– World road industry leaders and experts chart future road transport networks.
– 5,000 participants from 144 countries at the International Roads Congress 2019.
– UAE ranked first in the Road Quality Index in the Global Competitiveness Reports of the Economic Forum for four years in a row.
– 151 companies showcasing their innovative products and services at the exhibition accompanying the International Roads Conference.
– Discuss current and future trends and challenges of road and road transport around the world.
From / Ahmed Al-Naimi ..
Abu Dhabi, Oct. 5, 2005 (WAM) – Leaders and experts of the world’s road industry will present at the 26th International Roads Congress, which will be held in Abu Dhabi tomorrow and will last until October 10, the latest global insights and trends on future transport networks and the use of artificial intelligence in the road sector and land planning.
More than 5,000 participants from 144 countries will participate in the international conference, entitled “Connecting Cultures and Empowering Economies”. More than 50 different discussion sessions will be held. More than 151 companies will showcase their services and products, while the UAE will offer 26 participating countries. A number of universities are participating in presenting more than 100 research papers and more than 70 illustrated technical studies, the most prominent of which will be selected during the conference.
The 26th session of the International Roads Conference hosted by Abu Dhabi is the culmination of the vision and guidance of the wise leadership in building a world-class road network and infrastructure designed according to international best practices and standards, in addition to the efforts of UAE nationals to build an integrated road network linking all areas of the country and neighboring countries that contributed to the emergence of the country. The UAE ranked first in the Road Quality Index in the Global Competitiveness Reports of the World Economic Forum for four consecutive years from 2015 to 2018.
As part of the National Agenda 2021, the UAE Government aspires to become the first country in the world in the quality of airport infrastructure, ports and roads, in addition to enhancing the quality of electricity and telecommunications to become a leading country in smart services.
The Roads International Conference is a leading platform for dialogue that brings together leaders, investors, innovators and road experts to showcase insights and the latest industry trends globally, as well as showcase participating countries and companies the latest innovations in this vital sector.
The International Roads Congress has been instrumental in the road infrastructure and the transportation industry in general for over a century. .
In the following report, WAM monitors the historical development of the Roads International Conference since its inception – Abu Dhabi won the right to host the 26th edition of the conference in a global competition, which won 163 votes out of 177 votes, reflecting the position of Abu Dhabi and the world leader in the world. Infrastructure and transport.
The theme of the conference was “Connecting Cultures Empowering Economies” in response to current challenges around the world and providing an opportunity for conference participants to hold multilateral talks as an innovative way to come up with new ideas towards a better understanding not only of road works, infrastructure and transport but of the cultural part to be implemented. among all.
Abu Dhabi’s win for the conference was driven by its world-class network of modern roads.
The International Roads Conference dates back to its first meeting in Paris from 11-18 October 1908 at the initiative of the French Minister of Public Works to address road problems such as insufficient sidewalks, speed of new motor vehicles at the time and in response to mounting demands to facilitate cross-country roads and standardize road signs. To secure passersby and travelers.
The following conferences, held in the first three decades of the Conference, were of particular importance as the exchange of international experience was established at a time when many countries witnessed building and reconstruction. These conferences were held respectively in Brussels in 1910, followed by London in 1913 and Seville. In 1923, Milan in 1926, Washington in 1930, Munich in 1934 and The Hague in 1938.
The PIARC Technical Committees were established in 1938 and their establishment greatly enhanced the role of the PIARC. The proliferation of these committees was in the post-World War II period in response to the competition of the International Road Federation, which appeared in 1948 in the United States of America. Global road experts have witnessed significant development with regard to technical problems such as sub-soil study, sidewalks, mechanization and road planning, as well as non-technical issues such as financing, traffic regulation and road marking.
In its successive sessions, the conference witnessed a link between road design and its role in development and prosperity.The first decades of the conference also saw the establishment of national road offices in several European countries inspired by the English Roads Council as a means of adopting a more scientific approach in the construction and renovation of roads.
The ninth session of the ICR was a special session where participants sat together for the first time after the Second World War in Lisbon from 24 to 29 September 1951. Road construction.
In the same context – the subsequent conferences moved to new places, Istanbul hosted the tenth Congress in 1955, followed by Rio de Janeiro in 1959 to inject new blood in the conference and add different experiences to the balance of participants.
The conference, held in Rome in 1964 before going to the Far East for the first time, held its thirteenth session in Tokyo, Tokyo in 1967, while the subsequent sessions of the Conference were held in Prague in 1971, Mexico City in 1975, Vienna in 1979, Sydney in 1983, Brussels in 1987, Marrakech in 1991 and Montreal. In 1995, Kuala Lumpur in 1999, Durban in 2003, Paris in 2007 and Mexico in 2011, the 25th session was held in Seoul in 2015.
Over the past decade, road, transport and infrastructure works have gained prominence in the economic, social and cultural fields and have become an integral part of international and national development strategies, making urban planning a vital issue in all countries of the world, regardless of the degree or level of development of these countries.
The 25th session of the conference, hosted by Seoul in South Korea from 2 to 6 November 2015, saw discussions on supporting the role of roads in development plans through more than 40 panel discussions and the participation of 114 countries from around the world.
The 26th session of the International Roads Congress, which will be held tomorrow, will give participants a unique opportunity to discuss the current trends and challenges of roads and road transport around the world. The first day of the conference includes the ministerial sessions, one of the most important events of the conference. These sessions enable participants to exchange experience and discuss the practices and experiences of national policy Different for transportation.
It is worth mentioning that the World Roads Association (BIARC), which was established in 1909, brings together the administrative bodies working in the field of roads from 120 governments as well as members of the association in more than 140 countries. .