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Ahmed bin Mohammed Honors Winners of 13th Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport

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Under the esteemed patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, led the prestigious ceremony to honor the recipients of the 13th Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (DAST) 2024. The event, organized by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), aimed to recognize outstanding contributions to sustainable transportation solutions, environmental preservation, and transport safety.

The ceremony, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, commenced with the screening of a film illustrating Dubai's remarkable urban and economic growth and its profound impact on transportation and mobility. It underscored the pivotal role of road and transport network development in bolstering the emirate's economy.

Richard De Cani, a renowned global expert in city planning and design and Director and Board Member of Arup Consulting, delivered the keynote speech titled ‘Transport and Sustainable Mobility - Where We Came From and Where We Are Going’. De Cani emphasized the pivotal changes in transportation systems worldwide, extending beyond public and private vehicles to encompass a broader spectrum of solutions aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He lauded Dubai's pioneering efforts in sustainable transformation and urged global cities to intensify their pursuit of zero emissions and innovative solutions for residents' well-being.

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His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, accompanied by His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, RTA, bestowed honors upon the distinguished winners across various DAST categories. The award received a remarkable 170 submissions across three main categories: Initiatives (59), Research and Development (77), and Special Recognition (34).

Among the notable winners was Mowasalat Karwa, Qatar's official land transport provider, securing the prestigious ‘Outstanding Sustainable Transport’ Award. The award recognized Mowasalat Karwa's significant role in reducing carbon footprint, conserving energy, recycling waste, and implementing innovative initiatives for a healthier environment and a sustainable future.

Furthermore, Dubai Municipality clinched the ‘Initiatives for People of Determination’ Award for its impactful Waste Recycled Materials Collection Center project, fostering environmental sustainability and inclusive participation of People of Determination.

Abu Dhabi Mobility, formerly known as the Integrated Transport Centre, emerged victorious in the ‘Mobility Management’ and ‘Transport Safety’ categories for its pioneering Abu Dhabi Autonomous Mobility Project and efforts to enhance traffic safety for motorcyclists involved in the delivery business.

Additionally, Legend World Rent a Car was honored with the ‘Environmental Protection’ Award for its commitment to sustainable and innovative green energy business solutions, expanding the availability of electric vehicles and charging stations.

The event also recognized outstanding contributions in the ‘Research and Development’ and ‘Special Recognition’ categories, highlighting exemplary academic research, student projects, consultancy practices, and contractor initiatives that promote sustainability and environmental consciousness in the transportation sector.

In his remarks, His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer underscored the vital role of the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport in promoting sustainable mobility and fostering environmental protection. He emphasized the significant increase in award submissions, indicating growing awareness and active engagement in sustainable transport initiatives across government, semi-government, and private sectors in the UAE.

The Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport serves as a beacon of excellence, inspiring communities and organizations to devise practical solutions, promote environmental preservation, and optimize energy usage. It aligns with RTA's strategic objectives of developing a safe and accessible transport system while forging impactful partnerships for sustainable mobility, safety, and environmental conservation.

By recognizing and celebrating exemplary achievements in sustainable transport, the award aims to instill a sense of responsibility, initiative, and innovation among society, contributing to the realization of global sustainable development goals. Moreover, it provides technical support and expertise through the Resource Centre for DAST, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange for the advancement of sustainable transportation solutions in the region.

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