Dubai: No need to carry paper documents for govt services soon

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on March 1, 2021
(Illustrative photo: Reuters)

No government entity will issue any paper documents from December 12 this year.

The Dubai Government is on track to become the first in the world to go completely paperless. No Dubai Government entity will issue any internal or external paper documents after December 12, 2021, running completely paperless transactions.

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This came as Smart Dubai announced the latest updates on the progress of the Dubai Paperless Strategy.

The total decrease in paper consumption for all entities implementing the strategy was 82.82 per cent, saving 269.8 million sheets of paper. Overall, the strategy has helped save Dh1.13 billion, over 12.1 million hours of labour, and 32,388 trees that would have been cut down to produce paper.

Collectively, 'Large Entities' cut their paper consumption by 83.86 per cent by December 2020, helping save 232.07 million sheets of paper. 'Medium Entities' reduced their consumption by 76.23 per cent, saving 10.64 million sheets; whereas 'Small Entities' achieved a 77.3 per cent reduction rate, helping save 27.17 million sheets of paper.

A '100% Digital Stamp' has already been awarded to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), Dubai Municipality, Dubai Sports Council, and the Dubai Statistics Centre.

The Dewa saved 22.63 million sheets of paper it normally uses every year, while the Dubai Municipality saved 20.9 million sheets; the Dubai Sports Council, 408,623; and the Dubai Statistics Centre 172,129 sheets.

Making Dubai the smartest city on Earth

“The Dubai Paperless Strategy has come a long way and is advancing rapidly towards its primary goal of digitising all internal government operations and services offered to the public,” said Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of Smart Dubai.

"The strategy is an important milestone in the Dubai Government’s digital transformation, and a key factor in the effort to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city on Earth,” Al Nasser added.

“And now, the countdown has started as the Dubai Government prepares to completely do away with paper across all government entities by December 12, 2021."

Wesam Lootah, CEO of the Smart Dubai Government Establishment, said: “We appreciate the efforts made by all participating entities to advance Dubai’s digital transformation and offer government services via 100 per cent digital channels. This, in turn, helps save significant amounts of paper as well as hours of labour, cutting costs for the Dubai Government and promoting happiness among the people."

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