Sheikh Mohammed issues laws to drive Dubai Smart City bid

New laws establish Dubai Smart City Office which will develop policies
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has issued new laws to drive plans to transform Dubai into one of the world's smartest cities. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has issued new laws to drive plans to transform Dubai into one of the world's smartest cities. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a number of new laws to drive the emirate's plan to become the world's smartest city.

The new laws aim to enhance the progress of the Smart City initiative and encourage innovation by fostering collaboration between the public and private sectors, news agency WAM reported.

Sheikh Mohammed was quoted as saying: "Today we have completed the organisational structure and legal framework for transforming Dubai into the world’s smartest city and creating a new and unique model in developing and managing cities.

"Managing global cities requires sustained efforts to provide fast and innovative services. We must utilise modern technology and available resources to achieve our objectives."

He called on all of Dubai Government’s entities and departments to work together to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, said that the Dubai Government is implementing the directives following the launch of the Dubai Smart City strategy two years ago.

He added that Sheikh Mohammed is keen to engage both the public and private sectors to introduce a state of the art infrastructure that integrates the city’s management systems.

The new laws include the establishment of Dubai Smart City Office and the formation of the Board of the Dubai Smart City Office including the appointment of a director general and deputy director general.

Under the law, the Dubai Smart City Office will develop overall policies and strategic plans, supervise the smart transformation process and approve joint initiatives, projects and services.

The law authorises the Dubai Smart City Office to enter into partnerships with any organisation within and outside the emirate to implement best practices in the field, approve relevant plans and budgets.

All government entities are required to cooperate with the new body to carry out its responsibilities under the Smart City strategy, WAM added.

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