Dubai receives recognition for Smart City standards

During GITEX 2016, Smart Dubai Office will showcase its smart services and solutions

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Dubai receives recognition for Smart City standards Smart Dubai has completed its first phase of it city transformation
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  August 14, 2016

Dubai has been praised by global governments and technology experts, who are set to speak at GITEX Technology Week, for developing new Smart City benchmarks.

Dubai has been striving to become the happiest city on earth with the use of smart technology and now Smart Dubai has completed its first phase of it city transformation, plus, earlier this year Smart Dubai Government revealed it had saved the Dubai Government over AED4.3bn during its 13-year lifetime

Dr Jonathan Reichental, chief information officer of the City of Palo Alto, a key speaker at GITEX Technology Week's Intelligent Cities Vertical Days Programme, said: "Smart Cities are rising throughout the world, but governments and industry need to agree on what actually makes a city smart. Dubai's efforts to develop global benchmarks will help cities measure their progress, so that leading innovators, from Silicon Valley to Dubai to Bangalore, can deploy practical tools to measure how they're improving people's lives."

At GITEX Intelligent Cities, government leaders and technology companies will have an opportunity to see, hear, and experience the next wave of integrated technologies that are already helping cities around the world become more connected.

A new government office has been set-up to lead the initiative: the Smart Dubai Office. Under the leadership of Director General Dr Aisha Bin Bishr, the Smart Dubai Office is coordinating and enabling the city's transformation, with the support of the newly-minted Dubai Data Establishment to lead the Dubai Data initiative, and the Smart Dubai Government Establishment (formerly DSG), acting as the technology arm of Smart Dubai.

"After spending over two years working on benchmarking, creating a blue print, building the framework and testing services on a government level, we are now working on delivering tangible benefits to the residents and visitors of Dubai. The Happiness Metre, the Dubai Data Portal and the Smart Dubai Platform are existing new and evolving initiatives that will contribute significant improvements to the daily lives in the city in the upcoming years," said Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai.

At this year's GITEX, Smart Dubai Office will showcase its smart services and solutions that are contributing to Dubai's happiest city initiative.

During GITEX, smart city technology vendors will also showcase their latest solutions, for instance Huawei, who recently installed its first smart street solution at Dubai Silicon Oasis. The street features digital signage, CCTV surveillance, and Wi-Fi enabled environmental sensors.

"Dubai's vision to be amongst the smartest cities in the world within a short period of time necessitates the fast-tracking of innovative projects. Smarter Streets are one example of localising global best practices to make the city more responsive to citizens, whilst enhancing the public environment. GITEX is a key event to further align with and showcase to regional government leaders what is possible within their own cities and exchange ideas across the emerging markets," said Safder Nazir, vice president, smart cities and IoT, Huawei, Middle East.

The GITEX Startup Movement will also host hundreds of global startups, and accelerators and incubators from Japan, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the UAE that aim to help startups grow, secure funding, and reach new markets.

GITEX Technology Week 2016 will run from 16-20 October 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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