Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum have issued Law No. (1) of 2020 on Smart Dubai. The new Law is applicable to the Smart Dubai Office established pursuant to Law No. (29) of 2015.

As per the new Law, the name “Smart Dubai Department” will replace “Smart Dubai Office” in any relevant legislation applicable in Dubai.

In accordance with the new Law, the Smart Dubai Department is responsible for enabling Dubai’s smart transformation, to empower, deliver and encourage an efficient, smooth, safe and impactful urban experience for residents and visitors, facilitating information and data exchange between the public and private sectors, and improving the efficiency of government services via automation and by encouraging the public to use smart services.

The Smart Dubai Department is permitted to establish plans, policies, programmes and initiatives needed for smart transformation and submit them to The Executive Council of Dubai for approval. Smart Dubai Department, in collaboration with the General Secretariat of The Executive Council of Dubai, is also responsible for overseeing all matters, policies, strategies, projects and initiatives regarding to the government’s information technology systems and smart transformation.

As per the Law, Sheikh Mohammed, will implement a Decree appointing a Director General for the newly established department. The Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai will issue all bylaws needed to make sure the implementation of the new Law.

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