RTA to con­struct two truck stops

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DUBAI: Dubai’s Roads and Trans­port Au­thor­ity, RTA, has signed an agree­ment with the Emi­rates Desert Group to con­struct two truck stops at Dubai In­dus­trial City (near Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Zayed Road) and Dubai­land (near Emi­rates Road) un­der the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship, PPP, model.

The agree­ment, which is the irst of its kind in Dubai, fulils all stip­u­la­tions of the Dubai Pub­lic-pri­vate Part­ner­ship Law No. 22 of 2015.

Mat­tar Al Tayer, Di­rec­tor-gen­eral and Chair­man of the Board of Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tors of RTA, signed for the RTA, and Khal­ifa Mat­tar Al Mazroui, Chair­man of Emi­rates Desert Group, signed for on be­half of the group in the pres­ence of sev­eral ofi­cials from both par­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, each fa­cil­ity spans an area of 5,000 hectares and can ac­com­mo­date 100 trucks, and pro­vides ser­vice ameni­ties to meet the needs of both trucks and driv­ers in­clud­ing a tech­ni­cal test­ing cen­tre.

“By con­struct­ing these fa­cil­i­ties, the RTA aims at min­imis­ing the prac­tice of park­ing trucks on high­ways and in res­i­den­tial ar­eas, be­sides meet­ing the grow­ing de­mand for the ser­vice,” Al Tayer ex­plained.

“Trucks make about 145,000 trips per day in Dubai lift­ing about three mil­lion tonnes a day.

“The two sta­tions will step up the trafic safety, re­duce as­so­ci­ated ac­ci­dents, and im­prove the trafic move­ment dur­ing the pro­hib­ited tim­ings of trucks move­ment. The project also demon­strates RTA’S keen­ness to en­gage the pri­vate sec­tor in con­struct­ing in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vice projects.

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