Dubai Crown Prince unveils ambitious govt 2021 vision

The plan will use latest technologies to provide seamless access to government services

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Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, unveiled on Monday an ambitious government plan to provide seamless access to government services by 2021 through the use of latest technologies.

Sheikh Hamdan launched emirate’s New 2021 Initiative during in a three-day Government Summit that opened in Dubai on Monday, with speeches from delegates including British billionaire Richard Branson.

The initiative was accompanied by a video showing residents of Dubai going about their daily lives seven years from now with many of them wearing a smart wrist band to communicate with the government.

A British expat woman was shown wearing the smart device before flying from London to Dubai. The device tells her that her residency status in Dubai was updated. Upon her arrive, the device tells her: “welcome back to Dubai” before advising her how to get home fast by avoiding heavy traffic.

Following his speech, Sheikh Hamdan elaborated on the 2021 government vision on Twitter.

“Today we set our goals for the govt. of Dubai in 2021, as we march confidently towards the future & new horizons,” the crown prince tweeted in English.

“In a first of its kind initiative, the government aims to compete with the private sector in terms of the caliber of service it provides,” he added.

He explained that in the future government there will not be multiple departments and agencies. The government, he said, will work as one unity: “one ID, one phone number, one center & one employee,” he tweeted.

“It's now time to use our skills and expertise to show what this government can offer, not just to Dubai, but also to the world,” he added.

He expressed confidence in the leadership and staff of the Dubai government to meet the 2021 target

“We should all work as one, the strong supporting the weak, as we look towards 2021 when everyone will witness the arrival of Dubai govt,” he wrote.

“Our ambitious & entrepreneurial, innovative ideas will be implemented by Dubai govt. & the world will seek to learn from our experience,” the crown prince tweeted.

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