Smart Dubai Launches New Dubai Data Policies

In collaboration with Dubai’s Supreme Legislation Committee (SLC), the Dubai Data Establishment – an affiliate of Smart Dubai – has launched the Dubai Data Policies during a press conference held at the Smart Dubai Office (SDO) headquarters in the Dubai Design District (d3) today (Monday, February 5, 2018). The Policies are the second most important pillar of the data initiative following the Dubai Data Law, launched in October 2015 to guide a comprehensive data system and govern the collection and exchange of city data. The initiative seeks to organise the publishing and sharing of data as a key component of Dubai’s digital wealth, and to maximise data’s real positive economic potential.

The press conference was attended by SLC Secretary General H.E. Ahmed Saeed Bin Meshar Al Muhairi; and H.E. Younus Al Nasser, CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment; along with a host of experts, decision makers and media professionals. His Excellency (H.E.) Ahmed bin Meshar Al Muhairi, Secretary General of the Supreme Legislation Committee (SLC) stressed on the importance of the policy, sharing that it is a key pillar in the efforts to enhance capabilities related to the dissemination, transmission and exchange of data—which is considered to be at the core of intelligent transformation. This new policy also complements Dubai Data Law, which sets a solid foundation for the direction of an all-inclusive data system that organizes the collection and exchange of city information to build a competitive economy based on knowledge and innovation data management.

He added: “We look forward to building a fruitful partnership with Smart Dubai in support of the national efforts to make Dubai a smart, integrated and connected city with high infrastructure that supports future development. It is our responsibility to continue in the development of a sophisticated legislative structure that ensures the protection of data, which is important to our leadership as it is seen as a ‘wealth for all to maintain,’ seeking to enhance Dubai’s leadership in future investment for the benefit of all mankind.”

For his part, H.E. Younus Al Nasser explained: “The policies we launch at Smart Dubai aim to protect data in the emirate, which is the cornerstone of the smart cities of the future. Furthermore, they help amplify the economic impact of data, which is expected to reach AED10.4 billion per year as of 2021, according to the Dubai Data Economic Impact Report prepared by international audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG. The same report revealed that by opening and sharing 100% of government data, Dubai stands to generate an additional value of $6.6 billion.”

“These policies set another milestone in Dubai’s journey towards emboldening the opening and sharing of its data, in addition to empowering the deployment of artificial intelligence, which is the foundation upon which all services, sectors and future infrastructure will rely,” H.E. added.

The Dubai Data Policies outline a set of provisions for the classification, publishing, exchange, use and reuse of data, as well as for protecting the privacy of data and individuals, and protecting copyrights. They complement Dubai’s projects and initiatives launched by Smart Dubai in collaboration with its government and private-sector partners.

The Data Policies are set to advance Smart Dubai’s mission to make Dubai the happiest and smartest city on earth by harnessing the value of data to facilitate a seamless exchange of information, promote innovation and knowledge, inspire trust, and promote governance. Developed in collaboration with Dubai’s Supreme Legislation Committee, as well as a number of government and private-sector partners, the project consists of five policies to support the opening and sharing of data, namely: Data Classification, Data Protection, Intellectual Property Rights Protection, Data Use and Reuse, and Technical Standards.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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