Posted on November 14, 2012

Public and private companies in Qatar – an emerging destination for some of the world’s most prominent events – will share their growing expertise and innovation in traffic management at next week’s Gulf Traffic conference in Abu Dhabi.

Gulf Traffic, organised by Informa Exhibitions at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre between 19- 21 November 2012, will be attended by more than 3,000 transport industry professionals and government agencies from across the Middle East. The event offers a valuable platform to share ideas and technologies as countries in the region expand road and rail infrastructure to support their growing economies, and put in place world-class transport frameworks to host some of the world’s largest events.

London’s experience in providing safe and efficient transportation for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will be a highlight of this year’s Gulf Traffic conference. Neil Huddart, the Traffic Integration Manager of LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) is a keynote speaker and will speak of the challenges major events place on domestic transport networks.

Neil Huddart

A number of high-profile Qatari delegates are attending Gulf Traffic to network with their peers, and share the expertise and innovative solutions they are developing. These delegates represent, among others, the Arab Center For Engineering Studies; Salam International Investment Co; Al Jaber & Makhlouf; Smart Mobility Solutions; Doha Industrial Safety Services; Al Fahd Consulting & Technology; Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co, and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal).

Qatari companies have registered interest in the conference focus on the development of data strategies and intelligence for the improvement of road safety, as well as ways to increase pedestrian safety and the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), given Qatar’s allocation of US$ 17 billion to road projects ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Gulf Traffic conference will feature two speakers from Public Works Authority (Ashghal) including Abdulaziz Al Sada, Head of Safety – Operations & Traffic Control Division & Imad Nassereddine, Highways & Roads O&M Advisor.

Richard Pavitt, Gulf Traffic Exhibition Director said: “The conference comes at a time when Qatar is considering major decisions that will determine how its traffic and transport strategy evolves and is implemented as it cements its reputation as a venue for global events, such as COP 18 and the FIFA World Cup. Not only will delegates from Qatar be exposed to cutting-edge technologies from the region and the rest of the world, but they will also be able to showcase home-grown solutions they have developed that specifically cater to the region’s unique desert and urban road characteristics.”

One of these companies, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, is among the 100 exhibitors at Gulf Traffic this year. It is the first independent research and development centre in Qatar and the Gulf region, and focuses on using emerging mobility and wireless technologies to deliver locally engineered innovations to the market, addressing several market segments such as transport, environment, utilities, healthcare, and sports.

A spokesperson at the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, said his company’s participation at Gulf Traffic this year was key to introducing the business and its innovations to the public and its target market.

“Taking part in Gulf Traffic will highlight the new solutions we are developing and the applied research activities being carried out.  One of our premier solutions is Masarak – an intelligent transportation and logistics portfolio of applications and services – and it helps manage fleets, increase road safety, reduce congestion, and enhance traveller information and navigation, dispatching services, and child-safety in Qatar.

Alternating each year between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Gulf Traffic is the only dedicated event for the road, public transport and parking sectors. The event brings together more than 100 exhibitors involved in the design, build and maintenance of the region’s road, rail, parking and public transport projects. Now in its ninth edition, Gulf Traffic is endorsed by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and is supported by the Abu Dhabi Police, Saaed, the Law Respect Culture Bureau, and ITS Arab.

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