Dubai Municipality and the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) have signed a collaboration agreement to set up a first-of-its-kind laboratory to develop and implement geospatial infrastructure, enhance cooperation frameworks in the sustainability fields, and test new ideas for Dubai Municipality’s sustainability projects.
The agreement was signed by Dawood Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality and Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DSOA, in the main building of the Municipality in the presence of a number of officials from both sides.
“The signing of the MoU is based on the vision of the wise leadership and strategic directions of the UAE, and in the interest of strengthening cooperation and coordination between the two parties and our belief in the importance of consolidating the partnership relationship between the Municipality and various parties to benefit from the expertise in the areas of sustainability and smart application technologies to achieve the strategic goals,” said Al Hajri.
Al Hajri also noted that the use of advanced technologies in the study and development of various projects enhances their achievement of the desired objectives, which contributes to the availability of sustainability standards and competitiveness in these projects.
He added that these projects also emphasises Dubai’s stature as a city unique for its exceptional projects and technological development.
The objectives of the MoU include enhancing cooperation in the development of smart irrigation networks using modern technology, waste collection and recycling, and the field of sewage systems and infrastructure, and provide training on the concepts of innovation for the Municipality employees.
The partnership will also see the two organisations collaborate on specialised programmes aimed at developing the competencies and skills of the employees of the two parties in line with future concepts and needs as well as collaboration in the expansion and development of introductory information for DSOA residents through joint workshops with Dubai Municipality.
“Smart Future Cities will rely primarily on big data analysis technologies, AI applications, geographic and spatial information systems with open sources and real-time data,” said Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni.
“This will achieve the best levels of management and control in terms of public services, smart mobility, waste treatment, or infrastructure development, not only to meet the needs of the population, but also to anticipate their requirements and keep up with their future aspirations.”
He also added that DSOA’s collaboration with Dubai Municipality in launching the laboratory is an important step towards the realisation of the DSOA’s Smart City Strategy, supporting the emirate and the UAE sustainability agenda, and contributing to the development a geo-economic map of Dubai.