DUBAI DATA
STRATEGY

Strategic Objectives

  1. Enable Dubai to achieve its smart city vision of becoming the happiest city.
  2. Manage data based on clear guidelines aligned with international best practices.
  3. Achieve integration and harmony between the services provided by federal government agencies and local government bodies.
  4. Optimise use of data for data providers.
  5. Promote transparency and establish governance rules on the dissemination and exchange of data.
  6. Increase efficiency of services provided by federal and local government entities, in terms of: level of quality, speed of delivery, simplification of procedures, and reduced operational costs.
  7. Increase competitiveness of data providers and raise UAE standing on international competitiveness indices.
  8. Improve decision making at federal and local levels to enable agencies to effectively process data, prepare policies, and implement strategic initiatives.
  9. Encourage and nurture a culture of innovation that will lead to better quality of life for residents and visitors.
  10. Balance the dissemination and exchange of data with preservation of data confidentiality and privacy.
  11. Provide the necessary data for non-governmental actors in order to support the economic and development plans of the emirate.

Strategic Principles

Data Sharing
& Publication

Principle 1
Open Data must be freely available.

Principle 2
To the extent possible, there will be no fee charged for Dubai Government Open Data.

Principle 3
The Dubai Government will establish a platform for the exchange of Open Data and Shared Data.

Principle 4
Open Data and Shared Data should be readable in any or many formats.

Principle 5
Government Open Data will be provided through open license or no license.

Data Use
& Re-Use

Principle 6
The use and re-use of Open Data shall, as far as possible, be free from any restriction or condition.

Principle 7
Data Providers shall provide, and Data Users shall accept and use, Open Data and Shared Data on an “as is” basis. Open data and Shared Data does not need to be warranted as having a particular value or being fit for a particular use. Data users must use the Open Data at their own risk, without liability on the part of the Data Provider.

Principle 8
Where the Data Provider does require restrictions on the use of data the Data User will respect these restrictions.

Principle 9
A standard use license will encapsulate the Open Data principles as the minimum standard.

Privacy, Confidentiality & Intellectual Property

Principle 10
The privacy of the individual must be respected and generally prevail over a desire to classify a specific set of data as Open Data.

Principle 11
Confidential information relating to a Private Sector Entity must be respected and generally prevail over a desire to classify a specific set of data as Open Data.

Principle 12
Intellectual Property Rights must be respected and should always prevail over a desire to classify a specific set of data as Open Data.

Principle 13
There may be instances where the rights of privacy and confidentiality may be outweighed by a public interest to classify a specific set of data as Open Data.