Sheikh Hamdan Modifies Railway Regulations in Dubai: RTA’s Expanded Role

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai has issued a new resolution amending certain provisions of Executive Council Resolution No. (1) of 2017 concerning the regulation of railways in the emirate of Dubai. The amendments primarily focus on enhancing the roles and responsibilities of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai, with a particular emphasis on the planning, design, and development of the public railway network in the emirate.

The amended resolution designates specific tasks and responsibilities to the RTA. One crucial role is defining the requirements, procedures, controls, standards, and specifications implemented by its Safety Regulatory Entity. Additionally, the RTA is entrusted with issuing certificates specified in this resolution through its Rail Agency and Safety Regulatory Entity. These certificates will be issued independently to ensure impartiality, free from any conflict of interest, with respect to owners, operators, contractors, and relevant entities covered by the provisions of this resolution.

The RTA is also directed to collaborate and coordinate with relevant authorities within Dubai and neighboring emirates to achieve the objectives of this resolution, including the seamless integration of railway systems with other transportation systems. This approach aims to enhance connectivity and efficiency in Dubai’s transport infrastructure.

The amendment outlines the functions of the Rail Agency of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). These functions include proposing policies, plans, and programs for developing and designing the public railway network, submitting them for approval to the Director General of the RTA, and overseeing their implementation post-approval. The Rail Agency also holds the authority to approve the Railway Protection Rules, General Guidelines, Planning and Design Standards Guide, and establish criteria for the qualification and accreditation of contractors, consultants, and operators. Moreover, it will issue no-objection certificates and compliance certificates as required.

In Resolution No. (53) of 2023, Article (6) introduces changes to Article (7) and Article (10) of Executive Council Resolution No. (1) of 2017, pertaining to the establishment and operation of railway systems in Dubai. The new resolution also revises Articles (15) related to penalties and administrative measures, (17) concerning judicial seizure, and (18) addressing complaints. Additionally, it replaces two tables included in Executive Council Resolution No. (1) of 2017: Table No. (4) specifying fees for issuing certificates and providing services, and Table No. (6) detailing violations and fines associated with the Rail Agency of the RTA.

The amended resolution will be in effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette. As the changes come into play, the RTA’s expanded responsibilities are expected to foster a more robust and well-integrated railway system in Dubai, catering to the emirate’s growing transportation needs and ambitions for the future.

Sheikh Hamdan‘s modifications to the railway regulations in Dubai, particularly in empowering the RTA with broader responsibilities, signify a strategic step towards enhancing the efficiency and reliability of the emirate’s public railway network. With a focus on seamless integration, collaboration, and independent certification, Dubai aims to create a world-class transport infrastructure that meets the demands of its rapidly developing economy and enhances the overall quality of life for its residents and visitors.

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