xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxIntroductionDubai has transformed itself in the recent times to become a major global logistical and exchange hub as well as world-class destination and an international financial services center. It is the second largest emirate, second to Abu Dhabi but has made itself more important than the neighbor even without the rich oil reserves Abu Dhabi has. The growth and transformation of the city has effects both in the Middle East and the global market with it becoming an attraction of great investments. Amongst the Middle East countries, UAE and Turkey currently receive the largest chunk of foreign direct investments (FDI).
This is related to more relaxed and accommodating financial and economic policies. This paper seeks to analyze Dubai’s transportation system. This is by analyzing the strategic systems and projects the Roads and Transportation Authority. It shall also analyze the roles of different other departments citing the milestones and challenges in ensuring a sustainable transport system. Finally, the paper shall make recommendations on the way forward. The Dubai Transportation SystemThe Dubai Transport system profiles as a world class standard network with advancements in all modes of transport.
The network has provided the city with an abundance of opportunities for both locals and foreigners. Much as there are abundant opportunities for both the locals and foreigners; individuals, corporate and governments alike, the Dubai authorities are faced with numerous challenges. Key among these include dwindling energy resources, labor shortages, rising inflation rates which push the cost of living and looming political and economical instability in the region (Oxford Business Group, 2008). This is in addition to an increasing population which has been growing at a steady rate of 8%, majority of whom are expatriates estimated to be over 95% (Oxford Business Group, 2008). In a bid to ensure economic and social sustainability and address the challenge of rising population and the need for connectivity, the Dubai authorities have engaged in intensive transport-system development.
Dubai boasts as having a regional and global class in the transport system. There have been remarkable developments in road transport, air and water. This is a major contributor to the economic growth being experienced. Dubai’s transportation system is managed and developed by the Dubai’s Roads and Transportation Authority (RTA).
This is the regulatory body (Mobile Reference, 2010). In running and reguating the transportation system under the Dubai Municipality the RTA’s mission is to prepare legislation and develop safe integrated road systems and transportation networks solutions. This is in tandem with the emirate’s economic development plans and international standards (Authority, 2011). The mission is pursued in tandem with the vision of having safe and smooth transport for all (Authority, 2011). It is under this vision that the municipality has developed roads and has its own transport facilities.
There are also trams, water ways, airports and the $3.89 billion Metro. The RTA runs extensive public bus services and taxi systems that compelement the other modes of transport within and without the emirate. Previous and upcoming projects: their effectiveness The unpredented scale of developments within the municipality and as well the growing population have put the current infrastructure under immense pressure. UAE’s urban areas are facing a growing challenge of traffic congestion and increasing need (Ali, Kattan, & Hrairi, 2010).
In response to this, the Dubai Municipality has invested in projects of various scopes in all forms of transport.