Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced that the emirate’s crown prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will oversee the implementation of the Dubai Smart City project.
He also ordered the setting up of a higher committee, to be chaired by Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, head of the Sheikh Mohammed executive office, to work on the project, official news agency WAM reported.
The committee will include nine other members representing public and private sectors.
The Smart City project, announced on Saturday, aims to ensure that government services will be accessible, quick and efficient through the use of hi-tech smart devices.
The project will enable the public to transact with public departments using smartphones any time, any day of the year.
“Dubai is currently experiencing huge urban development associated with high ambitions and opportunities for future and welfare,” WAM quoted Sheikh Hamdan as saying.
“The current generation of youth are lucky to be at the centre of such transformation and development to efficiently and actively contribute to the process of building a better future.”
Sheikh Hamdan also stated that the Dubai Smart City project is “unique in nature” because it’s the largest partnership of its kind between Dubai’s public and private sectors.
The higher committee board includes 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, Awad bin Hader Al Muhairi, Ahmad Julfar, CEO of Etisalat, and Dr Amina Al Rostamani, group CEO of Tecom Investments.