Smart Dubai Gets Smart City Experience Specialists


Smart Dubai celebrated the graduation of 35 participants from its Digital Service Design Professional Diploma, designed in collaboration with the University of Dubai and the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) and targeting Smart City Experience Specialists. 

The graduation ceremony was attended by His Excellency Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of Smart Dubai and CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment; Dr Essa Al-Bastaki, President of the University of Dubai, and DIDI President Mohammad Abdullah, along with the graduates who represent 27 Dubai Government and semi-governmental entities, as well as the private sector in the emirate. 

The Diploma is the first of its kind in the region and in the smart-city sector and designed for practitioners familiar with the services provided. It seeks to empower and support Smart City Experience Specialists, providing them with the knowledge and best practices they need to improve existing digital services, and design new ones that are more tailored to Dubai’s smart-city digital transformation. 

“Providing training for talented individuals and building expertise is a priority for us at Smart Dubai,” said His Excellency Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of Smart Dubai, CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment, speaking at the ceremony. “This, in turn, allows us to serve the visions and aspirations of the wise leadership to train human resources who can drive innovation across all technical sectors and set a global example for digital transformation.” 

“The Diploma is a significant step towards implementing the Smart Dubai Strategy, keeping pace with all global developments in smart city administration, and building on what has already been accomplished in this regard,” H.E. Al Nasser added. 

Mohammad Abdullah, President of DIDI noted: “Preparing the next generation of talent for a new-age labour market is critical to the continued success and progress of the UAE’s knowledge-based economy. Design humanises technology; it makes innovation possible and digital experiences desirable. And as technological transformation continues to deliver unprecedented changes to the built and natural world, developing future-proof skills to harness this potential to create cleaner, greener and happier cities has never been so important. We are delighted to have collaborated with Smart Dubai and wish the graduates all the best.” 

The Digital Service Design Professional Diploma was held from the first week of September to the first week of November 2020, where participants earned certificates accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and Smart Dubai. 

The programme focuses on the use of current and emerging technologies, helping accelerate innovation, and directly contributing to continued improvements of the economy, the environment and the quality of life in Dubai. The Professional Diploma forms part of the ‘Designing Cities’ programme of Dubai’s Happiness Agenda. 

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