DC officials get first-hand information on MS solutions shaping cities of the future

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Published March 14th, 2016 - 10:36 GMT
Saeed Al Tayer, Yousuf Ozair and Jawad Al Redha at Microsoft workshop
Saeed Al Tayer, Yousuf Ozair and Jawad Al Redha at Microsoft workshop

The Intellectual Property Rights Department at Dubai Customs has initiated a joint workshop with Microsoft at Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Dubai. The workshop was aimed at providing DC directors and employees with hands-on information on Microsoft’s latest smart technologies that shape cities of  the future.

Dubai Customs delegation comprised Saeed Al Tayer, Executive Director of Policies and Legislations, Yousuf Ozair, Director of IPR, Narmin Issa, Director of Legal Affairs, Ekhlas Al Mutawa, Director of Customs Audit, Ghaneema Ibrahim, Director of Customs Refunds and Maqasa, Adel Obaid Al Suwaidi, Director of Technical Support, and a host of Dubai Customs employees from various customs centers and departments. Mr. Jawad Al Redha, Head of Microsoft’s Government Interface for Intellectual Property Rights and Small and Mid-Market Solutions and Partners Business Development, received the guests. 

“We hope - through this workshop - to keep DC officials and employees abreast of latest IT solutions to leverage government services in smart cities. Dubai Customs has, over the years, launched numerous smart projects and initiatives directed towards the best interest of its clients, whether in saving time and effort or in cutting cost. Dubai Customs is always determined to ensure the highest ROI for its clients, as part of its commitment towards boosting Dubai’s status as the ultimate destination for doing business,” said Saeed Al Tayer.

“Dubai Customs became the first government department to provide the full range of its services via smart phones and watches around the clock back in 2013. Our pursue of excellence can be seen in the long record of smart initiatives launched by Dubai Customs  - the Customs Post Audit Smart System, the Smart Bags Inspection System and the echo-friendly amphibious vehicle to name a few,”  Al Tayer added.

On his turn, the Director of IPR at Dubai Customs Yousuf Ozair commented on the workshop saying, “The IPR Department took the initiative to organize this workshop with the direct collaboration and support of Microsoft to explore its latest smart IT solutions and platforms.

“Microsoft experts and specialists shared with us the latest innovative programs and technologies that would meet the development demands of the future. This exposure enabled us to have a better view of what can be accomplished to expedite customs work and to nurture the national economy towards moving into knowledge economy, as per the goals of the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021,” Yousuf Ozair added.

Microsoft experts presented DC officials with the latest trends in developing cities of the future and how smart technologies are changing everyday city life. Ali Nimer, Regional Government Solutions Director - Gulf at Microsoft, said: “CityNext is an initiative that empowers cities to be more sustainable, prosperous, and economically competitive. It is set to unlock cities’ potential by delivering innovative digital services that can aid citizens to lead safer, healthier, and more educated lives.”

Microsoft’s Smart Solutions Specialist Sherif Debesse spoke about MS Business Intelligence Solution, which provides decision makers with easy and timely access to enterprise data. “Microsoft Business Intelligence offers a complete, integrated, fully scalable business intelligence solution that supports the entire organisation and delivers the tools and resources needed to improve decision making and the overall performance of any business,” said Mr Debesse.

Imad Abu Yabes, MTC Technical Manager, showcased the Surface Hub; a touch-screen ultra-high-definition display that participants in the office and at remote locations can use to brainstorm and get creative.

Rami Abu Mhanna, Cloud Productivity Sales Specialist, highlighted SharePoint Server 2016 capacities in creating a more people-centric file storage and document collaboration, using touch-based experiences across devices as well as providing an improved mobile access to content, people, and applications.

Background Information

Dubai Customs

Dubai Customs is one of the leading government departments taking part in enhancing sustainable development and promoting Dubai’s image worldwide, turning it into a principal capital, business and tourism destination, as it facilitates smooth movement of legitimate trade and leverages economic and social development, the matter which is consistent with its slogan stating "gateway to Dubai’s prosperity", because prosperity is usually based on free trade through a safe, fast and practical environment to meet the needs of people and adapt to their requirements. This in addition to DC’s main role to protect society and borders against those who try to smuggle prohibited substances to or through Dubai threatening the community safety and security.

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