A command centre is set to be constructed by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to cope with the demands of Expo 2020.
The Enterprise Command and Control Centre (EC3), worth $91.2m has been approved by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Sheikh Mohammed issued directives to speed up construction and deliver the structure on time so as to manage mobility and public transport systems required for the Expo 2020.
He also directed to utilise the latest smart technologies and ensure that the system is flexible in order to accommodate and catch up with the rapid technological advancements.
HE Mattar al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, said EC3 spans 6,996m2.
“The building consists of a ground floor and five floors, with a total floor area (TFA) of 10,900 sqm,” he continued.
“The central control room covers an area of 430 sqm and rises 13m in height. The facility comprises of office spaces, auditorium, a press centre, and four utility buildings.
“The EC3 will conform to the green building codes and will be qualified for the Green Buildings Certification – Gold Rating,” Al Tayer added.
Upon completion, the centre will act as a unified platform linking various control centers of RTA’s operational agencies, such as Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, Public Transport, Taxis, and Traffic Systems Control Centers, with an integrated central control unit.
This unit will be linked with all RTA’s agencies in the initial phase, and eventually, with all external entities associated with the business of RTA.
Al Tayer said EC3 will streamline crises management operations, event planning, and management work, as well as mobility during mega events and exhibitions hosted by Dubai.
“In this capacity, the center will play a key role in facilitating mobility from and to Expo 2020 location,” he added.