His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today honoured the winners of the awards to recognise the best government services on smartphone.
Sheikh Mohammed said the massive number of contestants has shown how the world realises the importance of improving M-government services and of transforming into smart governments.
"The award reflects the UAE's keenness to set a ground-breaking example. It also highlights the UAE's pioneering role in providing excellent government services," he said.
Sheikh Mohammed said that governments' success is measured by the quality of services offered to their peoples.
The award ceremony was attended by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC), Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Chairman of the World Government Summit.
Sheikh Mohammed honoured winners of the award's ten categories, including:
T Jacket from Singapore was announced the winner in the Smart Wearable Technology category.
T Jacket is a body system used in special needs education for kids with autism.
At the national level in this category, Dubai Police’s app that allows for traffic fines to be paid online was adjudged the winner.
In the One-Stop app category, mobileOne from India was adjudged the winner.
mobileOne brings together services of multiple state and central government departments as well as private service providers.
At the regional level, Kuwait’s Egovkw was announced the winner. Its E govt gate provides government services data in Arabic and English.
At the national level in this category, DubaiNow, Dubai’s smart government app was adjudged the winner. The app provides comprehensive smart government services.
In the health sector, ForceFit from New Zealand was adjudged the winner at the international level. The app prepares recruits for a fitness test.
On the regional level, Rendezvous from Morocco bagged the award in this category. The app manages hospital rendezvous, appointment schedules, etc.
On the national level in this category, Haad Abu Dhabi was adjudged the winner. The app allows users to find out about services in the field of health.
In the economy and commerce sector, the international winner was Occupation Outlook from New Zealand. It allows students to make career choices.
In the environment sector, the international winner was Energy Watch from Sweden. It allows users to control energy levels as well as provides information on payment of bills and services.
In the transport sector, the international winner was ID Pass from France while AdM mobile from Morocco was adjudged regional winner. AdM Mobile helps drive on highways.
At the national level in this category, RTA was adjudged the winner.
In the education sector, the international winner was School A to Z from Australia. The regional winner was Safeer from Saudi Arabia. Its app gives higher education follow-ups. At the national level, Wajehni, the app from Ministry of Labour, was adjudged the winner.
In the Social Affairs sector, National Relay Service from Australia (app for the hearing impaired) was adjudged the international winner.
On the regional level, ‘How do I pay Zakat’ from Oman was the winner. The app helps calculate Zakat. The national winner was Awqaf, Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments for direction of Qibla.
In the Safety and Security category, Spain’s AlertCops was adjudged the winner. The app allows users to report security issues to police stations. The regional winner was Royal Oman Police whose app provides services about traffic, fines, etc. The national winner was the Dubai Police app.
In the Tourism category, the international winner was My Hong Kong Guide while Visit Jordan was the winner at the regional level and DTCM’s Visit Dubai bagged the award at the national level.
In the University apps, the national level winner was NYU Abu Dhabi Road Watch, an interface to know situation of roads and traffic and warnings.
Mohammed honours winners of Creative Governments innovations Award
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has also honoured winners of the Creative Governments innovations Award, one of the main events accompanying the World Government Summit, which concluded today under the motto 'Shaping Future Governments.
Sheikh Mohammed honoured representatives of Mozambique and Tanzania, which are conducting a project utilising rats in explosives detection and diseases in cooperation with the Belgian non-governmental organisation APOPO.
Sheikh Mohammed said, ''Creative innovations are one of the most important ways to improve services and make great leaps in them."
"We wish to make a positive impact by highlighting such experiments and displaying them before all governments and the World Government Summit platform is the best as its main mission is to explore the future."
The Creative Government Innovation Award aims to shed light on the successful and innovative government experiences and represents an opportunity to exchange knowledge, expertise while empowering officials to try innovative and technical equipment which would contribute to preparing for the future and manage their governments in accordance with their huge budgets.
The event aims to highlight the UAE expertise and enhance the role played by the Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) to support the efforts aimed at achieving the UAE Vision 2021 and the national innovation strategy.
Mohammed receives Malta PM
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, this morning received Dr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, on the sidelines of the 2016 World Government Summit.
Muscat is leading the participant high-profile delegation to the summit.
Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, attended the meeting.
Sheikh Mohammed and Muscat discussed overall bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them, especially regarding exchange of expertise, knowledge and smart applications.
They also tackled the agenda of the summit which witnessed a considerable momentum in terms of level and volume of regional and international participation.
Muscat hailed the organisation, management, and the deep-rooted Arab hospitality. He also stressed the importance of the UAE's experience in the field of smart application, governance and exploring the future to achieve happiness of its people, adding that the success of such a story worth a global recognition and can serve as a role model at the level of governments and the private sector.
Among those who attended the meeting were Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the World Government Summit and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director- General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai and the accompanying delegation of the Prime Minister of Malta.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed and Muscat attended the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), between the UAE and Malta regarding exchange of expertise in the field of smart performance indicators, smart applications and cooperation in the government administrative development field.
The MoU was signed by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi and Malta's Minister for sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change Leo Brincat. The MoU was approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Malta's Prime Minister, who expressed their confidence that it is a step that would be followed by expanding co-operation horizons in the best interest of the two friendly peoples and countries.
Mohammed receives mayors and representatives of participating Arab and Foreign cities
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today received at Mina A'Salam Hotel a number of participating mayors and representatives of a number of Arab and foreign cities at the 4th World Government Summit in Dubai.
Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, attended the meeting.
The participants hailed the agenda of the summit, especially the use of smart applications in exploring the future and increasing the happiness of the people, considering the UAE a pioneer country in the Middle East and North Africa region in the implementation of these applications and utilising them for the sake of its people.
Sheikh Mohammed welcomed representatives of more than 14 Arab and foreign countries, stressing that the UAE in general, and Dubai in particular, harness all their logistic and knowledge expertise in serving fraternal and friendly cities to contribute to making happiness for mankind.
Sheikh Mohammed approved the charter signed on the sidelines of the summit through focusing on exploring smart and sustainable future cities. The charter deals with ways to achieve happiness for populations in cities through focusing on health, education, services and environmental sectors, among others.
The detailed presentation on the charter was delivered by Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality.
Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, and Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director-General of the Department of Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai, attended the meeting along with a number of officials.