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Smart Dubai unifies government digital initiatives

To feature demonstrations from all of the key government entities in Dubai

Smart Dubai Office is bringing government efforts together.
Smart Dubai Office is bringing government efforts together.

With one of the largest ever stands at GITEX Technology Week, Smart Dubai is highlighting how the whole of Dubai government is coming together for the Dubai smart city initiative and Dubai 2021 Strategy, says Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office.

The stand, which features demonstrations from all of the key government entities in Dubai, shows how government organisations are leveraging Smart Dubai's shared services and initiatives to develop city-wide smart solutions.

Dr Aisha says: "This year we are reflecting the unifying effect of the digital transformation agenda on the whole city, even the design itself reflects the unification, where we see entities blending together as Smart Dubai.

The stand has a unique design which includes themed demonstrations of city sector and areas of focus such as environment, transport, and society and the services which are available in each sector. The stand also has two ‘hills' at either end, which are home to displays of Smart Dubai's horizontal shared services and the Happiness project, which is exploring how government can put people at the centre of strategies.

One of the main achievements which is on show with Smart Dubai is the first ever live government blockchain deployment, with Dubai Land Department, Dr Aisha says. The two entities have collaborated to create a blockchain based real estate platform.

The DLD system records all real estate contracts, including lease registrations, and links them with the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), the telecommunications system, and various property related bills. Blockchain's secure, electronic real estate platform incorporates personal tenant databases, including Emirates Identity Cards and the validity of residency visas, and allows tenants to make payments electronically without the need to write cheques or print any papers. The entire process can be completed electronically within a few minutes at any time and from anywhere in the world, removing the need to visit any government entity.

Dr Aisha points out that the project is a global government first for a real world blockchain-based solution: "Many cities have pilots, or concepts; but here in Dubai we took blockchain from a only strategy in November 2016, to a full-fledged implementation, where today we have more than one million records already populated in the platform."

Another milestone achievement for Smart Dubai which is on show is the Dubai Pulse data platform. During GITEX, visitors can see for themselves how the platform, which was only launched in April this year, is now providing real time data and insights from a wide range of city data sets. The project is providing open and shared data to government, business and members of the public, to grow the city's data culture.

Other highlights from Smart Dubai Office include the latest version of Dubai Careers, the app for job seekers in Dubai. The app has now been updated to include close integration with social media platforms such as LinkedIn, and now includes more government entities and new categories of jobs including positions for people with special needs and for volunteers.

"We have unified 37 government entities in one platform, so they can publish their jobs there," Dr Aisha explains, "so the app makes it much easier for job seekers to search for jobs."