IRF World Meeting & Exhibition Draws Global Stakeholders

The 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition, a 4-day global summit and technology showcase in Dubai, UAE, came to a close on November 10, 2021 with a renewed call for consensus-building and knowledge partnerships in our industry to address key sustainability and mobility challenges.

More than 250 papers and presentations were delivered by authors from 58 countries, representing an immense body of knowledge for policy makers and transportation stakeholders to utilize in the months and years ahead. The IRF World Meeting & Exhibition was also characterized by an enhanced focus on new mobility services whose emergence will continue impacting, challenging and inspiring the industry.

In the Closing Ceremonies, Senior Vice Chairman Dr. Bill Sowell noted that the event, which brought together 2,487 delegates from around the world, achieved several objectives, from gathering professionals for in person face-to-face meetings; to specifically addressing current challenges in the sector; to charting a forward-looking strategy for the next decade.

The technical program was assembled by a team of renowned specialists from 36 partner universities and it comprised numerous sessions that addressed the next generation of road mobility, resilient transportation services, “Vision Zero” road traffic injury strategies, and policy instruments to decarbonize the road sector.

"As demand recovers from the pandemic, it is our role to continue identifying models that reduce the footprint of the sector and fully prepare it for future mobility", said C. Patrick Sankey, IRF President & CEO. "This means greening our road networks, making them forgiving and self-explaining, more resilient to climate change, and readying our city streets for connected and electric vehicles."

IRF Chairman H.E Eng. Abdullah Al-Mogbel stated: "These questions, and others, require a level of cross-industry consensus, which IRF is perfectly situated to address by building on the solid foundations of the 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition”.

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