The Department of Municipalities and Transport – Abu Dhabi (DMT) has launched the inaugural edition of Abu Dhabi Mobility Week, which will take place from 24 April to 1 May 2024.
The series of events will feature announcements, forums, and showcases. The DMT will begin Abu Dhabi Mobility Week by unveiling a comprehensive mobility strategy for the emirate on 24 April. Encompassing land transport, aviation, and maritime activities, as well as driver and vehicle licensing services, this strategic framework solidifies DMT's commitment to shaping the future of mobility in the region.
His Excellency Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the DMT, said: "Abu Dhabi Mobility Week encapsulates our steadfast commitment to spearheading transformative advancements in mobility. The groundbreaking mobility strategy to be revealed during this seminal event will not only underscore our unwavering dedication to innovation but also serve as an authoritative testament to our enduring vision for progressive transformation within the realm of transportation."
The DMT also revealed that it will be the official host for the inaugural edition of DRIFTx, which is set to take place from 24-27 April 2024. Organised in collaboration with the Smart and Autonomous Vehicles Industry (SAVI) Cluster and the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), the multi-disciplinary leadership and exhibition platform will see international leaders and innovators, including organisations, regulatory bodies, and more, converge in Abu Dhabi to discuss and explore smart, autonomous, and sustainable mobility solutions across air, land, and sea.
Badr Al-Olama, Director, General of ADIO, said: “DRIFTx is more than an event; it's an unparalleled global nexus for visionaries and innovators, where the future of transportation is forged. We’re excited to bring DRIFTx to Abu Dhabi and welcome the partnership with the Department of Municipalities and Transport – Abu Dhabi as the official host of this global and cutting-edge event. In this transformative space, and with the recent launch of the Smart and Autonomous Vehicles Industry (SAVI) Cluster, Abu Dhabi solidifies its status as a pioneering force in smart and autonomous mobility, charting a course that transcends boundaries and advances us into a future defined by innovation, connectivity and endless possibilities.”
The Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League (A2RL) will debut its high-profile autonomous races at Yas Marina Circuit on 28 April, featuring teams from the UAE, USA, Europe, China and Singapore. The winning nation will receive a prize fund of approximately AED8 million (US$2.25 million) while showcasing the driverless Dallara Super Formula SF23 open-wheel cars.
The week concludes with the Mobility Live ME conference from 30 April until 1 May at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), of which the DMT is a strategic partner. It will bring together industry professionals, technology experts, and experiences to foster collaboration and exploration in sustainable mobility.
His Excellency Abdulla Al Marzouqi, Director General of the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC), said: “Abu Dhabi Mobility Week, coupled with the impactful presence of DRIFTx complemented by Mobility Live ME, speaks to our unwavering commitment to future-ready sustainable modes of transport. This collective effort not only showcases our dedication to fostering innovation but also serves as a meaningful platform for industry professionals to collaboratively shape tomorrow’s mobility landscape. Together, these events lay the groundwork for a future where collaboration seamlessly merges with innovation, steering us towards a sustainable and transformative era in mobility."
In addition to the main events, Abu Dhabi Mobility Week will feature a series of activations, including safety initiatives, health and fitness events, research collaborations with universities, and mobility-inspired activities in schools. This multifaceted approach aims to engage the community and inspire the next generation of innovators in the field of mobility.