Most UAE government services will be accessible via mobile phones by 2015, the country's prime minister said yesterday.
“Today, we launched the 'm-Government' project with the goal of providing all services via smartphones,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted yesterday.
The ‘m-Government’ initiative, an advance on previous e-Government initiatives, was launched yesterday during a meeting organized for more than 1,000 officials, reported the state news agency WAM.
“Today, we want to take government service centers to clients who can submit their applications through a mobile phone or any other mobile device from any place without waiting... the successful government is the one which goes to clients wherever they are and doesn't wait for them to come to it,” Sheikh Mohammed said, quoted on WAM’s website.
The ruler instructed the federal and local government to provide their services across "creative channels" within 24 months, reported the news agency.
In response to the announcement, the Information and Communication Technology Fund (ICT) allocated Dh200 million in support of mobile phone applications, and plans to offer technical assistance and advice, said WAM.