Top names picked to work on Dubai's Smart City plan

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Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered the setting up of a committee to oversee Dubai's transformation into a Smart City. (AFP/Getty Images)

Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered the setting up of a committee to oversee Dubai's transformation into a Smart City. (AFP/Getty Images)

Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Monday ordered the setting up of a committee to oversee Dubai's transformation into a Smart City.

The Dubai ruler has tasked Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince, to oversee the implementation of the Dubai Smart City project, news agency WAM reported.

He also ordered the setting up of a Higher Committee for the project to be chaired by Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, head of the Sheikh Mohammad executive office.

The committee will include other high profile members representing the public and private sectors in Dubai, WAM added.

They include Sami Dahen Al Qamzi, director general of Dubai's Department of Economic Development, Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, acting chief of Dubai Police, Ahmad bin Humaidan, director general of Dubai eGovernment, Hilal Al Merri, director general of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Abdullah Abdul Rahman Al Sheibani, secretary general of Dubai Executive Council, Ahmad bin Bayat, chairman of du, Ahmad Julfar, CEO of Etisalat, and Dr Amina Al Rostamani, Group CEO of Tecom Investments.

Sheikh Hamdan was quoted as saying: "Dubai is currently experiencing huge urban development associated with high ambitions and opportunities for future and welfare. The current generation of youth are lucky to be at the centre of such a transformation and development to efficiently and actively contribute to the process of building a better future."

Sheikh Hamdan said the Dubai Smart City project will be "the largest partnership of its kind between Dubai's public and private sectors".

Sheikh Mohammed on Saturday announced plans to transform the emirate through a new Smart City project.

The Smart City project will enable the public to deal with government departments using their smart phones "any time, any day of the year", a statement said.

The Dubai ruler said fibre optic networks and high-speed wireless internet will form the backbone of "a new life in the city of Dubai".

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Posted by: Ahsan

A good initiative but again a concern at the end that rulers are believing smart city is about having services over smart phones.

A smart city is a bigger initiative than having public services available over smart phones. A smart city is seamless collaboration between government departments to deliver public services in the form of eServices in an agile and optimized way. Smart phones are just one channel to deliver and not the only one.

There is a huge policy, process, infrastructure and information collaborations required before a city becomes SMART. And such collaborations required programs and projects to bring the government departments closer with single vision, aligned strategies and goals.

Do not boil it down to SMART phone and kill the essence of the smart city concept.

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