MoU is aimed at increasing expertise in the areas of sustainability and smart application technologies to achieve strategic goals
Dubai Municipality (DM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority to set up a first-of-its-kind laboratory in Dubai Silicon Oasis to develop and implement geospatial infrastructure, enhance cooperation frameworks in sustainability fields, and test new ideas for DM’s sustainability projects.
The MoU was signed by Dawood Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality and Dr Mohammed Ahmed Al Zarooni, vice president and CEO of DSOA, in the presence of officials from both sides.
Commenting on the agreement, Al Hajri said the MoU is in the interest of strengthening cooperation and coordination between the two parties to benefit from the expertise in the areas of sustainability and smart application technologies to achieve strategic goals.
“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, and it also emphasizes Dubai’s stature as a city unique for its exceptional projects and technological development,” he added.
Meanwhile, Al Zarooni said: “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.”
“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.”
“Our collaboration with Dubai Municipality in launching the first laboratory for sustainability initiatives and projects and in the development and implementation of Dubai’s geospatial infrastructure is an important step towards the realisation of the DSOA’s Smart City Strategy.
He added that it also supports Dubai and the UAE sustainability agenda, while contributing to the development of a geo-economic map of Dubai in accordance with the 50 Year Charter, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, earlier this year.
DM further stated that 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.
Additionally, it can provide training on the concepts of innovation for the Municipality employees and specialised programmes aimed at developing the competencies and skills of the employees of the two parties in line with future concepts and needs, the statement added.