UAE ties up with global tech firm to drive digital adoption

Cisco has partnered with the UAE Telecommunication Regulatory Authority to accelerate digital adoption and boost cooperation for the nation’s digital future.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, UAE TRA

The partnership is a key addition to Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) programme in the UAE, which aims at building and enhancing a strategic relationship with national leadership, industry, and academia to help accelerate the national digitisation agenda.

“Developing the UAE’s digital infrastructure is one of the government’s major drives. It is closely aligned with the leadership’s directives to provide a favorable environment for technological development that enables future solutions, while contributing to the objectives of the national agenda and the UAE Vision 2021,” said Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, director general, TRA.

The TRA head also noted that the partnership is aimed at fostering the relation with globally leading partners to accelerate smart transformation in government work and in life on a wider scale. “The public-private partnership is an imperative factor in ensuring the success of our strategies for the future, as we are working together to set the scene for the application of IoT, and the concepts of artificial intelligence.”

Under the deal, TRA and Cisco selected specific focus areas, in line with the UAE’s national priorities, which are key contributors to the economy and include smart and lean government, tourism, smart districts, trade and logistics, healthcare and energy.

Cisco will work with the TRA to develop technology projects and demonstrate the value of digital adoption in these areas. The aim will be to realise the benefits of wider digital adoption for the UAE’s citizens and the UAE’s growing economy.

Chuck Robbins, CEO and Chairman of Cisco commented: “Cisco is proud to support the UAE’s efforts to transform into a digital economy. Working together, we will help create an ecosystem for innovation and job creation, and we look forward to many more years of cooperation and collaboration.”
To help accelerate digital transformation in these key sectors, TRA and Cisco plan to work on several key initiatives, including talent development via Cisco Networking Academy, business innovation and digital infrastructure and cybersecurity.

“The UAE’s Vision 2021 connects digital transformation and technology innovation to outcomes that are truly relevant for society, such quality of life and happiness. At Cisco, we are proud to work with the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and contribute to the acceleration of the UAE’s national digitization plans. We are confident that our cooperation will result in world class references for digital innovation,” said Shukri Eid, managing director – East Region, Cisco Middle East.

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