January 2016

Smart Dubai Emphasises Partnerships at TelComReview 2015

Image source: Masdar

Participating in the Future Cities Forum during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr joined a panel discussion with Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Director of Energy & Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UAE) to discuss Smart Dubai’s energy and transport strategy, and how an approach focused on people’s happiness paves the way to sustainable transformation.

Read the full text of Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bin Bishr’s statement on The City’s Pursuit of Happiness below:

The City’s Pursuit of Happiness

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I am humbled and honoured to welcome you at the World Energy and Future Summit, here in our capital of Abu Dhabi.

Cities are evolving, and as they continue to grow, so are the needs for a more efficient and sustainable city. A smart city.

Advancements in recent years by ‘Smart’ network technologies for multi-stakeholder collaboration, data-sharing and informed decision making, are enabling government to operate more efficiently, while increasing the impact for people.

Smart Dubai is such an initiative. Borne out of the visionary approach of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to focus the city’s unified efforts towards its most valued asset - its people.

And in the city’s pursuit of happiness, we need to ensure that residents and visitors have access to services, infrastructure and opportunities that will enable our city to thrive.

In December of last year we announced the formation of The Smart Dubai Office, and as the landmark initiative overseeing Dubai’s smart city transformation, the office is tasked with shaping policies, guiding initiatives and enabling services to make Dubai more seamless, safe, efficient and impactful for all. 

However, this is not done in silo. Smart Dubai has been collaborating with eleven strategic partners from the public and private sector. It is through their continued support that we are a step closer towards completing the first phase of our mission - to deliver over 100 smart initiatives and 1,000 smart services in the city.

Working together with our Smart District Partners, Smart Dubai published the first ever Smart Districts Guidelines. A technical blueprint for district developers to adopt seamless and efficient smart solutions at the planning stage.

And through the efforts of all our strategic partners, we outlined the Smart Dubai Roadmap, identifying over 500 smart services and initiatives from our partners. Initiatives that are economically, socially and sustainably driven. Some of which  you may already be familiar with - like the charging station for electric vehicles, or the Shams Dubai initiative developed to encourage citizens to install solar panels at home and many many more.

Our objective has always been geared towards improving the quality of life for all residents and visitors of Dubai, putting their happiness at the centre.

As envisioned by His Highness, people are always at the centre of everything we do.