His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), reaffirmed that Dubai 10X is a testament to a successful and prominent initiative, achieving massive leaps in disruptive government services, and in empowering government employees with the skills required to accelerate progress across their entities. The first phase of the initiative will strengthen government work through designing a futuristic system based on proactive and innovative thinking, free from conventional frameworks, to position Dubai as a leading city in launching innovative projects and solutions impacting society as a whole.
His Highness commended this resiliency, agility and foresight-based thinking, saying that through adapting innovative services and strategies to address rapid changes, Dubai 10X has disrupted the status quo and enabled government entities to embrace technology and future foresight, paving the way to their growth. He added that agility, risk taking and embracing change has made Dubai one of the top cities in the world for its future outlook and ability to anticipate emerging trends.
His Highness’ comments were made during his visit to DFF’s headquarters in Emirates Towers. His Highness was also accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, His Excellency Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of DFF and several government officials, managers and senior corporate leaders from across the UAE.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed announced the conclusion of the first phase of the Dubai 10X initiative that included disruptive projects launched by several government entities in Dubai. His Highness stressed the importance of following up on the efforts made through the projects and the wider initiative in order to build on the quality of government work in Dubai. This initiative realizes the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for Dubai to pioneer and lead global cities in deploying emerging technologies providing world class government services and a future model of government excellence.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed emphasizes the importance of Dubai 10X’s role in promoting collaboration, knowledge sharing and best practices to accelerate the launch of disruptive projects and solutions. In doing so, they aim to enhance competitiveness across various vital and strategic sectors and rely on ambitious teams to review challenges and develop projects to meet future needs.
His Highness was briefed on the progress of the approved projects for the second phase of Dubai 10X. He also viewed an updated version of an online platform dedicated to monitor the progress achieved on the diverse projects within the second phase that engages institutions and government entities in Dubai.
His Highness tweeted: “We are proud of the efforts of all those who contributed to the Dubai 10X initiative, that was launched to harness the drive and will power of our local talents and to instill a culture of innovation in government work. We have great confidence in continuing to work as one team to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for Dubai to become a leader among the world’s cities.”
During the meeting, His Excellency Lieutenant-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police presented an update on the Oyoon project, launched by Dubai Police with the support and participation of the governmental, semi-governmental and private sectors. Through deploying modern technology, the project is working to develop an integrated security system that helps prevent crime, reduces traffic accident related deaths, prevents any negative incidents in residential, commercial and vital areas and enables a prompt response to incidents even before they get reported to the command unit.
His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority presented an overview of Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA. The project served to showcase DEWA as the world’s first digital public utility to leverage autonomous systems for renewable energy and storing it, expansion in AI adoption, and for the provision of digital services.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed had approved the first phase of the Dubai 10X projects at an event held during the 6th World Government Summit in February 2018 in Dubai and ordered its completion within 24 months.
His Highness said: “We commend the efforts of all employees and government entities who have successfully achieved this milestone in the Dubai 10X initiative. The race continues and the challenge is big, but our faith in the teams is immense, and we will work together to achieve society’s happiness Dubai.”
Promoting Dubai’s competitiveness
On this occasion, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched a comprehensive report by the Dubai Competitiveness Office (DCO) within Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) on the competitiveness of all the projects approved within the first phase of the Dubai 10X initiative. The report aims to measure the projects across 98 associated competitiveness indicators and examine their impact on enhancing Dubai’s global competitiveness across 11 major domains. These domains include government regulations, development and use of information and communications technology, business and trade ecosystem, education and innovation, environment and sustainability, technology and development, security and safety, and community welfare and culture.
DCO’s technical team held extensive meetings with the Dubai 10X teams to develop a comprehensive vision and define a methodology to verify the competitiveness of these projects and measure their impact based on global competitiveness indicators. The report’s authors applied the methodology and simulated the impact of each project based on relevant indicators to highlight the role of the project in promoting Dubai on a global level.