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GDRFA-Dubai and Samsung to build innovation lab

The lab will help Dubai's General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs manage the residency of foreign nationals and the entry and exit of tourists

Samsung and GDRFA-Dubai will build an innovation lab in the emirate [image: Dubai Media Office].
Samsung and GDRFA-Dubai will build an innovation lab in the emirate [image: Dubai Media Office].

A government lab to analyse citizenship and residency data will be built in Dubai, following a deal between the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai), and Samsung International SDS.

Government agency GDRFA-Dubai and Samsung International SDS signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop advanced models to analyse the government’s work in the field of citizenship, residency, and port access. This includes building an innovation lab at GDRFA-Dubai’s facilities to develop “digital solutions”.

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The MoU was signed by GDRFA-Dubai director general HE General Mohammed Al Marri and and Samsung SDS’s global president and chief executive officer, Dr WonPyo Hong, as part of the latter’s official visit to the government agency’s headquarters.

Both parties will explore areas of mutual interests around IT innovation through the construction of an innovation lab, according to Dubai Media Office.

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A construction date for the innovation lab at GDRFA-Dubai's facilities is yet to be revealed.

Commenting on the agreement, Marri said the MoU with Samsung marked a “new start in the field of cooperation with a world leader” in technology: “Our cooperation with Samsung opens future prospects for GDRFA-Dubai in the embrace of talent and creativity of youth in the UAE.

“[We] will cooperate with Samsung in the work of innovative laboratories that will be organised periodically in the innovation and creativity centre in GDRFA-Dubai.

Samsung SDS's Middle East and Africa president, Silkwon Lee, added: “We are delighted to enter to an innovation partnership with GDRFA-Dubai.

“Various collaborative opportunities will be undertaken, which will present great outcomes for mutual growth”.

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