H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), has approved DAFZA’s ‘Digital Intelligence Plan 2018-2020’ developed in line with digital transformation initiatives such as the ‘Dubai Internet of Things Strategy (IOT)’ and the ‘UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence,’ the first major initiative within the UAE Centennial 2071 project.
The new plan was developed in partnership with Deloitte Consulting LLC, and is in line with both DAFZA’s ‘Strategic Plan 2017-2021’ and ‘DAFZA Innovation Strategy,’ the latter supporting DAFZA’s stature as one of the most innovative and progressive free zone in the world in accordance with the objectives of the ‘National Innovation Strategy’ which aims to make the UAE one of the world’s most innovative countries by 2021.
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed emphasized the importance of technological development and the adoption of modern technologies in various fields in supporting the transformation of Dubai into the smartest and happiest city in the world. H.H pointed out the role of the various institutions and entities in the Dubai in achieving the wise leadership’s vision for modern technology and digital wealth as represented by the ‘Dubai Internet of Things (IOT) Strategy’ and the ‘UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence’ which was launched in October 2017 by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of DAFZA said: “The new digital intelligence plan reflects DAFZA’s commitment to advancing the approach of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who underscores the importance of taking advantage of technological solutions to accelerate government workflows in various fields and promote the UAE as a leading model for countries that invest in the future and work to acquire its tools.”
To establish an integrated and sustainable digital system, DAFZA’s new strategy is based on three main areas: ‘Operational Model,’ ‘ICT Services,’ and ‘Technology Platform Revamp.’ DAFZA has also approved several initiatives for implementation from 2018 to 2020 and will update the organizational structure of its information and communications technology (ICT) management which will be launched under the name ‘Digital Intelligence Management’ to enhance internal partnerships and achieve digital sustainability. Operational efficiency will be upgraded as well.