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Hamdan unveils Dubai’s hi-tech profile beyond 2021 Allan Jacob and Muaz Shabandri / 11 February 2014 The emirate offers a glimpse into the future with its vision of electronic and mobile governance where services and solutions are provided at the touch of a button. You can count on Dubai to think smart as it imagines what life would be like in 2021. On Monday, the emirate offered a glimpse into the future with its vision of electronic and mobile governance where services and solutions are provided at the touch of a button. Shaikh Mohammed flanked by other Shaikhs and officials at the Government Summit on Monday. -KT photo by Shihab Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, unveiled the ‘Dubai Government: Towards 2021 Initiative’, as His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; Lt.-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister; Mohammed Al Murr, FNC Speaker; Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum; and other senior officials looked on at the second Government Summit. A video presentation showed the ease at which government services could be accessed from anywhere in the world — for people on the move, or from the comfort of their homes. Dubai’s vision for the future promises to be exciting as the city leads the way in providing facilities for its residents through technology, and Shaikh Hamdan signalled the emirate’s intentions of dreaming big and delivering on its promises. “We’re confident of the ability of leadership & staff of the Dubai gov to reach targets on time, always dedicated to working for the public good,” he tweeted. In another tweet, he said the government aimed to compete with the private sector in effiency and speed of delivery. “There should be no more talk of multiple departments & agencies. The govt works as one: one ID, one phone number, one center & one employee,” he said. He went on to say that “our ambitious & entrepreneurial, innovative ideas will be implemented by Dubai govt & the world will seek to learn from our experience”. The Crown Prince said 2021 would be an important year when the world would sit up and take notice of Dubai’s arrival as a city of excellence. Earlier in the day, Shaikh Mohammed arrived at the Madinat Jumeirah and took a keen interest in the interactive sessions by experts and officials from various sectors. Minister for Interior Shaikh Saif earlier said the UAE was a hub of peace and was fulfilling the dreams of its founding father Shaikh Zayed through innovative leadership. He offered words of support for Egypt and said “any enemy of Egypt was an enemy of the UAE”. Minister for Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Al Gergawi said the country was taking its pursuit of happiness seriously. “If we can make your life hassle-free and provide information and services on your mobile, we save your time. The aim of our government is to serve. We don’t want to just serve in a normal way, we want to excel,” he told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the event. firstname.lastname@example.org For more news from Khaleej Times, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes , and on Twitter at @khaleejtimes Continue reading →
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