Gulf Traffic, which will take place on December 8-10 2014 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, is set to play host to the regions first ever dedicated conference covering all aspects of the global parking solutions industry, which is estimated to be worth USD 8.9 billion by 2019, according to a recent report by marketsandmerkets.com
UAE’s car sales January 2014 to May 2014 recorded 12 per cent growth, compared with the same period last year, and for the whole of 2013 just over 360,800 vehicles were sold to private owners or fleet operators. The rapid growth in the number of vehicles worldwide is increasing the problem of the parking spaces, and according to industry data 30 per cent of traffic congestion occurs due to vehicle drivers struggling to find a space.
It is figures like these that have set the grounding for the inaugural edition of the MENA Parking Conference, which takes place on the third day of Gulf Traffic.
Smart Parking Initiatives, Future Mobility, Shared Parking and case studies focusing on growing economies and keeping pace with increasing vehicle numbers internationally, are all set to be discussed by some of the industries most respected speakers and experts.
Chaired by Dave Hill, International Representative, International Parking Institute, the highlight of the morning’s sessions is a ‘multi panel’ case study presentation focusing on sustainability, with topics covering country regulations and enforcement, payment facilities and technologies and operations and maintenance.
“Sustainability is becoming more and more prevalent in the design process of a mega project, and has moved on dramatically since 2009. It is a natural evolution that modern parking solutions are really starting to make a profile of its own, and I am excited to see what issues, ideas and ultimately solutions come out of the conference” commented Dave Hill.
Moving more toward systems management, another hot topic of the day will be how to approach ‘managing parking management’. This presentation will offer a fly on the wall picture into the behind the scenes tasks and activities that take place in order to manage “end to end” parking solutions.
James Fraser, ZONE Parking Solution’s Operations Director will be delivering the presentation and says there are both challenges and rewards of working with highly driven and motivated clients, and understanding the key drivers behind their requirements.
“I will be looking at all the issues faced in providing world class services to customers who may not be familiar with parking enforcement on behalf of clients working in an unfamiliar environment, both politically and socially. To keep in line with the crux of the conference, I will also be delving in to environmental responsibilities, increased demand for e-services, and what could/should be happening in respect to parking services in growing cities such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai over the next 10 years.” said Fraser.
The 2014 Gulf Traffic Exhibition & Conference will bring together leaders in the road, rail, public transport and parking industries from across the globe. The exhibition will feature a host of international suppliers showcasing new trends and technologies, offering industry insight and innovative solutions.
For further information please visit: www.gulftraffic.com