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Have faith in infrastructure benefits, says UAE transport chief

Britain should trust in infrastructure’s ability to stimulate growth the United Arab Emirates transport chief said last week.

Britain should trust in infrastructure’s ability to stimulate growth the United Arab Emirates transport chief said last week.

His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer who is the UAE Roads & Transport Authority executive director said he had watched the UK’s approach to handling the debt crisis with interest.

Infrastructure is key

On stimulating the economy, he said “of course there’s problems with corruption [in the banking system] and governance, but infrastructure is the key solution.”

He added that while the growth that infrastructure gives to the economy can be hard to quantify - “it’s not easy for an accountant to sit down and produce the numbers” - he insisted that the “financial benefits of infrastructure are very visible.”

Dubai’s approach to building infrastructure stands in stark contrast to the fierce spending cuts seen in the UK.

Spend money

Mattar Al Tayer recalled instructions from Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who said he wanted each metro station along the £4.9bn Dubai Metro route to “be five star. Spend more money. Make a landmark.”

Mattar Al Tayer was talking during a visit to the ICE last week. He is currently in the UK on a trade mission, and visited the ICE as an Honorary Fellow of the Institution.

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