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ITS-Arab hosts ITS Middle East Conference

United Arab Emirates: Monday, November 13 - 2006 @ 15:02

With unique status, the conference is the first event in its industry specifically dedicated to the Middle East and North Africa region. The two-day conference is organised by ITS Arab and takes place on 04 and 05 December in Dubai at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The event will provide valuable networking opportunities with specialists from across the Middle East and North Africa. Expert speakers will focus on tackling security, traffic congestion and transport related fatalities. The Conference theme is “Shaping the Future with ITS Solutions”.

Specialists will attend from around the world including Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, India, KSA, Lebanon, The Netherlands, Nigeria, South Korea, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, UK, and USA.
The Conference is sponsored by Dubai Roads & Transport Authority, Saudi Ministry of Transport, Siemens (Gold Sponsor) and Serco (Silver Sponsor) with support from ITS Arab Members.

Running alongside the conference will be an exclusive networking exhibition which allows exhibitors a distinctive opportunity to launch new products, showcase products and services, and meet potential partners and distributors.

Exhibiting organisations in addition to our sponsors include Consensus Systems Technologies, Econolite, Efkon, Kapsch, Khatib & Alami, Sagem, TEC Engineering, Telvent, Wilbur Smith. Among the attendees will be government transport officials, traffic engineers, Academics, ITS system suppliers and product manufacturers.

His Excellence Engineer Abdullah Al Mogbel, Deputy Minister of Transport, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and president of ITS Arab said: “Experiences from around the world have proven that building transport capacity alone is not enough, what we need is managed transport networks in which technologies play a vital role.”

Conference key speakers include:
- His Excellency Eng Abdullah Al Mogbel, Deputy Minister of Transport, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Councillor Richard Barnes, Chair of London Review, Member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, United Kingdom.
- Prof Hani S. Mahmassani, ITS Expert, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Director, University of Maryland, USA.
- Dr Peter Ryon, Olympics International Committee Auditor, Citadel, United Kingdom.
- Prof A.O Abdel El Halim, Winner of the NOVA Award in Innovations, Chair of the Civil and Enviromental Department, Carlton University, Canada.
- Mr Fabrizio Minarini, European Commission, Belgium
- Dr Harold Elletson, Centre for Defence and International Security Studies, UK

The issues with increasing transport demands, where building road capacity alone is not enough, creates new challenges. ITS technologies can help tackle these challenges in a way that reflect the actual cost to the economy and help improve mobility.

There are a number of ITS technologies already proven to tackling security, traffic congestion and transport related fatalities. The conference objective is to build on these regional and international efforts, and start building a roadmap to shaping the future of the Middle East and North Africa with ITS Solutions.

ITS Arab, established in December 2005 as a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the development and deployment of ITS. It was launched during the Gulf Traffic show also held in Dubai with the goal of working with the international ITS community to improving transport mobility, safety and security. It is funded through annual membership subscriptions and sponsorships and is the youngest member of the ITS community with a strong roadmap to shape the future of Intelligent Transport Systems in the Middle East and North Africa.

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