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The ArabNet Digital Summit 2017 – Day 1

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The ArabNet Digital Summit 2017 – Day 1

Held in strategic partnership with the Smart Dubai Office and Publicis Media, the fifth edition of the ArabNet Digital Summit set new records, with over 1,600 attendees, 120 speakers, 60 exhibitors, as well as 100 international and regional investors to discuss the latest trends and opportunities in the UAE and the region.

The opening ceremony featured the launch of the Dubai Data Economic Impact Report, by H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office and Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of the Smart Dubai Office and CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment. The report, led by the Dubai Data Establishment, which operates under the Smart Dubai Office to oversee and implement the Dubai Data Law, sheds light on the potential economic impact of open and shared data in Dubai. 

“At Smart Dubai, we are not looking to simply keep pace with data-related projects taking place around the world, we are, instead, seeking to play a pioneering role in this sector, and setting the precedent and the example for cities around the world to follow,” said H.E. Dr. Aisha. “Dubai is taking the lead on the open and shared data front with the bold and comprehensive Dubai Data initiative.”

Younus Al Nasser added, “Abiding by the Dubai Data Strategy, we, at Dubai Data, continuously work to drive the publication and exchange of all relevant data to integrate and harmonise the services provided by federal and local government agencies, and improve their decision-making process, enabling them to effectively process data, develop policies, and implement strategic initiatives.”

On the sidelines of the Summit, ArabNet hosted government and corporate leaders from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt and the USA in an exclusive 2-day Digital Policy Forum to explore the role of government programs in effectively stimulating digital innovation, entrepreneurship, and the smart economy. The first roundtable on May 16 tackled entrepreneurship and SMEs, innovation, and youth policy, while the second roundtable, scheduled for May 17, will look into the topics of digital economy, digitization, smart cities and smart government.


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