UAE launches store for smart government apps

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Mohammad appThe UAE has launched what it calls the world’s first store for smart government applications through Android and iOS platforms, Arabian Business reported.

The store features over 100 smart applications developed by local and federal agencies and has been launched in partnership and coordination with Google and Apple.

Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister¬† of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, was briefed on the new shop and the next steps in the smart government initiative which aims to be completed by mid 2015. Shaikh Mohammad said in comments published by news agency WAM: “The aim is to make smart services part of the daily life for all population, and more accessible and direct. The more services are smart, the happiest people become.”

He called for an increase in the number of smart services available in the new store and encouraged people to try them. The report did not say whether there was a charge to use the apps.

Earlier this month, Shaikh Mohammad revealed the strategy behind plans to transform the emirate into a “Smart City”. The strategy features six key pillars and 100 initiatives covering transport, communications, infrastructure, electricity, economic services and urban planning. Under the strategy, 1,000 government services will go smart in the next three years.

Shaikh Mohammad said the “gigantic project” aims to touch the life of every citizen in the country. He first announced the Smart City plans in October 2013, under which government services would be “accessible, quick and efficient”, using hi-tech smart devices.

The Smart City project will enable the public to deal with government departments using their smart phones “any time, any day of the year”. The project has evolved from the previous e-government programme of Dubai which was launched in 2001.

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The UAE has launched what it calls the world’s first store for smart government applications through Android and iOS platforms, Arabian Business reported.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Mohammad appThe UAE has launched what it calls the world’s first store for smart government applications through Android and iOS platforms, Arabian Business reported.

The store features over 100 smart applications developed by local and federal agencies and has been launched in partnership and coordination with Google and Apple.

Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister¬† of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, was briefed on the new shop and the next steps in the smart government initiative which aims to be completed by mid 2015. Shaikh Mohammad said in comments published by news agency WAM: “The aim is to make smart services part of the daily life for all population, and more accessible and direct. The more services are smart, the happiest people become.”

He called for an increase in the number of smart services available in the new store and encouraged people to try them. The report did not say whether there was a charge to use the apps.

Earlier this month, Shaikh Mohammad revealed the strategy behind plans to transform the emirate into a “Smart City”. The strategy features six key pillars and 100 initiatives covering transport, communications, infrastructure, electricity, economic services and urban planning. Under the strategy, 1,000 government services will go smart in the next three years.

Shaikh Mohammad said the “gigantic project” aims to touch the life of every citizen in the country. He first announced the Smart City plans in October 2013, under which government services would be “accessible, quick and efficient”, using hi-tech smart devices.

The Smart City project will enable the public to deal with government departments using their smart phones “any time, any day of the year”. The project has evolved from the previous e-government programme of Dubai which was launched in 2001.

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