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United Arab Emirates : UAE to offer public services through smartphones

February 14, 2014

The UAE government said that the residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be able by 2016 to use their smartphones to get most of the public services.

Xinhua said, "The newest initiative to empower UAE citizens and residents by giving them access to all government services through their smartphones and tablets is one of our biggest projects ever .

He added that the government aims to treat citizens, residents and visitors like customers "as this is the only way how the future can look like for a smart government".

As per to the plan, by 2016 any citizen or resident will be able to use his smartphone as his UAE identity card, his credit card or his e-gate card.

The e-gate is an electronic chip card which facilitat UAE residents and even non-residents who regularly get their travel visa on arrival to exit and enter the country at border controls at the airport without showing their passport.

Hamad Al-Mansouri, deputy director of the Gulf state's telecommunication regulatory authority said, "In two years, any resident in the UAE will be able to interact with the UAE government 24 hours a day through his smart device .

At the summit, it was also declared that the UAE sheikhdom of Dubai will be the first Middle Eastern city to have its street views added to the online mapping service of Google.

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and ruler of DubaiSheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum introduced at the summit the testing phase of a mini-drone airmail service designed to deliver documents and UAE identity cards to citizens.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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