December 2017

Smart Dubai Board of Directors Convenes for 12th Meeting, Looks Back on 2 Years of Achievement

Smart Dubai’s Board of Directors held its 12th meeting today headed by its Chairman His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer. The Board kicked off its meeting asserting that “while the world continues to reluctantly discuss and approach the technologies and initiatives of the future, Dubai, has already turned them into a reality.”

During the two-hour extraordinary meeting – which coincided with the second anniversary of the Smart Dubai Office and the third anniversary of the Smart Dubai Strategy – Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director-General of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO), introduced the Board to Smart Dubai’s success and achievement in 2017, the results of which have begun to command local, regional and international attention.

H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer applauded the efforts to display the meeting’s talking points in a creative way. “Our innovation in projects, our attention to detail, our passion for excellence and our commitment to implementing the vision of our exceptional leadership that is always steering us towards success will cement Dubai’s leading position at the fore of smart cities around the world,” he said.

H.E. Al Tayer went on to note: “These successes we have looked over reflect Smart Dubai’s perseverance and commitment to creative and ambitious projects across all smart-city sectors that stand to shape a bright future for Dubai – one that is worthy of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, to put the emirate ahead of other major global cities across all sectors, spreading happiness among its citizens.”

Meanwhile, H.E. Dr Aisha said: “We have already begun to reap the benefits of our endeavours over the past few years and have become a global benchmark for smart cities. We now receive delegations from around the world who visit us and marvel at Dubai’s dazzling success and progress. Authorities and organisations from around the world write to us requesting a visit to Dubai, while we receive countless invitations to take part in global summits to showcase our city’s great success to the world.”

“For most organisations, an anniversary simply celebrates a significant date, but for us at Smart Dubai, it is a celebration of our inspiring leaders, our energetic young executives and our youthful team that carry Smart Dubai’s message in their heart. The wise leadership has entrusted me and this team with the unparalleled opportunity of transforming Dubai into a global smart-city role model,” Dr Aisha added.

For his part, H.E. Wesam Lootah, CEO of the Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDG), inaugurated the first part of the virtual tour, noting that Smart Dubai has successfully harmonised and integrated efforts across government departments to advance Dubai’s smart transformation. “The year 2017 was a milestone in Dubai’s journey to become the world’s premier destination for cutting-edge technologies, such as Blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), data and smart decision making, among many others,” H.E. Lootah noted. “Smart Dubai led the world in setting global standards, such as developing the first-ever set of criteria for Blockchain applications in government operations.”

Members of the Board revisited various milestones of Smart Dubai’s progress, showcasing the advancements made in artificial intelligence; the all-in-one smart services platform Dubai Now; the Happiness Meter; the Government Resource Planning Systems (GRPS), which is an integrated system of centralised hi-tech solutions offered to all government agencies in Dubai, allowing them to handle all key internal government operations; Dubai Careers; and Smart Employee. Other projects showcased included infrastructure services, such as government cooperation and communication tools, and the Dubai Crowd management initiative, among other programmes that can save as much as AED100 million per year.

The staff also presented Dubai ID, which grants registrants access to more than 640 digital smart services from 41 government and private entities, before getting into details regarding the Dubai Digital Wealth and Digital Certificates initiatives, as well as the Blockchain Strategy, for which Smart Dubai won the prestigious City Project Award at the Smart Cities Expo & World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Board members were then introduced to open and shared data, which is expected to add AED10.4 billion to the GDP by 2021, as well as the Dubai Pulse platform, the backbone of smart city transformation, and Smart Dubai’s Happiness Agenda.

Smart Dubai’s Marketing and Communications Department reviewed the most important international and local awards the SDO has won so far, as well as the most notable international events it participated in to relate the Dubai experience to the world.

H.E. Younus Al Nasser, SDO’s Assistant Director-General and CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment, concluded the Board meeting, noting that the next stage is led by the UAE Centennial 2071 plan, whereby Smart Dubai’s objectives for 2021 will be implemented, bringing the emirate closer to the future envisioned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. “We, in the emirate, have perfected the art of embracing challenges and transforming them into opportunities. We look forward to building on what we’ve already achieved,” he asserted.

The meeting was attended by H.E. Ahmad Bin Humaidan, Vice Chairman of the Board, along with Board Members: Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, Director-General of Smart Services at Dubai Police; H.E. Yousef Hamad Al Sheibani, Director-General of the Dubai Cyber Security Centre; H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA); H.E. Mansoor Juma Bu Osaiba, Chief Executive Director at the Professional Communication Corporation (Nedaa); Mohammed Abdullah Al Zafeen, Director of IT Department at Dubai Municipality; Abdulla Al Madani, CEO of the Corporate Technology Support Services Sector at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); and Engineer Saud Aziz, Board Rapporteur.