- Sub: ‘United Nations selects Dubai as data hub for MENASA region’
“As the government entity tasked with ushering in an era of smart technology in the emirate, we were elated with the UN’s decision to select Dubai as a regional hub for city data in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region,” said Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office. “This underlines the progress that Dubai has made in its smart transformation, which is now commanding global attention. We are confident that our newfound status as regional hub for city data will provide us with further momentum to carry out our plans and strategies to turn Dubai into the smartest and happiest city on the planet. Furthermore, this accolade will help us spread our success to the rest of the MENASA region, hopefully leading them by example to achieve their own smart transformation.”
“Dubai has launched a series of comprehensive and integrated initiatives to mine and manage the city’s data,” His Excellency Younus Al Nasser, CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment, explained. “The Dubai Data Establishment has worked tirelessly to build sound city-wide data infrastructure in Dubai. We have published an extensive report studying the impact of open and shared data on all urban sectors, and sought to implement initiatives such as ‘Dubai Pulse’ (the centralised hub for all of Dubai’s smart data). It is precisely this advanced infrastructure that has firmly put Dubai on the international smart development map.