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Sharjah Department of eGovernment prepares for GITEX

Thirty-eight government entities will be present at Sharjah Pavilion

Sharjah is sparing no efforts in its digital transformation drive, says Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi.
Sharjah is sparing no efforts in its digital transformation drive, says Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi.

The Department of eGovernment, Sharjah, announced that 36 government departments in the Emirate are to participate in the GITEX Technology Week 2018.

All participating government departments will be showcasing their latest services at the pavilion of Sharjah Government, and a number of innovative technological projects are to be unveiled for the first time GITEX.

The department has revealed a unique design for the Sharjah Government Pavilion in the event, which emulates the UAE environment and reflects the spirit of the desert and its sand dunes. The model is inspired from the framework of Bee'ah building that has been designed by the Pritzker Award winner Iraqi British architect Zaha Hadid. It will be a distinctive icon at GITEX 2018 that brings together the world's leading ICT companies.

The Sharjah Government Pavilion will reflect the achievements of the Emirate and its plans for the future.

Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations and Chairman of the Higher Committee for Digital Transformation in Sharjah said that the emirate is sparing no efforts to achieve digital transformation.

"This is in pursuance of the prudent vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to enhance the position of the Emirate as a world-class model city, ideal for living, doing business, and providing the highest standards of life," Sheikh Fahim added.

It is important to employ the rapid developments of the ICT sector in serving the society, he added. "Digital transformation has to be used in improving life quality and achieving prosperity for future generations as underlined in the core of the ‘UAE Vision 2021' and ‘UAE Centennial 2071'."

Sheikh Fahim highlighted that a strategic plan has been developed for digital transformation in the Emirate of Sharjah. "The main three pillars of digital transformation in Sharjah span Government Data, Integration and communication amongst the various government entities and domains within the Emirate."

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Director General of the Department of eGovernment, said his Department is keen on efficiently contributing to build a knowledge society in Sharjah in line with the vision of the prudent leadership.

"This will be done in a way that supports the process of sustainable development and digital progress economically, socially and at all levels through relentless effort to boost the excellence and leadership of government sector and by expediting transformation to the Government of the Future."

Qualified national cadres need to use sophisticated electronic systems and smart applications to provide creative and innovative services to the residents and visitors of the emirate, he underscored. "Easy and smooth procedures have to be adopted as per the best international standards."

Meanwhile, Noor Al Noman, Director of the Department of eGovernment, gave a briefing on the most important aspects of the participation of Sharjah government entities and the plans due to best represent the Emirate in the exhibition.

She talked about the key initiatives, projects and services to be launched at the Sharjah Government Pavilion. A number of innovative applications in information technology are to be unveiled. These are meant to provide the best services to the residents and visitors in the Emirate. Then, she gave an overview on the unique and exceptional design of the Sharjah Government Pavilion.

Inspired from the building design of Bee'ah Company, the pavilion consists of six islands leading to an eight-screen longitudinal corridor, each of which displays extracts from the digital transformation process in the Emirate of Sharjah. It ends at a runway which is a spot specified for launching new smart services and training workshops.

The last part of the pavilion contains a room that showcases the Sharjah Map for Digital Transformation Project. There is also another room dedicated for displaying an exciting marketing idea on artificial intelligence and digital transformation.