Mr. Sultan was briefed about the steps being taken for holding an international conference of the UITP next year in Dubai and also on hosting the UITP Congress in Dubai in June 2009.
The Director General of Dubai Municipality pointed out the facilities available in Dubai for hosting big international conferences by mentioning the huge success achieved by Dubai in hosting “Dubai 2003,” the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
He said that the event earned a big name for Dubai as well as for its infrastructure facilities, such as the expertise of human resources, amenities, public transport and the air travel facilities.
“As the public transport is a key element in the development of any city, many countries have given utmost importance in its development,” said Mr. Sultan.
He pointed out that public transport in Dubai is being used by more than 45 million passengers every year, which stresses the global concept of public transport. Dubai Municipality is constantly upgrading this sector.
“Due to the fact that Dubai is hosting an increasing number of international conferences, Dubai Municipality is keen to effect changes in this field as it is looking forward to hosting the UITP Congress in 2009,” he said.
Ms. Helga Severyns, Senior Director of UITP said that the facilities available in Dubai are at par with developed countries of the world.
“Dubai is exceptional in its balancing act between the traditional and modern life styles. Its safety and security, cleanliness and the round the clock liveliness of the city are highly commendable. The fast-paced progress is also visible in the transport sector in Dubai unlike in many other countries.”
On selecting Dubai as the venue for conducting the international conferences of UITP, Severyns said, “The city possesses high expertise and organising power for holding big international conferences. Dubai is also easily accessible due to simple visa procedures and air links, in addition to that it can boast of a host of high class hotels for such events. There are choices between high level of life style and also ordinary life style, both with high quality,”
Severyns said that the International Convention Centre in Dubai is considered to be one of the best such centres with all the facilities as regards the technology, buildings, divisions and the provision of different categories of hotels.
She also mentioned that the conference scheduled for next year will discuss the developments in the public transport sector, and for the first time, the suppliers, operators, manufacturers, people connected with ticket machines, and consultants will be coming together.
Around 250 people from 40 countries will participate in the conference and work papers on various topics would be presented.
Regarding the proposed UITP Congress in 2009 and other official meetings and exhibitions, to be held on its sidelines, ýthe delegation conducted a visit to Dubai World Trade Centre also.
The delegation, which also included Michael Pulichino, Regional Development Manager of UITP, paid visits to many landmarks in Dubai such as Burj Al Arab, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and a number of hotels in order to get a fair idea about the facilities available in the city.
The meeting with the Director General was also attended by Obeid Salem Al Shamsi, Assistant Director General for Administrative and General Services Affairs and AbdulAziz Malik, Director of Public Transport Department.
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