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Smart Dubai Takes Part in 2 Prominent Ramadan Majlis' to Highlight Its Initiatives and Dubai's Smart Transformation

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The Smart Dubai Office (SDO) has participated in two prominent Ramadan Majlis', where it introduced attendees to its portfolio of initiatives and services that seek to transform Dubai into the happiest and smartest city on earth. His Excellency Younus Al Nasser, SDO Assistant Director General, and H.E. Wesam Lootah, CEO at the Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDG), led the delegation to the Jamal Al-Hai Majlis on May 29, and the Ahmad Al Shaikh Majlis on June 5, 2018. "Smart Dubai is committed to maintaining open and constant communication with other influential entities in the UAE, as well as with the general public," asserted H.E. Younus Al Nasser. "These Majlis sessions are an ideal communication platform, allowing us to engage with high-profile national figures that organise and attend them, all the while celebrating the opportunity to come together during the Holy Month of Ramadan. We had the honour and pleasure of introducing our hosts and their guests to the SDO's latest projects – as well as established flagship initiatives – that seek to harmonise nation-wide efforts, promote happiness, and transform Dubai into a world-leading smart city."


Smart Dubai Partners with IBM on Local Blockchain Platform

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The Smart Dubai initiative, a campaign of the Dubai city government, has teamed up with global tech powerhouse IBM on a new blockchain. The platform is to facilitate local commerce, development of domestic blockchain projects, and bureaucratic digitization efforts. Also see: Hear, Hear! Cryptoverse Celebrates Bitcoin Whitepaper's First Decade Striving to actualize a paper-free local government by 2021, Smart Dubai and American multinational IBM have announced their collaboration on the Dubai Blockchain Platform, a distributed ledger that will leverage the IBM Cloud. The blockchain-as-a-service system will reportedly be deployed for the purposes of modernizing and digitizing both private commerce and public bureaucracy in Dubai, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. "Blockchain is steadily moving towards becoming a multibillion market by 2019 and we, at Smart Dubai, have successfully embedded the technology in numerous services, the latest of which was the advanced'Dubai Pay Blockchain Settlement and Reconciliation System,'" noted Wesam Lootah, chief executive officer at Smart Dubai.


Smart Dubai Targets Managers and Analysts in Big Data Analytics Workshops

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Smart Dubai has organised in-depth workshops on Big Data Analytics in collaboration with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai – a satellite campus of the not-for-profit RIT New York – at the RIT campus in Dubai Silicon Oasis. The first workshop took place on June 26-28, 2018, targeting managers, while the second, held on July 3-5, was aimed at data professionals and analysts. A third workshop was organised for managers on July 8-10, following the great demand generated by the first event. The workshop drew significant participation from a wide range of government and private entities; in total, 49 participants graduated from the Managers Workshops, while 25 completed the Analysts Workshop. "Data is at the very core of any smart city transformation," asserted Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO) and CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment.


Dubai rolls out Master's degree in data analytics

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Dubai: Smart Dubai, in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), has developed a Master of Science (MSc) in Data Analytics programme, Dubai Media Office announced on Monday. The programme, which has secured accreditation from the Ministry of Education, tackles the increasingly influential field of data, which has become the cornerstone of advanced services and smart city transformations around the world, Dubai Media Office said. Described as the first-of-its-kind in the region, the programme is now open for registration until September 30, with the official launch set for the first week of October. The 11-month programme, comprising of 33 semester credit hours, was developed following an agreement signed between Smart Dubai and the Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai (RIT Dubai) in July 2017. Under the agreement, Smart Dubai developed the main objectives of the initiative and led the charge in securing scientific accreditation for the programme.


The "City of the Future" is One Step Closer to a Blockchain Based Economy

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Dubai has quickly grown into a global hub for trade. Now, it's planning to use blockchain as the basis for its economy, further enhancing this status. Blockchain has the potential to simplify record-keeping and the transport of goods all over the world. In concert with Dubai's advanced transportation infrastructure and near-zero taxes, businesses will experience Dubai as a secure, reliably business-friendly environment. Although Blockchain is primarily known as the technological basis of the digital currency Bitcoin, the technology itself can function in many roles.