master Plan and we are proud to work alongside our partners to ensure the highest road safety measures across Abu Dhabi.

The DoT is actively working with safety engineers across the entities to help reduce road accidents across the Emirate. DoT conducted a post collision investigation training course locations last year for all safety engineers from DoT, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Western Region Municipalities and Abu Dhabi Police. DoT is also planning to conduct more sessions in the future to cover additional number of road safety teams across the Emirate.

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2013-03-24T20:00:00Z f33be953-d4bb-4c00-a707-f6acb9e25af3
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Announces Roll-out of Integrated Variable Electronic Message Signs (VMS) Across Abu Dhabi City ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Announces_Roll-out_of_Integrated_Variable_Electronic_Message_Signs_(VMS)_Across_Abu_Dhabi_City

In Line with the Integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems Division Strategy

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the launch of its integrated Variable Electronic Message Signs (VMS) project across the city of Abu Dhabi. This initiative comes as part of the DoT’s strategy to ensure the seamless integration between all modes of transport to fulfill the transport-safety, mobility and sustainability needs in line with the surface Transport Master Plans (STMP) in Abu Dhabi.  

The project is set to provide over eighty (80) VMS electronic signs across Abu Dhabi main roads and internal streets to alert motorists of traffic congestion, road blocks, construction, road weather information, and road accidents providing needed time to change their travel route, if necessary.

“The launch of our VMS project is a testament to our commitment to providing our community with safer roads across the city of Abu Dhabi,” said Eng. Faisel Al Suwaidi, General Director of Main Roads in the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi. “The electronic signs will allow us to communicate with motorists in real time to ensure they are kept up-to-date with necessary traffic information to plan their route, accordingly and be aware of any upcoming traffic issues.”

The DoT is preparing to launch two types of VMS to enhance road safety. Thirty-eight (38) electronic signs will be general message boards which alert motorists of any road closures, while forty-eight (48) electronic signs will provide specific lane messages identifying closures and speed limit changes preparing motorists for any road diversions and upcoming traffic. The signs will also be fitted with closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) to ensure that messages are clear and up-to-date.

In addition, fifty-six (56) of the electronic signs will also feature traffic counters that will collect data and send across to the central data center. The data will be analyzed in real time and will be used to alert motorists if there is upcoming traffic and estimated delay time. The DoT will also track weather conditions such as fog and rain fall, to prepare motorists to reduce their driving speeds and be extra vigilant while on the road.

“As part of our Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), we will continue to evolve our roads by implementing a set of international services and regulations to keep our motorists informed and safe,” Al Suwaidi added.

The project will be rolled out across several phases and will be fully operational during the third quarter of 2014.

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2013-04-02T20:00:00Z a5e8264e-ebae-4c31-9007-c197eebd4f86
Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Expands Bus Services with 400 Daily Trips in Abu Dhabi, 180 in Al Ain Through Nine New Bus Routes ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Expands_Bus_Services_with_400_Daily_Trips_in_Abu_Dhabi,_180_in_Al_Ain_Through_Nine_New_Bus_Routes 3 new bus routes in Abu Dhabi and 6 in Al Ain

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it has expanded bus services by operating 9 new routes: three in Abu Dhabi and six in Al Ain. The buses began providing services for commuters in both cities recently. The new services will increase the number of total daily bus trips in Abu Dhabi by 27% and in Al Ain by 20% respectively.

According to DoT, the new routes include:

  • Lane number (010): connecting Ras Al Akhdar with Al Mina and passing through Al Falah Street and Tourist Club Area.
  • Lane number (040): connecting Al Marrayah Sowwah Square with Al Bateen Executive Airport.
  • Lane number (063): linking Al Marina Area with Al Reem Island.

Moring trips (from 06:00 am - 11:00 pm) on those services are scheduled every 20 minutes while night ones (from 11:00 pm - 01:00 am) are every 60 minutes.

New initiated bus routes in Al Ain include:

  • Lane number (360): connecting Al Ain Bus Station with Madinat Nahil West.
  • Lane number (380): connecting Al Ain Bus Station with Al Faqa Souk.
  • Lane number (390): connecting Al Ain Bus Station with Al Shwaib Souq.
  • Lane number (376): connecting Madinat Nahil West Mosque with Sweihan-Souq.
  • Bus trip services on the those routes are scheduled every 120 minutes.

Other new bus services that are now operational in Al Ain are:

  • Lane number (495): connecting Al Ain Souq with Alia Mosque via trips every 60 minutes.
  • Lane number (496): connecting Al Saad Poultry Farm with Al Yahar Labour Accommodation by trips scheduled every 30 minutes.

Furthermore, the Department of Transport highlighted that new bus services are aimed at covering new geographic areas via bus routes.

Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, General Manager of the Bus Office at the DoT, said, "The operation of new routes that connect strategic locations in both Abu Dhabi and Al Ain is in line with our strategy aimed at providing a larger geographic coverage via bus services, thereby helping attain the envisioned and defined economic and social development of Abu Dhabi through facilitating interconnectivity amongst various areas."

'Bus services are gaining more popularity amongst various segments of the community, given their outstanding advantages as world-class, convenient, safe and available means for transport, making it a quality and sustainable option for commuters", he added.

Stressing the commitment of the DoT to providing bus services that encompass a larger number of tourism landmarks in Abu Dhabi, Al Hameli stated that three bus routes will provide services to Emirates Park Zoo, starting today. Operating a trip every 60 minutes, those lanes are:

  • Lane number (202): starts from Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi heading towards Emirates Park Zoo
  • Lane number (218): starts from Al Shahama Souq towards Al Raha Beach passing through Emirates Park Zoo.
  • Lane number (225): starts from Al Shahama Bus Station towards Al Rahba Hospital passing through Emirates Park Zoo.

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2013-04-09T20:00:00Z 630ffa07-639c-4f4a-b87f-372af06d86aa
Department of Transport Unveils New Regulations for School Bus Transportation ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Unveils_New_Regulations_for_School_Bus_Transportation

Rules aimed to provide safer, more efficient and convenient bus services to and from Abu Dhabi-based schools

As part of its commitment to boosting the level of safety and security whilst providing quality transportation services to students to and from their schools, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi today unveiled new legislations for school buses. 

Developed in close coordination with Abu Dhabi Education Council and Abu Dhabi Police GHQ with an aim to optimise school transportation, the new regulations will identify, set forth and regulate school transport requirements and standards for all
Abu Dhabi-based school buses.

In line with these regulations that have been determined as a top priority for the DoT, all schools must provide transportation services for their students either directly through their own-operated buses or via DoT-permitted and approved bus service contractors that abide by the set safety, reliability and quality service standards.

To attain those objectives, the DoT-issued school permits for school bus drivers encompass a set of conditions such as age (drivers must be aged 25 years or more), holding a valid UAE license issued for over a year, having a certificate of good conduct, able to speak Arabic or English in order to communicate effectively with students and parents, having accomplished DoT-scheduled training programmes for school bus drivers whilst submitting a medical report every two years indicating they are free of diseases (including disability, chronic and infectious diseases, drug and alcohol addiction).

The new school transportation regulations have also identified schools' responsibilities, requiring them to operate a sufficient number of air-conditioned school buses for all students with separate buses for male and female students aged 12 and above, and if not possible, boys and girls must sit in separate areas. Furthermore, these responsibilities encompass the availability of a qualified and safety procedure-aware supervisor to accompany students aged 11 or below to enforce the rules whilst overseeing students boarding and disembarking at students’ houses, ensuring that they are met by a guardian. The new regulations will ensure that all school transport buses are fully equipped with all required facilities for students with special needs.

In addition, the new regulations also set the maximum age and operation time for buses. Moreover, school bus drivers have to carry out daily bus inspections including lights, tires, seats, and the structure of the bus keeping  a checklist of examination and reports for cases of any malfunctions. To ensure students' safety, drivers must check the availability of first aid kits and fire extinguishers on the bus and that the bus entrance and exit, corridors and emergency exits are free of any obstacles before any trip. Drivers are strictly prohibited from exceeding the speed limit allowed for each street, and must drive at maximum speed of 80 k/h or less.

The DoT has allowed bus operators until the beginning of September to modify 50% of their fleet, with the rest to be completed by September next year. No bus shall be registered, renewed, cancelled, or given up unless with a permit issued by the DoT starting from 1st May 2013.


Moreover, all school buses are to be equipped with ( Global Positioning System GPS) devices to determine the bus locations, indicate speed and braking movements. School buses should also be fitted with electronic systems such as closed-circuit television networks with the ability to record audio and video as well as external cameras to monitor the buses from all angles. 

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2013-04-23T20:00:00Z fe374be4-e5c3-42f1-b8e5-91554bd25731
Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi to Commence Dalma Mall Road Improvements Project ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_to_Commence_Dalma_Mall_Road_Improvements_Project

In line with its strategy aimed to optimizing the land transport infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by establishing world-class, integrated and sustainable road network, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi today announced the commencement of traffic rehabilitation project at the entrance of Dalma Mall, one of largest shopping malls in Abu Dhabi and the region.

The AED 77 million project planned to be accomplished by end year end, encompasses building an 8.5 kilometer road network, setting up 6 traffic lights in various interchanges, and modifying of the existing bridge linking Musaffah Industrial Area with Mohammed Bin Zayed City to facilitate traffic flow. 

According to Eng. Faisal Al Suwaidi, General Director of Main Roads Division for the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, the Dalma Mall Road improvements project is one of the strategic initiatives by the DoT with an aim to facilitate traffic flow, raise the bar of services and safety levels for road users, whilst ensuring less road congestion and ability to comprehend expected vehicle increase as a result of urban development the area is experiencing.

Located to the east of Abu Dhabi, 25 Km from the city centre near Mohammad Bin Zayed City, Dalma Mall is situated in one of the fastest-growing areas of the capital, where several new residential communities are flourishing, including Khalifa City (A) Khalifa City (B) Mohammad Bin Zayed City, Al Raha Beach, Al Raha Gardens, Abu Dhabi Gate, and Al Maqtaa.

DoT calls on all road users to be cautious while work is in progress, abide by safety rules, and drive within speed limits to avoid mishaps.

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2013-04-28T20:00:00Z f4ba8a78-91ac-46a8-a24e-bfa30f58d023
Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Introduces Route Expansion to 10 Buses in Abu Dhabi and 5 in Al Ain ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Introduces_Route_Expansion_to_10_Buses_in_Abu_Dhabi_and_5_in_Al_Ain

In response to growing needs of bus services amongst commuters, the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) announced today that ten operating bus routes in Abu Dhabi and five in Al Ain experienced some expansions and changes in their routes.

According to the DoT, these bus services that have witnessed some changes are:

  • Route number (005): linking Marina Area with Al Sowwah Square-Mariah Island, whereas the bus stop at the Municipality Building is now cancelled.
  • Route number (007): will reach Sun Tower-Al Reem Island from Marina Area.
  • Route number (008): has been expanded to reach Fish Market-Al Mina from Al Bateen West with the service arriving at the Marina is now cancelled and replaced by service number 9 and 11.
  • Route number (009): will stop at the Abu Dhabi Municipality Building.
  • Route number (032): has been widened, providing a direct service to Al Khabairah area, Al Khaldiyah, and Al Muroor from Al Maqta West.
  • Route number (034): connecting Ladies Club, Al Ras Al Akhdar with Abu Dhabi Court will experience direct services to Al Ras Al Akhdar, Al Khaldiyah, and Al Muroor.
  • Route number (044): starting from Officers Club, will expand to the Iranian Market through Al Mina with travel time in Al Mushrif reduced.
  • Route number (052): will reach Al Sowwah Square-Al Mariah, from Abu Dhabi Courts.
  • Route number (054): has been expanded to reach Fish Market, Mina from Petroleum Institute, Umm Al Naar.
  • Route number (56): will have a better reach to Khalifa Park from Mina Souq.

In Al Ain, bus routes that have experienced expansions or changes are:

  • Route number (350): linking Bus Station with Police School-Sweihan, has canceled its stop at Salamat and Al Yahar North Interchange. The service now reaches the Police School in Sweihan.
  • Route number (440): that connects Al Ain Bus Station with Al Musaffah Bus Station in Abu Dhabi, has canceled the service between Twam Hospital and Al Ain Airport. The route now starts from Al Ain Bus Station, stopping at Al Yahar North Interchange and Al Saad Police Station, changing the route from Al Khatim, to stop inside Musaffah Bus Station in Abu Dhabi.
  • Route number (490): connecting Abu Dhabi International Airport with Al Ain Bus Station. It will stop at Al Yahar North Interchange and Al Saad Police Station, then have its route changed in Al Khatim with stop service cancelled at both Abu Dhabi University and Al Mafraq Hospital.  Service extends to Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 2.
  • Route (491): linking Al Ain Souq with Al Yahar North, now reaches Alf Maskan Area and stops at Al Yahar North Exchange.
  • Route (X90): linking Al Ain Bus Station with Abu Dhabi Bus Station, now stops at Al Yahar North Interchange.

Stressing the commitment of the DoT to providing a wider geographic coverage through bus services, Mr. Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, General Manager of the Bus Office at the DoT, said, "These route modifications have been implemented following a comprehensive study conducted by the Dot on all existing route services with an aim to address commuters' needs of world-class, convenient and almost around-the-clock bus transportation options."

"With the bus users being the most prioritised segment of this service, the DoT is committed to fulfilling their various needs. We would like to pay tribute to the public for their welcoming responses for the DoT's various services by communicating inputs and suggestions on how to optimise public transport services. Such valuable interactions are highly cherished by the DoT, which endeavors to study them carefully and adopt many of them", Al Hameli added.

Recently, the DoT embarked on an expansion of bus services by operating 9 new routes: three in Abu Dhabi and six in Al Ain. Providing services for commuters in both cities, the new services have increased the number of total daily bus trips in Abu Dhabi and al Ain by 27% and 20% respectively.

The DoT's bus service fleet encompasses more than 800 of world-class buses, providing transportation service to more than 170,000 commuters every day. More than 500 buses operate in Abu Dhabi, around 200 in Al Ain whilst more than 80 buses provide intercity services. 

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2013-05-04T20:00:00Z 738b7fdf-2873-4a1d-b318-5fa1b478de6f
First Multi-Storey Underground Parking Building Inaugurated in Al Ain ../mediainfo/First_Multi-Storey_Underground_Parking_Building_Inaugurated_in_Al_Ain First Multi-Storey Underground Parking Building Inaugurated in Al Ain
 
  • Building accommodates 424 parking bays, with 16 for people with special needs
  • Facility is located on Zayed Bin Sultan Street, adjacent to city's main tourism and cultural attractions
  • Free parking fees for the first 6 months

As part of its commitment to providing world-class solutions to manage parking requirements in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi in cooperation with Al Ain City Municipality today inaugurated the first underground multi-story parking (Mawaqif) building in Al Ain City valued at 100 million Dirhams.

Spanning over 9000 square meters, the 424-parking bay two-storey building is located on Zayed Bin Sultan Street, one of the most dynamic streets down town Al Ain, and adjacent to some of the city's key attractions such as Al Nakheel Oasis, Al Ain National Museum, Al Murabba Fort, the Old Souq, as well as the fruit and vegetable market.

Mr. Mohamed Nasser Al Otaiba, General Manager of “Mawaqif” at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi said "The inauguration of the first building dedicated to provide parking bays for vehicles is in line with the DoT's strategy to optimize transport infrastructure by streamlining efficient, proactive and environmentally-friendly solutions to parking needs, thereby offering vehicle owners hassle-free solutions to easily reach various economic, touristic and service activities."

"The building has been meticulously designed to allow smooth in and out traffic. With the requirements of people with special needs well in mind, 16 parking pays have been allocated for them 8 on each floor, adjacent to the building entries and exists. The environment-friendly and clean technologies adopted will lower down the level of energy consumption whilst offering vehicle owners an efficient air-ventilation system throughout the building", he added.

Eng. Suhail Thani Al Muhairi, Infrastructure and Municipal Assets Sector at Al Ain City  Municipality said "The project is part of the Municipality's endeavors to attain Al Ain 2030 Vision by promoting the city's unique aesthetic features whilst helping build world-class infrastructure that tackles the needs of economic, social and cultural development."

"I would like to commend the great cooperation by government entities in charge of this project such as the Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and Abu Dhabi GHQ which have resulted in the accomplishment of this building on time and budget and as per world-class practices adopted in underground parking projects", he added.

The multi-storey Mawaqif building has taken 18 months to accomplish. Featuring four lifts to provide easy movement for vehicle owners, the building has been equipped with state-of-the-art safety and security systems such as CCTV and round-the-clock security surveillance as well as fire-fighting equipment and alarms. To provide vehicle owners with more convenience to get a parking pay, the building's Parking Guide System will indicate the parking pay is free if the light is green and occupied if red.

All vehicle will enjoy around the clock free parking services in the building in the first six months. Same Mawaqif fees will be applicable afterwards (AED 2 per hour and AED 15 for full day). Driver should abide by parking regulations and use in the allowed bays to avoid fines.

Mawaqif services was introduced by the DoT in 2009 with an aim to provide an efficient strategy to manage parking needs in Abu Dhabi. The number of Mawaqif bays are currently more than 780,200.

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2013-05-15T20:00:00Z bdcf5db2-7770-4c81-a2ea-aa43943cc7d6
Department of Transport to Commence on 80 Kilometre Madinat Zayed ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_to_Commence_on_80_Kilometre_Madinat_Zayed Dual two lane road ensures safer, smoother and more convenient transport experience for motorists

As part of its commitment to providing world-class sustainable and integrated transport infrastructure in line with its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it will soon commence construction of Madinat Zayed-Ghayathi main road dualling project, widening the existing 80 kilometre two-way road into a dual two lane road with two shoulders on both sides, with a cost of AED 267.5 million.

The announcement comes following the approval by the Executive Council to  infrastructure projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during its recent meeting presided over by H. H General Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council.


This project, slated to accomplish within 20 months, will include building four camel under crossings, changing the existing chain link fence into a sand fence in sand-windy areas, fitting the two middle roundabouts and U-turn openings with solar emerging lighting, and building a 5-metre wide median to separate the two carriage ways.  The project encompasses 5 U-turn openings for commuters to easily to change direction in addition to the two existing roundabouts.

Eng. Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, General Director of Main Roads Division for the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “The dualling of the road linking Ghayathi with Madinat Zayed highlights the vision of our wise leadership towards the development of the Western Region by building world-class infrastructure projects that promote the social and economic development of the region whist meeting the needs of both nationals and residents of high quality, safe and secure services and facilities.”

“This project offers a wide spectrum of benefits to the Western Region people as well as motorists, such as higher degrees of security and safety, larger motor capacity and better time as it is 80 kilometre shorter than the alternative road. Beside, this vital expansion project will ensure a better and more integrated service line”, Al Suwaidi added.

The existing Ghayathi-Madinat Zayed Road was inaugurated in 2010. In addition to the road linking the two cities, the project then encompassed a 3.5 kilometre link connecting the new main road with Baynoonah Road in Madinat Zayed as well as three roundabouts connecting intersections.

The road originally has seen the construction of 11 service projection lines for gas, oil and water, setting up traffic signals, reflective signs and fences on both sides, the building of 44 sliding gates for oil rigs and 34 gates to prevent camels from crossing the road whilst providing access for service teams and farm owners in the area.

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2013-05-19T20:00:00Z 9fc2a434-74a7-4b9f-91ea-7bd64734ba56
Department of Transport Gears up to Construct New Bus Depot in Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Gears_up_to_Construct_New_Bus_Depot_in_Abu_Dhabi Spanning over 10 hectare in Khalifa City A, opposite Abu Dhabi Golf Club and adjacent to the northern Abu Dhabi-Dubai main road

The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it will soon commence building the new AED 175 million bus depot project in Abu Dhabi, after it was approved by the Executive Council as part of AED 1.5 billion various infrastructure projectsSpanning over 10 hectare in Khalifa City A, opposite Abu Dhabi Golf Club and adjacent to the northern Abu Dhabi-Dubai main road, the new bus depot will have a facility that accommodates 480 buses, providing them with fueling, washing as well as integrated maintenance services, in addition to the establishment of a building to provide integrated maintenance services that is capable to service 550 buses. The project is expected to accomplish by end of 2015.

According to the DoT, the suggested design of the project has been meticulously considered, with its future capacity to accommodate further buses, adherence to Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) standards, ability to smoothly reach all Abu Dhabi’s areas, as well as its location away from residential areas have been well-factored.

Eng. Hashim Al Hashimi, Director of Public Transport Division at the Department of Transport, said: “The approval by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council to build a world-class bus depot bears witness to the rapidly-growing demand on bus services as being a sustainable, safe, cost-effective and almost around-the-clock available transportation option.”

“The bus depot project, when operational, will redefine the bus service sector in Abu Dhabi as it will provide a wide spectrum of benefits to both existing and future bus fleets, such as a one-stop shop for bus maintenance and servicing facility that will be built as per world-class standards and environment-friendly benchmarks”, he added.

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2013-05-19T20:00:00Z c9866732-de40-4bbc-bef3-bd524b5ca0f2
Department of Transport’s No Objection Certification System Project Among Top Three Worldwide ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport’s_No_Objection_Certification_System_Project_Among_Top_Three_Worldwide The Department of Transport’s (DoT) in Abu Dhabi “No Objection Certification” (NOC) system project was chosen among the top three projects worldwide for ‘best project contributing to organizational value, sustainability and innovation’, during the annual “Operational Excellence Management” conference in London, UK. This recognition followed the DoT’s efforts in the development of information systems for public transport in Abu Dhabi according to the highest international standards. 

The (NOC) system project was chosen from an extensive list of projects from around the world. A specialised committee, “Operational Excellence Management” conducted a thorough study and accurate segmentation for all the candidate projects based on several criteria to assess the positive impact in the organisations and power-system and the suitability for global engineering standards.

It is worth mentioning that the DoT has won four awards recently for its NOC system. DoT won the Gold Award at the Business Process Management (BPM) and Workflow Conference held in Washington D.C., ‘Best Application’ from “Flow Centric”, a business process management specialists and an award from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). The system has also been selected as one of the best six projects at the “Operational Excellence Management” in Orlando, USA.

DoT, through the (NOC) system, aims to effectively and meticulously plan projects by applying best practices and world-standard engineering solutions, in line with its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP).


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2013-05-20T20:00:00Z 1b4fd5fa-206a-4dc8-93bd-25ea2f15bc3c
The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Commences the First Phase of Al Maqta Area and Abu Dhabi Gate City Enhancements of Traffic Safety and Flow ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Commences_the_First_Phase_of_Al_Maqta_Area_and_Abu_Dhabi_Gate_City_Enhancements_of_Traffic_Safety_and_Flow

As part of its commitment to promoting world-class, integrated and sustainable transport infrastructure, the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) announced today that it has commenced work on "Al Maqta Area and Abu Dhabi Gate City" project, which will see the creation of two exits on the Khaleej Al Arabi Street as well as two roundabouts in both areas, aiming to increase traffic safety and flow on Khaleej Al Arabi Street.

The project will be done in two steps, the first encompass the construction of an exit from the Khaleej Al Arabi Street as well as a roundabout to facilitate traffic to and from Al Maqta Area, whilst the second step will see the creation of another roundabout and an exit to the Khaleej Al Arabi Street in Abu Dhabi Gate City to smooth traffic towards Abu Dhabi City. At the same time, the current exits linking the Khaleej Al Arabi Street with both areas. Ensuring safer and better traffic in the area entrances and exits and less congestion, especially at peak hours.

Previously known as "Between the Two Bridges Area", Al Maqta is currently one of Abu Dhabi Metropolitan's key areas, home at some leading tourism, culture and urban landmarks such as the historical Al Maqta Castle, Al Maqta Bridge as well as Sheikh Zayed Bridge.

Stressing the role this development project plays in optimising Abu Dhabi transport infrastructure whilst helping provide an integrated and safer road network, Eng. Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, General Director of Main Roads at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said:  "Al Maqta Area and Abu Dhabi Gate City project, once completed, will allow vehicle owners a wide spectrum of benefits such as smoother and better traffic, less congestion and higher safety standards."

"The DoT has undertaken several studies to guarantee that the best possible approaches are adopted in order to preserve the area's aesthetic and cultural landmarks whilst traffic is maintained unaffected during the whole duration of work. The implementation of project in different phases ensures that neither traffic congestion nor road detouring is needed", he added. 

Al Maqta Area and Abu Dhabi Gate City project is being implemented by the DoT in close cooperation with a number of partners including Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company, Abu Dhabi Sewage Service Company, and Traffic Control Centre. The first phase of the project, Al Maqta Area enhancements, is planned to be accomplished by the first quarter of 2014.

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2013-06-15T20:00:00Z 1370a51b-bd5b-47bc-8ebf-db372990f024
Department of Transport and TransAd Intensify their Countering of Illegal Commuting ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_and_TransAd_Intensify_their_Countering_of_Illegal_Commuting
  • Awareness campaigns to highlight potential challenges on safety, security and service quality
  • Financial and legal penalties to be incurred on any authorised person caught commuting people
  • More than 2000 illegal commuting cases stopped  since beginning of the year
  • New online system to register and renew buses and drivers
  • Integrated legislations to regulate all-purposes of mini and medium buses
  • Plans to expand public transport services with expansion of routes and number of buses

As part of its commitment to boosting the level of safety and security whilst providing quality bus transportation services to the public, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi in cooperation with The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (TransAD) announced today that they are gearing up to roll out several initiatives aimed to optimise mini and medium bus services including public buses and private ones used for tourism, labour and employee transportation whilst combating any illegally-provided transportation services.

 A new online system to renew bus and driver licenses will be unveiled in the last quarter of this year. Besides, the DoT is preparing to launch integrated legislations to regulate mini and medium bus services, which will compliment rules issued by the DoT in this regard with legal actions against any entity/person who breaches those regulations.

Developed in close coordination with TransAD, the new regulations cover various aspects such as responsibilities of public and private bus services and operation requirements, responsibilities of drivers and their licensing conditions, bus standardisation and safety and security criteria, as well as customer and quality service benchmarks.

Eng. Hashim Al Hashimi, Director of Public Transport Division at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “The new regulations aim to provide highest standards of safety, security and quality bus services to the public whilst ascertaining that operators and drivers fully abide by the DoT’s set rules for the service, thereby putting an end to any illegally-operated bus services as breaching the laws for which financial penalties and legal procedures are imposed.”

“Commuting people via unauthorised or illegally-licensed vehicles pose various challenges for the public and other road users such as low standards of safety, security and quality, unorganised pick up and drop off commuters while in some cases they are transported along with goods, obstructing traffic in the pickup areas and sometimes buses stop in non-allowed locations and areas, as well as competing the already legally-permitted services”, he added.

Stressing that the DoT is endeavouring to facilitate licensing process as the Department granted and renewed more that 5000 licenses for mini-buses so far as per the specifications and standardisations stipulated by UAE Cabinet Decision number (6) for the year 2011, Al Hashimi said: “The DoT has undertaken several initiatives to facilitate and expedite the process of allowing companies and individuals to get new bus service licenses or renewing the existing ones, such as the online system offering those companies the advantage of adding transport service to their profile”.

Mr. Mohamed Al Hosani, Director of Franchise and Licensing at TransAD said: “The new regulations are in line with TransAD’s aspirations of pioneering in taxi services as per best international practices whilst constantly endeavouring to ensure highest level of services that are on par with Abu Dhabi’s objectives. TransAD has stopped 1657 illegal commuting cases in Abu Dhabi, 378 in Al Ain as well as 324 cases handed over by Abu Dhabi Police for further investigation since the beginning of this year.”

“TransAD is working closely with the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, the Public Prosecution, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs, Abu Dhabi Police as well as the DoT under the umbrella of ‘illegal commuting combatting committee’ to raise awareness amongst the public on the risks of this wrongdoing on safety, security and quality of service. Any one providing such services in their own vehicles with no valid license from the concerned entities will be subject when caught to fines between AED 5000-10,000 as well as imprisonment for no more than 30 days or one of these penalties”, he added.

Al Hosani stated that TransAD is working to put an end to this phenomena by increasing the number of inspectors and embarking on more awareness campaign. “I would like to call upon the public to inform of any illegal commuting case by unlicensed vehicles or drivers owing to its potential risks, especially on safety and security.”

The DoT launched some regulations to legislate bus transportation, including a proposal to issue a federal legislation via Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology to raise bus safety levels by decreasing the number of seats from 14 to 9, retrofitting them all with safety belts and speed limiter of maximum 100 km/h, for which a Cabinet decree number 6 for the year 2011 was issued.

The DoT also unveiled school bus regulations recently. The application of these regulations is being monitored and followed by a joint committee incepted by the DoT, Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Education Council.

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2013-06-15T20:00:00Z 393a3c74-eee4-4dd9-a953-fdc7fedeee53
MAWAQiF’s First Steel-Structure Inaugurated ../mediainfo/MAWAQiF’s_First_Steel-Structure_Inaugurated
  • Building accommodates 562 vehicles and located adjacent to the Ministry of Finance, Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council and the Department of Economic Development.
  • Mawaqif standard fees are applicable with free parking on Fridays and official holidays.
  • As part of its commitment to providing world-class solutions to manage parking requirements in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi inaugurated today the first Mawaqif steel-structure (parking) building in Abu Dhabi city.

    Constructed and accomplished within 3 months to be fully ready, the two-storey (G+1) building is located south of Al Falah Street, east of Bani Yas Street and adjacent to some of the government entities such as the Ministry of Finance, Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.

    Spanning over 8,252 square metres, the steel structure parking building can accommodate 562 vehicles and has been designed to allow car owners an easy access and departure via its three entrances and three exits that are readily noticeable. Besides, the building is equipped with fire alarms and extinguishers, and users can easily move between stories through the stairs.

    Mr. Mohamed Nasser Al Otaiba, General Manager of Mawaqif at the DoT said: "The inauguration of the first Mawaqif steel-structure building in Abu Dhabi is in line with the DoT's strategy to come up with efficient, integrated and proactive approaches to meet parking needs. Such buildings can be set up in a short span of time and offer vehicle owners hassle-free solutions to easily reach various destinations, especially in the high traffic areas with greater need to parking bays."

    "This kind of steel structure building is widely adopted worldwide as one of the most feasible solution to tackle vehicle parking challenges, offering a wide spectrum of advantages such as low cost, ease and speed of building accomplishment, the ability to accommodate a larger number of vehicle as well as upholding the city's aesthetic characteristics and landmarks unaffected.

    Mawaqif standard fees of AED 2 per hour and AED 15 for full day will be applicable in the building. Parking is free on Fridays as well as official holidays. Drivers should abide by parking rules and regulations to avoid fines.

    Mawaqif services was introduced by the DoT in 2009 with an aim to provide an efficient solution to manage parking needs in Abu Dhabi.

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-06-19T20:00:00Z b2e71a76-0826-4d29-ae98-c620f4cf0eda
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Reduces MAWAQiF Timings During Ramadan ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Reduces_MAWAQiF_Timings_During_Ramadan

    The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it will reduce Mawaqif paid timings during the holy month of Ramadan.

    The new paid timings throughout the holy month will be spread out over two periods; from    9AM until 4PM, and from 10:30PM until 2:30AM. Mawaqif fees remain unchanged during the holy month. 

    The move comes as part of DoT’s strategy to provide effective car parking solutions to the public in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with the aim of facilitating their parking and travel needs during the Holy Month.

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    2013-06-23T20:00:00Z 8ce6b272-2445-4b28-a52f-b74f3bf90940
    The Centre for Regulations of Transport by Hire Taxi launches new taxi service for disabled people in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/The_Centre_for_Regulations_of_Transport_by_Hire_Taxi_launches_new_taxi_service_for_disabled_people_in_the_Emirate_of_Abu_Dhabi

    • 8 Mercedes Vito vehicles have been designed to fit with Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
    • Female and male drivers have been trained to ensure quality service provided
    • Same normal taxi service tariff to be followed  

    As part of its endeavour to provide an integrated taxi service that meets the needs of all community’s segments; the Centre for Regulations of Transport by Hire Cars announced today the rollout of a new service dedicated to disabled people in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    Especially designed to meet the highest quality and standard, the new service sees the operation of 8-fleet Mercedes Vito vehicles that have been retrofitted with state-of-the-art and bespoke technologies offering disabled people unrivalled level of safety, security and convenience such as hydraulic systems to facilitate accessibility of people with feeble motor skills. One sample of the vehicle was presented at the press conference held by the Centre to announce the new service where reporters had the chance to see firsthand the vehicle and test how it operates and its benefits for users.

    To ensure that disabled people will enjoy quality and highest level of service, the Centre for Regulations of Transport by Hire Cars announced that it is launching the service today. Following extensive preparations including the training of male and female drivers from six contracted taxi transport companies to run operations, updating the Centre’s communications systems to facilitate pre-order process for the service, working closely with taxi companies to ascertain availability of the service in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain cities and suburbs, as well as providing training for the staff in charge of supervising and monitoring the service when launched via the Centre’s online systems”.

    Mr. Masood Mohamed Hashem, Assistant General Manager of Compliance, Licensing & Customer Service, said: “The new service is in line with the Centre’s aspirations of pioneering in taxi services as per best international practices whilst constantly endeavouring to ensure highest level of services that are on par with Abu Dhabi’s objectives.

    Stressing that the launch of this new service came following various studies conducted by the Centre as well as a response to recommendations and suggestions raised by the public, he added, “The Centre has prioritised the need to address the requirements of disabled people and has prepared a complete strategy that encompassed the thorough and first-hand know-how of services provided worldwide for this segment of the community to the work vigilantly to address them in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    Ms Jameela Al Hameli, Assistant General Manager for Corporate Service, the Centre for Regulations of Transport by Hire Cars said: “The new vehicles have been fully designed and retrofitted with best-of-the-breed features to address the needs of disabled people from all ages. Such benefits include connecting vehicles with ordering and distribution system to ensure efficient operation and users’ hassle-free accessibility to the service as well as the adherence of taxi companies to all standards and regulations set by the Centre as they are in line with international standards.”

    “Following the rollout of the service, the Centre will get a closer look at how the public has interacted and benefit from it as part of its endeavours to constantly boost the level of quality service. Besides, the Centre will study all feedback and recommendations raised by our customers, to gauge the possibility of expanding the service.


    The tariff will be the same as that of the silver taxi with the possibility of using discount cards provided by the Ministry of Social Affairs. To reserve a Wheelchair Accessible Taxi, customers can contact TransAD call centre on 600 535353.

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae


     

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    2013-06-24T20:00:00Z 8f0da55e-88e1-4bd1-a33f-e4cc1fa5c10d
    Department of Transport Installs AED 75 Million ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Installs_AED_75_Million New system, now operational in 7 intersections, ensures smoother traffic and less congestion via smart signal operation
     

    Highlighting its efforts to enhance safety and security for road users whilst providing proactive solutions to ensure smoother traffic, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi commenced the installation and deployment of AED 75 million Traffic Control System (TCS) in Mohammed bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi. The system, now operational in 7 out of the City’s total 34 intersections following a pilot project, encompasses the deployment of smart and integrated traffic/pedestrian signals as well as a video surveillance system.

    The first of its kind to be deployed in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, traffic signal control system will help enhance traffic in Mohammed bin Zayed City through reducing of recurring congestions, boosting safety level for all road users, especially in intersections, ensuring faster responses to non-recurring congestions and better travel times, as well as lowering down the level of fuel consumption, noise and green house emissions.

    Sporting state-of- art traffic management technologies, the system provides signal timing plans that use historical data to set fixed timing and demand-based plans that can be adjusted as per needs and special event plans. Besides, the system operates traffic-responsive and adaptive signal control schemes which optimise timing plans for signal network according to traffic conditions offline and in real-time based on surveillance information gathered from the traffic roadway network. The system is connected to the existing traffic control centre in Abu Dhabi as well as to future satellite control centre to be located in Mohammed bin Zayed City.

    Eng. Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, General Director of Main Roads at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “The deployment of traffic signal control system in Mohammed bin Zayed City is in line with the DoT’s strategy aimed at establishing world-class sustainable and integrated transport infrastructure that provides the public with a wide spectrum of benefits such as reducing traffic congestions, especially near the intersections, enhancing the level of security and safety for both vehicle owners and pedestrians, as well as protecting the environment via operating proactive solutions.”

    “The installation of traffic signal control system comes following thorough studies and site visits conducted by the DoT in cooperation with the Department of Municipal Affairs to see first-hand the best of breed solutions tackling the issue traffic congestions, especially Mohammed bin Zayed City is experiencing unprecedented level of urban and development projects as well as rapidly-growing population. The DoT plans to roll out the system in other areas in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi such as the cities of Western Region”, Al Suwaidi added.

    The traffic signal control system is expected to be accomplished and fully operational in all intersection by the 4th quarter of next year. The DoT is implementing the project in cooperation with a number of entities such as Abu Dhabi Municipality, Abu Dhabi Police and ADDC.

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-06-25T20:00:00Z 41003651-e207-40dd-b5c4-20e0221751cb
    Mawaqif Parking Management Services to be Implemented in Sector East 19 ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Parking_Management_Services_to_be_Implemented_in_Sector_East_19
    The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the implementation of Mawaqif parking management in E19-02 sector managing 2831 parking spaces in the area effective from Monday, July 15, 2013.
     
    Sector E19-02 is located between Hazza Bin Zayed Street from the north, Sheikh Zayed Street (known as Al Salam Street) from the east, Fourth Street (known as Al Muroor Street) from the west and Delma Street from the south.
     
    Parking management services will apply in these areas from 8 AM to Midnight, Saturday to Thursday. The charges will be AED 2 per hour or AED 15 per day for standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black). Parking is free on official holidays, however, cars parked illegally will be fined at any point in time. Mawaqif users are encouraged to observe timings, rules and regulations posted on the signs at each Mawaqif sector. The signs also display general information and instructions about Mawaqif. The DoT calls on the public to avoid parking their cars in parking slots designated for residents. 
     
    The DoT also announces that Resident Parking Permits will be provided by Mawaqif Customer Service Centres to residents in the newly-assigned areas, allowing residents to park in available standard parking spaces in the vicinity of their residence. This permit is available to owners or tenants and first of kin residing with them, such as mother, father, wife, husband, children, brothers and sisters. A maximum of two permits is allowed per household and each permit must be sector- and vehicle-specific.
     
    To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their identity cards, passports with valid residency visa; tenancy contract or ownership proof, last water & electricity bill, Municipal registered tenancy contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, if different from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1,200 for the second vehicle.
     
    Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at the Customer Care Service Centres as per the following schedule:
     
     
    Customer Service Centre
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    Sunday
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    Marina Mall
    7:30 AM to
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    Closed
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    Central Market
    8:00 AM to
    8:00 PM
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    Al Mamoura Building Area
    8:00 AM to
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    City Terminal Building (Tourist Club Area)
    8:00 AM to
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    Al Falah
    8:00 AM to
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    6
    ADCCI
    7:30 AM to
    3:00 PM
    7:30 AM to
    3:00 PM
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    3:00 PM
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    Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties (Tourism Club Area)
    8:00 AM to
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    Closed
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    All Customer Service Centres are closed on public holidays, except for the Customer Service Centre located in the Central Market.
     

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-06-30T20:00:00Z 58c5d110-726d-4f71-b0a6-1de237b1ba64
    Department of Transport’s “DARB” Portal Bags Savvy Mapping Application Award ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport’s_“DARB”_Portal_Bags_Savvy_Mapping_Application_Award

    Abu Dhabi STMP map wins Honourable Mention- Best Public Presentation Award at GIS Symposium

    Highlighting its endeavour to advocate the state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced that its public DARB portal has won the Savvy Mapping Application Award at the 26th American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) GIS for Transportation Symposium, held recently in Boise, Idaho, the United States of America. Moreover, the DoT has won the Honourable Mention- Best Public Presentation Award- at the symposium for its Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) map.

    Darb has outperformed other applications by the American transport departments to win this award for its outstanding benefits, providing needed information for the itinerary DoT main sectors (Aviation, Maritime, and Land Transport) and their Divisions, throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi such as driving directions, car travel maps, bus travel maps, bus terminals, as well as the nearest point of interest (ATM or hospital etc.) besides, it offers users a geographic feedback facility as such feedbacks will be received by the DoT’s customer care department and action will be taken accordingly where needed.

    The Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) map, on the other hand, was awarded the Honourable Mention- Best Public Transportation Award- as it visualises Abu Dhabi STMP for 2030, allowing people to easily locate metro, light train, main roads and transport infrastructure being developed by the DoT.

    Eng. Khalid Mohamed Hashim, Executive Director of Land Transport Sector at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “The winning of these two coveted awards bears witness to the DoT’s endeavour to advocate state of the art GIS and spatial technologies and applications to provide integrated and innovative solutions and benefits to all stakeholders including the public and entities as well as to projects being undertaken in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and require precise and actual data.”

    “Since its inception, the DoT has paid great attention to setting up an integrated GIS section armed with world-class facilities and expertise to fulfil the Department’s needs of spatial and non-spatial applications whilst working with other entities such as Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and Abu Dhabi’s Spatial Data Infrastructure Committee to ensure cutting-edge GIS technologies and applications are being utilised in all development projects Emirate-wide”, he added.

    The DoT’s GIS Section is mandated with several responsibilities encompassing spatial data (Aerial Photography, Digital Maps, and Satellite Imagery), maintaining and updating the DoT Geo-database constantly, as well as providing, maintaining and updating the non-spatial data for the DoT sections as needed by their projects.

    Besides, The GIS section is responsible for deploying a geospatial portal for providing online solutions incorporating all the spatial capabilities needed by the DoT divisions such as intelligent transportation network, road pavement management systems (RPMS), transportation planning and modelling, maritime and aviation applications.

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-07-08T20:00:00Z 67a7fcc5-0945-4f81-a337-8581f277a5a4
    Department of Transport Commences Operation of Al Aflaj (Hilton) Traffic Lights in Al Ain ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Commences_Operation_of_Al_Aflaj_(Hilton)_Traffic_Lights_in_Al_Ain

    New system ensures smoother traffic and less congestion for motorists to reach various destinations

    Highlighting its efforts to enhance safety and security for road users whilst providing proactive solutions to ensure smoother traffic, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi in cooperation with Al Ain Municipality began operating the new traffic lights installed at Al Aflaj (Hilton) roundabout, Al Ain City starting on 19 July 2013.

    The new system includes the installation of four traffic lights at the entrance of the roundabout, four others at the roundabout to manage traffic inside as well as monitoring camera linked to the main traffic system to enhance safety and security precautions and record any breaches of traffic regulations and rules by vehicles.

    The traffic lights will be operational between 6 am until 10 pm and will be activated to operate blinking yellow traffic lights, which call upon drivers to be cautious when approaching the roundabout and give priority to vehicles already moving inside, from 10 pm till 6 am.

    Al Aflaj (Hilton) Roundabout is one of Al Ain City’s most dynamic areas, being the only gateway to reach Mazyad, home to one of largest malls that attracts a rapidly-growing number of residents and visitors from neighbouring countries as well as the newly relocated ship market. Besides, Al Afalj roundabout is a key passage to get into Khatum Al Shakla, Al Ain Industrial Area whilst connecting Al Ain downtown to key hotels that host tourists and visitors.


    Eng. Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, General Director of Highways at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “The traffic light project in Al Aflaj Roundabout will offer both the dwellers and road users some great benefits such as smoother traffic as a result of less congestions, especially at the traffic peak time along with higher levels of safety and security.”

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

     

     

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    2013-07-15T20:00:00Z ac33905e-f558-4d10-ae8b-bd83bc35eb3d
    Department of Transport Completes Transport Mobility Management Strategy for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Completes_Transport_Mobility_Management_Strategy_for_the_Emirate_of_Abu_Dhabi
    • Policy aims to advocate more sustainable transportation options
    • Phase one of the strategy has been complete, 2nd will commence soon
    • DoT concluded workshops and studies on mobility methods for 35 entities in Abu Dhabi
    • Car sharing, flexible working hours, and encouraging employees to daily commute via more sustainable ways are part of the strategy
    In line with itsSurface Transport Master Plan (STMP), the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it has commenced work on various initiatives and programmes under the umbrella of 'Transport Mobility Management' (TMM) strategy, or "smarter Travel", which  aims to reduce the level of unsustainable travel in general and help amend transport times to avoid  peak hour traffic, to get rid of congested routes, whilst promoting more sustainable transportation options.
     
    The TMM strategy is planned to be implemented into two phases: the first which ended recently, encompassed workshops and travel plans for over 35 various Abu Dhabi-based entities to shed light on TMM and  its core objectives whilst discussing daily transport options of employees and staffs of those entities and need to follow more sustainable methods. Travel options for staff included, car sharing by two or more  individuals, adopting flexible working policies, the provision of ‘park and ride’ service, encouraging companies' transportation, implementation of sustainable transport measures in the Central Business District (CBD) of  Abu Dhabi City as being the debut for this strategy and embarking on awareness campaign to drive interest towards more sustainable commuting methods.
     
    The second phase, which will commence on quarter four of the year 2013 will include, in addition to most initiatives of first phase, various programmes such as company' staff shuttle buses for ladies only, developing school transportation in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Education Council, implementation of TMM requirements for new urban developments in Abu Dhabi and hosting sustainable transport awards in the Emirate. Organising workshops on how to transport safely via bicycles.
     
    Eng. Bader Al Qamzi, Director of Integrated Transportation Planning Division at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: "The TMM strategy helps attain vital objectives such as encouraging the public to advocate more sustainable mobility options, helping relieve of traffic congestions by moving into more sustainable mobility options, and maximising the economic activity of transport system in general."
     
    "The DoT has undertaken studies of various world cities to see first-hand how TMM was initiated and results gained on various sectors in order to gauge the best practical approach to implement Abu Dhabi TMM's strategy. Those cities where chosen as they have achieved great strides on adopting and achieving remarkable move into more sustainable transport options such as the use of public transport, car sharing, as well as the green school strategy adoption where people go to and from school on foot or via bicycles through safe walkways", he added. 
     
    The DoT recently organised the 1st Transport Mobility Management Forum aimed to give stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the DoT's TMM strategy and what has been achieved so far. Attendees at the forum shared their expertise and presented case studies on the successful initiatives undertaken to promote sustainable transportation amongst employees such as car sharing, use of  company shuttle bus services , park and ride schemes as well as flexible working policies.
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    2013-07-16T20:00:00Z 9e638a9b-ce2f-4202-94b6-2839d6ca7ee4
    Department of Transport Deploys 175 Traffic Counting Stations on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi Main Roads ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Deploys_175_Traffic_Counting_Stations_on_the_Emirate_of_Abu_Dhabi_Main_Roads
    Installation of 175 next-generation station devices providing presence indicators and accurate measurements of vehicle volume in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
     
    The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has rolled out the Road Vehicle Traffic Counting System (TCS), which will see the installation of 175 next-generation station devices providing presence indicators and accurate measurements of vehicle volume, occupancy, speed, and classifications in up to 12 separate lanes for up to 76 metres away. The deployment of highly sophisticated sensors is part of the DoT's efforts to establish a world-class highway network in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    Slated to be accomplished during the third quarter of 2013, the more than AED 7 million project aims to provide inputs for main roads planning, designing, operation and maintenance, given that it ensures more accurate real-time data. To be operated by solar energy, the stations will be permanently located and connected with the traffic central system via wireless communication technologies.  

    All data gathered by the stations will be further analysed by the DoT's Main Road Division which will put forward recommendations on changes that can be made to road management, from planning to design and operation and maintenance as such information is more reliable and represents the actual roadway conditions compared to existing mathematically-modelled data gathering. 

    Eng. Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, General Director of the Main Roads Division at the DoT said: "This state-of-art and widely-adopted system comes in line with the DoT's endeavours to provide a world-class integrated road network, given that it provides unrivalled level of advantages such as better safety indicators on main roads, historical and real-time traffic  data to assess main road improvement and traffic management, estimate and assess highway design parameters and operational requirements, and determine highway classifications whilst calculating the level of service on main roads."

    Road Vehicle Traffic Count System has been piloted on Al Raha Beach Main Road E10  (near Raha Beach Hotel and at the Sothern Yas Tunnel Entrance).  In the coming weeks, the DoT will initiate workshop training for the team responsible for this system which is adopted in more than 45 countries worldwide such as the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the GCC including the UAE.

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    2013-08-03T20:00:00Z d2014e39-3722-4e48-b664-fb3c6e55309a
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Commences Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski) Registration ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Commences_Personal_Watercraft_(Jet_Ski)_Registration

    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi announced that, Sunday August 18, 2013 will witness the commencement of registration of Personal Watercrafts (Jet Ski) in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    The Department of Transport has set a clear and easy registration process through which owners visit the Unified Center at Mina area to complete the inspection of their watercrafts, followed by filling a  registration application by owners or representatives (with Power of Attorney).

    The registration process requires a number of valid documents such as copies of UAE identity cards; bill of sale (or any other proof of ownership); customs clearance certificates (if applicable); valid insurance policy for 13 months issued by a licensed insurer in the UAE, in addition to any other documents that the DoT may redeem necessary for registration and licensing of personal watercrafts.

    It is noteworthy that the DoT has recently begun the registration of watercrafts owned by rental companies available for hire to the public.

    Furthermore, the DoT has announced the areas in which watercrafts are not allowed in Abu Dhabi waters due to safety and/or environmental considerations. These PWC-unallowed waters are the Corniche, Al Bateen, Ras Al Akhdar, Al Maqta Khor, North Saadiyat Island (in which motorized boats are also not allowed) and Al Raha Beach.

    In all other PWC-allowed waters, personal watercraft users are required by law to observe speed limits, marine signs and all other rules related to the use of Personal Watercrafts (Jet Ski).

    Mr. Humaid Saber Al Hameli, the Acting Director of the Maritime Sector at the Department of Transport said: "The registration of watercrafts highlights the DoT's commitment to enabling a larger segment of PWC owners to practice their water activities in accordance with standards that ensure highest levels of safety, security and protection of watercraft owners, other water users as well as natural and environment-sensitive areas in Abu Dhabi."

    "This registration process as well as decisions issued by Abu Dhabi relating to licensing and registering watercrafts aim to optimise the rapidly-growing status of the Emirate as one of key destinations for water sports. I would like to call upon all watercraft users to abide by marine laws and rules for their safety and pleasure", he added.

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    2013-08-17T20:00:00Z 3a0ac644-fb37-4cc4-ae5b-1de5c202ca65
    Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars Launches Silver Taxi Service in the Western Region ../mediainfo/Centre_for_Regulation_of_Transport_by_Hire_Cars_Launches_Silver_Taxi_Service_in_the_Western_Region
    As part of its endeavours to provide integrated and world-class services to the public in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars announced today that it is gearing up to launch the taxi service (silver) in the Western Region, starting from the first of September 2013.
     
    According to the Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars, taxi trip tariffs will be the same applicable in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, and customers can benefit from the 24/7 automated taxi reservation facility available along with the service by calling the same Call Centre phone number (600 53 53 53).   
     
    Taxis will be operated by the same companies in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain: Al Ghazal Taxi, Arabia Taxi, CARS Taxi, Emirates Taxi, National Taxi, and Tawasul Taxi. Companies have conducted professional training for drivers who will be providing the service in the Western Region.
     
    Mr. Mohamed Al Hosani, Director of Franchise and Licensing, the Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars, said: “The new service addresses the needs of people in the Western Region as well as visitors and tourists, especially in light of anticipated growth of the Region and the mega developments being undertaken there, all aiming to raise the Western Region profile in social, economic and tourism aspects.”
     
    “We will evaluate results of the service during the first phase, following which we will decide the number of taxis needed to ensure sufficient services. The Centre is committed to study all suggestions and feedback by the public of the Western Region and service users in order to take them into consideration”, he added.
     
    Early last year, the Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars launched an interactive voice response IVR taxi booking system with an aim to provide the public with world-class, convenient and around-the-clock automated services. Taxi reservation calls can be made to the Call Centre (600 53 53 53), which will use global positioning system (GPS) to locate the taxi nearest to the caller’s address and send the requester an SMS with the dispatched taxi and driver information. Besides, the calls regarding services suggestions, complaints and other inquiries can be made via this Call Centre number.

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    2013-08-24T20:00:00Z ef26d6a8-5814-46ca-afe3-aa87785c8a9c
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Deploys Mawaqif Inspectors in Al Ain to Raise Awareness of Mawaqif Services ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Deploys_Mawaqif_Inspectors_in_Al_Ain_to_Raise_Awareness_of_Mawaqif_Services

    Plan to initiate  service in some key congested areas free of charge for first phase

    As part of its commitment to providing world-class solutions to manage parking requirements in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi today announced that it is gearing up to launch a complete “Mawaqif” service programme in Al Ain City. As part of it, Mawaqif inspectors will be soon deployed at key locations to raise public awareness of the benefits of Mawaqif.

    The DoT stressed that it has completed all requirements to commence the service, which will be free of charge for the initial period, including a study on the important 1st phase areas of the project, which encompass most car-crowded commercial, service and cultural locations in the heart of the city. This study is aimed to gauge the actual parking bay needs for those areas and what solutions can be provided there. Some of these areas have their pavements and curbstones already painted.

    Mr. Mohammed Hamad Bin Fahad Al Muhairi, General Manager of Mawaqif at the Department of Transport said: "The launch of Mawaqif service in Al Ain is in line with the DoT's strategy to come up with efficient, integrated and proactive solution to help motorists
    reach various destinations easily and encourage them to use other transportation modes, especially the available public transportation system.

    "Mawaqif will be implemented in various stages commencing on the heavily vehicle congested areas to relief pressure on parking bays. I also invite the public to cooperate by fully adhering to parking laws and regulations and communicating with us for any suggestions and ideas deemed important to optimise the service”, he added.

    The Dot inaugurated in May this year in cooperation with Al Ain Municipality the first underground multi-storey parking building in Al Ain City, with the capacity to accommodate 424 vehicles. The building is located on Zayed Bin Sultan Street, one of the most dynamic streets down town Al Ain, and adjacent to some of the city's key attractions such as Al Nakheel Oasis, Al Ain National Museum, Al Murabba Fort, the Old Souq, as well as the fruit and vegetable market.

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    2013-08-26T20:00:00Z 4b40dbcd-92fb-45a0-9011-5bb2edc92f15
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Issues 2012 Transport Sustainability Report ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Issues_2012_Transport_Sustainability_Report The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Issues 2012 Transport Sustainability Report 

    In line with its role as the entity mandated to operate, develop and regulate the transport sector in Abu Dhabi, whilst helping promote sustainability practices in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Department of Transport (DoT) unveiled its transport sustainability report for 2012, which shed light on the performance of DoT’s sectors, as well as role played by its partners to achieve sustainability objectives.

    The report, “Sustainability in Motion”, is based on 6 angles: congestion relief by providing multi-modal transportation options whilst promoting infrastructure and parking management, enhancing safety and security by implementing related policies, regulations and practices, optimising services to address customers’ various needs, boosting economic value by building a world-class transportation system to promote development, and achieving excellence within the DoT to ensure the development of integrated and modern transport infrastructure. The sixth angle relates to attaining environmental sustainability by advocating clean and renewable energies whilst preserving natural resources.

    The report has achieved a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Level A+ for the second consecutive year. GRI is a global non-profit organisation that strives to promote best economic, environmental and social sustainable practices and provide companies and governments worldwide with an integrated framework for sustainability reporting.
    Some of the key indicators of the DoT’s 2012 sustainability report are:

    - 67 million passengers using public bus services (Approx.)
    - 15 million passengers by air (Approx.)
    - 128,000 travellers via cruise services (Approx.)
    - 87,000 travellers by ferry services (Approx.)
    - 63 million passengers using taxi services (Approx.)
    - Shipments of 9 million tonnes were received at Abu Dhabi ports (Approx.)
    - Shipments of 570,000 tonnes were received at Abu Dhabi airports (Approx.)
    - Mawaqif services have been extended to 48 sectors with 90,154 Mawaqif-managed parking bays

    Mohamed Hareb Al Yousuf, the Executive Director at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “Since its inception, the DoT has prioritised sustainability as one of the key drivers and work practices, for which it has launched several initiatives and projects whilst advocating state-of-the-art technologies and world-class proven practices in all its endeavours. This drive bears witness to the DoT’s commitment to attaining Abu Dhabi Government’s strategic priorities aimed to preserve Abu Dhabi’s unique environmental, economic and social assets whist helping build brighter future for generations to come.”

    “As part of its sustainability-based programmes, the DoT has set up sustainability management team to handle all related issues and coordinate with all sectors and operations to prepare periodic and integrated reports and conduct related training programmes and workshops that bring into centre stage the most innovated and worldwide adopted sustainability practices”, he added.

    As a founding member of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group, the DoT continues to play an important role in achieving the Emirate of Abu Dhabi sustainability ambitions by managing this discipline and preparing reports. The DoT’s annual sustainability report is an integrated and well-structured tool that shed light on economic, environmental and social performance of the transport sector, as well as the role of the DoT’s partners to achieve sustainability objectives.

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-08-27T20:00:00Z e13762b1-ef0e-435a-8e82-3fc06950f59b
    Department of Transport Completes More than Six Million Safe Man Hours with no Accidents ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Completes_More_than_Six_Million_Safe_Man_Hours_with_no_Accidents Achievement encompassed maintenance workon Western Region and Al Ain main roads

    The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it has completed more than 6 million safe man hours of main road maintenance and rehabilitation in Western Region and Al Ain city.
     
    Statistics conducted by the DoT show that the total number of working hours in both regions has exceeded 6 million with no incident in EHS. This can be translated into an average of 950 working hours for each team member. The total number of roads and infrastructure undertaken in the Western Region is 796.5 kilometres (of the total length of 9 roads), 10 bridges, 19 underpasses as well as 488 camel crossings. The work covered the following main roads (Jumaniat-Silaa, Sliaa-Ghweifat, Abu Dhabi–Silaa-Madinat Zayed, Madinat Zayed-Muziara, Abu Dhabi–Silaa-Ghayathi, Ghayathi-Arada, Sahel-Hamim, Arada-Brair, Madinat Zayed-Ghayathi, Madinat Zayed–Ghayathi-Bainunah, Al Ruwais Road, Al Ruwais Road at interchange number 5 towards Jabal Al Dhanah Road, and Ras Gmais to Gaga Island.
     
    Al Ain work included 850 kilometres of the total length of 17 roads, 13 bridges, 41 underpasses, 150 electronic gates, and 373 camel crossings. It consists of four categories of roads: the main roads (Abu Dhabi - Al Ain, Al Ain - Al Hayer, Al Rahbah-Ajban, Abu Dhabi–Sweihan-Al Hayer, Al Ain-Umm Zamoul), truck roads (the new Abu Dhabi Truck Road-Al Ain “South Al Khatum” and partially Abu Dhabi - Al Ain Truck Road), as well as secondary and linking roads (Seih Al Sadirah, Al Ain-Umm Zamoul south the second part, Rimah Linking Road, Liwa-Hamim, Al Maghroudah Road, Al Saad Linking Road, as well as the road linking the new Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Truck Road, south Al Khatum, Al Ain and Umm Zamoul).
     
    Maintenance and rehabilitation works, on both regions, encompassed sand storm cleaning, replacing guard rails, rope rails, traffic signs, concrete barriers and street lighting pavement upgrades, some of which are mostly damaged by vehicle incidents. Maintenance works also included earth and structure works, safety improvement for existing roads and road marking, laying of storm water drainage with Right of Way (ROW), installation of street lights, chain links and sand fences for added road segments, as well as construction of roundabouts and parking areas. 
     
    Eng. Faisal Al Suwaidi, General Director of Main Roads at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: "The DoT pays great attention to maintenance and rehabilitation of roads. Such projects are in line with the Department's strategy aimed to build world-class, integrated and sustainable transport infrastructure that help fuel the Emirate's socio-economic development and its key priorities of promoting a more prosperous future for generations to come".
     
     Maintenance and rehabilitation works for Western Region and Al Ain City roads commenced by the DoT in the third quarter of 2010.
     

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    2013-08-31T20:00:00Z 42f92d05-943a-42e7-bde2-bb9291dbcd4c
    More than 1000 School Buses Modified to Meet New School Transport Regulations ../mediainfo/More_than_1000_School_Buses_Modified_to_Meet_New_School_Transport_Regulations
    Coinciding wtih the school academic year that has begun this week, the School Transportation Committee in Abu Dhabi, which has members from the Department of Transport (DoT), the General Headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police, and Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), announced today that more than 1000 school buses (both newly bought and modified) are now operating as per the standards of school bus regulations unveiled by the DoT in May this year with an aim to boost the level of safety, security and convenience for students in their daily transportation to and from schools.
     
    According to the Committee, the modifications on the bus exterior included yellow painting to distinguish school buses from other vehicles, the installation of warning signs on top and bottom of the bus with “School Bus” in both Arabic and English clearly visible on the exterior of the bus. As well as fixing the bus number and phone number of the operator in a way that can be easily recognised.
     
    The modification also insured that the interiors of all buses have no sharp end seats and are upholstered with soft, fire-resistant and shock-absorbing materials. Besides, seats cannot be folded and interior corridors have no hindrances, sharp ends and are covered with non-inflammable and anti-skidding layer.
     
    As for safety and security, the regulations stipulate that buses are equipped with fire extinguishers, first aid kits, an emergency reflexive triangle, an alarm voice system operating when the bus moves backwards as well as mirrors to allow the bus driver a complete vision from his seat of both sides, the bus doors and opposite vehicle. Other standards include easily recognised emergency exits, the installation of GPS to follow the bus and record its speed, cameras to help clearly see the sides of the bus, and operating of CCTV to better monitor the bus by the driver. To ensure greatest level of safety, the door of the bus must be controlled by the driver and should be shut while driving but can be opened from inside and outside in emergencies.
     
    The school transportation project which is being undertaken by three government bodies in full coordination and cooperation with various public and private sector entities is one of the key strategic initiatives aimed to provide highest level of safety, security and convenience for students during their daily commuting to and from school, thereby enriching learning experience Emirate-wide.
     
    In May this year, the DoT in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Education Council and Abu Dhabi Police issued regulations for school bus services for all of Abu Dhabi-based schools. The regulations stipulate that all bus drivers must have a valid permit as “school bus driver” with certain conditions, and that schools should operate a sufficient number of air-conditioned, modern and emergency-equipped buses for their students. Other requirements include the availability of a bus supervisor to accompany students aged 11 and below and the bus speed is limited by 80 kph at maximum.
     
    A committee from the three government bodies has been set up with an assigned goal to ensure the project implementation. The committee has paid several visits to the medical clinics of Abu Dhabi Health Service Company (SEHA) for drivers’ testing process as well as to workshops and factories modifying the buses to gain update on the work progress. Other responsibilities of the committee encompassed working closely with some government entities such as Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development for bus operator licensing, as well as meeting bus operators to highlight systems that will be used and fitted on the buses whilst getting a closer look at challenges facing them in order to find best possible solutions.
     

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    2013-09-11T20:00:00Z 17d71414-3724-4ed5-b6f1-b1eb819d8648
    Department of Transport Organises 1st UITP MENA Bus Seminar ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Organises_1st_UITP_MENA_Bus_Seminar
    Event offers closer overview on public transport trends such as capacity schemes, alternative energy and bus regulation
     
    As part of its endeavours to promote awareness on public transport whist exchanging expertise and ideas on how to enhance the sector to cater to existing and future needs, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it is organising the 1stUITP MENA and Department of Transport Bus Seminar, which will be held in Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi on September 23rd, 2013.
     
    Attracting a line-up of leading public transport professionals and experts from the region and worldwide, the event will discuss some of the pivotal issues, challenges and future trends of the world’s most popular transport mode and how to evolve the sector. Besides, the seminar will showcase how some international cities such as Paris, Leon, Amsterdam, Brussels, Mumbai, Istanbul, as well as Abu Dhabi and Dubai have led the development of public transport into being the key option for commuting.  
     
    The seminar’s initial session will centre on the bus capacity schemes and includes topics such as worldwide panorama for different bus capacity schemes, the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system within a city, the role of Istanbul metro bus for satisfying heavy passenger demand, as well as the restricting of bus network and integration for better capacity and efficiency. The second session will showcase studies and research papers on alternative energy such as the green fuel and electrification of bus systems as part of global mindset to lower emission and costs whilst expanding services. The last session is themed on bus regulatory supply chain and focuses on important topics such as transportation education in the KSA as a strategy, student transport system, bus industry regulation system and will present a study on boosting public transport supply in India.
     
    As part of the sustainability programme aimed to lower emissions, the DoT has conducted a pilot project to use natural gas as a fuel for buses. Besides, the DoT is gearing up to pilot electric buses as one of the outputs of a study it conducted last year on energy and fuel alternatives.
     
    Mr. Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Vice Chairman UITPMENA Board and Advisor, Surface Transport and Acting Director of Organizational Development Division at the Department of Transport, said: “The Seminar offers professionals unrivalled opportunity to gather together and share ideas on how to promote this sector whilst getting a closer look at its current and future challenges and trends, such as the bus capacity schemes, the regulation of the bus supply chain and the bus electrifications and use of alternative and clean fuels.”
     
    Stressing that the DoT’s aim behind staging this event is to share its pioneering experience in public transport service which is the key transportation means for more than 80% of commuters worldwide, he added, “The DoT will showcase to the audience its undertakings and projects aimed to boost the public transport sector and its infrastructure, thereby allowing a larger segment of the public to reap various benefits such as cost-effectiveness of the service, around-the-clock availability, high levels of safety, security and convenience for commuters as well as the ability to connect almost all areas of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain via world-class bus network.”
     
    The DoT has taken several strides to optimise public transport service including the launch of new service lines in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain and the increase of existing ones to cater to the rapidly growing demand for the service.
     
    The DoT operates 575 buses fleet Emirate-wide, transporting over 170,000 commuters in their 18-hour daily trips. In 2012, more than 65 million passengers used the public transport services in Abu Dhabi.
     
    Coinciding with the seminar, the DoT is hosting the 1stBus Transport Management Professional Course for more than 120 of its employees. Organised by the DoT in cooperation with UITP MENA in Abu Dhabi on 22-25 September, the course covers various important issues such as need and role of public transport to achieve sustainable urban mobility, public transport modes with special attention to bus, service quality management in public transport, public transport maintenance operation, innovation in bus sector, to name a few. In addition, the course will have several group work sessions.
     

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    2013-09-21T20:00:00Z b2b32a64-97f2-49a0-a222-a390c9971625
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Debuts Region’s First Fully Electric Bus in Metropolitan ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Debuts_Region’s_First_Fully_Electric_Bus_in_Metropolitan
    Trial electric bus can go for estimated 200 km when fully charged
     
    As part of its endeavours to promote sustainable transport, the Department of Transport (DoT) Abu Dhabi commenced trial operation of the first electric bus, which will be running in various places in the Metropolitan Abu Dhabi and its suburbs for more than six months.
     
    The Ankai-branded bus, is a standard city bus that is fully electric (not hybrid) using a plug-in technology, which is the most cost-effective, from total cost of ownership perspective, option for the battery usage compared to other methods: battery change or enroute charging. This battery can reach 80% of capacity within 3 hours and 99% in four hours. Each full charge has an estimated range of 200 km.
     
    Mr. Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Vice Chairman UITPMENA Board and Advisor Surface Transport and Acting Director Organizational Development Division at the Department of Transport, said: “The trial operation of the electric bus is in line with the DoT’s sustainable transport strategy and aimed to ascertain the total cost of ownership, gain a firsthand insight of benefits offered the service users, whilst studying and assessing the best and most efficient buses and technologies that fit with Abu Dhabi’s operating conditions and atmosphere of Abu Dhabi. The bus will be subject to internal performance assessment via different routes and trip scenarios such as city-based urban frequent start-stop profiles and suburb profiles before selecting the most feasible specifications.”
     
    “This electric bus functions and operates like any normal bus expect that it is noiseless and accelerates faster. In order to prepare well, four selected drivers will be trained by the manufacturer and the distributor on the performance of the bus, thereby giving us the hands-on its features and how air-conditioning and other supporting system will drain on its battery”, he added.
     
    The DoT recently concluded a feasibility five-phased study on alternative fuels. It aims to develop strategies and methods promoting clean transportation culture, look into allocations of resources for sustainable development of transportation needs, identify strategies related to alternative fuels use, and review the use of alternative fuels solutions on local policies and review case studies related to alternative fuel use in cars and vehicle UAE-wide. Other objectives encompassed studying pollution and emission reduction technologies, providing recommendations for the conversion of existing vehicles and implementation of new low/zero emission vehicles, recommending the basic framework of phasing low/zero emission into new legislations, as well as future steps for implementations.
     
    The alternative fuels strategy is being implemented in five phases: air quality study and pollution control technology for vehicles, cost-benefit analysis of alternative fuels and options such as EGR/SCR, CNG Trial, electric trial and hydrogen and fuel cells, transit strategies study covering  Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), bus priority, park and ride and zero-emission zones. The fourth stage before the launch of the alternative fuel strategy
    nd-Monday, unching of the strategy spicfic to alternative is the awareness and legislation, promoting awareness amongst stakeholders as well as emission standards and related legislation enforcement.

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    2013-09-22T20:00:00Z 581367e6-9a6c-48c3-962f-a3597a6926c5
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Join Forces with 80 Cities Around the World Calling for More Public Transport and Green Growth ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Join_Forces_with_80_Cities_Around_the_World_Calling_for_More_Public_Transport_and_Green_Growth Initiative launched by UITP to promote role of public transport in achieving long-term sustainable growth
     

    As part of its endeavours to promote awareness on sustainable transportation options whilst advocating more environment friendly solutions, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi in cooperation with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) joined forces with 80 cities and regions from 30 countries around the world to issue a united call for more public transport as an engine for sustainable growth.

    Gathering public transport operators, authorities and industry members from all over the world, the call aims to motivate the public and encourage them to use public transport for daily commuting, benefitting from its incomparable advantages such as cost, world-class standards and higher levels of convenience, safety and service availability around the clock. The message to be delivered to transport policy makers and regulators through this campaign is that improving public transport and its infrastructure is a vital tool for green growth.

    The UITP’s campaign is visible in almost 60,000 buses, trams, metros, stations and stops across the participating networks, which together transport 85 million riders each day, and will be seen by up to 200 million people.

    “Each year 100bn Euros, or at least 1% of GDP, is lost to the European economy as a result of traffic congestion so there is a great urgency to act,” explained UITP Secretary General, Alain Flausch. “If we double the market share of public transport, we could create an additional 7 million green jobs worldwide in an industry that already employs 13 million people around the world.”

    Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Vice Chairman UITP MENA Board and Advisor, Surface Transport and Acting Director of Organizational Development Division at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “The DoT is proud to join the world drive and united efforts to promote sustainable and environment friendly transportation solutions which offer the public unrivalled benefits whilst helping preserve Abu Dhabi’s unique environmental, social, economic and cultural assets.”

    Stressing that the DoT pays great attention to sustainability since its inception as one of its core business strategies and priorities, he added: “The DoT has taken important steps to promote sustainable transportation. One of the key initiatives was a pilot project to use natural gas as one of environment friendly transportation solutions. This week, the DoT also commenced operating of the region’s first fully electric buses. The two battery-operated buses will work between Abu Dhabi streets and its suburbs in a 6-month trial for assessment before the actual launch.

    The DoT has taken several strides to optimise public transport services including the launch of new service routes in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain and the increase of existing ones to cater to the rapidly growing demand for the service.

    The DoT operates 575 bus fleet Emirate-wide, transporting over 170,000 riders in their 18-hour daily trips. In 2012, more than 65 million people used the public transport services in Abu Dhabi.

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

     

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    2013-09-24T20:00:00Z fa06d01a-af9b-4fea-b55c-f8dd33bbc3bb
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi to Construct the New Mafraq - Ghweifat ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_to_Construct_the_New_Mafraq_-_Ghweifat
    The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced that it will soon commence construction of new Mafraq - Ghweifat main road as well as the new Abu Dhabi - Dubai main road. The announcement comes following the approval by the Executive Council during its recent meeting presided over by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. The Council authorised the DoT to appoint contractors to execute both projects estimated to cost AED 7.4 billion. The DoT will contract the following consortiums and companies to implement both projects:
     
    • Al Geemi & Partners Contracting Company L.L.C
    • Al Jaber Transport and General Contracting
    • Bin Hafeez General Contracting Establishment
    • Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting
    • Larsen and Toubro/ Delma Engineering
    • Tristar for Engineering/Abu Dhabi Salini Construction S P A
     
    The 327 kilometres Mafraq - Ghweifat main road, expected to be accomplished by 2017, extends from Mafraq to the international border linking the UAE with KSA in Ghweifat. It also passes through the Industrial Centre in Ruwais and some tourist and commercial locations in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. 80 kilometres of this road, linking Baynounah Forest (East of Ruwais with Baraka to the west of Ruwais towards Silaa) was built in 2011.  
     
    The project encompasses constructing four new lanes in each direction from Mafraq to Baraka. Then, three lanes in each direction, but the road will expand to four lanes in each direction in the 22 kilometres closest to the borders with KSA (from Silaa to Ghweifat).
     
    In addition, the new road will be raised to avoid undesired impacts of underwater whilst helping drain rainwater and boost the road capacity to withstand the expected increase of number of vehicles. The road median has been designed to accommodate two future lanes in each direction, if needed. The project will also see the construction of (15) new upper interchanges with different engineering designs to be located at: Musaffah, Al Dhafra, ICAD, Tarif, Al Marfa East and Al Marfa West. Existing interchanges in Mafraq, Hamim, Abu Al Abyad, and Madinat Zayed will be modified.
     
    Mafraq - Ghweifat main road will encompass layby(s) (rest stops/side parking) on each directionfor both light vehicles and heavy trucks as well as areas for ambulance, police vehicles, petrol stations and weight station. There will be a shoulder on the right of both directions for emergencies, a fence to protect road users and new sustainability-approved and energy-saving road lightening systems will be made.
     
    The Mafraq - Ghweifat project aims to offer the Western Region benefits such as full capacity of vehicle and trucks using the road, higher degrees of road safety.
     
    Concurrently, the DoT also unveiled that it is gearing up for the new Abu Dhabi – Dubai (E311) main road 62 kilometres costing AED 2.1 billion. The project, parallel to exiting Abu Dhabi - Dubai (E11) main road, extends from Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Saih Shuaib through Al Maha Forest and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and will join up at the Sweihan Road (E20)expected to be accomplished by 2017.
     
    This project aims to alleviate traffic congestion on the current main road connecting Abu Dhabi to Dubai (E11), as studies show that traffic will go up from 700 vehicles per hour at peak time to more than 12,000 vehicles in 2030 as a result of population growth, and provide a new strategic link between the two most populated emirates in the country, as well as create new entrances to the city of Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Yas and Saadiyat Islands. The new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road will connect the Khalifa Port area and Kizad to existing and future main roads to reach Industrial Area in Musaffah in addition to serve new residential areas.
     
    For optimal road safety, the new Abu Dhabi – Dubai main road will feature four lanes in each direction; two shoulders on both right sides of the road and the wide median is designed for a staged upgrade and future expansion if needed. Six upper interchanges will be built. The laybys are designed for emergency use by light vehicles and heavy trucks and also serve as a patrol point for police, ambulance, and emergency vehicles. In addition, the main road will come with five U-turn facilities especially designed for emergencies by official vehicles only.
     
    To ensure maximum safety, the new main road will come with a rainwater drainage system and will benefit from ample lighting system at night which follows best sustainable standards of reducing energy consumption.
     

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-09-28T20:00:00Z 499b3ced-6823-49d2-94f4-c3c537b24149
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Gears Up for Formula1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preparations Next Week ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Gears_Up_for_Formula1_Etihad_Airways_Abu_Dhabi_Grand_Prix_Preparations_Next_Week
    As part of its commitment to supporting international events and activities hosted in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi by providing world-class, safe and integrated transportation services for the public, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced that it is gearing up its preparations for the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which will be staged at Yas Marina Circuit on November 1-3.
     
    According to the DoT, the preparations include allocations of 125 buses to commute F1 fans free of charge (presenting F1 tickets or any other proof document) to and from Abu Dhabi, coordinating with partners, especially Abu Dhabi Police, to review the DoT-set transportation plan for the event and the roles and responsibilities for each party, allocating of bus routes at Yas Island, and controlling traffic signals and road conjunctions operation system to give priority to the DoT operated buses.
     
    Other preparations encompass updating F1 signs in cooperation with various committees and via customer care service, the provision of a volunteer team from “Takatof” to support people with special needs, and ensuring the availability of security teams in all the event’s areas.
     
    The DoT has prepared a comprehensive plan for public transport to cater to the needs of the public during the event. It includes route changes for some lines and allocating an area in Shahamah next to Deer Fields Mall, where visitors from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Northern Emirates can park their vehicles and use the “Park and Ride” bus services to reach various destinations at Yas Marina Circuit. In addition, F1 fans can be commuted from Abu Dhabi free of charge to Yas Island (presenting F1 tickets or any other proof document) through the following bus route numbers: 170,180,190,195, 200, 201,202, 203, 300, 302, and 304 which run daily from 8AM until 11PM.
     
    With an aim to qualify and develop national work force and motivate them to take active role in Abu Dhabi-staged world-class events such as F1 and ensure success, the DoT’s Event Committee is organising a two-day workshop which will see the participation of the DoT employees and strategic partners such as Abu Dhabi Police and “Takatof”. The workshops are designed to help attendees gain more insights on the details of transport plan for F1, precautionary health, safety and first aid procedures to be followed, as well as key challenges expected during the event.
     
    In order to help F1 fans get information related to bus routes, timing, and operation plans whilst helping them reach their destinations hassle-free, the DoT unveiled “AD Bus” Mobile Application for iOS and Android based smart phones. It provides many add-on benefits to its users beyond the bus route itself, such as proximity to Yas Island landmarks with an option to navigate to the landmark of choice or ‘Point of Interest’.
     
    Mr. Saeed Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Advisor of the Surface Transport Sector and Acting Director of Organisational Development Division at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “Initiatives undertaken by the DoT in preparation for F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix underpins its commitment to ensuring the success of such international events in the capital, gaining expertise in organising such activities by offering fans multiple options to reach their destination conveniently and smoothly, easing the traffic at Yas Island during the event, whilst encouraging the audience to use public transport to commute to the Island.”
     
    “With higher demand for public transport expected for this year’s F1 as a results of increase of spectator seats and greater number of activities to be staged, the DoT has prepared a full plan to deal with such expected demand that will be unveiled later. We are confident that the audience as well as partners will welcome such an initiative since the hosting of F1”, he added.
     
    The DoT has been an active partner for F1 in the past four years. In previous events the DoT has allocated public buses to commute fansand through cooperation with The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and taxi operators provided 1000 taxis around the clock along with another 50 to help people with special needs to reach the activity.
     
    The DoT is committed to supporting Abu Dhabi-hosted events as part of its endeavours to actively support the economic and social activities of the Emirate by providing world-class transport services for visitors and fans. These events include: the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX), the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC); Abu Dhabi Air Expo; International Association of Public Transport (UITP).
     

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-10-27T20:00:00Z 30f243cd-bfcc-493d-ba13-04bce1e2049b
    Mawaqif Launches New Rechargeable Cards ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Launches_New_Rechargeable_Cards
    As part of its commitment to providing world-class solutions to manage parking requirements in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Mawaqif launches new rechargeable cards, which offer users a wide spectrum of benefits such as the ability to work on all “Mawaqif” fees payment machines and the facility to recharge them through the “Mawaqif” electronic account in various flexible ways such as cash or credit cards.  
     
    In addition, the new cards allow users to get access to all details of transactions through the “Mawaqif” account as well as the ability to link more than one card to the same account. Should the cards be lost or damaged, the user can have the available balance used either for another rechargeable card or via “m-mawaqif” service.
     
    The basic available credit in the card will be AED 50 which will be automatically added to their “Mawaqif” account and can be recharged for up to AED 500 each time. The cards are available for purchase at Mawaqif customer service centres as well as at registered distribution outlets (the full list can be accessed via the link: www.mawaqif.ae).
     
    How to activate the cards
     
    • Existing “Mawaqif” account users can activate the card by sending an sms from their registered mobile number to 3009 in the following format:
    LINKCard NumberCVC
    An activation sms will be then sent to their mobile with the available balance.
    • For users who do not have a Mawaqif account, all they need to do to activate the card is to send an sms to 3009 with the following format:
    LINKCard NumberCVC
    The users will then receive two messages via their mobile phones: the first sms will confirm the activation of the “Mawaqif” account given the user name (as the mobile phone number) and password which will allow the user to access their account. The second sms will confirm the activation of the rechargeable card as well as a verification of the available balance.
     
    “Mawaqif” account can be recharged through various channels such as the website (www.mawaqif.ae) through mawaqif account section, or from the 270 Mawaqif self service kiosks in the UAE (out of which 70 are in Abu Dhabi City) or from Mawaqif customer service centres. To check the available balance in the account, users can send an sms with the word “BAL” to 3009 or by visiting the same website and section. The cards should not be bent or stored near to a magnetic field nor exposed to excessive heat such as direct sunlight.
     
    Mohammed Hamad Al Muhairy, General Manager of Mawaqif at the Department of Transport said: “The launch of the new Mawaqif rechargeable card comes in line with the DoT’s endevours to provide flexible, convenient and proactive solutions to the public to achieve the maximum benefits of the service, thereby allowing them hassle-free accessibility to their destinations.”
     

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-10-27T20:00:00Z 66ac7477-5b07-4e34-8c91-3e414cc3af36
    Mawaqif Opens New Customer Service Center in Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/Mawaqif_Opens_New_Customer_Service_Center_in_Abu_Dhabi
    The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi, announces the opening of a new customer service center known as “Electra Branch” located on Zayed the First Street.
     
     
    The new center is located at the intersection of Zayed the First Street (known as Electra) and Bani Yas Street (known as Al Najda) and opens for business from Saturday to Thursday from 8AM to 8PM.
     
    Residents in the areas where Mawaqif system is implemented can apply for resident permits at Customer Service Centers. Residents permits allow motorists to park in any available Standard Parking bay in the area where they reside. By clearly displaying the permit on the vehicle dashboard, they will be exempt from paying hourly or daily tariffs at the parking meters. This permit is available to owners or tenants and their first of kin residing with them, such as mothers, fathers, spouses and children with a maximum of two permits per household. Each permit is sector and vehicle specific.
     
    To apply for a parking permit, residents must submit copies of their national ID, passport with valid residency visa; leasing contract or residency ownership proof, last water & electricity bill, Municipal registered ternary contracts, proof of vehicle ownership and relationship of the vehicle owner, ifdifferent from the tenancy contract. Annual fees for the resident permits are AED 800 for the first vehicle and AED 1,200 for the second vehicle.
    Customer service representatives are available to assist the public at Mawaqif Customer Service Centers as per the following schedule:
     
     
     
    Customer Service Center
    Days Of The Week
    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
     
    1
    Marina Mall
    7:30 AM to
    6 PM
    7:30 AM to
    6 PM
    7:30 AM to
    6 PM
    7:30 AM to
    6 PM
    7:30 AM to
    6 PM
    Closed
    Closed
     
    2
    Central Market
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to      8 PM
    8 AM to      8 PM
    3 PM to  11PM
    8 AM to          8 PM
     
    3
    Al Mamoura Building Area
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to      8 PM
    8 AM to     8 PM
    Closed
    8 AM to         8 PM
     
    4
    Al Falah
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to      8 PM
    8 AM to     8 PM
    Closed
    8 AM to         8 PM
     
    5
    7:30 AM to
    3 PM
    7:30 AM to
    3 PM
    7:30 AM to
    3 PM
    7:30 AM to
    3 PM
    7:30 AM to
    3 PM
    Closed
    Closed
     
    6
    Abu DhabiCommercial Properties
    Tourist Club Area
    8 AM to  3 PM
     
    8 AM to  3 PM
     
    8 AM to  3 PM
     
    8 AM to  3 PM
     
    8 AM to  3 PM
    Closed
    Closed
     
    7
    Electra
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to  8 PM
    8 AM to      8 PM
    8 AM to     8 PM
    Closed
    8 AM to         8 PM
     
     
    All Customer Service Centers are closed on public holidays, except for the Customer Service Center located  in the Central Market.
     

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-10-29T20:00:00Z 0b261526-d1c9-45ee-8954-fe8308c73bfe
    The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars ../mediainfo/The_Centre_for_Regulation_of_Transport_by_Hire_Cars 200 luxury cars offer Abu Dhabi International Airport arriving passengers around-the-clock services
     
    As part of its endeavour to provide an integrated taxi services that meets the needs of all community segments whilst raising the profile of Abu Dhabi as a leading global destination, The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi announced today the rollout of airport new taxi, a new service dedicated for Abu Dhabi International Airport arriving passengers.
     
    The new 24/7 service to be exclusively provided by Emirates Transport encompasses large and state-of-the- art car fleet, including Mercedes Vito that are dispatched on terminals 1 and 3 and Toyota Camry (terminal 2). With their black painted colours and new plate numbers, those new taxis are easily recognised.
     
    Besides, taxis have been equipped with cutting-edge safety and security features, offering commuters an exceptionally convenient travelling experience. To ensure all family needs are addressed, the cars had their interior elegantly redesigned and retrofitted, allowing more space for baggage. In addition, they are equipped with online tracking system, speed limiter and updated GPS facilities. Vehicles for people with special needs and the elderly are also available.      
     
    According to The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the new service is in line with the Centre’s aspirations of pioneering taxi services, building upon the rapidly-growing status of Abu Dhabi both regionally and internationally as the leading hub for world-class activities in all sectors, which requires quality solutions that reflect such premier progress of the Emirate.
     
    Besides, The Centre for Regulation of Transport by Hire Cars in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has completed all logistics and preparations to roll out the new service. For this purpose, multi-lingual male and female drivers with first-class knowledge of Abu Dhabi and UAE’s locations as well as the ability to deal with various world currencies have been well trained and prepared for the new service.
     
    Following the rollout of the new service, the Centre will get a closer look at how the public has as part of its endeavours to constantly boost the level of quality. Besides, the Centre will study all feedback and recommendations raised by the public to develop them.
     
    Member of the public using discount cards provided by the UAE Ministry of Social Affairs can benefit from a discount rate of 25 to 50 per cent on all trips using Airport new Taxi.

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: zainab.alhammadi@transad.ae

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    2013-11-23T20:00:00Z 96d4f8b3-0070-4cdc-8307-83dfbac7f1d1
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Commences Operation of Al Qu’a Roundabout in Al Ain ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Commences_Operation_of_Al_Qu’a_Roundabout_in_Al_Ain
    New roundabout facilitates people’s reach to commercial and government facilities on opposite side
     
    As part of its commitment to providing integrated transport infrastructure that offers the public safe, secure and convenient solutions, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has commenced operations of the new roundabout in Al Qu’a area in Al Ain to link the residential community with the commercial facilities opposite of Al Ain - Ao Qu’a main road (E 95).
     
    This new roundabout allows the people of Al Qu’a and Al Wagan a faster and more convenient access to the government buildings as well as the fuel station located on the other side of Al Ain - Ao Qu’a main road (E 95). 
     
    The four-way roundabout connects nearby roads, including a rain water drainage system and street lighting.
     
    The project is therefore vital for the people of Al Ain City, carrying high traffic volumes between Al Ain and Al Qua’ area and various urban areas along the road on the southern and eastern borders of the city. Besides, it connects residential, commercial, and government as well as civic facilities.

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-12-17T20:00:00Z 671cccf6-a0f4-43e0-9ff7-b8d6d08893c3
    Department of Transport Gears up to Launch “Hafilat” - Abu Dhabis’ Automated Fare Collection System ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Gears_up_to_Launch_“Hafilat”_-_Abu_Dhabis’_Automated_Fare_Collection_System
    “Hafilat” cards offer public transport users a more convenient travel experience
     
    In line with its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) that aims to provide world-class and convenient solutions to public transport users, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it is gearing up to roll one of the most advanced automated fare collection systems under the name of “Hafilat”, with an integrated infrastructure of sale and balance reloading channels that have different features and facilities.
     
    The Automated Fare Collection system (AFC) includes 3 different components, made to ease the process on commuters. Firstly, the Ticket Vending Machine (TVM), which allows users to independently buy and top up their cards as well as pay fines for violating public transport rules and regulations. These machines, which are being installed in main bus stations in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain as well as in shopping malls, accept all kinds of payments including credit cards as well as cash in AED (coins and bank notes) with the ability to return change if needed.
     
    The second component is the Swift Reloader Machine - a much simpler machine that allows commuters to simply recharge their “Hafilat” cards. This machine only handles bank notes and unlike the TVM, does not return change. 300 Swift Reloader Machines are being installed in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain bus stations as well as in customer care centres, bus shelters, and many points of interest such as the Abu Dhabi International Airport, shopping malls and hospitals. 
     
    The third and final component, called the Card Validator is fixed at the entrances and exits of all operating buses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. These machines automatically calculate and deduct the fare as the passenger enters and exits the bus. The passenger just needs to hold the card near the machine as he or she enters and exits. The Card Validator will then calculate, deduct the fare, and provide passengers with balance information and reject the card in case of insufficient balance.
     
    In addition, an onboard service is also available for inter-city busses only, which enables passengers to purchase temporary “Hafilat cards” from the driver and reload their existing permanent “Hafilat” cards by paying the driver directly, the fare is then deducted automatically.
     
    It is also noteworthy to mention that “Hafilat” will offer ticket offices, to be located in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Bus Stations, where commuters are assisted by official personnel if they wish to purchase different kinds of cards, personalise their cards with names and photos, renew their cards, place complaints and pay for fines. A lost and found service will also be available.
     
    Khaled Mohamed Hashem, Executive Director of the Land Sector at the Department of Transport, said: “The launch of ‘Hafilat’, the automated fare collection system, is in line with the DoT’s strategy to provide easy, convenient and flexible solutions for commuters to reload their cards and pay for their trips via various safe accessible channels, thereby avoiding long queues to enter and exit the bus.”
     
    “Following the rollout of the service, the DoT will work to equip the cards with further features such as mobile or online payments as well as the potential to pay for other transport related services including taxis, ferries, Mawaqif or even possibly to pay for other non-transport related services such as cinemas and football matches”, he added.
     
    Following the official launch of the cards in the coming year, the DoT will study public response, carefully assessing suggestions and feedback in order to ensure the public comfort in using the system.
     

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-12-21T20:00:00Z cc13205a-3f92-40d2-a8e7-297bc99e9b6c
    Department of Transport Commences Work on Abu Dhabi - Al Shahama Main Road (E10) Widening Project to Cost AED 85 Million ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Commences_Work_on______Abu_Dhabi_-_Al_Shahama_Main_Road_(E10)_Widening_Project_to_Cost_AED_85_Million
    Encompasses an addition of fifth lane in each direction 
     
    In response to the growing demand for the transport infrastructure and as part of Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has commenced work on Abu Dhabi - Al Shahama main road (E10) widening project, which will see the addition of a fifth lane in both directions to the already existing four-lane road.
     
    The AED 85 million 16-kilometre long project is expected to complete by the fourth quarter of next year, 2014. The road begins from Sas Al Nakhl to the border of Abu Dhabi International Airport Interchange (9 kilometres) and then from Yas Island Interchange to  Al Shahama (7 kilometres). The main road will be widened with a fifth lane in each direction by norrowing the median approximately 3.5 metres in each way. The median will be implanted once the project is complete.
     
    According to the DoT, Abu Dhabi-Al Shahama main road widening is one of the key projects undertaken to enhance the transport world-class infrastructure that will support the objectives of the socio-economic development emirate-wide by building integrated and sustainable road network that will address the existing and future needs of the public.
     
    The DoT also conducted several studies to find the best possible approach to implement the project and achieve its objectives. Results showed a great need to widen the existing road by adding a fifth lane on each direction to accommodate forecasted future demand as this main road links various strategic areas between Abu Dhabi Island and Abu Dhabi International Airport and Al Shahama Area, all of which are witnessing wide-scale urban developments.
     
    The DoT is implementing this project by working closely with various strategic partners such as Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Airports. 
     

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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-12-28T20:00:00Z 877b5538-b33d-4cc0-952f-c9781def7a84
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Commences Engineering Design of the First Green Road ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Commences_Engineering_Design_of_the_First_Green_Road
    Five-kilometre pilot project is expected to complete and operate by end of 2015
     
     
    As part of its endeavours to build world-class, integrated and sustainable road networks, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced that it is gearing up to commence engineering design of the first green road in the Middle East. The five-kilometre pilot project will be linking existing Abu Dhabi-Dubai Main Road (E11) and  the new Abu Dhabi-Dubai Main Road (E311). Construction work is expected to begin in Q1 2015.
     
    The DoT highlights that this project will be a model for future-to-be-built roads in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as it will support the highest sustainable practices adopted worldwide such as state-of-the-art technologies and solutions to lower carbon emissions, as well as environment-friendly construction material such as recycled asphalt/concrete aggregates and scrap rubber tires.
     
    In addition, the project will use most efficient environment-friendly solutions such as renewable energy for lighting. Materials used in constructing the road, thanks to their precise specifications, will ensure highest levels of safety and security for vehicles as well as lower maintenance and operations cost of the road on the long run.
     
    The green road project is one of the strategic initiatives undertaken by the DoT to attain the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) vision and its priorities by developing world-class and integrated road network that addresses the current and future needs of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi whilst setting an example of environment-friendly projects.
     
    The DoT has undertaken several studies to guarantee that the best possible approaches are being utilised ensuring that the project will bring the defined objectives, one of which is building modern and environment-friendly roads as opposed to the traditional ones. The location of green road pilot project is ideal as it will not affect the traffic, due to a number of detours will be set once work commences.
     
    The Department of Transport is collaborating with reputable international institutes and consultants as well as strategic stakeholders, namely the Urban Planning Council (UPC) Estidama Programme Team, the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi and Masdar.
     
    Upon completion of the Green Road pilot project, the outcomes will be evaluated, analysed and used to improve the set guidelines as well as a rating system for future implementation of green roads throughout the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.   
     
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    For more information or enquiries, please conact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2013-12-29T20:00:00Z 4c1511da-5f43-4486-b15a-7f45030a99f9
    Department of Transport Completes Phase One of Traffic Improvements on Abu Dhabi City Entrances and Exits ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Completes_Phase_One_of_Traffic_Improvements_on_Abu_Dhabi_City_Entrances_and_Exits
    Project completed in 5 days and fully operational to accommodate more vehicles
     
    As part of its commitment to providing world-class sustainable and integrated transportation infrastructure in line with its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it has completed the first phase of traffic improvements on Abu Dhabi City entrances and exits, with an aim to ensure safe, smooth and hassle-free vehicle flow to various areas inside the Metropolitan. The road is now fully operational and vehicles are using it freely.
     
    The First Phase of the traffic improvements included road expansion of Sheikh Zayed Road for vehicles coming from Al Maqta Bridge heading towards Abu Dhabi City. Works undertaken included increase of lanes from three to four and from two to three at some points, adjusting ground lines, adding traffic signals in addition to asphalt surface removal and placement of a new asphalt layer in order to boost the road capacity to withstand the expected increase of number of vehicles.
     
    DoT completed the project as part of the plan set by the Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee in a record time of 120 hours (around 5 days) of progressive work with no accidents, ensuring the challenges of the road network infrastructure and users are immediately addressed. The Committee consists of a number of partners including Department of Transport (DoT), Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM), and Urban Planning Council (UPC).
     
    The project of widening Sheikh Zayed Road traffic improvement project is slated into three phases, with the soon to start 2ndand 3rdphases encompassing widening the same road near by the Ministries Complex towards Al Maqta Bridge and at the entrance of Al Maqta Bridge from both sides in order to accommodate the growing number of vehicle whilst offering world-class safety standards for all users.
     
    The DoT has embarked on field studies and surveys on congested areas, including Sheikh Zayed Road, and designed solutions ensuring smoother and better vehicle flow, especially at peak time owing to a larger number of cars. Following the completion of phase one of the project, the DoT is monitoring vehicle movement to compare the new reality with previous status and to respond to any urgent issues which may occur.
     
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    2014-01-05T20:00:00Z 11e4a149-d509-4041-bf35-7d664c54c053
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Expands Bus Services in Eastern and Western Regions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Expands_Bus_Services_in_Eastern_and_Western_Regions_of_the__Emirate_of_Abu_Dhabi
    3 new routes in the Eastern Region and 8 new routes in the Western Region in addition to several service routes modified 
     
    In response to the growing needs of bus services amongst commuters in Eastern and Western Regions in Abu Dhabi, the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) announced that three new lines have been added to the bus services in the Eastern Region, and another eight new routes in the Western Region. Operations of these routes has commenced recently.
     
    The new routes that operate in the Eastern Region are:
    • Service number (375): linking Sweihan camel race tracks with Al Hayer Mosque. The service is available once every two hours.
    • Service number (436): linking Al Saad South with Al Ain Mall. This service is available every one hour.
    • Service number (960): linking Tawam Hospital with Al Khrair East. This service is available every half an hour.
    Route modifications introduced to service 491 and 495 in the Eastern Region can be seen in the cancellation of stops on Zayed bin Sultan Street to be replaced by a new stop at Salahuddin Al Ayoubi Street.
     
    The new routes that operate in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi include:
    • Service number (655): linking Mezaira'a Bus Station with Hameem Shabiya Mosque via Shah Plant.
    • Service number (666): that runs from Tilal Liwa Hotel to Madinat Zayed Stadium
    • Service number (667): connecting Madinat Zayed Industrial Area, Bin Kanish with Tamm Centre via Madinat Zayed bus station. The service is available from Saturday-Thursday.
    • Service (668): linking Madinat Zayed Sewerage Plant with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company for Distribution (ADNOC) via Industrial Area and Madinat Zayed bus station. Service available only on Fridays and public holidays.
    • Service (675): linking Madinat Zayed Industrial Area Sahaba Mosque to Habshan     Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO)Bab accommodation.
    • Service (X65): connecting Hammem, Shah with Abu Dhabi
    • Service (X80): linking Al Ruwais New Road with Abu Dhabi via Mirfa Bus Station
    • Service (X81): extending from Al Ruwais New Road to Abu Dhabi International Airport.
    Services expansion and modifications introduced for bus lines in the Western Region are:
    • Service (640): has been extended to reach Liwa Hotel
    • Service (650): has a frequency reduction of the service being provided every 2 hours to 1 per hour and a new service to reach Shah Plant is available via line (655)
    • Service (651): is now extended to Tamani Farms Mosque.
    • Service (661): will have frequency trip reduced from current two per hour to one
    • Service (664): which reaches Bin Kanish Stop in the Industrial Area, and provide service to Madinat Zayed Old Hospital every day excluding Fridays.
    • Service (665): route is split into two routs (665  and 666), therefore connecting Madinat Zayed Industrial Area with Madinat Zayed Camel Farms Mosque.
    • Service (681): will extend to Ghayathi camel farms.
    • Service (X70): service was cancelled and merged with route numbers X88 and X80 connecting Mirfa with Abu Dhabi Bus Station and Ruwais.
    • Service (X88): will experience route modification to run on services X80 and X81.
    Stressing the commitment of the DoT to provide a wider geographic coverage through bus services, Mohammed Nasr Al Otaiba, General Manager of the Bus Office at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi said: "These new services and route modifications have been implemented following a comprehensive study conducted by the Dot on all existing line services with an aim to address commuters' needs of world-class, convenient and almost around-the-clock bus transportation options.”
     
    "With the bus users being the most prioritised segment of this service, the DoT  is committed to fulfulling their various needs. We would like to pay tribute to the public for their welcoming responses for the DoT's various services by communicating inputs and suggestions on how to optimise public transport services. Such valuable interactions are highly cherished by the DoT, with endevours to study them carefully and adopt many of them", he added.
     
    The DoT's bus service fleet encompasses more than 575 of world-class buses, operating 18 hours per day to provide transportation service to more than 170,000 commuters. According to the DoT’s statistics, more than 18 million passengers were transported via buses in Abu Dhabi last year.  
     
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    2014-01-06T20:00:00Z bcd9672f-37bb-4f4b-8d29-1919529a0aec
    Department of Transport Rolls Out “Park and Ride” Service in Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Rolls_Out_“Park_and_Ride”_Service_in_Abu_Dhabi
    • Wifi-enabled public transport buses dedicated to transport commuters from Zayed Sports City to all areas in Abu Dhabi Island
    • Free service during first phase available from 6AM to 8:30PM Sunday to Thursday
    • Special Park and Ride tickets to be collected at location are valid for unlimited trips on bus transport in Abu Dhabi Island for one day
    As part of its commitment to providing world-class, integrated and sustainable transport services in line with the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi, announced today the rollout of “Park and Ride” at Abu Dhabi City. The service aims to relief the pressure of vehicles on main roads whilst allowing commuters an easy access to all areas inside Abu Dhabi Island.
     
    According to the DoT, Park and Ride has been designed with motorists coming from Abu Dhabi’s suburbs and other emirates in mind, as they can park their vehicle for free in the available 600 parking bays at Zayed Sports City and commute free of charge for unlimited times on the same day to various areas in Abu Dhabi. A bus shuttle service is launched from Zayed Sports City every 15 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at normal hours of the day. The initially free service (for car parking at Zayed Sports City and commuting to and from the City) is available from 6:00AM until 8:30PM Sunday-Thursday.
     
    A Specially marked “Park and Ride” tickets are available for pickup at the booth on site at Zayed Sports City. The ticket, which will be free to commuters (driver and maximum three passenger) are valid for one full day (day of issue) and can be used for unlimited bus journeys inside Abu Dhabi Island.
     
    The aim of Park and Ride is to enable drivers to park their vehicles for free in a safe and secure environment whilst moving onthe public transport network to continue their journey. It has many advantages such as reducing parking demands in downtown; reducing road congestion and the need to build more road capacity; minimizing environmental impacts through less private cars, reducing costs for motorists fuel and parking at destinations. In addition, “Park & Ride” will contribute to lowering operational costs for infrastructure and road maintenance, whilst encouraging motorists to move from private cars to walking, cycling and public transport. 
     
    Eng. Badr Al Qamzi, Director of Integrated Transport Planning (ITP) in the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: "Park and Ride is one of the key strategic initiatives undertaken by the DoT in 2012 at Corniche area as a pilot project to enable a larger number of motorist to park their vehicle and continue their journey to other parts of the city for free with no need to worry about finding a parking space for their vehicle or arriving at a certain time, which sometimes consume a lot of time and efforts especially in congested areas downtown. The availability of Wifi (free internet) on board “Park & Ride” public transport buses ensures commuters an added vaules.” 
     
    “The Dot will study and survey public feedback following “Park and Ride” rollout at Zayed Sports City to engage motorists whilst considering all suggestions and ideas the public might offer. I would like to commend on the public’s role in promoting the benefits of public transport and invite them to learn more about this new service at this page.
     
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    2014-01-17T20:00:00Z 64471014-cde4-48e0-a78c-7ddd3d3c63b1
    Department of Transport Unveils Abu Dhabi Multi-modal Freight Master Plan ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Unveils_Abu_Dhabi_Multi-modal_Freight_Master_Plan
  • Master Plan aims to bolster socio-economic development by providing a governance framework supporting safe, fair and efficient freight movements
  • Plan integrates surface transport services: road, rail, air and maritime freight transport with key industrial locations, port and airport facilities
  • Free to attend Master Plan launch event for the freight industry and the public on February 42014    
  • As part of its commitment to providing integrated, safe, and sustainable world-class transportation services in line with the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) and Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi, today unveiled Multi-modal Freight Master Plan, an integrated framework which will regulate and set standards to bolster the role of the freight sector in business and trade.  
     
    Developed in close coordination and cooperation with many stakeholders from both the government and private sectors directly involved in planning and providing freight transportation services Emirate, nationwide and beyond, the Freight Master Plan is geared towards supporting the anticipated socio-economic development drive of Abu Dhabi. It aims to do so helping to integrate high quality infrastructure such as the new Khalifa Port and Etihad Rail, and provide regulations and supporting guidelines.
     
    To this end, the Multi-modal Freight Master Plan seeks to create safe, fair and efficient regulations that both support the economic efficiency of the freight sector and improve safe standards for truck operations, which revolve around nine themes:
    1. Freight governance
    2. Multi-modal policy
    3. Freight planning guidance
    4. Road infrastructure
    5. Road freight traffic management
    6. Road freight industry management
    7. Rail freight
    8. Sea freight
    9. Air freight
    With road users’ safety as a top priority, the Master Plan promises to improve road freight traffic to minimize truck accidents by ensuring goods trucks are well maintained and managed and by advocating measures to prevent drivers from falling asleep at the wheel.
     
    Mr. Mohamed Nasser Al Otaiba, Director of Freight Division at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “With the Emirate’s economy forecast to go up by 250% between now and 2030, freight is an integral part of the economic diversification plans for Abu Dhabi in which moving goods and commodities is poised to be the catalyst for development and prosperity. The DoT is therefore keen to ensure that Multi-modal Freight Master Plan is meticulously designed to cater to the current and future needs of freight sector by providing governance framework.”
     
    “In developing the Master Plan, we have worked closely with all concerned parties from the public and private sector to ensure it addresses all concerns and issues whilst delivering positive changes in the freight sector, especially against the background of the persistent and uncompromising challenges of road safety”, he added.
     
    In order to ensure the Freight Mater Plan achieves its overarching objectives and helps bring unrivalled levels of benefits for all stakeholders, the DoT is planning to implement it through the four Ps’ concepts:
    1. Persuade people to change their behaviour
    2. Provide infrastructure and other public services
    3. Pressure people to positively change their behaviour
    4. Prescribe using regulations
    Furthermore, the DoT is cordially inviting the Freight industry and public to attend the   Abu Dhabi Multi-modal Freight Master Plan Launch event at Park Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi, on February 4th free of charge. The event, which is aimed to communicate the Emirate’s vision for a safe, fair and efficient multimodal freight sector in Abu Dhabi, will have a Freight Master Plan Launch presentation, two workshops on driver fatigue and vehicle maintenance, vehicle inspection demonstrations as well as offer the chance to meet other relevant Government stakeholders.
     
    To participate and attend in the event, click here.
     
     
     
     
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    2014-01-27T20:00:00Z bde732f2-08fe-463f-8605-71d2065a5e42
    Abu Dhabi Freight Master Plan Sets its Strategy for Safe, Fair and Efficient Freight Transport Sector ../mediainfo/Abu_Dhabi_Freight_Master_Plan_Sets_its_Strategy_for_Safe,_Fair_and_Efficient_Freight_Transport_Sector

    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi (DoT) begins with: "Better truck maintenance", "Check your truck", and "Stop Sleepy Drivers" as part of the Freight Master Plan (FMP) recommendations.

    The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today its Multi-modal Freight Master Plan (FMP), an integrated framework that seeks to create safe and fair regulations supporting the economic efficiency of freight sector, whilst improving standards of truck operations. The FMP sets the DOT’s strategy of ensuring that the freight transport sector is safe, fair and efficient.

    Developed in close coordination and cooperation with many government and private sector stakeholders who are directly involved in planning and providing freight transportation services in the Emirate, nationwide and beyond, the Freight Master Plan is geared towards improving safe standards for freight operations by organising its recommendations around nine themes:

    • Freight governance
    • Multi-modal policy
    • Freight planning guidance
    • Road infrastructure
    • Road freight traffic management
    • Road freight industry management
    • Rail freight
    • Sea freight
    • Air freight

     The Freight Master Plan launch event, which takes place on February 3 and 4, 2014, has priortised safety as the key pillar by focusing on three well-integrated areas that help create awareness amongst key stakeholders through various tools and initiatives such as awareness documents, supporting tools, promotional campaigns and initiatives as well as direct meetings and workshops.

     The first area focuses on "Better Truck Maintenance", providing guidance to vehicle operators on how to implement an effective system for truck safety inspections and maintenance management whilst setting out requirements for daily vehicle checks with regular inspections and maintenance procedures.

     The second area, ‘Check Your Truck’, provides further instruction to drivers and those responsible for pre-shift walk around truck safety inspections, detailing items to be checked and with an action roadmap if a defect is found. The guide is supported by a comprehensive checklist sheet that pays great attention to the management of truck driving hours as a very persistent issue.

     The third area, ‘Stop Sleepy Drivers’, highlights the severe risks of truck driver fatigue and provides guidance to managers and company owners on how to set up an implement an effective plan to overcome this problem. It highlights some important solutions such as appropriate pre-trip or forward planning to minimise fatigue, keeping details of regular and irregular truck trips for their managers and inspectors in a well-maintained and easily accessible documentation. Besides, drivers should not be required to drive unreasonable distances in insufficient time and without sufficient notice and provision for adequate rest.

     Mr. Mohammed Nasser Al Otaiba, Director of Freight Division, DoT, said: "As the issue of safety for all roads users is not one of compromise, truck incidents have negative consequences on both the life of people and the economy. The Freight Master Plan is gearing towards ensuring trucks are a safe means of goods transportation through its meticulous voluntary and obligatory guidance and regulations."

     "The DoT is committed to working closely with all stakeholders in this Plan, especially truck operators and regulators to ascertain that trucks are well maintained and regularly checked by professionals and do not pose a threat on the road and that drivers do not feel exhausted while behind the wheel. By committing to the guidance and regulations, operators and drivers can be very positive partners in road safety avoiding the costly penalties of non-compliance." he added.  

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    2014-02-02T20:00:00Z dd531b0d-e2c0-42c1-a735-59360ab8b4bb
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Extends Registration Deadline for Personal Watercraft (Jet Ski) ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Extends_Registration_Deadline_for_Personal_Watercraft_(Jet_Ski)
    Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi has extended the deadline of registration of Personal Watercrafts (Jet Ski) in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to April 30, 2014.
     
    The extension aims to allow all owners and businesses to register their Personal Watercrafts, where as non-registered Personal Watercrafts will not be allowed to practice water activities after the deadline.
     
    The Department of Transport has commenced registration of PWC last August in line with its role in mapping out world-class policies and regulations for the transport sector in Abu Dhabi.
    Humaid Saber Al Hameli, the Acting Director of the Maritime Sector at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi said:“Extending the deadline of watercrafts registration reflects DoT's commitment to enabling a larger segment of PWC owners to practice their water activities in accordance with standards that ensure highest levels of safety, security and protection of watercraft owners, other water users as well as environment-sensitive and tourist areas in Abu Dhabi.”
     
    The DoT set an easy process to PWC owners for registration and has announced the areas in which watercrafts are not allowed in Abu Dhabi waters.
     
    For more details on Personal Watercraft (Jet ski) regulations in Abu Dhabi, please visit www.dot.abudhabi.ae/pwc
     
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    2014-03-11T20:00:00Z eaebfa97-0509-44a7-8007-d5ee0dd873dd
    Department of Transport Completes the Development of the Integrated Transport Information & Navigation System (i-TINS) and Launches “Darb Mobile” Application ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Completes_the_Development_of_the_Integrated_Transport_Information_$_Navigation_System_(i-TINS)_and_Launches_“Darb_Mobile”_Application
    Integrated Transport Real-Time, Reliable Information and Services

     

    Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - In accordance with the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today the completion of the Integrated Transport Information and Navigation System (i-TINS) and the launch of the first version of the “Darb Mobile” application for smart phones.

    i-TINS works through the collection of real-time data from different sources – road side systems such as traffic counting systems and travel time measurement systems and central sub-systems such as Taxi and Buses GPS-based tracking systems. Data is then analysed and processed to ensure its accuracy and made available to the transport system users in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    Through i-TINS the system users are now able to estimate their travel times, learn of the locations of traffic incidents and congestions to help them plan their trips effectively and reach their destinations in the quickest and easiest means. I-TINS also has the ability to provide public transport users with the exact locations of bus stations and stops, real-time bus schedules, ferry routes and timetables. 

    Through strategic partnerships, i-TINS is integrated with other advanced information and service systems such as utilizing the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC) latest Geographic Information System (GIS) maps; as well as Abu Dhabi Airports information system providing real-time flight arrivals and departures, operating airlines, direction to terminals and real-time parking availability information and other airport services. 

    In addition, i-TINS through its gate “Darb” offers various other smart services such as booking a taxi, paying for parking and selecting to receive general or specific notifications about traffic incidents.

    Commenting on this news, Engineer Salah Mohamed Al Marzouqi, Director of Integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems (IITS) Division: “The main objective of the i-TINS project is to make available to the public reliable, interactive and real-time information on the road network and public transport modes. The DoT has designed, developed, installed and tested the system to ensure optimal performance, and we are now training a team of UAE nationals to operate and manage the system.”

    “Darb” mobile application is one of the main products of the i-TINS project which will be available free-of-cost in the online stores of the "IOS" and "Android" platforms. For optimal use of the application it is required that the smart phones has a built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) and connected to the internet.

    In addition, the Department of Transport has developed new and interactive features to the existing “Darb” website to provide real-time traffic updates and incident information on the road network.

    The DoT is currently coordinating with navigation service providers to integrate i-TINS information with the In-Car Satellite Navigation Systems.

    Moreover, i-TINS provides an engineering dashboard for the transportation and traffic specialists within the DoT through the GeoTrans platform for Key Performance Indicators and Planning needs.

     

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

     

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    2014-03-18T20:00:00Z cb1d6aaa-9268-420e-8d2c-efd29929708f
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Expands its Public Bus Transport Network in Abu Dhabi City ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Expands_its_Public_Bus_Transport_Network_in_Abu_Dhabi_City
     9 new services in Abu Dhabi City and modification of 26 existing services
     
     
    Abu Dhabi, April 1 2014– In response to the growing needs of bus services amongst commuters in Abu Dhabi City, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced that 9 new services have been added to the bus network, in addition to the modification of 26 existing services and the cancellation of 2 services. Operations of these services has commenced recently.
     
    View updated bus maps and timetables for Abu Dhabi City.
     
    The new services that operate in Abu Dhabi are:
     
    • Service number (101): Abu Dhabi – Mezyyad Mall - Mussafah - Dalma Mall. This service is available every one hour.
    • Service number (103): Abu Dhabi – Mezyyad Mall - Mussafah - Mohamed Bin Zayed City South
    • Service number (104): Abu Dhabi – Mezyyad Mall - Mussafah - Mohamed Bin Zayed City South East
    • Service number (111): Abu Dhabi – Mezyyad Mall - Mussafah Industrial Area - ICAD Residential City
    • Service number (130): Abu Dhabi – Mezyyad Mall - Mohamed Bin Zayed City - Abu Dhabi University
    • Service number (162): Abu Dhabi – Khalifa City - MASDAR City
    • Service  number (204): Abu Dhabi –Shahama – Shalilah East
    • Service number (301): Abu Dhabi – Al Reef -  Al Falah Al Jadeedah
    • Service number (402): Abu Dhabi – Baniyas West – Al Wathba Souq
     
    Existing bus services have been modified as follows:
     
    • Service number (007): Will stop at Marina Square on Al Reem Island in both directions
    • Service number (010): Extended to Al Mina Shopping Centre
    • Service number (110): Rerouted via Mazyad Mall and Labour Relations Office in Mazyad Mall
    • Service number (115): Extended to Emirates Driving School via Mazyad Mall and Jimi Labour Camp
    • Service number (120): Rerouted via  Mazyad Mall and Labour Relations Office in Mazyad Mall
    • Service number (155): Extended to the North Mosque in Shakhbout City (previously known as Khalifa City “B”)
    • Service number (160): Rerouted via Zayed Grand Mosque, Khalifa City and Street number 15
    • Service number (161): Operations from Al Marina, Zayed Sport City, Khalifa City and Masdar City are cancelled; instead, this service will operate from Khalifa Street in Abu Dhabi City, Khalifa City, and Street number 15 heading towards Khalifa City North
    • Service number (190): Extended to Yas Island East (ALDAR Offices)
    • Service number (200): Extended to Al Raha Hospital via Al Bahya, Deerfield Mall and Abu Dhabi City Municipality - Al Shahama Center. This service is available every one hour24-hours a day
    • Service number (201): Extended to Al Shalilah
    • Service number (202): Rerouted via Al Bahya and Deerfield Mall
    • Service number (203): Rerouted via Al Bahya and Deerfield Mall
    • Service number (210): Extended to Emirates Driving Company, rerouted via Al Bahya, Emirates Park Zoo and Deerfield Mall
    • Service number (218): Rerouted via Al Bahya, Emirates Park Zoo and Deerfield Mall
    • Service number (300): Frequency adjusted to every 60 minutes 24-hours a day
    • Service number (302): Extended to Al Falah West
    • Service number (304): Rerouted via Al Shamkha Shopping Mall
    • Service number (400): Extended to Al Wathba worker city; frequency adjusted to every 60 minutes 24-hours a day
    • Service number (401): Extended to Baniyas East Souq
    • Service number (406): Rerouted via Fatima College OF Health Sciences in Al Mafraq
    • Service number (411): Rerouted via Al Mafraq and Baniyas East, extended to Al Wathba South
    • Service number (420): Extended to Al Wathba and Al Wathba worker city
    • Service number (444): Frequency adjusted to every 60 minutes
    • Service number (447): Extended to Bawabat Al Sharq Mall; rerouted via Baniyas East and Al Wathba Camel Farms
    • Airport Service (A1): Rerouted via Abu Dhabi Gate City and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)
     
    Cancelled bus services are:
    • Service number (116): replaced by servicenumber 102 and 115
    • Service number (150): replaced by servicenumber 155, 210, 404, 405, and 406
     
    Mr. Mohamed Nasser Al Otaiba, General Manager of the Bus Office at the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi, said: “This step represents a link in the chain ofinfrastructure development of the public transport services, which is considered the most commonly used method of transport.
     
    “The DOT’s plans and strategy which aim to connect all areas of Abu Dhabi City to cover the entire geographical areas used by public transport users, especially in light of the urban and economic development, by continually increasing and modifying the number of services, which would ultimately contribute to their comfort and well-being” he added.
     
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    2014-03-31T20:00:00Z b616f0b7-63a2-4a21-9af2-a9c5d9e2ae77
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Hosts UITP’s Policy Board Meetings for the First Time outside Europe ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Hosts_UITP’s_Policy_Board_Meetings_for_the_First_Time_outside_Europe More than 100 world renowned transport experts and CEOs to attend Policy Board meetings in Abu Dhabi 
     

    Abu Dhabi on Monday, April 21, 2014 – The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it is hosting this week – for the first time outside the European continent – the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Policy Board meetings in Abu Dhabi at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Canal from Wednesday, April 23rd to Friday, April 25th, 2014.

    The Policy Board is the supreme body of UITP with exclusive decision-making powers regarding all the position papers adopted by UITP in the area of transport policy, subject to any powers granted to the Regional Committees with respect to the position papers in the area of transport policy with an exclusive regional nature. The Policy Board meets at least twice per year.

    The hosting of the important Policy Board meetings in Abu Dhabi comes in light of the rising strategic partnership between the DoT in Abu Dhabi and the UITP globally. As well as, the rapid development of mega public transport modes and advanced urban mobility infrastructure supporting the unprecedented population growth and urban expansion currently witnessed in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  

    With key transport decision makers from both the public and private sectors; transport experts from across the globe, the Policy Board meetings will see
    a dedicated session about Abu Dhabi to discuss specific challenges in its pursuit of advanced and sustainable public transport, in line with the Abu Dhabi Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), and the bigger and longer term Abu Dhabi Plan 2030.  

    Key issues planned for discussion in both the main event – the Policy Board – and the Abu Dhabi dedicated session will revolve around five topics, namely: Funding; Policies; Land Use; Infrastructure and choosing the best combination of transport modes.  

    Commenting on the hosting of the Policy Board meetings in Abu Dhabi, Mr. Saeed Al Hameli, Advisor to the Executive Director of Surface Transport, and Director of Organizational Development at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi said: “the Policy Board meetings offer an unrivalled platform to present, debate and share the world’s latest trends in public transport, and comes to Abu Dhabi to demonstrate the DoT’s commitment in furthering its strategic partnerships with global public transport leaders and organizations to benefit from the exchange of knowledge and expertise in support of the Emirates mega initiatives in public transport to address its socio-economic continuous development and progress.”

    It is noteworthy that the DoT in Abu Dhabi is working to boost the public transport sector and its infrastructure, thereby allowing a larger segment of the public to reap various benefits such as cost-effectiveness of the service, around-the-clock availability, high levels of safety, security and convenience for commuters as well as the ability to connect all areas of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

     

    About the Department of Transport:

    The Department of Transport (DoT) was established pursuant to Law No. 4 of year 2006, amended by Law No. 5 of year 2008 to cover the entire value chain and ensure fully coordinated planning in all aspects of transport policy and development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in cooperation with all relevant local, regional and international stakeholders and partners...read more.

    About the International Association of Public Transport (UITP):

    The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) is the international network for public transport authorities and operators, policy decision-makers, scientific institutes and the public transport supply and service industry. It is a platform for worldwide cooperation, business development and the sharing of know-how between its 3,400 members from 92 countries. UITP is the global advocate for public transport and sustainable mobility, and the promoter of innovations in the sector. For more information, please visit www.uitp.org

     

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    2014-04-20T20:00:00Z 324c6e17-9bca-4475-affd-8a0679ea864a
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Launches the Walking & Cycling Master Plan in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Launches_the_Walking_$_Cycling_Master_Plan_in_the_Emirate_of_Abu_Dhabi
  • The plan aims to reduce number of accidents involving bicycles and pedestrians
  • The plan seeks to secure safe and convenient infrastructure and to double the number of walking and cycling journeys by 2020
  • The Abu Dhabi Executive Council approved the standards and guidelines of the master plan to be implemented in all future projects that include walking and cycling provisions
  • The plan aims to integrate walking and cycling facilities with the public transport network and to provide dedicated services for users.
  • Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi revealed today its Walking and Cycling Master Plan (WCMP) which is in line with its strategy to develop integrated, safe and sustainable transport services in accordance with the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) and the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

    The WCMP has been developed in collaboration and coordination with the Urban Planning Council (UPC), Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) and other strategic partners of the government. The WCMP is in line with international and local best practice.

    The plan will develop walking and cycling routes and facilities, especially in the commercial and central areas of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region, and will assist in the reduction of the reliance on the use of private vehicles. Neighborhoods will be provided with a network of walking and cycling links including crossings between the neighborhoods.

    The WCMP also includes the establishment of integrated infrastructure to encourage the public to walk and ride bicycles, which are healthy and environment-friendly means of travel, which also reduces congestion and traffic jams. Walking and cycling are among the most sustainable means of transport with zero emissions. Additionally, the facilities designed for pedestrians and cyclists will be shaded with trees to provide a natural soothing atmosphere and a positive impact on the environment.

    Eng. Abdulla Al Mehairbi, Acting Section Head of Public Transport Planning at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “The WCMP proposes active travel networks in Emirate of Abu Dhabi where there is a great and growing demand for short journeys by walking and bicycles”.

     “These networks have been planned at a strategic level to connect neighborhoods and districts and we are focusing on building the appropriate infrastructure,” he added.

    The DoT has also revealed that it is conducting studies in Al Ain and towns in the Western Region such as Ruwais, Mirfa and Liwa to facilitate and encourage Walking and Cycling.

    Click here to see more photos from the event.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

     

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    2014-04-21T20:00:00Z afa76254-510c-483c-a86c-9d6847536915
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Launches New Highway Interchanges’ Project to Upgrade the Road Network around the New Airport Terminal Complex ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Launches_New_Highway_Interchanges’_Project_to_Upgrade_the_Road_Network_around_the_New_Airport_Terminal_Complex
    Project ensures smooth traffic movement to and from the new Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) scheduled to open by July 2017
     

    Abu Dhabi on Sunday, April 27, 2014: As part of its commitment to providing world-class sustainable and integrated transport infrastructure in line with Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision and its Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi today announced that it has planned and developed the complete design of new highway interchanges serving as the main entry and exit to the new airport terminal, the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC), scheduled to open by July 2017.

    According to the DoT, access to and from the airport complex will be provided by the main five lanes interchange, ensuring smooth movement to the airport and minimum journey time for the high number of vehicles expected to use these facilities.  A further interchange is planned for the route, providing access to the long-term car park located to the north of the new Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC).  

    The present roundabout junction under the E-10 Main Road will be replaced with an underpass which will serve the needs of the local traffic using the Airport; Yas Island Tunnel and the Al Raha Beach development. The plan also encompasses widening the E10 Main Road by adding a lane to the current four lanes in each direction. The widening will extend between the new interchange at Al Raha Beach and beyond the E-10/E12 interchange.

    The widening will be constructed within the present median, which divides the Main Road in order to minimise traffic disruption during construction. The route will be lit with a combination of advanced and conventional road lighting with special lighting units employed where the E-10 Main Road passes below the Airport’s aircraft approach path.  When completed, the widened road is expected to meet very high daily and peak hour future traffic flows.

    Eng. Khalid Rashid Deemas Al Suwaidi, Surface Transport Advisor and Acting General Manager of Main Roads for the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, said: “The new Airport Terminal Complex network is one of the key strategic projects that will offer the public better accessibility, smooth traffic to and from the yet-to-be-completed Airport Terminal Complex, whilst enhancing other public transport facilities linked to this or to other projects. Besides, it will be integrated with other future transport modes such as the Metro that will be implemented in the future.”

    “Commencement of construction works has been phased to coincide with the completion of the new Airport Terminal Complex. Traffic disruption during construction of the new interchange has been a major consideration of the planning and will be minimised through significant off-road works and substantial traffic detours, which will maintain the current number of traffic lanes throughout the construction period” he added.

    Project design phase was conducted in partnership with utility providers in Abu Dhabi and in line with future development plans.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

     

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    2014-04-26T20:00:00Z be16b2e4-3791-457f-9449-34a23883e5dd
    Department of Transport inks MoU with SEHA ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_inks_MoU_with_SEHA
    Agreement aims to help facilitate operational medical tests for school bus driver applicants
     

    Abu Dhabi, May 12, 2014 – As part of its endeavour to cementing relations with government entities for the benefit of the public, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) to promote cooperation in conducting operational medical tests for “School Driver” job applicants as per the new school transport regulations in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    As per the agreement signed by Mohammed Hareb Al Yousef, Executive Director at the DoT, and Saif Bader Al Qubaisi, The Director General, the Director General Office, SEHA, SEHA Healthcare Services has allocated and equipped some clinics, namely Al Madina Occupational Health Center in Abu Dhabi and the Disease Prevention and Screening Center in Al Ain to conduct medical tests and check-ups for all school bus driver applicants and issue a report highlighting if they are fit for the job or not.

    Drivers working on school bus fleets are now able to apply for operational medical tests at the above-mentioned clinics but with certain requirements such as the UAE residence, filling a special form on the DoT’s website, booking in a test appointed on the phone, and bringing in the original passport. Once the applicants pass all the required tests, a medical certificate addressed to Driver and Vehicle Licensing, Abu Dhabi Police, will be issued, allowing applicants to complete the needed documents to have their school bus driver licenses issued.

    Tests to be conducted by SEHA’s Healthcare Services include vision check-up (visual acuity and colour vision), complete blood count, Hepatitis B surface antigen, fasting glucose, glycated haemoglobin, renal function test, audiometry and electrocardiogram. The aim of these tests is to ensure the applicant is not suffering from diseases that affect their performance such as heart diseases, diabetes, blood pressure, epilepsy, neurological and psychological disorders, kidney or liver diseases, leprosy, whilst ascertaining they enjoy very good vision and hearing capabilities to perform their duties proficiently.

    As part of the agreement, both parties will jointly work through periodic meetings to coordinate efforts aimed at the implementation of the items of the MoU whilst ensuring it will bring favourable benefits for the DoT and SEHA.

    Mohammed Hareb Al Yousef said: “This agreement was the outcome of both parties’ cooperation and commitment to mobilising all available resource to achieve best results for the school transport initiative. The school transport regulations are one of the strategic initiatives launched by School Transport Committee in Abu Dhabi with an aim to ensure highest level and standards of safety, security and convenience for students in their daily transportation to and from schools, thereby helping a provide a better education experience for them.”

    Mohamed Hawas Al Sadid, Chief Executive Officer of the SEHA Ambulatory Healthcare Services, said: “School Transport Regulations is one of the key strategic initiatives that will bring about a wide spectrum of social and academic benefits for Abu Dhabi in the long run. SEHA will make available all its expertise and resources to ensure the success of the initiative by working closely with the DoT and the School Transport Committee to address their needs of school bus driver tests.”

    The Department of Transport issued in April 2012 the school bus transport regulations for Abu Dhabi Emirate-based schools. Under the new regulations, drivers should have a certificate of good conduct from the UAE or the country of their previous employment as a condition needed by all school bus drivers to perform their duties.

    Visit the School Transport section on this website for more details on School Transport Regulations in Abu Dhabi.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-05-11T20:00:00Z 49144d66-4940-4fff-9617-abcfd6b2fd40
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Opens Dalma Mall Road Improvements Project for Traffic ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Opens_Dalma_Mall_Road_Improvements_Project_for_Traffic

     

    Abu Dhabi  on Sunday, June 15, 2014 - In line with its strategy to upgrade the city's overall transport infrastructure and establish a sustainable network to the highest international standards, the Department of Transport (DoT) in  Abu Dhabi announced that the AED 77 million Dalma Mall Road Improvements project has been accomplished and now operational.

    The project, implemented to the east of Abu Dhabi via Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Truck Road (E-30) main road and connects Mohammad Bin Zayed City to Mussafah Industrial Area near Dalma Mall, serves several new residential communities in Abu Dhabi. This area is one of the fastest growing communities of the Capital with high traffic congestion especially at the peak hours. In addition to reducing traffic congestion, the Surface Transport Advisor and Acting General Director of Main Roads at DoT, Eng. Khalid Rashid Deemas Al-Suwaidi stated that this project has provided an appropriate exit from Dalma Mall, which will be opened soon in stage 2.

    Eng. Al-Suwaidi said: “The area is one of the fastest growing locations with Dalma Mall and neighboring areas taking a prime role. The DoT’s studies for the area has aimed to ease the traffic congestion whilst helping motorists reaching their destinations on time and conveniently.”

    The Dalma Mall Interchange improvements project was implemented by the use of a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), an innovative approach in transportation design solutions to be first advocated by a transport department in the Middle East.

    The DDI took advantage of the existing bridges and ramps by modifying their configuration and converting the nearby roundabouts to signalized DDI intersections. The modifications will result in improving traffic flow around the mall, increasing the road capacity, relieving congestion whilst boosting safety. The modification and upgrading of roads will ease the access to and from the Mall and neighboring areas including Mohamad Bin Zayed City and ICAD. Besides, the DoT has studied the pedestrians’ needs in the area, so bridges for passers-by yet to be constructed soon to ensure safety and security.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-06-14T20:00:00Z 2316e2d8-5f27-438e-bf9c-4bc867d184c0
    Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee Commences Improvement Works around Al Khalidiyah Mall ../mediainfo/Safety_and_Traffic_Solutions_Committee_Commences_Improvement_Works_around_Al_Khalidiyah_Mall
    Costing around AED 33 million, project aims to facilitate drivers’ easy access to various areas and relieve traffic congestion
     

    Abu Dhabi on Monday, June 16, 2014 - As part of its commitment to providing world-class sustainable and integrated transportation infrastructure, the Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee (STSC) in Abu Dhabi commenced traffic improvement works around Al Khalidiyah Mall, one of the prime shopping malls in Abu Dhabi and the region.  

    The 33-million-Dirham project, slated to be accomplished by the first quarter of 2015, encompasses constructing a new traffic signal before Al Manhal Palace on Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Street to allow drivers a left-of-the-road turn towards the Mall as well as a U-turn.

    Another traffic signal will be constructed, allowing vehicles heading from the local road close to Al Manhal Palace (Street number 21, Sector 2/14) to turn left at Mohammed bin Mubarak Street. The third traffic signal to be constructed in the same area provides drivers a right-of-the-road turn from Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Street towards United Square Tower and the local parking area.

    Other improvement works aimed to help drivers reach their destinations hassle-free whilst relieving the traffic congestion in the Mall area are the expansion and enhancing of the signal light at Al Falah and Mohammed bin Mubarak intersection. This aims to enhance vehicles’ turn to the right of the road and in all directions, and building state-of-the-art car parking bays for the area residents.

    Engineer Khalid Rashid Al Suwaidi - Surface Transport Advisor and Acting General Director at the Department of Transport said: “Al Khaldiyah Mall improvement works is a project undertaken by the DoT, under supervision of STSC, with an aim to improve traffic, elevate road services, relieve congestion by facilitating better entry and exits of vehicles to the Mall and neighboring areas, whilst raising road safety and accommodating the growing number of cars in that area.”

    “The DoT has embarked on field studies and surveys on Al Khaldiyah Mall and surrounding areas based on gathered traffic data to ensure the work takes into consideration existing and future traffic propositions whilst addressing the rapidly-growing status of Abu Dhabi as a tourist destination that attracts visitors worldwide who benefit from the shopping options available in the Emirate”, he added.

    In order to ensure maximum safety is in place where the improvement works take place, STSC advises drivers to drive cautiously in the area whilst adhering to all traffic rules and regulations, to drive slowly and carefully whilst cooperating with all parties implementing the improvement works.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

     
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    2014-06-15T20:00:00Z 21907e1c-e47a-4a3f-82d2-8f7b9f1497db
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Starts the Construction of Al Ain City Transportation Management Centre ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Starts_the_Construction_of_Al_Ain_City_Transportation_Management_Centre

    Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – The Department of Transport for Emirate of Abu Dhabi started the construction of Al Ain City Transportation Management Centre at a cost of 33 Million Dirhams. The TMC will be located in Al Mutaredh District of Al-Ain city. This comes in line with Abu Dhabi Plan 2030 and the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), and is considered one of the key outcomes of the approved   Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Strategy for Emirate of Abu Dhabi aiming to establish an integrated and sustainable infrastructure of a transport network that comply with the highest international standards.

    The project will provide a functional building to house the central management systems for the new Traffic Control System, in addition to the intelligent transportation system infrastructure which will  be implemented soon by a separate ITS infrastructure development project in Al-Ain. According to the project schedule, the construction works of the new centre started during the second quarter of the current year and expected to be accomplished during the third quarter of next year.
     

    This project by DoT aims to efficiently manage and monitor all the operational processes of the transport network in Al Ain. DoT Objective is to optimize traffic safety on the roads, and to improve DoT response rates for traffic related incidents; increasing the intervention speed whenever is needed to ease traffic congestion and remove obstacles and accidents from the roads to return them to their normal state as quickly as possible. Furthermore, the TMC will manage all events and activities related to transport network in collaboration with DoT’s strategic partners who will be present at the centre, who will include; representatives of Abu Dhabi Police – Al-Ain Police, coordinators from roads services patrol ,towing and recovery services, representatives of Mawaqif, and coordinators of public transport services, and others...


    The new centre will also contribute to the collection, analysis and dissemination of transport data across various means of communication for users of all modes of transport to enable them to plan in advance their journeys on the road network. This at the end will help users better utilize their time to get to their destinations in a safe and efficient way; contributing to the overall sustainable economic growth of Al Ain city.


    Engineer Salah Al-Marzooqi, Director of  Integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems Division at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, clarified that the design of the new building takes into account  utilization of natural lighting and reduction of energy consumption, earning a level of 2 pearls (according to Estidama rating system accredited by Urban Planning Council in Abu Dhabi).


    The 2-story building will be of a total area of 2491 square meters, and it will include operations and control room, data and equipment centre, laboratory for intelligent transportation systems testing, and a training centre. The centre will also have many modern electrical and electronic systems for buildings management, as well as security and protection systems, in addition to information and communication technology systems.

    In this context, Engineer Al-Marzooqi asserts that building a transportation management centre in Al Ain is one of the vital pillars to achieve the Strategy of Intelligent Transportation Systems launched by the Department of Transport in 2010. He explained that this centre will contribute to strengthening DoT’s capabilities to provide high-quality management of traffic around the clock for the citizens and residents of Al Ain and its surrounding areas.

    The centre will become a regional control centre to operate and manage all the ITS infrastructure in Al Ain and its surrounding areas. Furthermore, the centre will be connected to other centres in Abu Dhabi Emirate and to all the current and future ITS control centres for the different transportation modes (public buses, taxi, Mawaqif, surface transport). This of course will enable direct exchange of data and integrated management of operations for the transport network in Al-Ain in cooperation with all concerned government agencies.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

     
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    2014-06-09T20:00:00Z bb4cd289-954d-4dfd-9ee0-e8c9753fe9c9
    Reduction of Radar Speed on Abu Dhabi – Al Shahama Main Road ../mediainfo/Reduction_of_Radar_Speed_on_Abu_Dhabi_–_Al_Shahama_Main_Road

    Due to Roadwork

    Abu Dhabi on Monday, June 09, 2014 - Under the Supervision of the Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee in Abu Dhabi, and aiming to preserve the safety of road users and facilitate their access to their places of work safely, speed reduction started to apply on both sides of Abu Dhabi – Al Shahama main road (E10); adjusting the radar maximum speed to 121 Km/h instead of 141 Km/h.
     
    Reducing speed beginsfrom the beginning of Abu Dhabi – Al Shahama main Road (E10) at Al Shahama area reaching to Sheikh Zayed Bridge, in both directions. The new radar adjustment will start to apply as of Tuesday, June 10, 2014 until achieving the scope of the project.
     
    This decision came due to roadwork aiming to expanding the road on both sides. Eng. Khalid Rashid Al Suwaidi, Surface Transport Advisor and Acting General Director at the Department of Transport commented in Abu Dhabi- Shahama roadwork have led to reducing the number of road lanes from four lanes to three which necessitated the need for temporarily reducing the radar maximum speed on the road to become 121 Km/h instead of 141Km/h.
     
    Al Suwaidi also explained that such decisions are taken after conducting a detailed technical study using a comprehensive approach that aims to provide solutions to such cases. He clarified that the Committee is always working to ensure the implementation of decisions that serve the public.
     
    The Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee in Abu Dhabi urges drivers to abide by the new speed limit, in order to avoid speed fines and to raise the level of safety on the roads, which helps in the reduction of accidents and the protection of all road users in Abu Dhabi.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-06-08T20:00:00Z 5b28241e-3fd5-4fa4-9a3b-a13e494a4320
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi to Commence Improvement of Truck Way from Khatam Al Shikla to Mazyad Roundabout ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_to_Commence_Improvement_of_Truck_Way_from_Khatam_Al_Shikla_to_Mazyad_Roundabout

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    Abu Dhabi on Sunday, June 08, 2014 - In line with the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) aiming to develop a sustainable, integrated and safe transport infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Department of Transport announced that it is in the process of implementing one of the important projects in Al-Ain area. The project aims to improve the traffic flow for trucks and other vehicles coming from Khatam Al-Shikla (UAE-Oman border crossing) to Mazyad roundabout and vice versa.

    The project involves expanding the current road; by transforming it from a single two-lane road with one lane in each direction, to a wider road with two lanes in each direction. The project also entails providing an underpass for the Kharir area and another Junction for Mazyad Roundabout. In addition, DoT project includes constructing specific entrances and exits for the other residential areas on the road, presenting the latest technology available to provide lighting to the road. Once accomplished, the project is expected to yield benefits to several surrounding areas like Mazyad, Dhaher, and Al-Kharir.

    In this context, Engineer/ Khalid Rashid Deemas Al-Suwaidi, Surface Transport Advisor and Acting General Director for Main Roads at DoT, confirmed that the project aims to achieve strategic benefits and upgrade the surface transport network. DoT plan aspires to result in a safer and faster road network in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in accordance with the requirements and objectives of the Surface Transport Master Plan.

    Al-Suwaidi stated that DoT has already begun studying the current two-lane road, and has set a comprehensive plan to develop it. The plan consists of two phases; the first, which has been accomplished in 2012, was based on investigating how to enhance traffic safety on the current two-lane road. The second phase comprises of a long-term plan that aims to find more efficient solutions to serve the users of the road and the surrounding areas.

    The road currently passes through several areas in Al-Ain City; namely Mazyad, Dhaher and Al-Kharir, as well as crossing other strategic roads and areas such as Mazyad border crossing, Al-Ain City, the Truck Way, and the Qua’a Road. The final designs of the proposed expansion have already been submitted, in addition to preparing all of the documents in order for it to be put out to tender during the second quarter of this year.
     
    With the success of this project in mind, the Department of Transport has coordinated with all the strategic partners at Al-Ain City so as to provide the best traffic solutions in the area.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-06-07T20:00:00Z 2163f205-b700-40d7-861a-c8507a76d817
    Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee Introduces New Traffic Signal on the Entrance of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ../mediainfo/Safety_and_Traffic_Solutions_Committee_Introduces_New_Traffic_Signal_on_the_Entrance_of_the_Sheikh_Zayed_Grand_Mosque Costing around AED 8 Million
     

    Abu Dhabi on Monday, June 23, 2014 - In line with its plan to develop a sustainable and integrated transport network on par with the best international standards, Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee in Abu Dhabi (STSC) announced accomplishing the construction works of a traffic signal at the entrance of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street, Also known as Airport Road.

    The project was implemented by the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi, under the supervision of the Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee, and it aims to ensure the smooth flow of traffic in front of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at peak hours, particularly on Friday prayers, the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

    The traffic signal, which will operate at peak times, helps provide an easier and smoother arrival of worshippers and visitors from outside the city of Abu Dhabi to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as it allows turning to the left in front of the mosque entrance to the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street and also allowing full turn (U-Turn). Visitors leaving the mosque may drive direct to downtown of Abu Dhabi by turning to the left.

    In addition, the work included expansion of bus stop to accommodate parking of three buses to drop off or pick up passengers at the same time, which will participate in improvement of the bus stop so as to facilitate the movement of passengers and ease the arrival of the largest possible number of visitors to the mosque at the appropriate time.

    Eng. Khalid Al Suwaidi, Surface Transport Advisor and Acting General Manager at the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi said: "The introduction of the traffic signal at the entrance of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a strategic project undertaken by the Department of Transport through the Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee. The Project aims to facilitate traffic to and from the mosque, especially at peak times in the month of Ramadan and the two Eid prayers where the number of visitors to the mosque is expected to double whether from Abu Dhabi city or beyond. "

    This project came as a result of studies carried out by the Department of Transport on the area surrounding the Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque. The studies are based on traffic data collected to ensure the implementation of an integrated project that puts into consideration the current and expected volume of traffic, especially with the growing popularity of Abu Dhabi as an attractive tourists destination, and to facilitate visiting Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the landmarks that visitors of Abu Dhabi and the UAE are very keen to visit.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-06-22T20:00:00Z c8a69d25-b432-42b3-b5dd-cc48c2bed823
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Offers Free Bus Service to and from Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Modifies Operating Hours of Public Transport Buses during Ramadan ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Offers_Free_Bus_Service_to_and_from_Sheikh_Zayed_Grand_Mosque_and_Modifies_Operating_Hours_of_Public_Transport_Buses_during_Ramadan

    Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced the provision of free bus services dedicated to transfer worshippers from Abu Dhabi suburbs to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in support of the "Iftar" project organized in the Mosque. DoT also announced that public transport bus services will be partially suspended during ‘Iftar’ and ‘Suhur’ timings in the Holy Month.

    In light of this, 30 buses have been allocated to transfer passengers for free from Abu Dhabi suburbs to and from Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; to enable them to have “Iftar” at the Mosque daily during Ramadan. Buses will depart from three locations towards Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque from 4:00PM to 6:45PM, as follows:

    • From the Industrial City (ICAD) in Musaffah: 20 buses.
    • From Workers Village (Musaffah): 5 buses.
    • From Al-Mafraq Workers City: 5 buses.

    Buses will depart from Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque returning to same locations after “Iftar” starting from 7:45PM until 9:00PM daily.

    With regards to the operating hours of public transport buses during Ramadan, it will be partially suspended as follows:

     

    Abu Dhabi City  Al Ain City The Western Region
    6:30PM to 8:30PM
    &
    3:30AM to 5:30AM
    6:30PM to 8:30PM 6:30PM to 8:00PM

    Mohamed Nasser Al Otaiba, Acting General Manager of the Bus Office at DoT, explained that this initiative from DoT “comes to facilitate mobility of worshippers during Iftar and prayer times, and aims to minimize traffic congestion and avoid illegally parked vehicles in the areas surrounding the mosque.”

    On the other hand, DoT announced the modified schedule of the free-of-charge ‘Park and Ride’ service, departing from Zayed Sports City, which will operate daily from 7:00AM to 5:00PM during Ramadan.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-07-01T20:00:00Z 831e5478-ba46-4f8c-8825-fda6f1bf816f
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Announces MAWAQiF Timings during Ramadan ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Announces_MAWAQiF_Timings_during_Ramadan

    Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today Mawaqif paid timings during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

    The paid timings throughout the holy month will be spread out over two periods; from 9:00AM until 2:00PM, and from 09:00PM until 2:30AM except on Thursdays when the second period will be from 09:00PM until 12:00 midnight.

    Mawaqif fees will remain unchanged for all parking bays (surface and underground) during the holy month. The surface parking will be free on Fridays and public holidays. For underground multi-story parking, Ramadan timings will not be applicable.

    On the other hand, as part of its commitment to providing world-class solutions to manage parking requirements in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, DoT started implementation of Mawaqif parking management in Al Ain City. DoT conducted studies to gauge first areas to inaugurate the service particularly most car-crowded areas such as commercial districts as well as cultural services locations in the city.

    Mawaqif Management Program implementation started in seven sectors in Al Ain City, specifically; in three sectors in Al Murabbaa, one sector in Al Madheef, one in Nad Al Salama, one in Nad Al Rusas and another sector in Hai Al Humaira as follows:

     

    Area
    Sector
    Location
    Number of Bays
    Nad Al Rusas
     
    Sector (5)
    Located between Shakhboot Ibn Sultan Street north, Ali Ibn Abi Taleb Street south; Abubaker Al Sadiq Street east and Hassa Bint Mohammed Street (known as Al Ain Street) from west.
    786
    Hai Al Humaira
     
    Sector (6)
    Located between Ali Ibn Abi Taleb Street north, Khalifa Ibn Zayed Street south, Salahudden al Ayyubi Street east and Hassa Bint Mohammed Street (known as Al Ain Street) from west.
    1185
    Al Madheef
    Sector (9)
    Located between Ali Ibn Abi Talib Street north, Khalifa Bin Zayed Street south, Abu Baker Al Siddiq Street east and Salahddeen Al Ayyubi street from west
     
    689
     
    Nad Al Salama
     
    Sector (10)
    Located between Khalifa Bin Zayed Street north, Zayed Ibn Sultan Street south, Abu Baker Al Siddiq Street east and Salahddeen Al Ayyubi street from west
    794
     
     
     
     
    Al Murabbaa
    Sector (11)
    Located between Shakhboot Ibn Sultan Street north, 16th Street south, Hamza Ibn Mutalib Street east and Abu Baker Al Siddiq Street from west
    1103
     
    Sector (12)
    Located between 16th Street north, Othman Ibn Affan Street south, Omar Ibn Al Khattab Street east and Abu Baker Al Siddiq Street from west
    Sector (13)
    Located between Shakhboot Ibn Sultan Street north, Othman Ibn Affan Street south, Omar Ibn Al Khattab Street east and Hamza Ibn Mutalib Street from west
    660

     

    The Department of Transport has provided many parking bays during the last six months in Al Ain and the service will be free of charge for the initial period; however, illegal parking will not be allowed.

    DoT urges the public to cooperate by adhering to Mawaqif’s laws and regulation, and communicating with Customer Care Center for any suggestions and ideas deemed important to optimise the service. DoT's Customer Care in Al Ain is located in DoT building in Oud Al Tawba area.

     
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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-06-24T20:00:00Z d0e6a0a4-70b4-4770-920f-727fa122b9f6
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Elected As Vice Chair, UITP MENA Executive Board ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Elected_As_Vice_Chair,_UITP_MENA_Executive_Board
    Abu Dhabion Tuesday July 15, 2014-The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi announced that it was recently elected for the position of vice chair of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) MENA Executive Board in which Saeed Al Hameli won the highest number of votes to be elected as Vice-Chairman of the UITP in MENA. Saeed Mohammad Fadel Al Hameli, the Acting Director of Organization Development, and Advisor to the Executive Director of Surface Transport at DoT, was appointed to represent DoT as the Vice Chair in MENA Executive Board of UITP, the second highest position in UITP regionally, and that will enable DoT to obtain an elected permanent seat in the Policy Board of UITP.
     
    Expressing his pleasure to be appointed in this position, Saeed Al Hameli said that this position puts extra responsibilities on his shoulders, calling to more utilization of the modern and sophisticated public transportation in Abu Dhabi; in order to place it in its appropriate position among the developed cities worldwide.
     
    Al Hameli added: “The transportation sector in Abu Dhabi is witnessing rapid growth in all aspects, and to keep pace with this growth, concerned officials in the industry, in addition to service providers and operators of Public Transport, should always seek to handle with future challenges of transportation, sustainability and the preservation of environment.”
     
    He pointed that, “The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi is always keen to bring the best expertise and international best practice to the public transport sector, as we have always benefitted from the expertise of the International Union of Public Transport, (UITP), which now encompasses 92 member states with (3,200) members.
     
    The Advisor to the Executive Director of Surface Transport at DoT highlighted the importance of investment in establishing and developing a public transport system that meets the needs of different segments of the society; and that public transport has obvious advantages such as saving nearly five times the energy consumed by private vehicles. In addition, an efficient public transport system contributes to the reduction of air pollution caused by private vehicles by half.
     
    In this context, Al Hameli has recently moderated one of the sessions of the Third UITP MENA Congress under the title of “Increasing Revenue”, where he pointed out the importance of revenues in public transportation and discussed tools to diversify them. Al Hameli concluded the session by highlighting the experiences of both Japan and China in the field of trains, as it can be utilized to support the UAE experience in the field and develop it.
     
    It is worth mentioning that the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi hosted this year the Policy Board Meeting of UITP, which was held for the first time outside the European continent. The meetings included a special workshop on Abu Dhabi that discussed the challenges faced by the Emirate in its efforts to develop sophisticated and sustainable public transport in line with the Abu Dhabi current and future plans.
     
    Al Hameli commented that the UITP meetings presented a good chance to discuss and review the highlights of international trends in the field of transport, especially that its being held in Abu Dhabi has strengthened its strategic partnerships with senior officials of public transport and the institutions involved, benefitting the process of social and economic development witnessed in the Emirate.
     
    It is noteworthy that the United Arab Emirates, has hosted the Third UITP MENA Congress 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, with the sponsorship of the Department of Transport of Abu Dhabi. This congress is considered the fruit of cooperation and partnership between the United Arab Emirates, represented by RTA in Dubai, and UITP for organizing this event once every two years for a span of ten years, reinforced by the establishment of The MENA Centre for Transport Excellence, based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE also hosted the fifty-ninth session of the UITP Conference and Exhibition in 2011.
     
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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-07-14T20:00:00Z 11797fdb-1584-4aac-bd3b-7558baa94c38
    Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee Conducts Improvement Works around Al Wahda Mall ../mediainfo/Safety_and_Traffic_Solutions_Committee_Conducts_Improvement_Works_around_Al_Wahda_Mall

    AED 13-million project will see three new traffic signals to relieve congestion and allow drivers easy access to the Wahda Mall 

    Abu Dhabi on Wednesday 13 August, 2014 - As part of its commitment to providing world-class sustainable and integrated transportation infrastructure, the Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee (STSC) in Abu Dhabi commenced since last December traffic improvement works around Al Wahda Mall, one of the prime shopping malls in Abu Dhabi.  

    The AED 13-million project, slated to be accomplished by the end of 2014, encompasses the construction of three new traffic signals; one at Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (previously known as Airport Rd) to allow drivers a left turn towards the local road number 13 at section 1, close to Al Wahda Mall. Another traffic signal will be constructed on the local road number 16 allowing vehicles to U-turn toward the local road number 13, in addition to a third signal behind the main bus station at the local road number 16 to allow drivers a left turn to reach the existing road between Al Wahda Mall and the new Mall expansion. Please refer to the attached map for more details.

    Other improvement works that aim to help drivers reach their destinations hassle-free include improvements on the entrances and exits of the taxi lanes in the Mall, in addition to further improvements and expansion of the surrounding roads to relieve the traffic congestion resulting from the Mall expansion, this entails expansion of street 16 and expansion of street 13 to become a two-way street.

    The improvement works is a project undertaken by the DoT, as part of the STSC, with an aim to improve traffic, elevate road services, and relieve congestion by facilitating better entry and exits of vehicles to the Mall and neighboring areas, whilst raising road safety and accommodating the growing number of cars in the area during peak hours.

    The STSC has embarked on field studies on Al Wahda Mall and surrounding areas based on gathered traffic data to ensure that work takes into consideration existing and future traffic propositions whilst addressing the rapidly-growing status of Abu Dhabi as tourists destination attracting visitors from around the world who benefit from the available shopping experiences.

    On the other hand, DoT notes that a number of ‘MAWAQiF’ parking bays in the same sector (E19) have been closed as part of the road expansion. Nevertheless, MAWAQiF allows holders of residents’ permits to park in the nearby sector W 14-02 until the completion of the improvements and solving the problem of the lack of parking bays resulting therefrom.

    In order to ensure maximum safety is in place where the improvement works take place, the STSC has advised drivers to drive cautiously in the area while adhering to all traffic rules and regulations, to drive slowly and carefully whilst cooperating with all parties implementing the improvement works.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-08-13T20:00:00Z 652d8b81-1192-4b90-976a-a608ee18cdd3
    Department of Transport’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) Enhances Effectiveness of Incident Management and Traffic Flow in Abu Dhabi ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport’s_Traffic_Management_Center_(TMC)_Enhances_Effectiveness_of_Incident_Management_and_Traffic_Flow_in_Abu_Dhabi
    • TMC contributes to making the roads safer and less congested
    • An average response time of 9 minutes for the management of minor incidents and broken down vehicles in 2013
    • An average of 2000 incidents per month attended by DoT’s Road Service Patrol in 2013
    • Total number of incidents managed by TMC increased by 35% in 2013 than the year before

    As part of the efforts of the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi to efficiently manage incidents on the road network, making it safer for all road users, and to achieve the objectives of the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), DoT revealed the major roles played by the Traffic Management Center (TMC).

    TMC main role is to promptly respond to accidents and incidents and manage traffic flow more efficiently; which helps in reducing the risk of secondary incidents. This role of TMC in improving the traffic flow in Abu Dhabi positively reflects on the economy and safety of the road users.

    As a central unit for traffic control and management, TMC manages all the traffic signals in Abu Dhabi, through its specialized team of traffic signal operators, supervisors and engineers. TMC also manages and dispatches Road Service Patrols, which aim to providing road support services for accidents and broken-down vehicles, as well as dispatching recovery vehicles that are capable of removing any vehicle from the road. Moreover, TMC also employs the services of a representative from Abu Dhabi Police for incident coordination.

    In addition, TMC is a hub for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), which are constantly developing and expanding for the benefit of road users. The current systems include traffic counting stations recording the volume and speed of vehicles. Another system calculates the average journey time of road users from different points of origins and destinations, using cameras that cover the entire City of Abu Dhabi. TMC also helps in disseminating traffic information to road users through smart-phones m-Darb application via the Integrated Traffic Information & Navigation System (ITINS), in addition to social media platforms such as Twitter. Furthermore, TMC utilizes Portable Variable Message Signs (PVMS) to notify road users of urgent incidents and for events management.

    "The coordination between the relevant divisions within DoT, strategic partners and all TMC team members contributes to increasing road safety and the smooth flow of traffic through the quick and efficient response to incidents. Specifically, The TMC has recorded a 20% increase in the number of notifications sent to DoT’s Road Service Patrol during the past two years. Similarly, the TMC has recorded a 35% increase in the active traffic management activities that deal with traffic congestion in 2013, thus minimizing the impact of incidents on the flow of traffic. TMC has set precise standards and performance indicators for incident response and clearance times not to exceed 15 minutes for the majority of minor and regular incidents.” a DoT official said. 

    Eng. Hamad Adel Al Afeefi, Acting Director - Traffic Management and Technology Division at the Department of Transport asserted that another important role of the TMC is to support and manage events in Abu Dhabi in coordination with its strategic partners and related government and private sector agencies. These include events such as the Formula1, the Triathlon, Abu Dhabi Golf Tournament and Qasr Al Hosn Festival amongst many others. 

    The TMC’s role is essential in assisting with the prior planning for these events, in addition to traffic management during the event itself. TMC’s role includes modifying traffic signal timings, management and dispatch of Road Service and Recovery Patrols, communicating traffic information to the public through the m-Darb application (Integrated Traffic Information & Navigation System) and social media such as Twitter, and the constant coordination with the strategic partners such as Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Municipality.

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-08-19T20:00:00Z e5fd31af-1a29-4dbd-9d7a-884326fca9b9
    The Executive School Transport Committee in Abu Dhabi Introduces New Uniform for School Bus Escorts and Drivers with the Beginning of the Academic Year ../mediainfo/The_Executive_School_Transport_Committee_in_Abu_Dhabi_Introduces_New_Uniform_for_School_Bus_Escorts_and_Drivers_with_the_Beginning_of_the_Academic_Year

    Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - The Executive School Transport Committee in Abu Dhabi announced today the introduction of new uniform for school bus drivers and escorts, as part of its implementation of new school transport legislation that aims at raising school transport standards to highest levels. This comes through close and productive cooperation among all committee members and in accordance with the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) in Abu Dhabi.

    The new uniform is in line with enhancement efforts of the overall school transport experience. It helps identify the staff, relays discipline and trust between the students and their parents on one hand, and the school transport service providers on the other. It is designed with practicality in mind, to combine both professional image and functional comfort. 

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-09-01T20:00:00Z 0bdbb2c9-0265-4661-b68a-0cfcbbfcdcdb
    Department of Transport Implements Mawaqif Service at Sectors E40 and E25 ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Implements_Mawaqif_Service_at_Sectors_E40_and_E25
    Abu Dhabi on Monday, 29 September 2014– As part of the Department of Transport’s (DoT) commitment to increase safety on the roads, facilitate the movement of pedestrians, and to improve the aesthetic appearance of the city, the (DoT) in Abu Dhabi began implementing Mawaqif (parking) services at Sectors E40 and E25. Sector E40 is located between Rabdan Street north, Dhafeer Street south, Sultan Bin Zayed The Frist Street east and Rashid Bin Saeed Street west, while sector E25 is located between Delma Street north, Shakhboot Bin Sultan Street south, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street east, and Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street west.
     
    The available parking bays in both sectors make a total of 1549, all standard parking (curbstones painted in turquoise and black), consisting of 1035 parking slots in sector E40 and 514 for sector E25.
     
    In this aspect, Mohammad Hamad Bin Fahad Al Muhairi, General Manager of Mawaqif Division at the Department of Transport, noted that the commencement of Mawaqif services at Sectors E40 and E25 comes as part of DoT’s strategy to upgrade the infrastructure in Abu Dhabi, increasing safety on the roads, through providing efficient, proactive and integrated solutions to address the parking issue. Mawaqif offers vehicle owners hassle-free solutions to reach their destinations, especially in congested areas that experience a lot of traffic.

    It is noteworthy that the Parking Management Services System has launched in the year 2009 which aims to organize and regulate the parking system to best service the public interest. 
     
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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-09-27T20:00:00Z b2572ccb-59c1-4299-a02b-856150ce6fd1
    Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee in Abu Dhabi Completes Improvement Works around ADNEC ../mediainfo/Safety_and_Traffic_Solutions_Committee_in_Abu_Dhabi_Completes_Improvement_Works_around_ADNEC

    Project Assigned to the Department of Transport as a Member of the Committee

    Abu Dhabi on Monday, 29 September 2014– The Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee in Abu Dhabi (STSC) announced today that the improvement works around Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) complex have been completed and all roads are now open for traffic. The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi, as a member of the committee, was responsible to implement the project, accomplishing the works in 18 months.
     
    The AED-55-million project included a number of road infrastructure improvements encompassed building a road linked to the existing bridge near Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, and constructing a traffic light to regulate traffic from Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street to ADNEC from all directions. Works also included widening the local roads around the embassies area to accommodate traffic outgoing from ADNEC, in addition to changing the local road at ADNEC’s parking buildings to a double-lane road. Besides, new traffic lights at the conjunction of Al Karama Street and Dhafeer Street has been constructed whilst the existing one at Safarat Street has been widened with the addition of a second left turn for vehicles approaching from Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street.
     
    The road network improvements around ADNEC are one of many projects undertaken by the DoT through theSafety and Traffic Solutions Committee of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The goal of the project is to bring about a wide spectrum of benefits such as smooth traffic movements to and from ADNEC and neighbouring areas, namely Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street and embassies area. This will allow vehicle owners convenient, hassle-free and on-time access to ADNEC whilst relieving the traffic congestion at peak times when international events such as IDEX and ADIPEC are being hosted and large audience from the UAE, the region and worldwide come to attend.
     
    The ADNEC traffic improvement works have been initiated following thorough studies conducted by the Safety and Traffic Solutions Committee in Abu Dhabi on the area and surrounding road network based on scientifically gathered traffic data. The studies aim to ensure the work takes into consideration existing and future traffic proposition whilst addressing the rapidly growing status of Abu Dhabi as a destination for international events and conferences that attract very wide audiences from all corners of the world. 
     
     
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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-09-28T20:00:00Z e73d8b42-5721-43ec-9771-a700e43e22ba
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Issues Mawaqif Permits for Abu Dhabi’s Central Market Area Residents ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Issues_Mawaqif_Permits_for_Abu_Dhabi’s_Central_Market_Area_Residents
    Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 -As part of its endevours to provide world-class service to manage vehicle parking areas, Abu Dhabi Department of Transport today commenced issuing Mawaqif permits for the residents of Sector East 1 and 2 at the Central Market Area, Abu Dhabi.
     
    Sector East 1 is located in the area between Corniche Road north, Khalifa bin Zayed the First Street south, the 10th Street east and Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum west whilst Sector East 2 is located between Khalifa bin Zayed the First Street in the north, Hamdan bin Mohammed Street to the south, the 10th Street to the east and Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street to the west.
     
    The aim of providing Mawaqif permits aims to ensure sufficient parking spaces in this vital area in the heart of the Capital that attract huge traffic daily. The DoT called upon residents of the area to visit Mawaqif Customer Service office at the Central Market to apply their permits starting on October 7th. The deadline for the application is October 23rd, 2014. Documents needed for the application process are: a valid housing rental contract authenticated by Abu Dhabi’s Municipality, Electricity bill, valid vehicle ownership, valid Emirates’ Identity as well as a copy of valid residency visa on the passport.
     
    The DoT requests all residents to apply for permits on the set timelines. For more information call our Toll-free number 800-3009.
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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-09-30T20:00:00Z 2510c6d8-ebd7-4b5a-af6a-0652748fbd06
    Department of Transport Commences Second Phase of Maintenance Works on Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Road (Dubai – Al Mafraq) ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Commences_Second_Phase_of_Maintenance_Works_on_Sheikh_Maktoum_bin_Rashid_Road_(Dubai_–_Al_Mafraq)
    Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - As part of its plan to constantly enhance road users’ safety by performing regular maintenance works and improvements on all main roads, bridges and tunnels in Abu Dhabi at an estimated cost of up to AED 115 million a year, the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi announced commencing the implementation of the second phase of maintenance works of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Road (Dubai – Al Mafraq), in cooperation with its strategic partners, and with an estimated cost of 7.3 million AED. This comes after the accomplishment of the works of the first phase of the project that was completed by end of April 2014, which entailed repairing cracks and depressions of asphalt pavement layers, for a total area of sixty five thousand m2.
     
    Maintenance works in the second phase include removing and replacing several damaged layers of asphalt pavement from the road, with a total area of eighty thousand m2, and is expected to be accomplished by mid-October 2014. Eng. Faisal Al Suwaidi, General Manager of Main Roads in the DoT, explained that the repair and maintenance works came as part of regular and ongoing improvements and of strategic objectives at keeping 
    Abu Dhabi road in the best condition possible at all time. In addition, to avoid the higher cost of later repair in case the cracks and depressions increased in the future, clarifying that this process of re-paving will help in increasing the road’s life span, and provide more protection for its infrastructure.
     
    In this regard, DoT calls on road users to be cautious when using this road and reduce their speed, adhering to signboards at the detour to maintain their safety and safety of others.
     
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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-10-07T20:00:00Z ddb27fd2-635b-4957-8315-ea59d1a4f94c
    Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Wins the Competition to host the 2019 World Road Congress ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Wins_the_Competition_to_host_the_2019_World_Road_Congress
    Accolade Recognizes Emirate and UAE Prominent Status in the Field of Transport Infrastructure 
     
    Santiago, Chile on 30 October 2014 -Abu Dhabi today, represented by a delegation from the Emirate and comprised of the Department of Transport, the National Transport Authority, Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau (a division of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company, has successfully won the right to host the renowned World Road Congress in 2019 after securing 163 out of the 177 votes. The event, which will take place in October 2019, will see between 5000 to 7000 delegates descend on the capital. This award highlights the growing status of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates ability to attract the world’s most prestigious events.
     
    Established in 1909, the World Road Association (PIARC) brings together the road administrations of 120 governments along with its members in over 140 countries. The United Arab Emirates was successfully accepted as the latest member on 29 October, 2014.
     
    On this occasion, H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, the DoT chairman stated: “Following the country’s acclaimed title as the world’s ‘No 1 transport infrastructure’ by the World Economic Forum this year, this win enables us to not only share our success to date with the world but also provides us with continued access to the world’s most intellectual minds with regards to transport infrastructure. The ability to share global knowledge, along with the obvious financial benefits to our economy, makes this a significant win for both Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.”
     
    In addition, H.E. Dr. Eng. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nueimi, Minister of Public Works, Chairman of the National Transport Authority (NTA) stressed that the UAE has hosted world class events in recent years demonstrating its exceptional capability in conference venues, international accessibility, state of the art road infrastructure, as well as its safety and security.  All these factors place the UAE at the heart of the interest of world experts in road design.  He added that this win will drive the UAE to continue to strive for excellence in infrastructure development.
     
    The President of the World Road Association added: “The United Arab Emirates tender was hugely impressive and showed our members the array of positive benefits that hosting the prestigious World Road Congress in Abu Dhabi would bring to the association. We would like to thank the UAE presentation team and we look forward to a hugely successful congress in 2019.”
     
    The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport stressed that the strength of the UAE tender hinged on the concerted and well-coordinated efforts of the National Transport Authority, Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau (a division of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority), the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company, Abu Dhabi Municipality, and the special role played by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Santiago to support the success of the tender.
     
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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-10-31T20:00:00Z 502a2e97-86ff-433d-929a-dda726905eee
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi launches a New Version of its “Darb” Web Portal and highlights its Customer Relationship Management System ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_launches_a_New_Version_of_its_“Darb”_Web_Portal_and_highlights_its_Customer_Relationship_Management_System  
    While Participating in GITEX Technology Week under the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi eGovernment Stand
     
    Abu Dhabi on Saturday, October 11, 2014 - In its pursuit to familiarize the public with the latest technology and interactive tools provided and used to communicate with all users, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi partakes in the GITEX Technology Week, which will take place in Dubai World Trade Centre between 12 and 16 October 2014. Through its participation under the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi eGovernment stand, the DoT aims to launch its new version of “Darb” web portal and shed the light on its Customer Relationship Management system. This event will also witness the involvement of 22 government entities from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi under the title "Digital Technology towards a Better Future".
     
    In the event that brings together leading companies and institutions working in the field of information and communication technologies, the DoT intends to invest its presence to showcase the latest interactive solutions provided to its audience of road users as well as to individuals and entities benefiting from its services. DoT will launch its updated version of “Darb” web portal, (http://www.darb.ae) which is an online service that allows members of the public to access updated information on driving directions, road works, bus routes and other online transport services in the Emirate. Using the Geographical Information System (GIS), “Darb” helps users to access fast, up-to-date and reliable information on driving directions, car travel maps, bus travel maps (bus routes and bus stops), points of interest (ATMs, petrol stations, hospitals, etc.), ferry routes and timings. “Darb” also provides information on all airports in the UAE, with particular emphasis on details about the airports in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and related facilities such as passenger terminals and parking locations. 
     
    Among “Darb’s” various advantages, is that residents and visitors can now plan, navigate and visualize the routes and driving directions between any two different points in the Emirate using the "Bus Trip Planner" feature. 
     
    “Darb” also provides access to live information about traffic conditions on the road through its "Live Traffic" feature, which provides information about road works, accidents and developments. “Darb” also helps motorists avoid congested roads or traffic delays through its colour-marked maps that provide up-to-date data. This enables road users to choose alternative routes around congested areas. 
     
    “Darb” allows users to share geographic locations across social networks as well as to use advanced map search features in accordance with the "New Abu Dhabi Addressing System", "Car Pooling" and "Book a Taxi" features.
     
    The design of the new portal provides unique display features on smartphones and small screens due to its compatible configuration with the display properties of smart devices, laptops and desktops. 
     
    On the other hand, the DoT will shed light on its Customer Relationship Management System (CRM), which has been applied last year. CRM is responsible for the management of many essential processes within the DoT, including the development of all data related to DoT customers whether individuals, companies or government entities. The CRM system also enables the DoT to conduct searches, send notifications to the public, process service requests (registration, processing and closing) and manage all complaints and suggestions. It also handles all agreements with customers and their printing in addition to DoT revenue management and communication with the public. 
     
    The system provides several technology advantages to the DoT and its customers and other government entities, such as the adoption of the automated Emirates ID Card Reader as the sole identifier for individuals. DoT’s CRM system is also connected to the Department of Economic Development (DED) as a sole identifier of institutions and companies’ data. 
     
    Additionally, CRM has been linked to many internal systems as "Darbi" complaints’ spatial information system, "Transportation Impact Study" system and “No Objection Certificate” electronic system. The system ensures that the DoT provides all services to the public through a sole services platform and mutual customers’ database, including “Parking Services and Inspective System (PSIS)" and "Car Park Management System (CPMS)." 
     
    The CRM system secures a direct online linkage with the Government of Abu Dhabi for the exchange of information and data about customer complaints and suggestions in order to track and solve the complaints/suggestions. The system enables DoT to use new techniques in order to collect fees through electronic payment applications and conduct inspections through smart devices. It also provides an integrated system for taking photos and uploading them to the servers efficiently. Equally, it develops a system for violations linked to printers via Bluetooth.
     
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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-10-11T20:00:00Z 3d6a2f12-c642-48f6-b4fd-534719f876cc
    Department of Transport Chairman Receives Italian Minister of Transport & Infrastructure ../mediainfo/Department_of_Transport_Chairman_Receives_Italian_Minister_of_Transport_$_Infrastructure

    Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – The Department of Transport (DoT) Chairman, HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, received in his office in Abu Dhabi, HE Maurizio Lupi, Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and an accompanying delegation including HE Giorgio Starace, the Italian Ambassador to the UAE, as well as the President of Alitalia, Italy’s national airline and the President of Milan Airports.

    The high-level visit to Abu Dhabi by the Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and senior delegation comes within the framework of strong bilateral relations and strategic partnership between the United Arab Emirates and the Italian Republic, and to further explore cooperation opportunities between the two sides, especially in the fields of air, marine and land transport and infrastructure.  

    In this regard, the visiting senior Italian delegation received a high-level brief on the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), and its objective of creating a world-class, modern, integrated and sustainable transport network that supports the unprecedented economic development and urban expansion currently witnessed by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. As well as, reinforce Abu Dhabi image with its strong portfolio of cultural and touristic attractions, as a globally leading destination.

    The high-level meeting between HE DoT Chairman and HE Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure was attended by senior officials from both sides, and particularly focused on the means of closer engagement between the Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure in Rome. 

    Before concluding the high-level meeting, HE Minister Lupi thanked HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, for the warm welcome and care that he and accompanying delegation received in Abu Dhabi.  

    HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan highlighted the friendly relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Italian Republic; the growing economic and political ties between the two countries, as well as the steps that would be taken in the future to strengthen this relationship. 

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    2014-11-04T20:00:00Z 6f9a0f66-ddf6-4faa-a073-bc4c54d55b1b
    H.E. Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi Gave Strict Directives on Taking Deterrent Measures against Violators of School Transport Safety ../mediainfo/H.E._Dr._Amal_Al_Qubaisi_Gave_Strict_Directives_on_Taking_Deterrent_Measures_against_Violators_of_School_Transport_Safety
    At a high-level government meeting held under the title "Zero Tolerance with Violations of our Children’s Safety"
     
     
     
    Abu Dhabi on November 10, 2014 –At an emergency meeting held to discuss the school transport safety measures, Her Excellency Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), issued strict directives to intensify the efforts of all relevant stakeholders through mutual cooperation in order to ensure that school transport safety has achieved maximum security levels. During the meeting, which she called for and attended by senior officials from the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi Media Company, General Secretariat of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (GSEC) and Emirates Transport, H.E. Dr. Al Qubaisi stressed on the importance of adopting a zero tolerance policy when applying firm measures and strict proceduresagainst any violations of school transport safety. According to her, this will contribute to avoiding any accidents or risks that may threaten our schoolchildren whether resulting from transgressions or negligence. 
     
    The School Transport Executive Committee in Abu Dhabi has recently commenced a series of preventive measures, including inspections and field visits to examine the safety of school transport systems. These measures aim to guarantee the provision of an integrated, comfortable and sustainable transport services with the highest standards of safety and security for students during their daily trips between home and school. 
     
    In this respect, H.E. Dr. Al Qubaisi said, “All of us, with no exception, must exert intensive effort in order to ensure the level of security and safety which prevents the occurrence of any unfortunate incidents”. She further explained, “In spite of my strong commitment to ensuring that all the relevant entities carry out their regulatory and supervisory responsibilities in order to make sure that all school transport safety measures are duly respected and violators are punished, I must stress also on the vital and important role and responsibility of the community, parents and students themselves in raising awareness about safety procedures, and reporting any violations that may pose a risk to students while traveling from their homes to school and vice versa”.
     
     "We are rigorously working to monitor and supervise the commitment of school transport operators and supervisors in applying all the security and safety measures in order to reassure parents of their children’s safety. Moreover, we are taking into account the need for intensive and active collaboration with all government and community concerned parties”, said Brigadier Engineer Hussein Ahmed Al Harthi, Director of Traffic and Patrol Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police and Chairman of the School Transport Executive Committee. He also stressed on “the importance of having competent, qualified and well-trained supervisors who are familiar with the safety procedures and are fully aware of their exact responsibilities while accompanying the students and ensuring their safety inside school transportation”.
     
     In the same context, Al Harthi also confirmed that all parties, especially the School Transport Executive Committee, thoroughly and periodically monitor school transport operators across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to guarantee their commitment to school transport regulations and requirements in accordance with the best security and safety standards. He also noted that the Committee has recently issued a public announcement on the ban of using minibuses and microbuses as school transport vehicles due to their lack of necessary safety standards.
     
    The meeting concluded with agreement on a group of important recommendations and mutual procedures that all school transport concerned entities will adopt and apply in order to secure the highest safety standards in school transportation.
     
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    2014-11-09T20:00:00Z 079704e4-0720-4f39-a5e8-3babfb0946c7
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Organizes an Awareness Event in Al Maya Island ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Organizes_an_Awareness_Event_in_Al_Maya_Island In the framework of a campaign to encourage the safe use of personal watercrafts


    Abu Dhabi on Monday, November 9, 2014 – Under the title of "Minimize Risk, Maximize Fun", the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi organized an awareness campaign for users of personal watercrafts in Al Maya Island (also known as Al Halah). This campaign falls within the DoT’s keenness to organize personal watercrafts activities, formulate maritime transport sector policies and work on the implementation of its legislations and regulations in Abu Dhabi.

    The event inaugurated by gathering personal watercrafts’ users in a tent held by the Department of Transport for this purpose. Then, a representative of the Department gave a lecture on safety procedures to be followed before using personal watercrafts. The DoT’s representative also informed the audience about the prohibited areas for personal watercrafts use, with an explanation of the reasons for the prohibition, and the methods to avoid violations resulting from lack of familiarity with the laws. The Department has also provided a presentation on how to use safety equipment, and the importance of wearing a life jacket and protective helmet to safeguard personal watercrafts’ users from potential hazards.

    With the help of specialists and volunteer participants, the Department presented a demonstration of safe riding, especially when a personal watercraft user is close to the beaches and limited spaces. Finally, DoT organized a march with personal watercrafts in the sea, where all participants were able to practice all procedures explained at the beginning of the event.

    The event was attended by representatives from the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA), and the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), who all called upon all personal watercrafts users to respect regulations, especially in the merchant marine channels in order to preserve life and property.

    In this regard, Humaid Saber Al Hameli, the Acting Director of Maritime Transport Sector stressed on the Department’s commitment to providing sustainable services in accordance with the best practices which contribute to raising public awareness of riding personal watercrafts as a hobby. Al Hameli added that “although riding personal watercrafts is a fun sport that attracts many people, this hobby can be risky if users did not abide by safety requirements in order to preserve their personal wellbeing, encourage tourism and maintain the marine environment”.

    Al Hameli said that the personal watercrafts registration began in September 2013 and 1200 personal watercrafts were registered to this date. He also mentioned that the DoT is currently considering taking legal action against unregistered personal watercrafts’ owners in implementation of the personal watercrafts’ law No. (7) of 2006 and its executive order. According to this law, Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA) will confiscate personal watercrafts that are not registered. Al Hameli also advised users not to inconvenience others, respect people’s privacy and distance themselves from wrong practices to avoid accountability. According to him, these measures will prevent this sport from turning the sea into a repulsive environment for beachgoers, and personal watercrafts’ users as well. Moreover, Al Hameli explained that the DoT’s Maritime Transport Sector is currently working to amend and update the maps of areas where the use of personal watercrafts is prohibited. This step will take into account the demands of the owners of hotels and tourist facilities, and beachgoers on the one hand, and the requests from the owners of personal watercrafts on the other hand.

    It is worth mentioning that the Department of Transport has developed awareness brochures to raise public awareness about the safe use of personal watercrafts. It also issued a circular to recreational ports and special docking sites that includes conditions of providing personal watercrafts related services. Furthermore, DoT has placed marine signboards showing the most important marine signs and prohibited areas in the Free Port, Abu Dhabi Marine Sports Club, Al Bateen Fishermen Port, Emirates Palace Marina and Yas Marina. Likewise, coordination is underway with the National Center for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) to connect people in the sea directly with online information displays.


    For more information about personal watercrafts, kindly visit http://www.dot.abudhabi.ae/pwc/en/info/general
     

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    2014-11-08T20:00:00Z 0f6971de-9686-4635-98e5-58289940df38
    The Department of Transport’s Traffic Management Center (TMC) Implements Vehicle Actuated (VA) Signal Timings at Traffic Signals in Abu Dhabi City ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport’s_Traffic_Management_Center_(TMC)_Implements_Vehicle_Actuated_(VA)_Signal_Timings_at_Traffic_Signals_in_Abu_Dhabi_City
    • TMC implemented vehicle actuated (VA) signal timings at 44 junctions in Abu Dhabi Island, 8 junctions in Yas Island and 4 junctions in Saadiyat Island.
    • Since implementing VA signal timings, average reduction rate of delays during peak hours in Abu Dhabi Central Business District (CBD) was 6%, 31% outside the Central Business District (CBD) and 50% in Saadiyat and Reem Islands.
    • Since implementing VA signal timings, average reduction rate of delays in off-peak hours in Abu Dhabi CBD was 75%, 90% outside CBD and 97% in Saadiyat and Reem Islands.

    Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – In its keenness to achieve the objectives of the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP), the Traffic Management Center (TMC) started implementing Vehicle Actuated (VA) Signal Timings at Traffic Signals in Abu Dhabi City and its suburbs. This step comes in line with the continuous efforts of the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi to efficiently operate the traffic signals via a variety of Intelligent Traffic Management Technologies, such as the Adaptive Traffic Control System and Vehicle Actuated (VA) signal timings.

    DoT has recently commenced a project (that includes the design and development of Urban/Inter-Urban Traffic Management and Control System in Abu Dhabi City) to implement a fully automatic and adaptive traffic management system in Abu Dhabi. Awaiting the completion of the Adaptive Traffic Control System, TMC will be implementing Vehicle Actuated (VA) traffic signal timings at various locations as a transitional measure. It is worth mentioning that Vehicle Actuated (VA) mode of operation utilizes the sensors to detect the vehicles’ volume and automatically change the traffic signals to serve the fluctuating demand. VA not only reduces congestion and delays, but also reduces fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.

    Accordingly, TMC has currently implemented VA mode of operation at 44 junctions in Abu Dhabi Island, 8 junctions in Yas Island, and 4 junctions in Saadiyat Island, and it is extending the VA mode to other junctions in the city. "The implementation of the VA signal timings is in line with the Department’s goal of realizing sustainable transport infrastructure by reducing traffic congestions at signalized intersections, as well as improving the air quality and environment through using intelligent transportation solutions” said Eng. Faisal Ahmad Al Suwaidi, General Director of Main Roads at the Department of Transport.                                                                                  

    Eng. Hamad Adel Al Afeefi, Acting Director, Traffic Management & Technology (TMT) Division added: "Since implementing the VA signal timings, we have noticed considerable reduction in delays and travel time during the peak and off-peak hours of the day. Average reduction rate of delays during peak hours in Abu Dhabi Central Business District (CBD) reached 6%, 31% outside the Central Business District (CBD) and 50% in Saadiyat and Reem Islands.  While average reduction rate of delays during off-peak hours in Abu Dhabi CBD reached 75%, 90% outside CBD and 97% in Saadiyat and Reem Islands”.

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    2014-11-11T20:00:00Z 65679143-bb04-4230-b970-9ab33726937c
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Celebrates the National Day by Setting a New Record at Guinness World Records ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Celebrates_the_National_Day_by_Setting_a_New_Record_at_Guinness_World_Records
     
    Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 In the framework of its contribution to UAE national celebrations, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi celebrates the National Day by setting a new Guinness record through creating the largest UAE flag made of its transport buses. This initiative, which will take place on Tuesday November 18, from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM at Shahama parking yard, was designed to highlight the role of the DoT and its capabilities in organizing global initiatives and events.
     
    The DoT will invest this new world record to increase awareness of its role and importance of public transport as one of the most crucial elements to the success of the various events through ensuring the security and safety on roads, relieving traffic congestion and facilitating mobility for participants. This initiative also concentrates on the role played by DoT in the success of major events hosted in Abu Dhabi as a leading global destination for organizing and managing big events such as Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, FIFA Club World Cup,Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC), Abu Dhabi Air Expo and International Association of Public Transport (UITP).
     
    It is also worthy to note that the Department of Transport plays an important role in organizing the World Formula 1 Races, which is the largest event in the UAE after the National Day celebrations, by offering integrated transport services to an audience of nearly 60,000 passengers throughout the event.
     
    "Despite our commitment to celebrating our national occasions through creative initiatives, the most important motive behind organizing this initiative was to promote the image of the DoT and its role in planning and managing safe and integrated transportation services. This will promote Abu Dhabi as a global pioneer in events’ management industry. The flag is a powerful national symbol and it attracts large media coverage and the event coincides with the global coverage of Formula 1, so we hope that this event will convey the perfect image that reflects this important vision. The vision that underlines the DoT’s role in planning transport capabilities in order to serve big events and initiatives” saidSaeed Mohammad Fadel Al Hameli, Advisor to the Executive Director of Surface Transport Sector and Chairman of Events Committee at the Department of Transport.
     
    To ensure the success of this initiative according to Guinness World Records’ conditions, the DoT has gathered 156 buses and divided them into the four colors of the UAE flag where 39 buses represent each color. The anticipated UAE Flag is 36.6 meters long and 145.3 meters wide. It is worthy to mention that preparation and painting of all buses were completed in two weeks only.
     
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    2014-11-18T20:00:00Z 52b8bf3a-138d-4b5c-a62d-c67db3da43cd
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi holds a Consultation Workshop on the New Safety Standards for Freight Transport ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_holds_a_Consultation_Workshop_on_the_New_Safety_Standards_for_Freight_Transport

    In its continuous efforts to develop the safety and security on the roads of Abu Dhabi


    Abu Dhabi on Sunday, December 7, 2014 – As part of its commitment to improving the security and safety standards of Abu Dhabi’s Freight and Logistics sector, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi holds a public consultation workshop on the proposed new minimum standards for road freight transport operators. The event is aimed at seeking the public and stakeholders feedback on implementing the new safety standards of operating freight transportation services in Abu Dhabi. This workshop signaled the start of the consultation process that is to be finished on January 31, 2015, where the public can use the website www.freight2030.ae to actively participate.

    The Department intends to use the public feedback on these standards to adjust them according to the best practices that would ensure both road safety and satisfaction of road users. “Setting minimum safety standards for operators of goods vehicles is an absolute must in Abu Dhabi. The launch of today’s public consultation shows that the Department of Transport values the opinions and experience of the private sector as this will allow us to set reasonable and workable standards for truck operators,” said Mohammed Nasser Al Otaiba, Director of DoT’s Freight Division.

    The introduction of these new minimum standards comes in response to research and surveys indicating that many freight transportation vehicles lack safety standards needed to operate on the roads of Abu Dhabi. During research conducted in partnership between the Department of Transport and Abu Dhabi Police in 2013, over 500 trucks were inspected at the roadside. The research found that the majority of these trucks did not fully adhere to the required safety standards. Another survey of the Emirate’s road network also observed that many freight trucks are parked unsuitably especially in Mussafah industrial area.

    According to DoT’s Plan, the proposed standards will apply to companies holding a general transportation commercial license to operate goods vehicles with an unladen weight of more than 2.5 tonnes. The suggested standards stipulates that the companies requiring a DoT Certificate of Non-Objection (NOC) for a commercial license to operate goods vehicles to have:

    1. A Truck Inspection and Maintenance Management System
    2. A Driver Fatigue Management Plan
    3. An Operating Centre in Abu Dhabi with sufficient off highway parking areas
    4. Nominated key contacts within the business
    5. Updated records for all of the above

    Consequently, businesses will demonstrate their compliance to the said standards by filling in an application and uploading the evidence requested directly on the DoT website. Furthermore, guidance documents have been prepared to explain the process of completing the application form and providing the required evidence. These guidance documents are available on the Freight2030 website www.freight2030.ae. Additionally, queries can be sent to freight2030@dot.abudhabi.ae

    It is worthy to mention that the topic of minimum standards was included in the inaugural Abu Dhabi Annual Freight Survey distributed in November 2013. Respondents were overwhelmingly in favour of implementing minimum standards with 98% stating they agreed or strongly agreed with the proposal. This topic was also discussed at the Abu Dhabi Freight Master Plan Launch Event held in February 2014

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    2014-12-06T20:00:00Z 47a79c63-2b54-4a7c-84a8-424ba7bd5199
    The Amir of the State of Kuwait Receives Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan to Honor the DoT with a Distinguished Informatics Award ../mediainfo/The_Amir_of_the_State_of_Kuwait_Receives_Sultan_bin_Tahnoon_Al_Nahyan_to_Honor_the_DoT_with_a_Distinguished_Informatics_Award

    In the Amiri Diwan at Bayan Palace

    Abu Dhabi on Sunday, December 21, 2014 – The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that HH the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, received HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of Transport, to honor the DoT for its smart application "Darb", which was among the five top smart applications in the Arab World at the 14th Annual Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah Informatics Award.

    The Chairman of DoT received the award from HH the Amir of Kuwait at the official annual award ceremony held at the Amiri Diwan in Bayan Palace. The "Darb" application achieved the fourth prize as one of the best smart applications in the Arab World. The decision to award “Darb” the prize was concluded by the award jury, which comprises of senior e-government officials, researchers and academics as well as representatives of the IT community.

    This excellence award serves as a proof to the DoT’s interest and involvement in the important role of information systems technology towards realizing the optimal management of traffic and transport networks in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This management contributes to the facilitation of movement for road users and public transportation in addition to its role in improving traffic safety standards. "Darb" smart app, which was launched in March of this year, is one of the most the most important outcomes of the smart transport systems strategy in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

    The DoT’s smart application "Darb" provides the public with basic interactive maps, showing public transport routes and timetables within a fast and user-friendly experience. Furthermore, the smart app provides the public with live road conditions, covering construction works, traffic detours and accidents and congested roads.

    Moreover, the smart application provides various important services related to airports, such as the location of airport halls and flight schedules. It also informs the public about parking lots and enables them to pay for Mawaqif services online. Among the distinctive services of “Darb”, Book a Taxi feature allows the app users to book a taxi and set their pick-up location and destination directly from the smartphone.

    The United Arab Emirates has won three awards in the best websites and smart applications categories. The DoT’s "Darb" smart application has won its award in the category of the best smart applications and the most popular in the Arab World. The application went through three stages of qualifications that included the assessment of more than ten thousand applications from 13 Arab countries. “Darb” has managed to qualify to the final stage and hold an advanced position among the first four smart applications in Informatics Award 2014. The decision of the jury, that comprised of government officials, academics and technical experts from nine Arab countries, was based on the standards of comprehensiveness, diversity and quality.

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    2014-12-20T20:00:00Z 88d8b389-d35e-4570-be7e-6ffa43ebbcd9
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Organizes Al Maryah Island Sustainable Travel Event ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Organizes_Al_Maryah_Island_Sustainable_Travel_Event
     
    In its pursuit to raise public awareness of sustainable transport
     
    Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – In line with its commitment to finding permanent and sustainable mobility solutions, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi has recently held Al Maryah Island Sustainable Travel Event. This event has aimed to encourage the Island’s staff and visitors to participate in sustainable mobility activities while educating them about alternative, healthy and environment friendly means of transport. The broader objective of this event was to ease the demand for personal vehicles on roads and encourage the audience to use public transportation. 
     
    The event has featured guided cycling tours and health checks, in addition to walking and cycling training sessions. Furthermore, the Department of Transport highlighted its latest technical initiatives in the field of sustainable mobility solutions such as the DARB mobile travel planning tool and Low Emission Vehicles. Finally, the event involved activities for children in the evening in order to educate them on the sustainable and healthy travel within an entertaining atmosphere.
     
    In this regard, Sohaib Al Marzouqi, Manager of Transport Mobility at DoT’s Integrated Transport Planning (ITP), said: "Our main goal from organizing this event was to educate participants and Al Maryah Island visitors on the benefits of sustainable means of transport such as walking and cycling, while encouraging them to opt for environment friendly vehicles and use of public transportation as an alternative mobility solution”.
     
    The event, which was held in collaboration with The Galleria in Al Maryah Island, Daman, Al Masaood Automobiles and Fun Ride Sports, included several awareness activities aimed to showcase DoT’s initiatives and programs such as Park and Ride, Public Transport, Carpooling and Walking and Cycling. The participants had also the chance to win exciting prizes by interacting with the proposed sustainable means of travel, and the DoT managed to survey contributors about the most interesting sustainable mobility solutions from their point of view.
     
    “As part of the commitment to the environment and our community, we were delighted to be part of this innovative event, support in raising awareness and encourage our partners, colleagues and visitors to embrace this opportunity” said Charles Martinez, General Manager of The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, and VP of Gulf Related.
     
    On the other hand, Dr. Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer at National Health Insurance Company - Daman commented: “As the leading healthcare insurance specialist, we truly understand the role activity plays in shaping a healthy lifestyle. Simple changes to daily habits such as walking or cycling instead of taking a taxi or driving can make a big difference to overall fitness whilst at the same time driving down emissions and pollutants which ultimately benefit us all. Daman was proud to support this excellent initiative”.
     
    Mr. Irfan Tansel, CEO Al Masaood Automotive: “We were proud to be part of The Department of Transport organized event dedicated to sustainable travel. Such an engaging “green” initiatives are encouraging people to shift to more efficient and environment friendly modes of travel, one of which being 100% electric vehicles. Electric vehicles do not emit any CO2, NOx, fine particles, odours or engine noise. Towns and cities will benefit from electric vehicles because they improve air quality and reduce urban noise levels.”
     
    In terms of results and figures, the event has engaged with around 1,000 employees resulting in 568 tickets being entered into the grand prize draw. The sustainable travel pledge survey has achieved a great success as 192 participants made the pledge to switch to a more sustainable mode for 5951 KMs over the next 3 months.
     

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    For more information or enquiries, please contact: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae or zainab.alzubaidi@dot.abudhabi.ae

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    2014-12-08T20:00:00Z b5367624-7385-4386-8a64-603cc8f917e3
    The Department of Transport Succeeds in Relieving Traffic Congestion at Dalma Mall Area ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_Succeeds_in_Relieving_Traffic_Congestion_at_Dalma_Mall_Area  
    Using a first-of-its-kind architectural solution in the MENA region
     
    Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – In line with its strategy to upgrade the city’s overall transport infrastructure and as a result of the Dalma Mall improvements project, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced that after 5 months in operation, traffic congestion in the area has been greatly reduced resulting in smooth traffic flow. 
     
    Eng. Faisal Ahmed Al Suwaidi, DoT General Director of Main Roads, said, “We are happy with the success of this project and the outstanding results of this innovative concept. By altering the configuration of the existing roundabouts and the ramps leading to it, the capacity has almost doubled, congestion has decreased, and safety has been enhanced, without mentioning saving money, effort and time”. 
     
    Opened to traffic on May 15, 2014, the Dalma Mall improvements project used the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) concept, an innovative approach in transport design solutions. This is the first implementation of a DDI concept in the MENA region. Moreover, the DoT has extensively studied the traffic requirements of the area to ensure that the project will increase the road capacity, relieve congestion whilst providing easy access to and from the Mall and neighboring areas. 
     
    The DDI took advantage of the existing structure by widening and retrofitting it to allow the interchange to use the existing bridge. 
     

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    2014-12-23T20:00:00Z b98d83d0-3504-4c3a-a0a9-8d0bd7ed590e
    In order to enhance the school transport system School Transport Executive Committee in Abu Dhabi Continues its Inspection Field Visits to Schools ../mediainfo/In_order_to_enhance_the_school_transport_system_School_Transport_Executive_Committee_in_Abu_Dhabi_Continues_its_Inspection_Field_Visits_to_Schools   
    In order to enhance the school transport system

    School Transport Executive Committee in Abu Dhabi Continues its Inspection Field Visits to Schools
     
    Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, April 07, 2015 – As part of its efforts to enhance the school transport system and ensure adherence to school transport regulations, the School Transport Executive Committee in Abu Dhabi announced today the continuation of its inspection field visits to schools.
    This inspection visit follows the Committee’s constant efforts that began last January and led to raising the awareness campaign two weeks ago in order to solidify its position against any violations that would affect the security and safety of students. Therefore, the Committee reiterates through this visit its commitment to improving the school transport experience through active collaboration with all strategic stakeholders. Moreover, the Committee is working towards establishing sustainable school transport system that would ensure the highest level of security, safety and comfort for students.
     
     
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    Background and Media Notes on the Executive School Transport Committee in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
     
     
    The Executive School Transport Committee in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi was established with a federal mandate pursuant to decision 524 of year 2013 issued by HH Lt. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior in order to improve and develop the integrated system for school transport with the objective of implementing school transport legislations throughout the United Arab Emirates.
    The development of the integrated system for school transport will occur in two phases; the first phase will be in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the second phase will cover the rest of the Emirates.
    The School Transport Committee is combined of several member entities, namely the Ministry of Interior; Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters; the Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi Educational Council; Abu Dhabi Municipality; Al Ain Municipality and Emirates Driving School. 
     
    For more information or inquiries, please contact:
     
    Mahmoud Ahmed Elasheri
    Public Relations & Communications Consultant Department of Transport
    T: +971 2 656 6327 
    Email: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
     
     
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    2015-04-07T20:00:00Z 75589a8e-349b-4da7-8a9a-8bc5c45abdf1
    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Studies Reusing Pavement Milling Materials in Main Road Construction Projects ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Transport_in_Abu_Dhabi_Studies_Reusing_Pavement_Milling_Materials_in_Main_Road_Construction_Projects

    As part of its commitment to sustainability

    The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi Studies Reusing Pavement Milling Materials in Main Road Construction Projects
     

    Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 – The Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced today that it is currently studying an initiative to release a technical guideline for the management of the milled asphaltic materials generated from road maintenance and rehabilitation projects in Abu Dhabi. The DoT project, which is closely coordinated with different relevant stakeholders in the Emirate, aims to develop procedures and operational policies as well as technical specifications for management of milled asphaltic materials produced from roads and pavement maintenance works. Another objective of this project is to evaluate the environmental and economic impacts in case this guideline was enforced. This step comes as part of the DoT efforts to issue technical regulations that would have positive impact on sustainability and environment, in addition to cost reduction.

    The importance of this project stems from the fact that there are large quantities of milled asphaltic materials generated each year from demolishing existing asphalt pavement as part of the rehabilitation and maintenance work executed by DoT as well as other government entities or private agencies. This calls for specific guidelines and regulations able to handle these disposed materials. Therefore, the DoT endeavors to explore practical solutions to recycle and reuse these materials in the construction and maintenance of roads and other related fields.

    On the other hand, The DoT endeavors through recycling and reusing of the milled asphaltic materials to have a significant effect on materials sustainability and environment conservation. This practice can reduce opening new borrow pits, hauling quarry materials, air pollution, economic cost and many other environmental concerns. The developed guidelines, once implemented, will contribute to rationalizing the impact of materials transportation from quarries which are located at far distances, and it will also eliminate the negative influence of transporting the milled materials to landfills.

     
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    For more information or inquiries, please contact:
     
    Mahmoud Ahmed Elasheri
    Public Relations & Communications Consultant Department of Transport
    T: +971 2 656 6327 
    Email: mahmoud.elasheri@dot.abudhabi.ae
     
     
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    The Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport Announces New Bus Services in the Western Region ../mediainfo/The_Department_of_Municipal_Affairs_and_Transport_Announces_New_Bus_Services_in_the_Western_Region The Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport announced new bus service in the Western Region starting from Ramadan, in addition to many other modifications.

    The Bus Office announced seven new services as below:
    1. New service 653: Mezaira’a Bus Station to Mezaira’a Industrial Area. (Service, Mezara’a Bus Station > Liwa Hotel > Old Police Station> Marwan Roundabout > Rest House > Industrial Area)
    2. New Service 772 : Circle Service: Harmiya Residence > Mirfa Bus Station > Hospital > Mirfa Souq > Harmiya Residence
    3. New Service 861: Ghayathi Bus Station <> Ghayathi Farms Via Ghayathi Camel Farms
    4. New Service 862 : Ghayathi Bus Station <> Bida Muthawa
    5. New Service 863 : Ghayathi South Lulu Via Bus Station <> Ghayathi industrial Area
    6. New Service 686 : Ghayathi Bus Station <> Madinat Zayed Bus Station (Direct)
    7. New Service 762 : Tarif Bus Station <> Habshan Road Labor Camps

    In addition, there has been some route modified services and new stops as follows:

    1. Service 640 : Reroute the service to be : Mezaira’a Bus Station <> Arrada Farms
    2. Service 651 : Reroute the service to be : Mezaira’a Bus Station <> Tamani Farms Mosque
    3. Service 652 : Reroute the service to be : Mezaira’a Bus Station <> Mezaira’a south
    4. Service 655 : Reroute the service to be : Mezaira’a Bus Station <> Hameem Shabiya Mosque Via Hameem Farms
    5. Service 660 : Reroute the service to be : Madinat Zayed Bus Station <> Mezaira’a Bus Station; Added new stops at Tamani Farm and Tamani Palace on E45
    6. Service 670 : Added new stops            : Tarif Bus Station <> Madinat Zayed Bus Station, both direction added new stops Towards Tarif, Sulphur Camp and E45 Labor Camps (Hyundai) Towards Madinat Zayed, E45 Sulphur Plant.
    7. Service 675 : Reroute the service to be : Madinat Zayed Bus Station <> Habshan ADCO Accommodation
    8. Service 880 : Reroute the service to be : Ruwais ADNOC Bus Station Via Ruwais Bus Station <> Ghayathi Bus Station
    9. Service 881 : Reroute the service to be : Al Ruwais ADNOC / ADWEA <> Jebel Dhanna ADCO
    10. Service 882 : Reroute the service to be : Ruwais ADNOC ADWEA <> Jabel Dhanna Ferry Terminal (Sir Baniyas)
    11. Service 883 : Circle Service: Reroute the service to be : Ruwais Mall > Ruwais Bus Station > E15 Labor Camps > Ruwais Mall
    12. Service 890 : Reroute the service to be : Ruwais ADNOC Compound Bus Station <> Al Sila’a Bus Station
    13. Service 891 : Reroute the service to be : Gweifat Border Control Office <> Al Sila’a E11 Rest Area ADNOC
    14. Service 892 : Reroute the service to be : Al Sila’a Bus Station <> Al Sila’a E11 / Rest Area ADNOC Via Industrial Area
    15. Service 661 : Reroute the service to be : Madinat Zayed Police Station <> Madinat Zayed Civil Defense Via Shabiya Difa’a
    16. Service 662 : Circle Service: Reroute the service to be : Madinat Zayed Bus Station <> Souq Al Khair > Shahaba Mosque > Al Futtaim > MZ Bus Station
    17. Service 663: Circle service: Reroute the service to be: Madinat Zayed Bus Station <> Al Futtaim <> Sahaba Mosque <>Souq Al Khair <> City Mall <> MZ Bus Station.
    18. Service 664 : Reroute the service to be : Madinat Zayed Bus Station <> Baynunah Market
    19. Service 665 : Reroute the service to be : Madinat Zayed Al Jaber Camp <> Camel Farms Mosque
    20. Service 666 : Reroute the service to be : Madinat Zayed Bus Station <> Tilal Liwa Hotel
    21. Service 667 : Reroute the service to be : Madinat Zayed Police Station <> Madinat Zayed Industrial Area Bin Kanish
    22. Service 668 : Reroute the service to be : Madinat Zayed Al Jaber Camp <> Madinat Zayed Sewage Treatment Plant

    • Service X60 and X62: Added new stops in Abu Al Abyad ADNOC Fod in both directions
    • Service X65: Reroute the service to be: Hameem Shah Plant (extended to 4th Round About) <> Abu Dhabi Bus Station; Added new stop at Sahil ADNOC Fod in the Abu Dhabi direction.

    In addition, the following services were cancelled:

    1. Service 650: Hameem farms > Liwa > Mezaira’a Bus Station
    2. Service 680: Ghayathi Farms > Ruwais Compound Bus Station
    3. Service 681: Camel Farms Terminus > Ruwais ADNOC Compound Bus Station

     
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    For more information or inquiries, please contact:
     
    Nasser Hussain Al Bahri
    Specialist - Public Relations and Communications
    T: +971 2 656 6320 
    Email: nasser.albahri@dot.abudhabi.ae
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