Y4PT Conference kicks off in Dubai - youth and public transport

Y4PT Conference kicks off in Dubai - youth and public transport

Youth for Public Transport - an organization coordinated by the UITP organization in the Middle East. The youth meeting focuses on tackling some of the challenges faced during the use of public transport as well as promoting its use for a sustainable future.


The Y4PT conference comes in the context of a wider UITP Transport Congress and Exhibition taking place in Dubai representing the public transport industry in the Middle East and North African Region. The youth meeting has brought together young people from around the world to discuss transport issues including road safety and sustainability across the region and the globe.

In a rapidly developed city like Dubai, public transport is a seemless integration of travel yet the roads are still incredibly congested placing a massive burden on sustainability, pollution, urban planning and health. Car use is a prestige in most parts of the world and this is also the case in the MENA region.

The Y4PT conference kicks off with ideas on challenges faced by public transport users across the world.

The conference kicks off a focus on some of the issues and challenges faced by people in commuting from place to place in the country, the alleviation of congestion and the promotion of SMARTer mobility promoting a healthier lifestyle. The conference also focuses on bringing youth participation to transport planning in the city by inviting young people to exprience the current system and giving their feedback.

The Road Transport Authority Dubai Mr Mohammad Salem (Senior Engineer at RTA) and Mr Walid Al Ameeri (Transport Project Manager) offer information on the latest information on the city's public transport system and promoting healthy living.

YOURS is attending the meeting to learn more about the Public Transport sphere, its impact upon urban development and of course the impact cars have on road fatalities. On Sunday (tomorrow) the UITP Conference will launch. As a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility, UITP is internationally recognised for its work in advancing the development of this critical policy agenda. UITP has a long history to its name, and is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes.

In a rapidly growing urban city such as Dubai, clear issues have arisen in terms of sustainability and access.

UITP in the MENA region has marked the calendar for forthcoming MENA Congresses in Dubai-UAE from 2014 to 2022 as a strategy of RTA & UITP to set its key events in one city in the region. This event will create history for Public Transport within the region as it will not just cover Public Transport but also its environment influence on the impact and development of urban living to best serve the citizens.

“Grow your city with Public Transport” the slogan that the Centre for Transport Excellence created with The International Association of Public Transport Middle East North Africa (UITP MENA) is one of the eleven regional offices of UITP.

UITP Vision of doubling Public Transport by 2025 has taken a great development since 2005. As we are approaching the mid milestone of the campaign, MENA region one of the key regions with great establishment has added to the campaign of “Grow with Public Transport” so it goes hand in hand with this event.

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