After becoming the first country in the world to shift to a 4.5-day working week, UAE is back in the news with another unique and impressive decision. Dubai has become the world’s first government to turn completely paperless, which will reportedly save 1.3 billion Dirham (USD 350 million) and 14-million-man hours.
All transactions in the Government of Dubai are now digital. Sheikh Hamdan said that the achievement of this target marks the beginning of a new stage in Dubai’s journey to digitise life in all its aspects – a journey rooted in innovation, creativity, and a focus on the future.
The US, UK, Europe and Canada have also expressed plans to digitalise government operations, but there have been arguments on its vulnerability to cyber-attacks.
The Dubai Paperless Strategy was implemented in five consecutive phases, each of which enlisted a different group of the Dubai Government’s entities. By the end of the fifth phase, the strategy was fully implemented across all 45 government entities.
The new phase of Dubai’s digital journey will enable and empower future governments to meet the expectations of the residents of a thriving smart city and provide them with renewed opportunities for prosperity and sustainable development, Mr. Hamdan further explained.