Phase two of portal project for building industry begins

Dubai Municipality is to launch the second phase of an e-government project which will allow 100% of all transactions with building contractors in Dubai to be carried out online.

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By  Diana Milne Published  March 5, 2006

Dubai Municipality is to launch the second phase of an e-government project which will allow 100% of all transactions with building contractors in Dubai to be carried out online. The Building Permit Certification Service is one of the bigg- est e-government projects the Municipality has carried out to date. In the first phase, which was completed in July 2005, 24 e-services for consulting companies were created. The second phase will provide a range of online services for building contractors and will also facilitate the processing of date-related building permits and construction activities in the Emirate. Using the online service those involved in the Dubai construction industry will also be able to view information on construction projects and descriptions on existing and upcoming buildings that are under the Municipality’s remit. “The launch of the second phase of this project is a major landmark for Dubai Municipality and reflects our commitment to providing high quality services to our clients,” explained Abdullah Al Shibani, Dubai Municipality’s director general for technical service. “The services that will now be available through Dubai Municipality’s portal will significantly help building consultants and contractors throughout the entire process of the construction project, while also providing detailed information on major buildings in Dubai,” he said. “This project also complements Dubai’s efforts towards achieving the highest levels of e-governence,” he went on to add. The main aims of the project are to reduce the workload on municipality staff, eliminate the manual processing of documentation, assist departments such as the Police, Civil Defence and Economics and to facilitate the online payment of fees and fines. In the third phase of the project, services will be created for the owners of the buildings. This phase is expected to start immediately after the second phase has been completed. Last October Dubai Municipality announced it would be introducing 27 next-generation e-services by June 2006 as part of a project it is working on with IBM. The vendor will work with the Municipality to implement an online framework which will support the 27 services. The Building Permit Certification Service will be developed using technology from Oracle. “The new system has been developed with the most advanced information technology solutions — using Java programming language and Oracle database,” said Yousif Shams, head of system development and support section, IT department, Dubai Municipality. “The service is integrated with other services in Dubai Municipality such as Geographic Information System (GIS), Pre-Qualification ePayments, CRA, Electronic Data Management System (EDMS) and No Objection Certificates (NOC),” he added. Dubai Government has until 2007 to put 90% of government services online and to ensure that 50% of transactions are carried out online.

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