Fol­low­ing in Dubai’s Foot­steps

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Un­der­tak­ing Smart Dubai was the next log­i­cal evo­lu­tion of a project that has been in the making for 15 years. Back in 1999, Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum had al­ready com­mis­sioned a re­port to eval­u­ate the state of Dubai’s ICT in­fra­struc­ture. This opened the way for ini­tia­tives like Dubai In­ter­net City and Dubai Me­dia City, lead­ing up to e-gov­ern­ment in 2013, which was nat­u­rally fol­lowed by m-gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Bin Bishr, “Smart Dubai was born out of the vi­sion­ary ap­proach of Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Rashid to fo­cus the city’s uni­fied ef­fort to­wards its most val­ued as­set—it’s peo­ple.

“The pri­vate sec­tor is even­tu­ally ex­pected to pro­vide up to 80% of smart ser­vices .”

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