Dubai Focuses on Future Mobility

ArabNet Team, Nov 08 2016

The development of electric, autonomous, and connected vehicles in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will be in sharp focus at a conference and exhibition in Dubai this month, as the Emirate’s government takes a lead role in the future of regional mobility.

The 2nd International Conference on Future Mobility, to be held from 14-15 November 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, arrives following a series of declarations from authorities promoting the use of alternative and eco-friendly non-fossil fuel technologies on UAE roads.

Hosted by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), and organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the two-day summit will feature a line-up of more than 30 international experts sharing their insights into smart, clean, and connected mobility.

A co-located exhibition will also shine the spotlight on futuristic vehicles using the latest in smart eco-friendly technology from the world’s heavyweight manufacturers such as Toyota, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen and more.

Held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin-Fahad, the UAE Minister of State and Chairman of ESMA, the 2nd International Conference on Future Mobility comes as Dubai leads a concerted effort to slash carbon emissions in a region widely known for its love of cars.

The Dubai government has mandated that 10% of all civic fleets in the emirate consist of electric vehicles by 2020.  This ambitious target means thousands of electric vehicles are set to be ordered to replace existing government department vehicle fleets.

Additionally, the government is working on consumer incentives to encourage drivers to switch from petroleum-powered cars to the more sustainable hybrid and electric alternative. 

Meanwhile, in April 2016, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, announced that 25% of vehicles in Dubai will be autonomous by 2030, adding further weight behind the big push toward a smarter, greener, and more mobile future. 

Kaushik Madhavan, Head of Automotive and Transportation for the MENESA Region at Frost & Sullivan said “We are seeing the emergence of new mobility business models such as car sharing, carpooling, and subscription-based services. Today the mobility ecosystem comprises not only automotive companies, but also energy companies and software or IT companies. We also have the emergence of aggregators who have developed platforms bringing together the end consumer and the service providers.”

“Value-added services will be the differentiator in the future as service providers look to attract customers with subscription-based services which will give the customers the flexibility to choose the mode of transport based on their needs,” added Madhavan.

H.E. Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the ATCUAE, said: “The positive impact and environmental solutions offered by electric and hybrid cars make it imperative for all the concerned parties to work on setting an effective strategy that can contribute in enhancing and spreading this concept in the near future. It is a relatively new concept in the world of the automotive industry in the Middle East, but its positive aspects can play a vital role in attracting consumers. However these aspects need to be highlighted properly based on an integrated approach.”

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