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On Tuesday, 3rd March 2020, the Roads and Transport Authority Dubai (RTA) and the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates organized jointly the 3nd edition of the Emirati-French Business Engagement Summit for sustainable and futuristic mobility solutions at RTA HQ.

In the presence and the welcome speeches from H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of the Executive Directors at RTA,  H.E. Ludovic Pouille Ambassador of France to the UAE and Geoffroy Bunetel, President of the French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates, more than 220 senior executives and leaders joined this event, representing more than 45 public and private entities based in Dubai and in France. It was an unique opportunity to meet the Roads and Transport Authority decision makers as well as French MNCs and startups in the transport and mobility industry.

“Through the Emirati-French Business Engagement Summit, RTA stressed the importance of maintaining the public-private cooperation. The summit opened new horizons for applying smart technologies and practices in support of the existing and future transit services. This course of action fits well with RTA’s strategy for transport systems and roads networks,” said Ibrahim Al-Haddad, Director of Commercial & Development at RTA's Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector.

The summit included keynote speeches, discussion panels and a pitch session with four main topics. The first was related to projects and initiatives about the first and last-mile challenge. It examined Dubai’s strategic objectives and Plan 2020. Discussions touched on the role of the private sector in promoting the first and last-mile strategy along with the challenges of integrating it with the mainstream public transport network. 


The second topic was sustainable and environment-friendly transport. Discussions covered RTA’s sustainable transport policy; which is built on sustainable structures, climate change, and the efficient use of resources. A discussion panel was held between RTA and representatives of French companies to examine sustainable transport issues and initiatives.  

The third topic related to data analysis and how to apply artificial intelligence technologies to future projects. RTA identified potential mobility data fields such as traffic movement, planning mobility demand, shared transport and smart carparking. RTA stressed the benefits of big data in improving resources, curbing environmental impact, enhancing customers experience, and boosting public safety. 

The fourth topic highlighted the importance of digital transactions such as blockchain, and looked into RTA’s blockchain projects and roadmap. A session was held to discuss initiatives and ideas contributed by French private firms about blockchain and smart mobility. RTA’s representatives were engaged with the presentations made and asked for further clarifications of ideas put forward. 

The French Business Council Dubai & Northern Emirates would like to thank again for their support:

  • Platinum sponsor - RATP Dev
  • Diamond sponsor - ALSTOM
  • Gold sponsors - ENGIE and TRANSDEV
  • Supporting partners - Fun Green Ride, Gaussin, Navya and VULOG

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