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

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad orders setting up of committee to oversee technology project
Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered the setting up of a committee to oversee Dubais transformation into a Smart City. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 20 Oct 2013 08:49 PM

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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