Under the auspices of the Minister of State for Interior Affairs HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, a seminar entitled 'Safety Standards of Long Highways' was opened on Monday, January 30, 2012 at Doha Renaissance hotel. The three day seminar is being held by Naif Arab University for Security Sciences in association with the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) of Qatar.
The opening ceremony was attended by Traffic Department director Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji, NTSC secretary general Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Al-Maliki, head of police sciences at Naif University Dr. Abbas Abu Shama Abdul Mahmoud, Dean of Studies and Research Centre at the University Prof. Dr. Ahsan Mubarak Taleb and a number of department heads in the Ministry of Interior, Qatar.
The symposium aims to support scientific knowledge in security and safety, specifications of long roads, the concept of international standards for highways and national long ways, implications of lack of security and safety on these roads and to take advantage of the Arab and international experiences in safety specifications and its applications in highways.
The seminar includes a number of scientifically important themes such as 'the effectiveness of “Saher" system in long highways.. A Saudi experience', 'International traffic standards in long highways', 'Geographical rules of the highways and the role of GIS in traffic management on highways', ‘the study of statistics in road traffic accidents: a comparison between long highways and other types of roads', ‘modern techniques used in roads', ‘ways and means of prevention of traffic accidents on long highways' and other related topics.
Welcoming the attendees, Brigadier Saad Al-Kharji stressed on the importance of the seminar in the light of raising number of accidents in GCC countries. While, he explained that the new statistics show that there is a remarkable fall in number traffic caused deaths in Qatar.
Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Al-Maliki emphasized on deep cooperation between Naif University and NTSC in all issues related with traffic and hoped that the seminar will contribute in the research on reasons of traffic accidents.
Dr. Ahsan Mubarak Taleb said that the seminar is held in the context of Naif University's concern with security issues in Arab countries and particularly the traffic accidents which has become a major issue in the society.
Lt. Gen. Dr. Abbas Mahmoud Abu Shama said that the management of normal traffic has become a concern on highways with more lanes and long routes where some will have irresistible temptation to increase the speed with wrong notion that there will be no road surprises in long highways.
Col. Dr, Mohammed Sulaim bin Mania presented a paper on 'Concept and international specifications for highways and dual ways'. He emphasized that the success of road transport is heavily dependent on the concerted efforts of all parties concerned to achieve integration between various elements in the traffic system and raising the level of road operation network with the highest rates of traffic safety and the lowest level of environmental contamination.
Presenting a paper on 'ways and means of prevention of traffic accidents on long highways) Dr. Ahsan Mubarak confirmed that the traffic accidents in the Arab world constitute as one of the biggest social problems, where it is the third cause of death. He also indicated that the prevention of traffic accidents should include all three factors of traffic, a driver, vehicle and the road.
Col. Dr. Ali Dhabyan Al-Rushaidi presented a paper on 'Traffic statistics: A comparative study between long highways and other roads'. He recommended the importance of focusing on long roads as the results showed that most deaths occur on the long roads, and the need to control long ways electronically to reduce the negative consequences of traffic accidents.
Brigadier Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah Al-Muqbil presenting a paper on 'Modern Techniques used in Modern Roads' recommended use of modern technologies in the development of security and traffic performance, need to develop specifications for the projects and the reduction of human intervention as much as possible in the role of irregularities. As well, he stressed the importance of developing this technology through the involvement of the private sector to ensure the quality and speed of interaction in the development.