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Dubai Smart City inks deal with GSMA, etisalat and du

Staff Report / 20 November 2013

Etisalat and du to develop series of initiatives to support project

Osman Sultan, Alex Sinclair, Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi and Saleh Al Abdooli at the signing of the memorandum of understanding with GSMA, etisalat and du in Dubai on Tuesday. — Supplied photo

The Higher Committee for the implementation of the Dubai Smart City project  on Tuesday signed an agreement with the GSMA Association, Etisalat and Du to facilitate Dubai’s transformation into a Smart City.

The agreement follows His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s announcement of an initiative to turn Dubai into a Smart City.

The agreement was signed by Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, the Chairman of the Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Executive Office and Chairman of the Higher Committee for the Smart City Initiative, and Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer, GSMA, and Saleh Al Abdooli, chief executive officer, etisalat, and Osman Sultan, CEO, du.

As part of the agreement, GSMA will provide support to the Smart City project, utilising the  expertise it has gained through working with international service providers and implementing best practices in the fields of health, education and transport.

The agreement also stipulates that national telecom companies (etisalat and du) will work in partnership with the GSMA on initiatives and programmes that will support the transformation of Dubai into a Smart City.

Al Gergawi said: “This agreement is another step in our strategic partnership. We seek to coordinate and focus efforts to implement the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the directives of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, to transform Dubai into a Smart City.

“This initiative is a unique project that brings the public and private sector together in a very large scale partnership to build a Smart City that offers people a better life quality. We look forward to cooperating with the GSMA to develop the telecom sector in the UAE and provide the necessary support to all the sectors involved in the initiative.”

Alex Sinclair said: “Dubai had been quick to realise the “huge” potential of mobile technology. Mobile technology is at the heart of a diverse number of industries, such as transportation, health and education that are changing our lives for the better. We look forward to supporting Dubai on its journey to becoming a fully-fledged Smart City and we would like to thank our partners etisalat and du for making this agreement a reality.”

Saleh Al Abdooli, said: “We are confident that the Smart City project will revolutionise the way people live in the future and etisalat is committed towards delivering the necessary solutions to make Dubai a leading Smart City. This transformation will be made possible through etisalat’s vast FTTH network and cellular 4G/LTE capabilities as well as our in-depth M2M solutions.

“Etisalat will also bring a wealth of knowledge from other markets based on the M2M world alliance with seven leading global operators covering more than 60 countries. This is an important agreement in terms of delivering wide-ranging M2M services that will have a dramatic effect on citizens and tourists alike and we are delighted to be working with Dubai and the GSMA on this very important initiative.”

Osman Sultan said: “The ability to connect has changed our world, to the point where being connected is now a basic human right. Dubai’s Smart City initiative further empowers our digitally-driven society by giving them access to the things that matter most, right at their fingertips. There is a unique, technologically advanced fixed and mobile communications infrastructure in the UAE that will contribute immensely to Dubai’s Smart City initiative. The UAE itself is strongly positioned as a global hub, bringing together people, ideas, goods, businesses, capital and more in a vibrant, thriving community. With this diverse background to call upon, Dubai is well placed to become a smart city, leveraging on the opportunities that arise from our digital world. We look forward to achieving this through a collaboration with our partners, to carry Dubai forward on its journey to becoming a Smart City.”

The Higher Committee for the Dubai Smart City initiative is developing a strategic and comprehensive plan. The plan is based on three pillars; implementing high-impact initiative, long-term action plan and enhancing Dubai position on the international level as destination for innovation.

— sandhya@khaleejtimes.com


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