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Dubai, the happiest city on Earth

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Smart Dubai is anchored in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President & Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the happiest city on Earth.

Collaborating with private sector and government partners, Smart Dubai is the government office charged with facilitating Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience for residents and visitors. Smart Dubai is committed to a collaborative and agile approach to Dubai’s smart city transformation, empowering strategic partnerships with the public and private sector and academia to design and implement services and elevate citywide thought leadership, in line with its mission to make Dubai the happiest city on earth through technology innovation

Since its inception, the Smart Dubai Office has launched over 130 initiatives in partnership with government and private sector entities. Some key initiatives include, the Dubai Data Initiative, the Dubai Blockchain Strategy, the Happiness Agenda, the Dubai AI Roadmap and the Dubai Paperless Strategy.


The Smart Cities Global Network is an international network of smart-city stakeholders that connects cities and offers a comprehensive global platform for exchanging views, insights and ideas on the best mechanisms to create Smart Cities of the future.


Main purpose of the challenge:

Increase city data availability in the city

Enhance data governance & compliance

Nurture a strong data community


AI’s rapid advancement and innovation potential across a range of fields is incredibly exciting. Yet a thorough and open discussion around AI ethics, and the principles organisations using this technology must consider, is urgently needed.

Dubai’s Ethical AI Toolkit has been created to provide practical help across a city ecosystem. It supports industry, academia and individuals in understanding how AI systems can be used responsibly. It consists of principles and guidelines, and a self-assessment tool for developers to assess their platforms.

Our aim is to offer unified guidance that is continuously improved in collaboration with our communities. The eventual goal is to reach widespread agreement and adoption of commonly-agreed policies to inform the ethical use of AI not just in Dubai but around the world.


Smart Dubai and our partners in the UAE government are committed to transforming the UAE into the new testbed for startups and entrepreneurs to innovate and scale emerging technologies. In the past two years we have launched and continue to operate a number of programs.

1- Global Blockchain Challenge

Over the past two years Smart Dubai has been hosting the Global Blockchain Challenge inviting Blockchain startups from across the globe to pitch their latest blockchain innovations which can be potentially implemented in Dubai. The last challenge shortlisted 17 finalists and announced the top three winners on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at the Future Blockchain Summit. Following on from the successful inaugural edition in 2017, the 2018 challenge drew 200 applications from companies in 85 cities across 53 industries.

2- Dubai Smart City Accelerator

The Dubai Smart City Accelerator is the leading accelerator supporting innovative companies in IoT and Connectivity, Urban Automation and Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Open City Data, Sustainable Cities and Living, Smart Government, and the Smart Retail industry.

Operated by Startupbootcamp, the global network of industry-focused startup accelerators, the programme targets startups that are developing innovative solutions to help make cities smarter and overcome significant challenges due to congestion, waste, and energy to improve the quality of people’s lives. It will focus on projects that provide solutions to everyday challenges, built around smart buildings, transportation, intelligent logistics, smart lifestyles and smart planning & maintenance.

3- Dubai Future Accelerators

Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA) is an intensive 9-week program pairing the world’s most exciting technology companies with leading government organizations to create transformational solutions.

Smart Dubai Office has joined the DFA program working on challenges utilizing emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and the Internet of Things.


We want to make Dubai the happiest city on earth. As we transform the future of Dubai through smart technology and innovation, we have prioritised happiness as our primary goal. By addressing the fundamental needs of our residents and visitors, we can enhance everybody’s short- and long-term happiness and wellbeing, and create a global benchmark for other cities to follow our lead.


Our first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab is accelerating Dubai towards becoming the smartest city in the world. We are harnessing the power of machine learning to integrate AI into government services and city experiences in order to improve our citizens’ overall quality of life, boost happiness levels and maximize visitor satisfaction.


The Dubai Blockchain Strategy will help Dubai achieve the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum by making “Dubai [will be] the first city fully powered by Blockchain by 2020” and make Dubai the happiest city on earth. The strategy will be using 3 strategic pillars Government Efficiency, Industry Creation, and International Leadership.


We are building a future without paper. In 2021, Dubai government will go completely paper-free, eliminating more than 1 billion pieces of paper used for government transactions every year. Working across government entities, our integrated framework marks another major step towards making Dubai a smart city of the future and improving happiness levels for staff and citizens alike – saving time, resources and the environment.

The ‘Stamp’ is awarded to government entities that have fully implemented the Dubai Paperless Strategy as a symbol reflecting their complete transition into entities that offer digital, paperless services. The initiative recognises entities that made outstanding efforts to implement the strategy, offering their services via fully digital mediums backed by an efficient internal digital infrastructure.

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