October 2017

GITEX 2017: Smart Dubai, Telecommunications Regulation Authority (TRA) to Launch Unified Digital ID

Smart Dubai signed an agreement with the Telecommunications Regulation Authority (TRA) to develop a unified digital ID in the UAE, as it takes part in GITEX Technology Week 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre on October 8-12.

The agreement seeks to harmonise efforts between the local and federal governments, which aligns with the UAE’s strategy to launch nation-wide projects to implement the initiatives falling under the umbrella of the UAE Centennial 2071, and in line with the UAE Vision 2021. The project builds on the success of the Federal Government’s SmartPass services, merging them with the Dubai Government’s Dubai ID to form a single system that allows users to easily and seamlessly access local and federal government services from any emirate. The unified digital ID supports Smart Dubai’s “paperless government” and Blockchain strategies, and complements TRA’s efforts to facilitate business in the UAE.

“Since its inception, Smart Dubai has succeeded in developing an integrated system of services and solutions to offer the people of Dubai an advanced futuristic lifestyle,” said Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO). “The unified digital ID is one of our most important initiatives; it economises people’s time and effort as it eliminates the need for multiple documents. Today, we are excited to develop our offering in collaboration with our partners at TRA to launch this nation-wide project that meets the requirements of a futuristic smart city and realises the UAE leadership’s vision to make the UAE the best country in the world by 2071.”

On the same note, Wesam Lootah, CEO of the Dubai Smart Government Establishment, said: “Digital identity is key to smart transformation and is the tool that will allow the people of the UAE to fully benefit from the smart city experiences. It will not be limited to people; the digital identity will soon connect all of the city’s components, such as self-driving cars, among other devices, to make UAE the happiest country in the world. While digital identity initiatives around the world are still in their infancy, the UAE has made great strides in that regard. This collaboration with the TRA takes us to the next generation of digital identities.”

The joint project between Smart Dubai and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) marks the beginning of a new generation of digital identities. Visitors, residents and investors from the UAE and abroad will also benefit from the unified digital ID, which allows users to sign for their transactions and contracts using their smartphones grant approval to service providers to use and share their data, and adheres to high standards of privacy and security.

Dubai ID was launched by the Smart Dubai Government Establishment in collaboration with the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) to install the necessary infrastructure for government agencies to be able to provide 24-hour access to its services for the public. Registering for Dubai ID provides automatic access to more than 600 services from 16 government agencies in Dubai with one username and one password.

SmartPass, meanwhile, allows users to access UAE Government services using a single account and a one-time authentication. The service is available to citizens and residents (i.e. Emirates ID card holders), as well as visitors. It is one of the UAE’s smart government initiatives and part of the national plan to offer smart, personalised government services.