Digital Dubai realizes the importance of data as a key enabler of smart cities and digital transformation at large. Following its commitment to generate most value out of Dubai Government’s data, Digital Dubai encourages Dubai Govrnment  entities to adopt the Data Compliance Law, issued by the Dubai Data Establishment.  

The Data Compliance Law, issued in 2015, positioned Dubai as the first city in the world to institutionalize data usage, sharing, and governance, through a set of directions and guidelines on data inventory, categorization, publicizing, and utilization. After overcoming all resistance and challenges, and thanks to the stakeholders’ compliance with the law, Dubai was able to complete the first phase of building data governance infrastructure by achieving 100% of compliance by 2021.  

Today after establishing the basis of compliance, Digital Dubai launched the Data Maturity Framework as part of its participation in Gitex Global 2022. This project is designed to promote the value of data assets in Dubai, enable Government entities to utilize the city’s valuable data, and transform the traditional practices of data governance into innovative methods that generate value and improve decision-making processes. In return, this transformation will enable implementing the entity’s ambitious strategies towards building an advanced digital economy, where data is the key fuel powering the future.  

The new Data Maturity Framework consists of four main pillars: Data Governance, Data Sharing, Data Analysis & Decision Making, and Data Quality. The Framework will contribute to a huge transformation in data maturity and Government entities’ readiness to provide mature data that closely supports decision-making and the digital economy.  

His Excellency Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of Digital Dubai, and CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment said: “As the world grows more connected and advanced technologies drive sweeping transformations across every aspect of our daily lives, data increasingly presents itself as an indispensable asset that allows us to gain deeper insight, use resources more efficiently, and establish an integrated system that anticipates and meets people’s needs and requirements. The proliferation of data technologies is set to gain momentum over the coming years, which calls for putting in place new systems and tools to assess the progress and maturity of our data initiatives and projects.” 

H.E. Al Nasser added. “The launch of the Framework at GITEX Global 2022 forms part of Digital Dubai’s strategy to promote clear and decisive data governance in enabling the city’s digital economy.” 

Digital Dubai has organized a joint pavilion for the Dubai Government at GITEX, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from October 10 to 14, 2022, bringing together 33 government entities, along with seven leaders in digitalization from the private sector. The Dubai Government Pavilion at GITEX Global 2022 is designed to underline the emirate’s contribution to shaping global trends and spearheading the digital transformation of cities, presenting a prominent platform for communication and interaction between experts, leaders, and decision-makers from the technology sector.