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The Board of Directors of Smart Dubai Office (SDO) held its 9th meeting, which was presided over by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board. During the meeting, the board members discussed the latest innovative technologies that were approved by SDO and employed by SDO's teams to serve the public in Dubai in support of the strategy and vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest and happiest city on earth and a benchmark for smart cities around the world.

The meeting also discussed the ICT policies as a key enablement tool to promote all city sectors and monitor development of the ICT environment to ensure compatibility with the general policy and national strategies. Other points discussed included green technology policies, cloud computing, digital ID management, data dissemination and availability, e-commerce activation, Internet of Things, Blockchain technology, web accessibility and digital Arabic content, enabling Dubai to play a pioneering and pivotal role among the advanced cities of the world competing in the field of smart cities.

Further, the members discussed the Dubai Blockchain Strategy launched last October by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, and is currently being executed collaboratively by the Smart Dubai Office and the Dubai Future Foundation. The strategy aims to transform Dubai’s government into the world's first government to conduct all its applicable transactions via the Blockchain network by 2020.

The agenda of the meeting included discussion on the draft policies of the Dubai Data Law and how much progress is achieved in attracting strategic partners. It also included exerting all efforts possible to engage the private sector and obtain data to be classified and made available to the public, an advanced step by Smart Dubai to encourage high transparency and yet ensuring high level information security. This will contribute to creating a solid knowledge-based economy that will help build the aptitudes of individuals and motivate them to innovate in various fields of the smart city they live in. As a result, they will feel a different living experience enabling them to be proactive and being an active participant in making the future of Dubai by virtue of their innovations based on open data.

The meeting was attended by H.E. Ahmad Mohammed Bin Humaidan, Vice Chairman of Smart Dubai Office, H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Board Member and Director General of Smart Dubai Office, Brigadier Khaled Nasser Al-Razzuqi, Board Member and Director General of Smart Services Department at Dubai Police, H.E. Yousef Hamad Al Sheibani, Board Member and Director General of Dubai Cyber Security Centre, Mohammed Abdullah Al Zafeen, Board Member and Director of IT Department at Dubai Municipality, and Mr. Abdulla Ali Al Madani, Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Technical Support Services Sector at the Roads and Transport Authority.