Experts discuss future of Blockchain and impact on Dubai Smart City

DUBAI, 12th October, 2016 (WAM) — Industry experts and leaders from public and private sector entities met at a recent forum to share expertise, discuss challenges and review international standards as part of joint efforts to achieve Dubai’s smart city ambitions.

The eighth session of the Dubai Smart Cities Forum, held with the theme ‘Blockchain and the Next Wave of Smart Cities Technologies’, aimed to update government officials and decision makers on the latest developments in smart city projects.

The forum, hosted by the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) and organised on 10th October in cooperation with the Smart Dubai initiative, is a series of thought leadership sessions that convenes experts in a creative and stimulating environment to exchange ideas and discuss challenges related to the Smart Dubai Initiative.

“Before deciding on a subject for the eighth session of the forum, we conducted significant in-depth research. We looked for a theme that aligns with the government agenda and global trends. A lot of consideration also went into compiling the list of this year’s guest speakers,” Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President of the MBRSG, said.

“Utilising modern technologies is not the goal itself but rather a tool that helps us carry out our daily business efficiently. If used properly, technology can provide an impactful and seamless experience, enhance safety, and lead to a happier society,” Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director-General of the Smart Dubai Office, said in her opening speech.

Adopting various technological advancements, such as the Blockchain digital currency technology, will boost our effort to develop all sectors, she said. “Our vision of making Dubai the happiest city focuses on the optimum use of resources to achieve the best possible value through assuring advanced integrated services and data protection. It is our hope to shape a city that offers all the necessary components of a happy life to our residents.”

Participants at the one-day event included Osman Sultan, CEO of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company du, Dr. Marwan Al Zarouni, IT expert and founder and Director of a Bitcoin trade company supported by Dubai SME, and Mohammed Shael Al Saadi, CEO of Business Development and Strategy at Dubai Department of Economic Development.