Gitex 2019: Dubai Municipality inks smart city MoU with Huawei

Huawei's WiFi-6, AI tech to help develop Centre of the Future and roll out business continuity, disaster recovery systems

The MoU was signed at Gitex Technology Week.
Dubai Municipality
The MoU was signed at Gitex Technology Week.

Dubai Municipality has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese information and communications technology (ICT) provider Huawei to launch smart services and develop Centre of the Future, in line with the goals of the Smart Dubai initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The agreement was inked at Gitex Technology Week 2019, the 39th edition of the exhibition that is being held in Dubai on 6-10 October.

The MoU is aimed at enhancing automated experiences for Dubai residents.

Huawei and Dubai Municipality will cooperate to establish a framework to launch future smart initiatives to pave the way for the implementation of technological advances. A joint pilot programme will be launched to "contribute to the development of breakthrough projects".

Centre of the Future will be developed line with the UAE Government’s smart city focus and will allow the UAE's "citizens to experience the future".

The smart centre will be powered by Huawei’s Wi-Fi 6 technology as well as artificial intelligence (AI) platforms, allowing Dubai Municipality to deliver automated experiences to Dubai residents.

Huawei will also supply Dubai Municipality with systems for business continuity and disaster recovery, using integrated intelligence and Wi-Fi 6 capabilities.

Commenting on the MoU, director general of Dubai Municipality, Dawoud Al Hajri, said: “Dubai Municipality is committed to enhancing collaboration and cooperation between the public and private sectors.

"Partnerships between the government and private companies provide benefits for the community that will enable us to achieve customer happiness by deploying the latest services and applications to the highest international standards. As a global ICT leader, Huawei is the ideal partner for us in this endeavor.”

Huawei's chief executive officer, Shi Li, added: “Our collaboration will support Dubai Municipality in the launch of innovative ICT solutions, which will contribute to the realisation of smart city and happiness visions of the emirate’s leadership.

"Dubai is at the forefront of smart city adoption in the region, and it will further strengthen its position through Dubai Municipality’s forward-thinking approach to innovation and technology.”

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