Telecoms firms in the UAE will potentially have access to government data as per the Dubai Data Law, which was announced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai over the weekend.
The new legislation, which was made public on Twitter, will allow the sharing of government data with the private sector and make for a "better Smart City of Dubai", according to Shaikh Mohammad.
The Dubai Data Law will spawn opportunities for collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship between government and non-government entities, he claims.
His announcement follows the creation of the 'Dubai Open Data Committee' in November, formed to ensure that open access data is readily available for its Dubai audience, while enhancing the experience of sharing and receiving information.
Dr Aisha Bin Bishr, assistant director general of The Executive Office and SmartDubai Taskforce leader, told Gulf News recently that a number of government entities have already launched smart services and the next step is to develop the platform for the city and open the data.
"Our idea is to make available to the public all unclassified data that is not personal or sensitive to anybody as well as provide instructions and guidelines on what to share and what not to share," she said.
The emirate has been working to digitise its services in line with the Dubai Smart City initiative, which was launched in February and aims to secure Dubai's smart city status by 2021.
The project to transform Dubai into a smart city will be carried out in three phases: Smart Life, Smart Economy, and Smart Tourism – Smart Life is where telecoms firms will play a crucial part, as it concerns activity that adds quality to the life of the emirate's residents.