Smart Dubai discusses roadmap of smart city
A high profile delegation from the Smart Dubai Office (SDO) led its Director General, Her Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Aisha bin Bishr, visited the headquarters of Dubai Municipality, which is one of the pioneering strategic partners in the UAE’s Smart City transformation. The visit aims to discuss the goals of the office and its strategy for establishing partnerships with stakeholders inside and outside the UAE, which will lead to better results in the field of smart transformation.
H.E. Dr. Aisha began her speech by explaining their objective, which is to discuss the office’s presentation of SDO’s roadmap to its strategic partners, in addition to showcasing the developments and updates within the SDO to ensure the success of the Smart Dubai initiative, which is leading the process of smart transformation across the emirate’s public and private sectors.
The delegation explored SDO’s roadmap, which features intensive efforts and accelerated steps to achieve the vision of His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city by 2017. The delegation was welcomed by H.E. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, Assistants of the General Manager along with a number of Department Managers and Section Heads.
Bin Bishr commended Dubai Municipality’s effective role in facilitating the transformation process to a smart city, saying: “We aim to provide and standardize the process of smart transformation across the city of Dubai. We have come a long way in our efforts to establish Dubai as one of the world’s smartest city. Today, we are in Dubai Municipality to explain the latest developments in the Dubai Smart Office, which is leading the transformation process, in order to foster stronger ties and overcome the obstacles stopping us from meeting our goals. We aim to integrate and mobilize the creative ideas in a unified initiative to provide a consolidated range of smart services through the participation of public and private sectors, which will ensure the happiness and well-being of the people of Dubai.”
H.E. Younis Al Nasser, CEO of Dubai Data, discussed the structure of the Smart Dubai Office, which is considered a sophisticated and advanced step in the shift to a smart city. The SDO oversees Dubai Smart Government, a technical arm of Smart Dubai, and Dubai Data, which aims to disseminate and exchange data between the public and private sectors. Younis said that the municipality is part of the smart transformation initiative and that they aim to establish Dubai as the happiest city in the world by employing innovative technology that provide smart services that will positively benefit individuals. He also explained the basic pillars of the initiative: efficiency, safety, smoothness and impact. He presented a summary of open data and common information, which is one of most comprehensive and ambitious in the world–noting that everyone would benefit from this platform, which is the result of the tireless efforts of decision-makers, employers and Dubai residents and visitors. Dubai Data adopts the policies and supervises the classification of data while also determining the reference records and follows up with data providers who committed their support to ensure that they gave adopted and implemented the relevant policies.
H.E. Wesam Al Abbas Lootah, CEO of SDG, has explained the SDG’s strategy, which is based on four pillars–interlinked services, enabled services, common services and infrastructure. Lootah provided an explanation of SDG’s platform, which is the new digital backbone in Dubai’s shift into a smart city. He also displayed the latest updates that will allow the subscribed entities to put their smart services on the platform, in addition to development and modernization initiatives in line with the needs of individuals, so the platform would open to all individuals and entities. Lootah explained that this platform is designed in a way that it could beneficial for everyone, as it works on unifying the Smart City’s services, Big Data, Cloud Computing and IoT, in addition to enabling strategic partners, and ensuring that the private sector take advantage of the city’s open and common data.
The two parties confirmed the importance of continuous communication and holding constructive meetings between both teams which will contribute to the development and innovative solutions that the Office is aiming to present. This is an important as this big initiative needs joint efforts to provide the common smart services that can ensure the happiness and well-being of the people of Dubai.
The Smart Dubai Office was established in 2015 under the law No. (29). The SDO aims to offer strategic initiatives and develop partnerships to contribute to Dubai’s smart economy, smart governance, smart environment, dimensions of smart life, smart individuals and smart mobility smart, with the objective of making Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.