Welcome messages

It is with great pleasure that I invite and welcome you to Abu Dhabi, the magnificent capital of United Arab Emirates, to participate in the 26th World Road Congress of the World Roads Association PIARC between the 6th and 10th of October 2019.

Choosing Abu Dhabi to host this global event could not be more apt for a road congress not only as the UAE has, for the fourth consecutive year, been ranked 1st in the Quality of Roads Index in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Reports but also because few other places can rival the UAE’s achievements when it comes to the Congress’s theme: Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies.
The 26th World Road Congress promises yet another unique opportunity for road and transportation professionals to share and seek knowledge, ideas and innovations whilst experiencing Abu Dhabi’s hospitality and distinctive offerings; we hope that you avail yourself to it and participate in this truly global Congress.


Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi
Minister of Infrastructure Development
Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority - Land & Maritime

On behalf of the World Road Association (PIARC), I am pleased to invite you to participate in the XXVIth World Road Congress,

Over time, countries all over the world have come to depend on roads as the main public asset to provide year-round access and mobility for their populations. As a consequence, today’s road networks must operate continuously even as new demands, expectations and technologies surge and pose new challenges.
Rising to meet these challenges demands great knowledge and commitment from road practitioners worldwide. Every four years, PIARC organises the World Road Congress as the premier forum for road and road-transportation related information and knowledge exchange to allow road professionals to obtain, in a single event, relevant and up-to-date knowledge on topics of current concern.
The XXVI World Road Congress will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on October 6th-10th, 2019, under the theme “Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies”. The Congress programme features the presentation of the results of the work undertaken by PIARC’s 21 Technical Committees and Task Forces, a number of specialized sessions and workshops dealing with topics of current and future interest and a large exhibition in which road administrations, equipment and service providers, consultants and road-related organizations will be present. Ministers will share their views on the status and future of roads and road transport.
For the first time the World Road Congress will take place in the Middle East, and it will thus offer road professionals in that region a unique opportunity to obtain information on current trends and challenges for roads and road transportation all over the world.
It also invites experts from around the world, both managers and administrators, to exchange views on the technical, social and economic challenges related to the road and transport sectors.
On behalf of the PIARC, I express my most sincere gratitude to the Government of the United Arab Emirates and to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for their commitment to the organisation of this Congress and their efforts to ensure that this event will be a great success.
I invite you to mark this event in your agenda and look forward to meeting you in Abu Dhabi in 2019!


Claude Van Rooten
President of PIARC

As we say in Abu Dhabi, ‘Ahlan Wa Sahlan - Welcome to our home’.

Abu Dhabi and the UAE has come a long way in a very short time, undertaking a miraculous journey of transformation from a modest trading nation to one of the most advanced economies in the world in the space of less than 50 years. Our knowledge bank of transportation experts from around the world combine with a growing number of Emiratis educated both within the UAE’s high education sector and around the world. This makes the UAE an exciting, innovative and stimulating environment for transportation professionals.
The World Roads Association is an invaluable source of expertise and knowledge and it is with great pleasure that I extend an invitation to Ministers, road administrations, companies and professionals from the transport sector to join us at the 2019 World Roads Congress, Abu Dhabi.
I can promise an exciting, entertaining and professionally stimulating event and guarantee that you will enjoy the legendary Arabian hospitality.


Ahmed Alhammadi
Chairman of WRC 2019 Organising Committee