HH Sheikh Mohammad outlines smart city strategy

Fibre optic networks and high-speed wireless internet will form the backbone of smart Dubai

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HH Sheikh Mohammad outlines smart city strategy HH Sheikh Mohammed has announced details of Dubai's smart city plans. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 6, 2014

HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has revealed the strategy behind plans to transform the emirate into a Smart City.

The strategy features six key pillars and 100 initiatives covering transport, communications, infrastructure, electricity, economic services and urban planning.

Under the strategy, 1,000 government services will go smart in the next three years, news agency WAM reported.

Sheikh Mohammed, also vice president and prime minister of the UAE, said the "gigantic project" aims to touch the lide of every citizen in the country.

In comments published by WAM, he said: "Our country is today ushering into a new era for the improvement and development of quality of life through this gigantic project which got underway through an unprecedented public-private partnership to make a new reality for all and change the concept of city which the human being lives in so as to live with him through his smart phone and who will be its key pivot.

"Our ambition is that this project touches the life of everyone in our country, or every mother in her house, or every employee in his work, or every investor in his project, or every child in his school, and doctor in his clinic. Our goal is to bring about happiness to all. May Allah help us in achieving this end."

Sheikh Mohammed first announced the Smart City plans in October last year, under which government services would be "accessible, quick and efficient", using hi-tech smart devices.

The Smart City project will enable the public to deal with government departments using their smart phones "any time, any day of the year".

The Dubai ruler said fibre optic networks and high-speed wireless internet will form the backbone of "a new life in the city of Dubai".

The project has evolved from the previous e-Government programme of Dubai which was launched in 2001.

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