Dubai is a global city and business hub of the Middle East. It is also a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. Oil revenue helped accelerate the early development of the city, but its reserves are limited and production levels are low: today, less than 5% of the emirate’s revenue comes from oil. Dubai’s economy now relies on revenues from tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.
Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, it is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country.
The past few decades have witnessed incredible growth throughout all sectors of the Dubai economy. The emirate’s government is constantly working to improve its commercial transparency and introduce dynamic regulations that aid the formation of small and medium enterprises. Dubai’s economy is no longer reliant on oil, but is more diversified, relying heavily on trade, services and finance sectors. With its central geographic location between Asian and European markets, Dubai has worked hard to establish itself as an integral part of the global trade mechanism. Its central location has also allowed Dubai to become a popular and accessible tourist destination.
Dubai’s local public transport is operated by the Roads & Transport Authority (www.rta.ae) and consists of the metro, buses, water buses and trams.
A system that cuts the response time for cars which have been hit by traffic accidents by 40% will be introduced in the UAE, announced authorities. Just recently the UAE Cabinet adopted the technical regulations for the emergency communication system, Ecall, issued by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA). When two vehicles collide with each other, or anything else, Ecall communicates the incident via the driver’s mobile network, which it uses as a communication channel. Ecall will be applied to 2021 UAE car models, which will be delivered in the market by 2020, Abdullah Al Maeeni, Director General of ESMA.
The system, which is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa and the second globally, will be introduced in cooperation with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
Al Barsha Traffic Management Center
A new project currently being tendered in the region includes in it’s scope of work a 4-storey traffic management center located at Al Barsha, Dubai. The project includes an emergency operations and maintenance office space, infrastructure facilities, parking space, civil works, associated facilities and the installation of machinery and equipment, safety and security systems. It will cover the monitoring of a network of roads in the area with better control systems. It will expand the use of cameras and smart tech to monitor traffic movement at construction sites and congested areas where instant images will be sent.