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Mohammed inspects ‘Sky Pods’
February 12, 2019
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DUBAI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has reviewed two models of the Sky Pods, a mobility system being tested by the Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, in conjunction with Skyway Greentech Co. The Sky Pods form part of the RTA’s initiatives aimed at addressing the future of Dubai’s mobility needs.

His Highness inspected the Sky Pods on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is also the Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation.

Sheikh Mohammed attended a briefing by Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA about the Sky Pod models. The system occupies considerably less area than conventional systems of the same capacity. It is also characterised by higher power efficiency as it uses five times less power than electric vehicles.

Al Tayer said, “The first model of the Sky Pods is the Unibike; which is characterised by its small size and lightweight. It moves on steel wheels on a hanging railway. It combines the features of a high-performance electric vehicle and sports and recreational features. It is fitted with electric systems for driving the pod. 

It can be fitted with a power generator such as the Bicycle Dynamo, and as such it can be driven by the body mass of passengers on board. It can accommodate two riders and travel at a speed of up to 150 km/h.

“The second model of the Sky Pods is the Unicar. It is designed for long-haul journeys. It features a design compatible with the urban setting and international standards of Dubai. 

“These ultra-modern innovative systems have the potential of enhancing smooth mobility through the construction of an elevated network connecting high-rise buildings. Each pod has a capacity of four to six seated riders and can travel at a speed of 150 km/h.” 

“The Sky Pods initiative is part of RTA’s efforts to provide autonomous transport, one of the key aims of the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy aimed at converting 25 per cent of total journeys in Dubai into autonomous journeys on various transit means by 2030. It is also part of RTA’s efforts to enhance the integration of public transit means, and offer solutions for short journeys (first and last mile) enabling public transport users to reach their final destinations,” concluded Al Tayer.

‘EDGE OF GOVERNMENT’ 

Sheikh Mohammed has stressed that the UAE is keen on inspiring governments across the world to utilise innovation in finding solutions that enrich human life and promote societies.

Sheikh Mohamed made the remarks while opening “The Edge of Government’’ organised by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation as part of the 7th World Government Summit.

Sheikh Mohammed said, “Innovation is a driving force for humanity, a catalyst for the development of vital sectors and a global language whose owners share a passion for developing expertise, tools and solutions to the challenges. We see innovation as a mechanism and a tool to develop a human-centered government approach. During the World Governments Summit, we want to provide governments with a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw on their special experiences.” The Edge of Government are the ones that employ technology and turn it into innovations that serve people. 

FIRST VP OF COSTA RICA 

Sheikh Mohammed received Epsy Campbell Barr, the First Vice President of Costa Rica, in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid.

During the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the World Government Summit, WGS, in Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed explored with Barr the important topics for discussion among the participants from 140 countries at the summit, which focus mostly on the human being and the means to provide him with modern and decent life in any part of the world.

Furthermore,Sheikh Mohammed and Barr witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the UAE and Costa Rica through which the UAE will lend its expertise to Costa Rica to develop government work and performance. The MoU was signed by Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future and Chairman of the WGS, and Maria del Pilar, Minister of Planning and Economic Policy in Costa Rica.

ILO DG DUBAI

Sheikh Mohammed on Monday received Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the International Labour Organisation, ILO, on the sidelines of the World Government Summit, WGS, in Dubai.

At the meeting, which was attended by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Mohammed and Ryder discussed the importance of enhancing the regulations concerning workers with emphasis on preserving their rights and human dignity.

For his part, Ryder praised the UAE’s rules and regulations that guarantee the rights of foreign workers in various aspects such as appropriate housing and medical treatment.

Ryder is participating in the WGS in which the ILO will reveal its annual report on the status of workers across the world.

BEST PRACTICES CENTRE

DUBAI: Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum today launched the Dubai International Best Practices Centre (DIBPC) on the sidelines of the World Government Summit, being held at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

The Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the launch ceremony of the centre that will act as a network that links global best practices.

Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, stressed the importance of introducing international best practices and supporting the UAE’s knowledge economy strategy, benefitting from global best practices, and studying their applicability.

Furthermore, Al Hajri said the DIBPC is linked to eight areas, such as urban planning, building and construction engineering, infrastructure, Artificial Intelligence, food security, climate change, economic growth, and social and economic development.

“The DIBPC will be distinguished by a number of features, the best of which will be the presentation of best practices through leading international companies, organisations, universities and research centers as well as international cities and awards. It will also be characterized by investment opportunities by creating a platform to attract foreign investment, enhancing and creating long-term partnership and investment space, as well as the use of global consultants in the process of forming companies, developing lasting relationships with the participants,” Al Hajri said.

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