Move to boost access to KSA’s planned US$14 billion infrastructure and transport spend
RIYADH, October 28 – The Gulf Traffic Exhibition and Conference, scheduled to take place from December 4 to 6 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, has for the first time signed a strategic partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Transport as part of a move to increase collaboration between transport suppliers, as well as give the transport ministry an international platform to promote its extensive list of current and upcoming transport projects.
A key focus on the ministry’s transport strategy is the Saudi Vision 2030, which seeks to add no fewer than five new megacities and many smaller developments to the country over the next decade or so. These large and multifaceted developments will be designed to have region-specific industrial focuses such as global finance, agribusiness and religious tourism. They well be connected via new transportation investments such as high-speed rail on the west coast, an upgraded central airport in the capital city of Riyadh and the country’s second largest city, Jeddah.
Commenting on the partnership Turki Al Toaimi, Director General for Marketing and Communications at the Saudi Transport Ministry, said: “This partnership comes at an exciting time for us. We have recently announced a series of signed contracts, worth US$453.3 million, to extend 23 roads across the kingdom as part of a plan to enhance our infrastructure.
“As we progress with our plan for the private sector to operate much of the Kingdom’s future transport infrastructure, along with implementing the kingdom vision 2030 initiative towards increasing the safety projects and reduce the road fatalities. Being part of international platforms, such as Gulf Traffic in Dubai, will give us access to the transport suppliers needed to drive this strategy.”
Claudia Konieczna, Exhibition Director- Gulf Traffic, said: “We are excited to finally have the Saudi Transport Ministry as our official show partner for Gulf Traffic 2018. The Kingdom’s ministry officials have a clear objective to source some of the best solutions and technologies in traffic and transportation from around the globe and have chosen Gulf Traffic as the platform to do this. With such a large amount of infrastructure development happening in the Kingdom, this partnership, we believe, will provide some excellent opportunities for the transport ministry, our exhibiting companies and our visiting industry attendees.”
Gulf Parking, which launched for the first-time last year, will again run adjacent to Gulf Traffic, further adding to the brands offering by widening the focus to support other key industry sectors. With a keen focus on smart mobility, Gulf Parking will cater to the latest in smart payment and intelligent access control solutions from across the world, creating a new avenue for companies to showcase their latest product range to the traffic and transport industries.
Exhibitors and sponsors signed up to the 2018 edition include VIA; Miovision; Watopedia, Kapsch; Siemens; FLIR, Ennis-Flint; PTV Group; Secure Parking; Zone Parking; Gridsmart; Q-Free; Gersan Elektrik; Technologica; Geveko and many more.
Officially supported by the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Dubai Police, Gulf Traffic plans to host more than 150 exhibitors and attract about 3,000 industry peers from 50 countries, both in the Middle East and beyond.
For further information, please visit: www.gulftraffic.com.