Smart Dubai Office board discusses progress

Board meeting discusses data law drafts and Happiness Meter

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Smart Dubai Office board discusses progress The eighth board meeting of Smart Dubai Office discussed progress in open data laws and the Happiness Agenda.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 7, 2017

Smart Dubai Office's board of directors has held its eight meeting to discuss progress of the smart city initiative.

Key points discussed at the meeting, which was chaired by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board, included a review of the Dubai Data Law draft policies along with the progress made in attracting strategic partners, including private sector entities, towards the Dubai Data Initiative.

The meeting also discussed the progress on the functionality of the Smart Dubai Platform, and the Happiness Meter, which has recently attracted 68 private entities who will be using the tool for measuring happiness in alignment with the Happiness Agenda launched last May.

Al Tayer said: "We are set to fulfil the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the happiest and smartest city in the world by harnessing innovative technology to ease the lives of Dubai inhabitants and make them happy. We are committed to supervising Dubai's smart city transformation in the most innovative and creative manner with a view of exceeding local limits and going a step further in the field of innovative smart cities."

Al Tayer added: "We are keen on ensuring continuous collaboration between both the public and private sectors and are working diligently with strategic partners to implement our agendas and plans for Dubai to maintain a leading position amidst the global smart cities. We have passed many stages which realistically depicted how people live in a happy, smart and unique city and we will continue to make further progress in the field of providing smart services for the satisfaction of all Dubai citizens, residents and visitors because greater happiness levels across Dubai is our ultimate goal."

HE Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai Office, said: "In the coming year, we look forward to achieving more milestones ensuring Dubai retains its leading position as a smart city. We are currently attracting all innovative entities and creative minds across all sectors and are working in line with the Happiness Agenda to explore and implement more ways to bring happiness to our people, who are the city's more important pillar. By providing citywide innovative smart services and subsequently measuring the happiness of customers through the Happiness Meter, in both public and private sectors, we hope to achieve our ultimate goal of making Dubai the happiest and smartest city on earth."

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