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Dubai’s integrated government on Gitex catwalk

At this year’s Gitex, Dubai's smart city project is showing off its successes in integrating government services

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With one of the largest ever stands at Gitex Technology Week, Smart Dubai is highlighting how the Dubai Government is coming together for the Dubai smart city initiative and Dubai 2021 Strategy.

The stand, which features demonstrations from all of the key government entities in Dubai, is showcasing how government organisations are leveraging Smart Dubai’s shared services and initiatives to develop city-wide smart products.

Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, director general of the Smart Dubai Office, said: “This year we are reflecting the unifying effect of the digital transformation agenda on the whole city.”

She added that the stand also has two has themes on the city’s shared services and the Happiness project, which is exploring how government can put people at the centre of strategies.

Bin Bishr said one of the main achievements on show from Smart Dubai is the first live government blockchain deployment, with Dubai Land Department (DLD). “The two entities have collaborated to create a blockchain-based real estate platform,” she added.

According to Bin Bishr, the DLD system records all real estate contracts, including lease registrations, and links them with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the telecommunications system, and various property related bills.

She added that blockchain’s secure, electronic real estate platform incorporates personal tenant databases, including Emirates Identity Cards and the validity of residency visas, and allows tenants to make payments electronically without the need to write cheques or print any papers.

Bin Bishr said the entire process can be completed electronically within a few minutes at any time and from anywhere in the world, removing the need to visit any government entity.

“Many cities have pilots or concepts, but in Dubai we took blockchain from a strategy in November 2016, to a full-fledged implementation, where today we have more than one million records already populated in the platform,” she said.

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Another milestone achievement for Smart Dubai is the an open data platform known as Dubai Pulse Data Platform. “Throughout Gitex, visitors will see for themselves how the platform, launched in April this year, is providing real-time data and insights from a wide range of city data sets,” said Bin Bishr.

“The project is providing open and shared data to government, business and members of the public to grow the city’s data culture,” she said.

Other highlights from Smart Dubai Office include the latest version of Dubai Careers, the app for job seekers in Dubai. The app has been updated to include close integration with social media platforms such as LinkedIn, and includes more government entities and new categories of jobs, including positions for people with special needs, and for volunteers.

“We have unified 37 government entities in one platform, so they can publish their jobs there, so the app makes it much easier for job seekers to search for jobs,” said Bin Bishr.

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