Emiratis to be trained in making safer roads


By Anna Zacharias  www.thenational.ae

ABU DHABI // Emirati specialists are needed to help make better roads that will save lives as the country’s network grows, a leading academic says.

“Roads are the spine of life and society, and we encourage many Emiratis to be a part of this project,” said Dr Tayeb Al Kamali, the vice chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT).

He was speaking at the Abu Dhabi opening of the Transport Research Laboratory, a road-safety organisation that will train Emiratis.

“The engineering sector is growing tremendously in the country and we at the Higher Colleges are developing new types of engineering programmes to match where the projects are going,” Dr Al Kamali said. “Road safety is one area, nuclear engineering is another.”

TRL, a renowned institute based in the UK, has opened an office at the Cert technology park where students from HCT work directly with industries in training projects and research.

TRL assisted in developing Abu Dhabi’s road-safety strategy and is involved in its implementation. Staff say long-term changes to road safety will need Emiratis involved. More info