UAE – The board of directors of Smart Dubai Office (SDO) held its 7th meeting, which was presided over by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, chairman of the board, as part of its mission to fulfill the mandate of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to uplift the city through smart technology, fueling a citywide transformation to implement his vision to make Dubai the happiest city on earth.
In the meeting, the board of Smart Dubai also reviewed a full report on the initiative’s achievements in view of the upcoming three-year anniversary of Smart Dubai. The report indicated that Smart Dubai will not only have met, but will have surpassed its mandate, ahead of its deadline. The report also demonstrated that Smart Dubai is prepared to launch the next phase of the Dubai’s smart transformation journey.
H.E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman, Smart Dubai Office said “I would like to congratulate the entire Smart Dubai team for all their efforts and successes achieved in fulfilling the first phase of the Smart Dubai mandate. Our success is also highly attributed to the strong collaboration between the public and private sectors and a joint purpose of fulfilling the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, of making Dubai the happiest city on earth. Every member of the board is continually working within their entities to ensure a successful and timely implementation of future services and initiatives as we now enter the second phase of our smart city transformation.”
“Thanks to the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, His Excellency Saeed Al Tayer, the Chairman of the Board of Smart Dubai, the members of the Board of Smart Dubai, the Smart Dubai team, and all of our strategic partners who are continually committed to adopting the most innovative technologies to improve experiences across the city, we are proud to announce that, today, residents and visitors to Dubai can enjoy the benefits of 121 smart initiatives and 1,129 smart services that are making Dubai a new global benchmark for smart city experiences.” said Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai Office.
The Smart Dubai board members also reviewed three key policy recommendations from the Dubai Data Establishment, defining the classification, opening and sharing, commercialization and privacy of Dubai’s data, in line with the Dubai Data Law. In the meeting, the board agreed to adopt the policies, which outline requirements for: data classification and protection of privacy and IPR; data use and re-use; and the governance of Dubai’s data.
During the meeting, members also discussed the progress of the Dubai Data Portal, highlighting that 41 data sets from government entities will be available on the Smart Dubai Platform from early 2017. The benefits of shared services provided by the Smart Dubai Government was also lauded, highlighting the AED 4.3 billion saved over the last 13 years due to the implementation of smart technology.
The meeting was also attended by H.E. Ahmad Bin Humaidan, Vice Chairman of the Board; H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority; Colonel Khaled Nasser Al-Razzuqi, Director General of Smart Services Department at Dubai Police; H.E. Yousef Hamad Al Sheibani, Director General of Dubai Cyber Security Centre; Mohammed Abdullah Al Zafeen, Director of IT Department at Dubai Municipality; Mansour Juma Bu Osaiba, Deputy CEO of Nedaa; H.E. Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of the Smart Dubai Office and CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment; Wesam Lootah, CEO, Smart Dubai Government, and Eng. Saud Aziz, Board Rapporteur.