New laws to drive Dubai Smart City bid


New laws have just been issued to enhance the progress of the Smart City initiative and encourage collaboration between the public and private sectors. The official Smart Dubai website was also launched last week.

Sheikh Mohammed was quoted as saying: "Today we have completed the organisational structure and legal framework for transforming Dubai into the world’s smartest city and creating a new and unique model in developing and managing cities."

"Managing global cities requires sustained efforts to provide fast and innovative services. We must utilise modern technology and available resources to achieve our objectives."

The laws authorise the Dubai Smart City Office to enter into partnerships with any organisation within or outside the emirate to implement best practices in the field and approve relevant plans and budgets.

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e-commerce in UAE forecasted to reach £6.6 billion

The UAE is at a turning point with emerging technologies, particularly regarding online shopping.


Currently, the total value of e-commerce in the UAE is estimated at £1.6 billion and is forecasted to reach £6.6 billion by 2018.


Several online retail and service portals have been launched to take advantage of this new culture of conducting businesses and transactions over the Web. is among those companies contributing to the transition of the service sector online.

Diversification drives UAE economy

As the UAE celebrates its 44th National Day, its pace of development over these four decades truly demonstrates the resilience of its economy.


Many observers wonder about the real secret behind the resilience and continuous growth of the UAE economy (irrespective of what happens to oil).


As oil prices have dropped, the UAE economy still achieved a growth rate of 4.5% in 2014 and is expected to achieve 3.5% this year. This is because of the rapid growth of non-oil sectors, now accounting for approximately 65% GDP. In fact the Dubai GDP is 98% non-oil.

UK telecom company establishes regional operations centre

Comtec, supplier of products and services to telecom operators and contractors in the GCC, has joined the growing list of British companies establishing a presence in Dubai.


Ibrahim Ahli, Director of Investment Promotion Division in Dubai FDI said, “A company like Comtec… establishing a major foothold in Dubai speaks volumes for the unrivalled position of Dubai as an enabling hub.”

Mohammed bin Rashid launches revamped website

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched his revamped official website.


The user-friendly design of the new website provides a platform for His Highness’s future online initiatives.


An app for the website is also available for free download from the Apple Store and Android app market.

Sheikh Mohammed's website
Dubai Means Business – Trade (Episode 2)

This is the second in a series of films exploring trade and business in Dubai today. Business leaders talk about Dubai’s position as an international trade hub and gateway.


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