Dubai aims to be the “first city fully powered by blockchain by 2021.” The Dubai Blockchain 2020 Mandate, spearheaded by the Smart Dubai Office, establishes a roadmap for the introduction of blockchain technology in Dubai. Its goals include: achieve efficiency by using blockchain in 100% of applicable government services, creating and enabling blockchain ecosystem for startups and businesses, and to become a global thought leader by piloting cross-border blockchain cases.
The Enterprise Ethereum Solution
The Smart Dubai Office issued an RFP, and from the multitude of viable candidates, ConsenSys was chosen as a partner. In just two months of ideation, the team performed a high-level tech analysis with governmental agencies, IT teams, business process owners to define core requirements and decided on the first use cases: energy, real estate, medical, etc. ConsenSys then performed an analysis of the core infrastructure needs required to support the blockchain mandate. This analysis resulted in the creation of a Blockchain Platform as a Service blueprint, while simultaneously making a case for a blockchain-enabled digital identity. From there, UAEPass pass was created to integrate with blockchain networks. Finally, ConsenSys built a sandbox environment on Ethereum and held a series of 40-60 workshops for agencies to start prototyping and testing.
Blockchain Platform as a Service
For the acceleration and facilitation of blockchain solution prototyping, the Blockchain Platform as a Service was created in partnership with telco Du to give all government entities the freedom to build on a shared framework based on their business needs. The BPaaS is a fully managed, scalable, secure platform with low-cost access through a pay as you go model. BPaaS has officially been recognized by the Smart Dubai Office as to become one of the main official tools to support government entities’ prototyping activities.
The Smart City University
Developed in cooperation with the Dubai Future Foundation, the Smart City University is blockchain-powered decentralized learning platform that supports the development of digital skills. Smart City University aims to increase the percentage of digitally skilled talent in the UAE to 10 percent by 2020, by sidestepping the rigid and siloed traditional institutions route.
Individuals may create personalized educational paths, including hands-on work projects, relevant reading materials, conferences, in-person and online workshops that work toward digital certifications.
Smart Dubai is going paperless. Dubai is in the process of digitizing the 1 billion sheets of paper that are produced each year by digitizing all services, including visa applications, bill payments, and license renewals. These previous records will now be securely transacted using blockchain technology.