Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai is participating in the 10X initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during the fifth session of the World Government Summit held in February last year, with the aim of placing Dubai 10 years ahead of other world cities.
DED is participating in the 10X initiative through the ‘Dubai 3i’ project, which aims to create a future regulatory framework for an innovative and intelligent industrial sector. The initiative seeks to create an innovative industry sector outside the traditional framework by providing live data on industrial opportunities, enabling industries to harness the latest technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), big data and 3D printing, and transforming the industry to be less labour-intensive and more technology-intensive. 3i will be a single point of facilitation providing complete support to industries and will seek to establish Dubai as an incubator for all modern industries, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and exporters.
Dubai 3i will particularly seek to become an incubator for companies and industries that offer services and products based on artificial intelligence as targeted by the Dubai 10X initiative and the emirates’ Artificial Intelligence Strategy.
His Excellency Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of DED, said: "Dubai is racing ahead against time in everything it offers. Through the Dubai 3i initiative, we have set strategic and achievable objectives towards building a new and innovative industrial sector for the next 10 years and we aim to create a future government environment suitable for industries based on artificial intelligence in the emirate rather than being a routine government department. Dubai 3i will focus on creating a suitable future government environment for new industries based on artificial intelligence and smart industry."
Al Qamzi added: "The Department of Economic Development does not deal with challenges as challenges, but we look at them as opportunities to communicate with our customers and find suitable solutions for them. We adopt strategies and reform them as needed, and we have created a work team led by Dubai Exports, which is one of our agencies, to co-ordinate with the industrial sector, and address the current and future needs of the sector in co-operation with local and federal agencies.”
"The most important objectives of Dubai 10X underline that the main axis of the initiative is the human. The Dubai 3i initiative also looks at the person as our client, employee, or business owner, and we try to reduce time for them and transform the traditional concept of service delivery into one of providing solutions. We also seek to change the concept of an ‘employee’ from someone providing a specific service, to a person who can provide solutions for achieving the desired goals.”
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai Future Foundation, adopted 26 projects submitted by 24 government agencies in Dubai as part of their participation in the Dubai 10X, at the World Government Summit held last February. An expert committee had earlier studied and reviewed more than 160 ideas received from 36 participants in less than 365 days.
The 10X initiative, which is being overseen by the Dubai Future Foundation, aims to enable government entities in the emirate to foresee global trends in all sectors and position Dubai as the city of the future by reshaping and building the concept and methods of government services and anticipating what cities of the world will implement 10 years from now.
Government departments and entities collaborate with innovators, technology providers and professional institutions in the design and implementation of the 10X projects in line with the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that states "All government entities in Dubai will now apply what the other cities of the world will apply ten years later” issued while launching the Dubai 10X initiative at the 5th World Government Summit in 2017.
Source: Government of Dubai
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