First World Road Congress in the Middle East kicks off in the UAE

More than 3,000 delegates and 50 transport ministers from over 140 countries to attend the 26th World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019
H.E. Dr Abdulla and Claude Van Rooten  at the opening press conference on October 2.
H.E. Dr Abdulla and Claude Van Rooten at the opening press conference on October 2.


Abu Dhabi is hosting the 26th World Road Congress between 6-10 October 2019, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Congress, which is taking place for the first time in the Middle East, is set to attract more than 3,000 delegates and 50 transport ministers from over 140 countries.

The global experts will discuss the present and future challenges that are facing the road and transport industry through various workshops, technical and special sessions.

Among the highlights of the programme are the mnisterial sessions taking place on Sunday, 6 October where ministers will contribute to a series of discussions on the future of transport, land use planning and artificial intelligence.

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The Congress will also feature keynote speeches from globally-recognised industry thought-leaders and scholars who will address the audience on different subjects.

His Excellency Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Chairman of the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime, along with His Excellency Khalifa Almazrouei, Undersecretary of Department of Transport (DOT) and Claude Van Rooten, president of the World Road Association (PIARC), revealed at an opening press conference on October 2 that the UAE is setting a new mark globally for the road infrastructure and mobility by hosting the Congress.

Based on the theme ‘Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies’, the World Road Congress Abu Dhabi 2019 aims to create a positive impact on road systems worldwide.

As well as the sessions, more than 150 companies from around the world will display their services and products in the exhibition area. As hosts, the UAE will have the largest national pavilion at 900 square metres while Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and China are among more than 25 countries set to exhibit.

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The UAE pavilion will be hosting many governmental entities experts in the field of infrastructure and roads. In addition, 26 countries will showcase their innovative road projects and services in their national pavilions.

UAE universities will also be given a platform to participate with more than 100 research papers and 70 technical studies being presented by students and academics in the field of scientific research to highlight best innovative studies during the conference.

Throughout the week, the DoT will also organise technical visits that will showcase Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure and technology achievements to registered delegates. The visits include key locations in the city, such as Traffic Management Center, Yas Tunnel, Umm Lafina Project, Khalifa Industrial area, Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi’s new airport, Yas Marina Circuit and Masdar City.

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