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The Government of Dubai will do away with paper from 2021 onwards, according to the latest strategy unveiled by the emirate’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan.
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The 'Dubai Paperless Strategy' will see all government entities and its customers move away from the need to print or present documents.
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Sheikh Hamdan described the strategy as “another milestone in Dubai’s journey towards fully embracing smart technology”.
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“After 2021, no employee or customer of the Government of Dubai will need to print any paper document," Sheikh Hamdan said.
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“This reflects our holistic vision for our role as human beings, not only towards Dubai, but towards the world as a whole. The Dubai Paperless Strategy will eliminate over one billion papers annually used today in Dubai Government transactions.”
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The strategy will see several technical changes gradually rolled out, including increasing automation in government institutions, using digital IDs, signatures and certificates, as well as secure data available via dedicated platforms.
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Changes also include legislative adjustments, regulating physical presence at the courts, and the legal requirement to produce paper documents to guarantee the credibility of the transaction.