Smart Dubai Reveals 14 Most Data Compliant Entities When Announcing Mid-Way Results of ‘Data First, The City’s Data Challenge’

- A total of 35 Dubai government and semi-government departments joined the Challenge, which will reward the entities that will make the most contributions in terms of providing their respective data to the Dubai Pulse platform, and will help foster a Data ecosystem within their entities.


Smart Dubai has revealed a list of the 14 entities that achieved the best results in the first half of the ‘Data First, The City’s Data Challenge’, launched to recognise entities that will make the most contributions in terms of providing their respective data to the Dubai Pulse platform, and will help foster a Data ecosystem within their entities.

A total of 35 government and semi-government entities have joined ‘Data First, The City’s Data Challenge’, revealing the significant and growing turnout witnessed by the six-month competition.

Launched on July 14, 2019, the Challenge brings together government and semi-government data partners, in a bid to encourage all stakeholders to multiply their efforts to gather and present data. It seeks to highlight the value that data brings to the emirate, underlining the importance of collaborative efforts in data management, collection and insight generation. This, in turn, allows Dubai to produce more innovative use cases to support the leadership, as well as government and private entities, in their decision-making process.

Mid-Way Results

As of the Challenge’s halfway mark, the 14 most data-compliant entities scored compliance rates ranging from 87% to 98%.


- Dubai Municipality: 98%

- Dubai Health Authority: 96%

- Dubai Land Department: 95%

- Dubai Sports Council: 94%

- Legal Affairs Department: 94%

- Dubai Economic Development: 93%

- Road and Transport Authority: 93%

- Dubai Statistics Centre: 92%

- Department of Finance: 91%

- Dubai Electricity and Water Authority: 91%

- Dubai Culture: 90%

- Mohammed bin Rashid Housing Establishment: 90%

- Dubai Courts: 88%

- Dubai Maritime City Authority: 87%


Smart Dubai is consistently organising workshops to introduce participating entities to the evaluation criteria and outline the best course of action for them to be in compliance with the Dubai Data Law.

“Data is an indispensable and valuable commodity for building smart cities, offering a wealth of insight to support decision-makers,” said His Excellency Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of Smart Dubai, CEO of Smart Dubai Data. “Establishing an up-to-date and pertinent record of city data is a leading objective for us at Smart Dubai – an objective that calls for engaging with government and semi-government entities across the emirate to collect their data, in line with the Dubai Data Law announced in October 2015.”

“The Data First Challenge is a powerful instrument for us to advance this agenda,” H.E. continued. “It encourages our network of partners to join the effort, and will recognise the entities that will make the most contributions towards building a holistic data ecosystem in Dubai. With 35 of our partner entities participating in the inaugural challenge, it is well on its way to achieve its goals.”

“As they continue to evolve, Dubai Pulse and Data First will act as global benchmarks for how the pooling of urban data can improve government efficiency, boost private enterprise and fuel smart city innovation,” H.E. Al Nasser concluded.

‘Data First, The City’s Data Challenge’ will recognise the three entities that will make the most significant progress in accordance with five key criteria, first of which being compliance with the Dubai Data Law. This particular metric will measure the extent to which each entity will have abided by the Dubai Data Law from January 2019 to December 2019. It accounts for 30% of the final score and serves to create a spirit of healthy competition among participating entities.

Secondly, participating entities are judged based on their attendance of Smart Dubai data events, which serves to enhance their engagement with the smart-city ecosystem in the emirate. This criteria accounts for 15% of the final score. The third criteria is collaboration on data requests from other government and semi-government entities, and is worth a quarter (25%) of the final score.

Number four on the list measures each entity’s contribution to increasing data hosted on Dubai Pulse by participating in ingestion cycles. This accounts for another 25% of the final score. Finally, there is the entities’ support for a building a data-driven culture through internal and external workshops and awareness programmes, which accounts for 5% of the final score. Entities will be asked to submit evidence of knowledge-sharing with regards to the Dubai Data Law compliance framework in order to receive a score for the final criteria. Scores for criteria 2-5 will be based on entities’ progress from July 2019 to December 2019.

The Smart Dubai Data (SDD) team will now monitor all candidates’ status in a tracking matrix against the set criteria. The winners will be awarded at an event in January 2020, which will bring together Government Heads and Data Champions from all participating entities.

The list of the 35 participating entities include: the Community Development Authority; Department of Finance; General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners; Du; Legal Affairs Department; Dubai Airport Free Zone; Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Dubai Courts; Dubai Culture; Dubai Government Human Resources Department; Dubai International Financial Centre; Dubai Department of Economic Development; Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA); Dubai Financial Services Authority; and Dubai Health Authority; Dubai Land Department; Dubai Maritime City Authority; Dubai Police; Dubai Statistics Centre; Knowledge & Human Development Authority; Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment; Dubai Public Prosecution; Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); Dubai Media Incorporated; Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Dubai Women’s Establishment; Dubai Civil Defence; Etisalat; Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department; Dubai Sports Council; Dubai Air Navigation Services; Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority; Dubai Multi Commodities Centre; and Awqaf and Minor Affairs; and Dubai Municipality.


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