October 2017

Smart Dubai Signs Agreements with Government Entities to Implement Digital Certificates

Smart Dubai has signed agreements with a number of government entities in Dubai in order to implement the Dubai Digital Certificates initiative, including Dubai’s Supreme Legislation Committee, the Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Department of Land and Property.

The accord follows directives from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, calling on all government institutions in the emirate to work together to preserve its digital wealth. It also implements the instructions of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, to issue the Dubai Digital Certificates and implement the Dubai IoT Strategy, which, in addition to safeguarding digital wealth, help create a paperless future government that doesn’t require service centres by 2021.

The MoU also aligns with Smart Dubai’s strategy to achieve the objectives of the Dubai Digital Wealth initiative, benefit from the emirate’s advanced digital infrastructure and harmonise efforts across government institutions to transform Dubai into the happiest and smartest city in the world.

“Smart Dubai has outlined an elaborate roadmap to realise the objectives of the Dubai Digital Wealth initiative,” said Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director-General of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO). “We will begin issuing Digital Certificates and implementing the Dubai IoT Strategy and to achieve that, we urge all Dubai Government entities to rally behind this project and work together to ensure the smooth and successful digital transformation of our city, and all the benefits that will bring to our people.”

“Smart Dubai has received immediate responses from government entities and institutions in the emirate. Officials and employees were enthusiastic to play their part in implementing the directives of our wise leadership. The partnership agreements we’ve signed support Smart Dubai’s strategy to maintain the emirate’s digital wealth, and to further develop our digital infrastructure and tailor it to the needs of the people.”

Meanwhile, H.E. Ahmed Bin Meshar Al Muhairi, Secretary General of Dubai’s Supreme Legislation Committee, said: “The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the SLC and Smart Dubai is part of the ongoing cooperation between various government entities in Dubai to develop government work and facilitate government procedures through the adoption of the latest digital technologies and services. The SLC remains steadfast in its commitment to support all initiatives that promote the digital transformation of Dubai, which is part of our vision to develop an integrated system that supports the emirate’s sustainable development plans and contributes to creating a unique legal environment that is in line with Dubai’s ultimate goal of being one of the happiest and smartest cities in the world.”

For his part, H.E. Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department (DLD), commented: “We are proud to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Smart Dubai to activate the ‘Digital Certificates’ initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. This agreement complements our smart achievements to activate ‘Digital Certificates’ through ‘Blockchain technology’. The results of this agreement represent a real leap forward in the real estate world, making DLD the first government entity in the world to implement ‘Blockchain technology’ in its operations.”

“DLD’s database is now ready to work with this technology,” Bin Mejren added, “which will allow us to offer many of our services, especially those related to rent, in an easy, flexible and quick way for the benefit of our customers. This move is perfectly aligned with the vision of our leadership to make Dubai the smartest and most exciting destination in the world, as well as our vision for Dubai to be the first choice for real estate investment, business and residence.”

On a similar note, H.E. Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of Dubai Department of Economic Development, said: “The Digital Certificate initiative is another achievement for Dubai to be ahead of the world’s most advanced cities, transforming itself into a city that invests in technology and applications to give its people an unprecedented human experience. We are delighted to sign the agreement with Smart Dubai to underscore our keenness to implement the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a smart city.”

“The Dubai Economy Group will set a clear mechanism for activating this partnership in line with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and his belief in the advanced methodology of government work in the UAE, which is based on quality and excellence at all levels. The intelligent transformation of government services will be reflected on society, which will contribute to the latest developments in the digital world,” Al Qamzi added.

The Dubai IoT Strategy provides a wide range of opportunities for growth and improves efficiency and production across all sectors in Dubai, as well as new economic and social opportunities for the general public. Digital Certificates, meanwhile, ensure that these achievements are compatible with the future that Smart Dubai aims to achieve.

The Strategy seeks to create a stimulating IoT-powered environment, which catalyses the establishment of the most advanced digital infrastructure in the smartest city in the world. The strategy aims to protect digital wealth in Dubai, in an effort to encourage government departments to join the emirate’s smart digital transformation and achieve the objectives of the Smart Dubai Plan 2021 to transform into a 100% paperless government.

The Dubai Digital Wealth initiative is based on data, data-storing and processing technologies, smart-tech transformation, paperless transaction policies and systems like Blockchain,digital signature and ID, smart living and clean energy, among other elements.It consists of 121 smart initiatives, 200 databases and 1,129 smart services.