Dubai ruler launches 'Smart Majlis' for citizen feedback

New service designed to include public on conversations around how Dubai can be improved

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Dubai ruler launches 'Smart Majlis' for citizen feedback The Smart Majlis website is mobile-friendly
By  Tom Paye Published  October 25, 2015

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the roll-out of what he calls the ‘Smart Majlis', a service with which Dubai residents can provide feedback on turning Dubai into a modern city.

Built on the traditional idea of a majlis, used for centuries as a way for Arab leaders to gain feedback from citizens, the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Majlis allows Dubai residents to provide ideas through a number of online services, including through the newly created website.

"We launched Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Majlis, a platform to receive ideas and comments under our direct supervision," the Dubai ruler tweeted yesterday.

"Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Majlis combines 30 entities in Dubai. Ideas and comments are appreciated to build the best city in the world."

Sheikh Mohammed added in later tweets: "Our traditional majlis is open, our smart majlis is open, the door is open for everyone to make their mark on Dubai's future. Building successful societies is a continuous process of development, government is part of the team and not the whole team."

The Smart Majlis is made up of three main ideas. Firstly, residents are now able to submit ideas around Dubai to a newly created council through the Smart Majlis website. Secondly, the public can also provide feedback on specific areas and facilities around Dubai by photographing them and providing location data. Finally, the newly created Smart Majlis council will meet regularly to conduct brainstorming sessions on how Dubai can be improved.

The Smart Majlis website is mobile-friendly, so users can access its services on the move.

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