Monday, January 22, 2018
GITEX Technology Week 2017: Dubai Data Establishment Showcases Latest Projects At Smart Dubai Pavilion
The featured programmes include Dubai Pulse, the Dubai Data Economic Impact Report and the Data Leaders Programme.

The Dubai Data Establishment – a Smart Dubai affiliate – is showcasing a bundle of its latest services and initiatives in the Smart Dubai pavilion at GITEX Technology Week 2017, which is taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on October 8-12.

Dubai Data's programmes seek to streamline and upgrade the exchange of data between government departments, between the public and private sectors, and between government agencies and their customers, in a bid to foster deeper cooperation, empower decision makers and boost Dubai's economy.

"The UAE is at the forefront of global data management efforts and is driving the growth of the knowledge economy in the region and beyond," said His Excellency Younus Al Nasser, CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment. "We have made great strides in terms of data mining, storage and exchange, surpassing the most advanced cities in the world and in record time. The driving force behind all of our progress is the forward-thinking vision of our wise leadership, which regards data as a national asset that must be optimally utilised to support smart city vision 2021, and continuously improve life for its incredibly diverse population."

"We have been working round-the-clock with our government partners to populate the Dubai Pulse platform since we launched it back in April," H.E. Al Nasser continued. "The platform forms the backbone of Dubai's smart transformation and serves as a smart decision-making tool for all Dubai government institutions. GITEX Technology Week allows us to share our achievements with the public and to engage them in our efforts to transform Dubai into the happiest and smartest city in the world. Technology is only a means for us; the data we gather and process is then used to offer people-centric services that improve people's lives."

Dubai Pulse

The Dubai Data Establishment showcased the latest development on the Dubai Pulse platform, launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, abiding by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai.

Dubai Pulse is another achievement for Dubai, placing the emirate ahead of other developed cities around the world. The platform compiles all available data from both the public and private sectors. The new platform provides access, for the first time, to live and up-to-date data about the city. It includes three layers of data: the first will be free of charge and caters to the public, while the second offers a thorough analysis of the data (in exchange for a fee) to be used for academic, professional, commercial and economic purposes. The third and final layer includes data accessible exclusively to Dubai Government entities.

Dubai Data Economic Impact Report

The Dubai Data Economic Impact Report was commissioned to international audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG; it provides the Dubai Government with insights into the potential economic impacts of opening and sharing data and includes a methodology for more rigorous measurement of the economic impacts of open and shared data, to allow regular assessment of the actual impacts in the future.

The report constitutes a firm first step forward towards understanding the potential economic impacts of open and shared data in Dubai. It demonstrates the potential contribution of open and shared data to the Dubai economy in terms of Gross Valued Added (GVA), which is directly linked to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and highlights how the Dubai Data Initiative can drive this economic impact, all the while detailing how end users can utilise data and derive benefits from it.

The study estimates that the opening and sharing of government and private sector data will potentially add a total of AED10.4 billion Gross Value Added (GVA) impact to Dubai's economy annually by 2021. Opening government data alone will result in a GVA impact of AED6.6 billion annually as of 2021. This is equivalent to approximately 0.8% to 1.2% of Dubai's forecasted GDP for 2021.


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