MBRSG hosts fourth Smart Cities Forum

Smart Cities Forum focused on Enabling Smart Services

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MBRSG hosts fourth Smart Cities Forum Osman Sultan speaking at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government Smart Cities Forum.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 27, 2015

The Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) has hosted its fourth Smart Cities Forum in Dubai today, under the theme of ‘Enabling Smart Services'.

The forum, which is intended to provide a talking shop around the Dubai Smart City Initiative, included presentations from Osman Sultan, CEO of du, and Scott Cain, executive director of Strategy, Future Cities Catapult, a global centre of excellence on urban innovation.

During his presentation, Osman Sultan said: "To achieve the milestone, the city relied on the leadership's vision and political will. Dubai also created specialised government bodies to translate the vision into objectives and followed that up with initiatives to articulate these objectives."

"Dubai has built an impressive connectivity infrastructure that allows the transformation of government departments into smart departments to provide customers with seamless services. The process includes data aggregation and converting this data into information that can be used real time for better and informed decision making in all service aspects."

Scott Cain highlighted the principles that support the enabling of smart services, practical tools for implementation, as well as international trends and best practices. Drawing upon Dubai's example of shaping a smart city, he said: "All cities have three main pillars in common - strong economy, quality of life, reduced consumption of resources. Each city has it its own unique focus or path that it takes and Dubai's uniqueness lies in building its ambitious smart city project on the principle of customer happiness."

Dr Ali Seba Al Marri, executive president, MBRSG, said: "As Dubai makes headway in its smart transformation project, the Smart Cities Forum aims to add value through serving as a platform for dialogue and ideas. Today's session brought together international and local perspectives on how to adapt platforms that enable transformation from traditional into smart services. Such exchange and sharing of experiences and best practices will help Dubai come up with a unique model based on best international criteria but with its own distinctive spirit that meets the local requirements."

The Dubai Smart Cities forum brings together industry experts and organisations leaders to share expertise, discuss challenges, and review best practices as part of joint efforts towards realizing the Dubai Smart City Initiative. The sessions are designed to update government officials and decisions makers with the latest developments in smart city projects.

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