His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, recognized that the global economy is rapidly evolving. He wanted his country and his people to thrive in a post-digital world, and, to ensure that goal will come life, he launched Vision 2021.
Vision 2021 is a comprehensive plan that sets ambition goals in terms of economic, social, and infrastructural change. It focuses on six national priorities that will position the UAE to be a world leader in innovation, healthcare, education, and sustainability. Vision 2021 seeks to secure the safety and cultural heritage of the UAE citizens as well.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed wants the full realization of Vision 2021’s myriad goals to coincide with the United Arab Emirates’s Golden Jubilee (50-year anniversary) celebration in December of 2021.
Vision 2021 is a plan full of broad, ambitious, and noble goals. Defining targets and anticipating the impact that massive change will have on an entire country isn’t easy. It is, however, just the beginning. The heavy task of converting the concept of Vision 2021’s promise of Sustainable Environment and Infrastructure into a reality was assigned to the municipality of Dubai’s services and infrastructure team.
Under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council launched the Dubai Paperless strategy in February 2018. The Dubai Paperless Strategy seeks to make sure that no employee or customer of Dubai government will need to print any paper to transact government business after 2021.
“When we received the targets of ‘100 percent paperless’ and ‘Go Green by December 2021’ from the Dubai government, we were puzzled about how we are going to achieve it. The services and the platforms and applications that we have in Dubai were built over the last 20 years,” said Prakash Inbasekaran, Dubai Municipality’s principal enterprise architect.
A part of UAE’s national plan for Vision 2021, Dubai’s paperless strategy includes modernizing government services and technology. “There are 20 years old applications which were built way back in 2000, 2005, etc., still running in Dubai Municipality…. How can we achieve all this digitalization by December 2021, and how can we make our workforce and citizens adapt to this digitization? This is really fast.”