Dubai Municipality and DSO launch first lab to test sustainability initiatives and projects

Dubai Municipality has signed a memorandum of understandting (MoU) with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) to develop and implement geospatial infrastructure, enhance cooperation frameworks in the sustainability fields, and test new ideas for Dubai Municipality’s sustainability projects through the first such laboratory in Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO). The agreement was signed by Dawood Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality and Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Zarooni, Vice President and CEO of DSOA, in the main building of the Municipality in the presence of a number of officials from both sides.

The objectives of the MoU include enhancing cooperation in waste collection and recycling, and the field of sewage systems and infrastructure, the development of smart irrigation networks using modern technology, and provide training on the concepts of innovation for the Municipality employees and specialised programmes aimed at developing the competencies and skills of the employees of the two parties in line with future concepts and needs as well as collaboration in the expansion and development of introductory information for DSOA residents through joint workshops with Dubai Municipality.

“The signing of the MoU is based on the vision of the wise leadership and strategic directions of the UAE, and in the interest of strengthening cooperation and coordination between the two parties and our belief in the importance of consolidating the partnership relationship between the Municipality and various parties to benefit from the expertise in the areas of sustainability and smart application technologies to achieve the strategic goals,” said Al Hajri.

Dr. Al Zarooni said, “Smart Future Cities will rely primarily on big data analysis technologies, AI applications, geographic and spatial information systems with open sources and real-time data. This will achieve the best levels of management and control in terms of public services, smart mobility, waste treatment, or infrastructure development, not only to meet the needs of the population, but also to anticipate their requirements and keep up with their future aspirations.”