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.
"There is an understanding by governments, NGOs and the private sector that AI regulation is needed, but that the field is not yet mature enough to devise fixed rules to govern it. However, organisations still require guidance and regulators still need to begin to learn how to oversee this emerging technology, but without creating restrictions that could stifle innovation. Smart Dubai's Ethical AI Toolkit aims to provide advice in this area for all those involved in the AI sector," she added Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai.
The UAE's smart monitoring, alert and control systems are being showcased at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Dubai. "This symposium is an extremely insightful key event in the UAE and the region. Tayara takes care of all commercial ICT engagements. "We are building solutions or POCs (Proof of Concept) for our partners. We are showcasing the Smart Dubai platform, the Dubai Pulse, which is an end-to-end integrated platform that supports infrastructure services, computing, data hosting and storage for the government all the way up to blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI).
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."