The Crown Prince of Dubai announced a strategic plan today that would see all government documents secured on a blockchain by 2020.
Revealed at an event hosted by the Dubai Future Foundation and the Smart Dubai Office, the final goal of the government-led initiative is to open the blockchain platform to other cities around the world.
In remarks, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum explained the effort is part of a larger bid by the emirate, one of seven in the larger UAE, to set the “standard” for smart cities.
“The emirate is building on that achievement by constantly working to foresee the future and keep up with the fourth industrial revolution and all the prospects of increased efficiency that come along with it.”
According to a statement, the Dubai government estimates its blockchain strategy has the potential to generate 25.1 million hours of economic productivity each year in savings, while reducing CO2 emissions.
The initiative announced today is notably part of Dubai’s year-long push to become a global leader in blockchain tech. In April of this year, for example, Dubai launched its Global Blockchain Initiative (GBI) with 30 members from both the public and private sectors, and the initiative now counts 47 government and financial entities as members.
Two groups involved in that effort, the Dubai Future Foundation and Smart Dubai Office, are slated to take leading roles in the new plan’s execution. More info