September 2017

Smart Dubai Welcomes Delegation from Singapore’s Smart Nation and Digital Government Group

A delegation from Singapore’s Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) paid a full-day visit to the Smart Dubai Office (SDO) headquarters at the Dubai Design District (d3) on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

The SNDGG delegation was head by His Excellency Ng Chee Khern, Permanent Secretary of the Singaporean Smart Nation and Digital Government and included Jacqueline Poh , Chief Executive of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) as well as a number of officials from Singapore’s Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), GovTech, the Information and Media Development Authority and Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information. The visit was also attended by Singapore’s Ambassador to UAE H.E. Samuel Tan and Singapore’s Consul-General in UAE H.E. Cheong Ming Foong.

“Smart Dubai is committed to exploring, implementing and developing best practices with regards to cutting-edge technologies and their implementation in smart-city infrastructure,” said SDO’s Director-General H.E. Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr . “Exchanging insight and expertise with like-minded organisation such as Singapore’s Smart Nation and Digital Government Group allows us to share our successes and advancements on the one hand, while gaining further insight and a new perspective on smart city transformation.”

“Singapore has been remarkably successful in that regard,” Dr Aisha added, “and we are happy to be hosting such a high-profile delegation of experts from the city-state. Such rapports allow us to expand our knowledge and reflect a positive image of Dubai and the UAE as a hub for smart technology – all of which brings us one step closer to fulfilling our ambition to establish Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world.”

H.E. Dr Aisha welcomed the delegation to the Smart Dubai headquarters, accompanied by Wesam Lootah , CEO of the Smart Dubai Government Establishment; Younus Al Nasser , CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment; and Zeina El Kaissi, SDO’s Head of Emerging Technology and Global Partnerships.

The delegation and the Smart Dubai Office exchanged best practices and knowledge related to their digital transformation plans, data efforts, emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence as well as cutting-edge city technology efficiency solutions.

The Singapore delegation’s full trip includes visits and meetings with Dubai government and private entities including the Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai Future Accelerators, the Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Health Authority, Avanza Solutions and Du.

The SNDGG is an umbrella group encompassing the SNDGO and GovTech, and working under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore. The Group is mandated with applying digital and smart technologies to improve citizens’ lives, developing the digital enablers and platforms to grow economic value and catalyse innovation, and driving digital transformation for the public service, to strengthen Government ICT infrastructure and improve public service delivery.