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The number of passenger cars in the GCC is estimated to reach 19.1 million by 2020 according to research from analysts Frost & Sullivan. This poses a very obvious safety risk on the region’s roads, which are already intensely crowded and proving incredibly dangerous on a daily basis.
Statistics at the GCC secretariat information office based in Muscat, reveal Oman leads the way in terms of road accidents with 4,721 recorded in 2016, closely followed by Saudi Arabia with 4,609. Deaths on Abu Dhabi roads decreased by 22 per cent during the first three months of 2017, according to statistics released by the traffic police. The number of road accidents also dropped by six per cent during the first quarter of 2017, compared to the same period last year.
Authorities across the GCC are consistent across the board in the causes of so many accidents - speeding, negligence, a sudden change of lanes, recklessness, poor overtaking and not leaving enough distance between vehicles. The UAE Government, in particular, want to lower its road fatality numbers from 6.1/100,000 inhabitants by the end of 2016 to 3.0/100,000 inhabitants by 2021and are thus taking a keen interest in technologies which improve general road safety.
With heavy focus from the governments and contractors on incorporating new and innovative technologies and methods to reduce traffic fatalities, Gulf Traffic provides you with an ideal platform to network and do business with a niche and high-value set of potential clientele from all over the region.
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