December 2015

Smart Dubai Emphasises Partnerships at TelComReview 2015

Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, opened the Smart City Stream at the 2015 TelCom Review Summit with a call for partnerships across industries and sectors to work together to make Dubai the happiest city on earth.

Read the full text of Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr’s speech, Collaboration for Happiness below:

Collaboration for Happiness

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is my honour to welcome you to the 2015 TelCom Review Summit and these important discussions on the Smart City future of Dubai.

We are here today because cities are changing.

Across the globe, urban populations are swelling as residents move to cities in search of new opportunities, fuelled by smart connected technologies that are reshaping industries from telecommunications and logistics to healthcare, education, and hospitality.

As city leaders, we must respond to these challenges by reshaping traditional operational models, to ensure that residents and visitors have access to the services, infrastructure and opportunities that will enable our burgeoning urban populations not just to ‘get by,’ but to thrive.

As the landmark initiative charged with overseeing Dubai’s smart city transformation, the Smart Dubai Office is shaping policies, guiding initiatives and enabling services to make Dubai more seamless, safe, efficient and impactful for all residents and visitors.

Smart Dubai provides a blueprint to a smart city for all stakeholders, from infrastructure and data orchestration to service enablement and applications: supporting improved city experiences for all.

We recognise that the smart city transformation would not be possible without the commitment of our Strategic Partners and valued collaborators across the public and private sector.

This year, with the support of our partners, we have completed the first phase of our mission to deliver over 100 smart initiatives and 1,000 smart services for the city, including:

From Smart Dubai together with our Smart District Partners, the first ever Smart District Guidelines, a standard blueprint for all district developers, ensuring seamless experiences wherever you live and work in the city;

From 8 Strategic Partners and 2 Smart Districts the first Smart Dubai Roadmap, identifying over 500 smart services and initiatives from our partners, to improve quality of life for all residents and visitors.

And in October, The Dubai Data Law, announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, forming the framework to regulate the opening and sharing of city data from both the public and private sector.

Smart Dubai is truly a citywide effort. Across the city, innovators in the public and private sector have been exploring new initiatives and forging partnerships to contribute to our smart city vision, for example:

From du and Dubai International School, a new cloud computing software for school classrooms that is increasing opportunities for collaboration between students and teachers, and making school just more fun for everyone.

From Etisalat and RTA, the new Smart Mall for metro passengers, creating delight while contributing to a more efficient commute.

And from local start-up D-Idea and Dubai Municipality, who have been installing Smart Palms in our parks and beaches, providing free wifi hotspots, mobile charging stations and city information portals - in addition to shade - for all residents and tourists.

There are many more examples of partnerships across the city, and it is collaborations such as these that are vital to our success.

Innovation does not happen in a vacuum; we must support each other, work with each other, and learn from each other if we are to accomplish our vision.

I encourage each of you here today to think about how you can work together across industries and sectors, to contribute to our unified goal — to make Dubai the happiest city on earth.

As His Highness tells us, “We must work together as a single team to build the future of Dubai.”

Thank you.