32nd Gulf Traffic Week Events Kick off in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 13th March, 2016 (WAM)–Under the patronage of Lt. General H.H. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Sha’far, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Interior, opened the 32nd Gulf Traffic Week on Sunday.

The opening ceremony took place at Yas Mall in the presence of Major General Mohammed Khalfan Matar Al Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police. The event is organised by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and held under the slogan “Your Choice Determines Your Destiny.”

Lt. General Al Sha’far stressed that the UAE’s participation along with its sister states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) emphasises the sincere and continuous endeavours of the UAE to render traffic regulations and laws effective, and to keep pace with the civilised and urban advancement witnessed by the country.

He noted that this advancement is achieved under the wise and visionary leadership of the country in regards to the integrity of the human element and its development, as the human element is the actual capital owned by the country. He highlighted Lt. General H.H. Sheikh Saif’s keenness to provide traffic safety to all road users, and noted his continuous follow up of the MoI’s steps to implement its strategy, which aims to grant safety on all roads across the UAE.

Lt. General Al Sha’far added, “The MoI is implementing a comprehensive traffic strategy that includes numerous initiatives in cooperation with other concerned authorities in the country in order to limit traffic accidents and their impact. This strategy covers all aspects related to traffic safety, and continues its endeavors through different initiatives and awareness campaigns in order to reduce the number of traffic accidents and avoid their negative impact. This is achieved by fostering the pillars of the modern traffic system, which is considered a main aspect of the advancement and high status of countries.”

He said that any observer of the status of the UAE’s traffic system will notice the amount of care extended to developing traffic rules and regulations, engineering roads as per the best international standards, upgrading the traffic and patrols departments, developing the competencies and skills of traffic personnel, and activating traffic awareness throughout the year.

Lt. General Al Sha’far stressed that the Gulf Traffic Week’s events and continuous awareness campaigns have a positive impact on spreading awareness about the risks resulting from violating traffic rules and regulations. He noted, “These events contributed significantly to reducing the number of traffic accidents and their negative impacts; hence we extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to traffic personnel and to our strategic partners who are working effortlessly to promote traffic safety in all ways, and to disseminate the traffic culture among members of the community.”

Major General Al Rumaithi stressed that traffic safety is a main strategic priority to maintaining the security that is enjoyed in the county. He said that it is a priority in terms of reducing traffic accidents and their negative impact of wasting resources and potentials. He noted that the traffic week organized in Abu Dhabi aims to preserve the positive indicators achieved in relation to the levels of traffic safety in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

He continued, “This year’s slogan ‘Your Choice Determines Your Destiny’ emphasises the importance of promoting personal responsibility in order to reduce traffic accidents. This encouraged us to develop the ideas that are beneficial to the community in general, and to road users in particular, by implementing the best practices and systems that raise the level of performance, and reflect a positive image of civilized dealing between the traffic personnel and the public. This aims to ensure their safety and protect them from traffic accidents.”

He also noted that the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters has included the wise leadership’s vision of treating the human factor as the most valuable asset within its strategic priorities. The police are exerting their highest efforts to realize the desired results and integrate the official and community efforts in order to achieve traffic safety for all.

He also said “the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters is interested in strengthening communication with all community segments as partners in fostering security and stability. Based on this approach, we launched today the “Traffic Awareness Partners” initiative that encourages contributing positive efforts to promote traffic awareness and deliver our message to ensure traffic safety standards.

Major General Al Rumaithi expressed the gratitude of the Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters to the authorities, who paid attention to the importance of institutional social work and activated their positive partnership with the Traffic and Patrols Directorate of the Abu Dhabi Police via the “Traffic Awareness Partners.” This supports the efforts of the Abu Dhabi Police to limit traffic accidents and build social traffic awareness that improves the traffic culture and personal responsibility about abiding by traffic laws.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Major General Mohammed Al Awadhi Al Menhali, Assistant Undersecretary of Resources and Support Services; Major General Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior; Major General Jassem Muhammad Al Marzouqui, Civil Defense General Commander-in-chief; Brigadier Sheikh Mohammed bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Director General of Security and Ports Affairs at Abu Dhabi Police; Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director General of Central Operations at Abu Dhabi Police; Brigadier Mubarak Abdullah Al Muhairi, Director General of Guards and Special Tasks; and Brigadier Mohamed Mayouf Al Ketbi, Head of Vehicles and Drivers Licensing Department at Abu Dhabi Police; in addition to traffic awareness partners; a number of public council hosts who support the Traffic and Patrols Directorate activities; directors of departments; and head of sections at the MoI and the Abu Dhabi Police.

The event was also attended by strategic partners of the Abu Dhabi Police and a delegation from the traffic department from Saudi Arabia.