Digital Dubai – How The UAE State Is Leading The Way
The Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) has faced its fair share of challenges posed by fast growing urbanization. The area’s population has increased more than any other region in the world during the second half of the 20th century, forcing focus on housing, healthcare, education, literacy, jobs, infrastructure, and accessible fresh water.
Dubai, particularly, has turned growth into opportunity, successfully transforming itself into a global city, and a regional business and tourism hub. Underlying this economic growth has been Dubai’s strong and productive government sector, which has embraced technological development and committed to the world-class digitization of the city.
Dubai’s technological journey began in 1999 with the announcement of its first ICT strategy, followed by the launch of Dubai Internet City, Dubai e-government, Dubai Smart Government and, in 2014, the Smart Dubai initiative. Today, Dubai, a city of 2.5 million people and one of seven Emirates in the UAE, has one of the highest levels of ICT adoption in the region, both by the public and government sectors. It has pioneered an exceptional quality of life, as well as an unmatched business environment.
Dubai has implemented much in recent years, ranging from large Internet of Things (IoT) systems, data analytics, blockchains, hyperloop projects, innovative 3D printing, autonomous vehicles and drones, robotics and artificial intelligence applications, all developed and trialled as part of the Smart Dubai initiative. The city has also recently launched an ambitious five-year strategy – Smart Dubai 2021 – with the aim of harnessing even greater digital innovation.
Establishing a base here in Dubai some years ago has allowed me to grow with this incredible city, and to explore and learn from the opportunities that are available to everyone in this Digital Revolution. Digital Cozy Corner is the outcome of that journey and a platform for others to begin their own ‘Revolution’.
“The internet revolution started by connecting people; now it can connect almost anything.”
Dubai may be leading the way in the implementation of widespread innovation, but today, technology-based opportunity exists globally and it exists for everyone. This is the Digital Revolution that I talk about and why I’m so passionate about encouraging others to embrace it.
Dedicated to your digital future,
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