Dubai taking steps to become a fully digital city through building codes



DUBAI // A new Municipality project is set to turn the emirate into the region’s first complete digital city, it has emerged.

The Quick Response (QR) code system will link municipal services through a single electronic system. The code is an encrypted column that can be read using mobile phones with a built-in camera and tag reader. Users take a photo of the code of required services and the proper procedures will be downloaded on the phone.

Municipality services already available include requests for building permit renewal and request for registration for new contractor. Hundreds more will soon be added, said Hussain Nasser Lootah, the municipality’s director general.

“We are moving strongly towards e-government and the major benefits are [that] it is simple and offers us quick calculations,” he said.

Each building in Dubai will have a QR code by the end of next year that can be scanned to gather required information about their specific locations, projects, field visits and outstanding fines.

The structure’s QR code will also store phone numbers, internet and e-mail addresses with a capacity of up to 4,296 characters. The codes have been implemented in cities such as New York. 

Municipal officials are currently in talks with government departments such as the police, Civil Defence and the Roads and Transport Authority to connect through the codes, said Marwan Ibrahim Nasser, the head of the municipality’s Follow Up Office.

“If someone spots an emergency like a fire and they are unfamiliar with the area, they can scan the QR code of the building and get through to the right emergency service, which will then pick up the details,” said Mr Nasser.

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How will Gen Alpha invest?

Mark Chahwan, co-founder and chief executive of robo-advisory firm Sarwa, forecasts that Generation Alpha (born between 2010 and 2024) will start investing in their teenage years and therefore benefit from compound interest.

“Technology and education should be the main drivers to make this happen, whether it’s investing in a few clicks or their schools/parents stepping up their personal finance education skills,” he adds.

Mr Chahwan says younger generations have a higher capacity to take on risk, but for some their appetite can be more cautious because they are investing for the first time. “Schools still do not teach personal finance and stock market investing, so a lot of the learning journey can feel daunting and intimidating,” he says.

He advises millennials to not always start with an aggressive portfolio even if they can afford to take risks. “We always advise to work your way up to your risk capacity, that way you experience volatility and get used to it. Given the higher risk capacity for the younger generations, stocks are a favourite,” says Mr Chahwan.

Highlighting the role technology has played in encouraging millennials and Gen Z to invest, he says: “They were often excluded, but with lower account minimums ... a customer with $1,000 [Dh3,672] in their account has their money working for them just as hard as the portfolio of a high get-worth individual.”

Explainer: Tanween Design Programme

Non-profit arts studio Tashkeel launched this annual initiative with the intention of supporting budding designers in the UAE. This year, three talents were chosen from hundreds of applicants to be a part of the sixth creative development programme. These are architect Abdulla Al Mulla, interior designer Lana El Samman and graphic designer Yara Habib.

The trio have been guided by experts from the industry over the course of nine months, as they developed their own products that merge their unique styles with traditional elements of Emirati design. This includes laboratory sessions, experimental and collaborative practice, investigation of new business models and evaluation.

It is led by British contemporary design project specialist Helen Voce and mentor Kevin Badni, and offers participants access to experts from across the world, including the likes of UK designer Gareth Neal and multidisciplinary designer and entrepreneur, Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi.

The final pieces are being revealed in a worldwide limited-edition release on the first day of Downtown Designs at Dubai Design Week 2019. Tashkeel will be at stand E31 at the exhibition.

Lisa Ball-Lechgar, deputy director of Tashkeel, said: “The diversity and calibre of the applicants this year … is reflective of the dynamic change that the UAE art and design industry is witnessing, with young creators resolute in making their bold design ideas a reality.”

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UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

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Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

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Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

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Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

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Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

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Date started: early 2020

Founders: Khawla Hammad and Inas Abu Shashieh

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Number of staff: 4

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