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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 January 2021

Dubai sets up Smart City Office

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said new laws were to help the Smart City initiative progress and to encourage innovation through collaboration.

DUBAI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has issued new laws to enhance the Dubai Smart City project.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai said the laws were to encourage innovation through collaboration between the public and private sectors.

The new laws centre on the establishment of the Dubai Smart City Office, which will have scope to facilitate the emirate’s effort to become a smart city.

Two years ago Dubai embarked on the Smart City project to make the emirate one of the world’s most technologically advanced.

“Today we have completed the organisational structure and legal framework for transforming Dubai into the world’s smartest city and creating a new and unique model in developing and managing cities,” said Sheikh Mohammed.

“Managing global cities requires sustained effort to provide fast and innovative services. We must utilise modern technology and available resources to achieve our objectives.”

He urged government departments to work collaboratively to achieve their goals.

“Work together as a single team and seek help from experts who can build the future of the UAE, particularly talented young people who want to serve their country,” he said.

The Dubai Smart City Establishment was also created. This replaces Dubai Smart Government – the body established in 2009 to spearhead the Smart City initiative.

Key people will now be appointed to the Smart City Office and the Smart City Establishment to take Dubai’s vision into the next phase.

“From the beginning we have been working to realise the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and our objective is clear,” said Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai.

“We want Dubai to be the smartest city in the world. We call on everyone to collaborate to achieve this goal.”

Published: December 4, 2015 04:00 AM