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Abu Dhabi government launches Abu Dhabi Data Programme

Abu Dhabi Data program is focused on establishing Abu Dhabi as a center of excellence for data, and becoming an exporter of data skills, thought leadership, and knowledge to the world. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The Department of Government Support, represented by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) - the government entity that leads the digital future of Abu Dhabi, have announced the launch of the Abu Dhabi Data Programme that aims to deliver a data-driven transformation for the government to make data more available, accessible

The Abu Dhabi Data programme (also known as Abu Dhabi Data Enablement Programme) focuses on all aspects of data management from building the data capabilities and skillsets, activating and building of data foundations across government sectors, building a one-of-a-kind next-generation infrastructure that can support the programme’s vision, deploying the necessary regulatory data toolkits, developing sectoral executive dashboards to be consumed at the top of government, and improving the maturity of data management across the Abu Dhabi government entities.

The launch comes as part of ADDA’s participation at GITEX Global 2022 under the umbrella of the Abu Dhabi Government Pavilion, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Abu Dhabi Data Programme aims to harness the power of data through a holistic, whole-of-government approach powered by a future-ready cross-government technology backbone built on UAE’s national sovereign cloud and in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Digital Authority strategic technology partners, that will enable and empower Abu Dhabi to harvest and unlock the value of data and allow it to flow into the digital future.

The new initiative will empower Abu Dhabi government entities to accelerate their data journeys, build and attract the right skills, and provide a unique toolkit of regulations, resources, and assets, to ensure the value of data is realised. Abu Dhabi Data program is focused on establishing Abu Dhabi as a center of excellence for data, and becoming an exporter of data skills, thought leadership, and knowledge to the world.

Rashid Al Ketbi, chairman of the department of government support- Abu Dhabi (DGS), said, “Data has become the core engine for growth and a strategic asset around the world fuelling policy making, strategic insights, innovation and AI across nations. Abu Dhabi Data program will ensure that Abu Dhabi is a Data and AI-Powered Emirate that harness data for the wellbeing of its residents and visitors, economic growth, and innovation across the different aspects of life.”

Mohamed Abdel Hamid Al Askar, director general of the Abu Dhabi digital authority, said, “By introducing the Abu Dhabi Data Programme, we aspire to bring about a tangible transformation in data management in the Abu Dhabi government, as it aims to enable government entities to realise the value of data and make it more easily available to all. Through the Programme's tools and methodology that revolves around realising the value of data, we look forward to achieving the desired positive impact, which is to increase the maturity level of data management, enable the free flow of data between government entities, benefit from data insights and analytics in making sound and well-informed decisions, in addition to enabling a data-driven digital government.”

The Abu Dhabi Data Programme is a joint collaborative effort between government entities in Abu Dhabi to enable a data-driven digital agenda in the Emirate. The programme seeks to expand the data ecosystem within the government and private sectors; promote a mature data-driven culture within Abu Dhabi government entities; establish and operate a leading government-wide technology infrastructure; enable Abu Dhabi to realise the value of data and utilise the benefits of data analytics and artificial intelligence; and strengthen the position of Abu Dhabi as a hub for excellence in data management, in addition to harnessing the power of data to promote economic growth and accelerate the digital economy.