In a bid to promote road safety across The Pearl-Qatar, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with United Development Company (UDC).
The General Directorate of Traffic director general Brigadier Mohamed bin Saad al-Kharji and UDC president and CEO Ibrahim Jassim al-Othman were the signatories at a ceremony at The Pearl-Qatar.
As per the MoU, the Traffic Department will assign units to conduct round-the-clock patrols across The Pearl-Qatar. The function also marked the opening of the Control and Operations Centre that will offer residents and visitors of the island.
Officers rendering services at the Control and Operations Centre
The Control and Operations Centre of the General Directorate of Traffic at The Pearl-Qatar
As per the plan, the centre will monitor traffic violations, investigate accidents and process vehicle registration and licensing applications. These are in addition to other services that are aimed at easing traffic congestion and ensuring road safety across The Pearl-Qatar.
UDC, which is the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Islands, is a leading Qatari public shareholding company. It will provide necessary support to the Traffic Department for the smooth implementation of the plans. A workstation along with communication facilities will be set up in Medina Centrale.
While addressing the function, Brigadier al-Kharji said Qatar gives due importance to traffic safety and pointed out that state level efforts in this regard have resulted in remarkable reduction in road fatalities and serious injuries. “The second phase implementation of the Road Safety Strategy 2018-2022 has helped Qatar to achieve good results,” he said.
Al-Othman said UDC is proud to join hands with the MoI to improve the public services for residents and tenants of The Pearl-Qatar as well as the visitors to the islands. “The agreement is a result of the efforts of all entities concerned and it will further enhance services for citizens,” he said.
As per figures with the MoI, The Pearl-Qatar continues to witness an increasing number of visitors. Number of vehicles entering the island increased by 17% in 2018 while total number of vehicles to The Pearl Qatar stood at 13mn.
It was explained in a statement that UDC has so far launched a number of initiatives during recent years to improve its offerings and provide residents and visitors with effortless and time-saving access to the island. Single window services ‘Khadamati’ were announced in 2017 in order to facilitate processing of selected transactions for investors, retailers and residents of the island. The services included facilitation of passport and immigration related services, traffic department paperwork, company registration and licensing, medical institution licensing and medical commission services, civil defense services and customs clearance.
UDC functions with a mission to identify and invest in long term projects in a bid to contribute to Qatar’s growth and provide good shareholder value. UDC activities cover a multitude of vital investment sectors including real estate development, property management, infrastructure and utilities, maritime and hospitality related businesses, the statement added.