Advanced Technology

Advanced Technology


The Dubai Blockchain Strategy will help Dubai achieve the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum by making "Dubai [will be] the first city fully powered by Blockchain by 2020" and make Dubai the happiest city on earth.


Launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, the Dubai Blockchain Strategy, is a result of a collaboration between the Smart Dubai Office and the Dubai Future Foundation to continually explore and evaluate the latest technology innovations that demonstrate an opportunity to deliver more seamless, safe, efficient, and impactful city experiences.

Blockchain technology is a new, powerful tool that is already shaping the future of the Internet with simple, safe and secure transactions. The Dubai Blockchain Strategy will help Dubai achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to create the future of Dubai, and make Dubai the happiest city on earth.

New Wave of Economic Opportunity & Digital Innovation

The Dubai Blockchain strategy will usher in economic opportunity for all sectors in the city, and cement Dubai’s reputation as a global technology leader, in line with Smart Dubai’s mandate to become global leader in the smart economy, fuelling entrepreneurship and global competitiveness.

Dubai has a long tradition of leading digital innovation for the region. Now, for the first time, Dubai will be pioneering the application of new technology for cities, and sharing it with the world. When successful, Dubai will be the first blockchain powered government, driving the future economy.

"Adopting Blockchain technology Dubai stands to unlock 5.5 billion dirham in savings annually in document processing alone — equal to the one Burj Khalifa’s worth of value every year." The Dubai Blockchain Strategy establishes a roadmap for the introduction of Blockchain technology for Dubai and the creation of an open platform to share the technology with cities across the globe. The Dubai Blockchain strategy is built on three pillars of government efficiency, industry creation and international leadership.


Our first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab is accelerating Dubai towards becoming the smartest city in the world. We are harnessing the power of machine learning to integrate AI into government services and city experiences in order to improve our citizens’ overall quality of life, boost happiness levels and maximize visitor satisfaction.


We are leading Dubai’s AI Roadmap as part of our vision to transform the city into an efficient, seamless, impactful and, ultimately, happy experience for all. Established in partnership with IBM, our AI Lab is working with a growing network of partners from across governmental and private sectors, providing the essential tools and go-to-market support that enables them to implement AI services and applications within their respective fields. We are expanding our knowledge through workshops and training sessions, developing individuals’ skills, transforming the way we engage with our citizens and visitors, and disrupting traditional business processes. We hope to infuse AI into the fabric of the city and its operating systems, and use this ground-breaking technology to discover new pathways to create a blueprint for a new and exciting future. 


AI’s rapid advancement and innovation potential across a range of fields is incredibly exciting. Yet a thorough and open discussion around AI ethics, and the principles organisations using this technology must consider, is urgently needed.

Dubai’s Ethical AI Toolkit has been created to provide practical help across a city ecosystem. It supports industry, academia and individuals in understanding how AI systems can be used responsibly. It consists of principles and guidelines, and a self-assessment tool for developers to assess their platforms.

Our aim is to offer unified guidance that is continuously improved in collaboration with our communities. The eventual goal is to reach widespread agreement and adoption of commonly-agreed policies to inform the ethical use of AI not just in Dubai but around the world.

Try AI Ethics Self-Assessment Tool