150 Dubai Data Champions Join the Dubai Data Team to Lead the Opening & Sharing of City Data in the Next 6 Months

150 Dubai Data Champions Join the Dubai Data Team to Lead the Opening & Sharing of City Data in the Next 6 Months


The Dubai Data Establishment welcomed 150 Dubai Data Champions from 22 government entities to the Dubai Data team, launching the next phase of the Dubai Data initiative to open and share city data, and achieve the mandate of the Dubai Data Law, to unleash the greatest value from data for the city.

Speaking at the event, Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of the Smart Dubai Office and CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment, said, “We are guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who launched the world’s most ambitious and comprehensive data initiative through the Dubai Data Law, with a mandate to unleash the greatest value from city data that will improve experiences and opportunities in Dubai.”

“Data is at the heart of our smart transformation. Dubai will be the first city to lead both the opening and sharing of city data, to achieve the four pillars of Smart Dubai, delivering more efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experiences.” Younus Al Nasser said.

“Open city data published on the Dubai Data Portal will enable entrepreneurs, data scientists, government departments and private entities to evaluate rich city data and unlock insights that can be used to design new and impactful city services; improve processes; and drive innovation. Shared data between government entities will increase efficiency and enable more seamless service experiences for users, benefitting from secure central data registries of the most valuable city data.” Younus Al Nasser added.

“Dubai Data is a citywide effort to unlock the most insightful and impactful data for city leaders, business owners, residents and tourists in Dubai. The Dubai Data Champions are critical partners for delivering the mandate of Dubai Data, and realizing the benefits of data in their organizations, and for the city,” Younus Al Nasser said.

The announcement of the Dubai Data Champions follows a collaborative effort between the Dubai Data Establishment and 22 pioneering government entities and data providers to define a data classification framework and set of policies to articulate the Dubai Data Law and guide the opening and sharing of city data, in preparation for the opening of the first city data sets early next year.

 The Dubai Data Champions are a closed community of government data peers who will lead the implementation the Dubai Data initiative through their respective entities. Dubai Data Champions have been appointed to represent their entity on all matters related to Dubai Data, including: data inventory, data compliance, and data-driven decision making.

All Dubai Data Champions will participate in a rigorous Dubai Data Compliance training program, hosted in partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, the education partner of Dubai Data, in January. The 6 week course will equip the Dubai Data Champions with the tools required to lead the identification and inventory of entity data, and to prioritize and classify that data for inclusion on the Smart Dubai Platform within 6 months.

Dubai Data Establishment

The Dubai Data initiative is led by the Dubai Data Establishment within the Smart Dubai Office. To achieve the Dubai Data mandate, the Dubai Data Establishment will create and enforce the rules of participation for opening and sharing data; ensure a seamless exchange of data; drive rich insights from informed decision-making; and build an innovative data economy to create happiness in line with the vision of Smart Dubai.

The Smart Dubai Office leads Dubai’s smart city program, utilising technology innovation to improve efficiency and enhance experiences for the city, in line with its vision to make Dubai the happiest city on earth. The Smart Dubai Office works with its establishments, Smart Dubai Government and Dubai Data, and more than 25 partner entities from the government and private sector to deliver its strategic initiatives and products across six city dimensions: living, economy, governance, mobility, environment and people.