This chapter includes the following articles.
Dubai offers a healthy environment for ICT operators, with its strong, high-tech and high-coverage network combining well with a tech-savvy and internationally connected population. At the same time, the gov¬ernment in Dubai – and in the UAE – has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to become a world leader in terms of IT. Initiatives such as Smart Dubai and the Dubai Future Foundation, along with a minister of state for artificial intelligence (AI) and a minister for cabinet affairs and the future, are all positive indi¬cators of this emirate’s forward-looking commitment. This innovative approach is more necessary than ever in a market where basic ICT services long ago reached saturation point. This chapter contains an interview with Aisha bin Bishr, Director-General, Smart Dubai Office.