DUBAI -- The UAE has been ranked first globally in the Quality of
Roads Indicator, according to the Global Competitiveness Report issued by the
World Economic Forum, for the year 2015-2016.
The Quality of Roads pillar features the quality of railroad, port and
air transport infrastructure.
The win came as a result of the sophisticated infrastructure projects in
the country aimed at achieving the UAE 2021 vision, and which are in line with
the international standards adopted by the country to become one of the best
countries in the world.
Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works,
hailed the UAE leadership's unlimited support, that makes it possible to
achieve the best for the UAE citizens and expatriate residents. He also
stressed that the trophy was a result of the efforts exerted by the UAE under
the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al
He also added that the ministry and other competent authorities, which
paid attention to the environment, will continue their efforts to accomplish
the UAE Vision 2021 launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of
Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to promote the
country's stature to be among the best countries globally.
He also noted that the Quality of Roads Indicator in the Global
Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, not only tackles standards of technical
aspects in terms of implementing roads and engineering mechanisms, but also
includes supporting standards for the economic development movement in terms of
providing a supportive roads network for the international trade network in the
Other honours the UAE has also won included the International Road
Federation's Award for Asset Preservation & Maintenance Management.