Smart Dubai Launches ‘Zakat Al-Fitr’ Service on the Dubai Now App in Collaboration With Dar Al Ber Society

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Published June 11th, 2018 - 10:45 GMT
Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office
Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office

Smart Dubai has launched the “Zakat Al-Fitr” service on its flagship Dubai Now application in an effort to embrace technology and provide best-in-class services to customers, in line with the spirit of the Year of Zayed.

Dubai Now is an integrated platform offering 61 smart services from 28 government, semi-governmental and private entities, targeting 11 different customer segments. With “Zakat Al-Fitr”, launched in collaboration with Dar Al Ber Society, Smart Dubai allows customers to give their Zakat donation through their smart devices.

Her Excellency Dr Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO), said: “We have always sought to ensure that the Dubai Now application aligns with the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership to harmonise efforts across government and private entities to support Dubai’s smart transformation. We strived to build an integrated smart ecosystem and offer advanced services that harness technology to improve people’s quality of life and spread happiness among them.”

“Today, we launch the ‘Zakat Al-Fitr’ service as part of an update to the Dubai Now platform, in an effort to expand our offering to cover all aspects of people’s lives with city-wide smart services that are not only limited to Dubai but can also be used around the world,” H.E. added.

Meanwhile Eng. Khalfan Khalifa Al Mazroui, Chairman of Dar Al Ber Society, lauded the great cooperation between Smart Dubai and the Society’s IT department to launch the “Zakat Al-Fitr” smart service. Al Mazroui said that Dar Al Ber strives to provide best-in-class, hassle-free and high-quality services to donors, people in need and members of all segments of society. “We seek to provide flexible smart services to spread happiness in the community, as directed by the UAE leadership and in line with the country’s policies,” he explained, calling on those eligible for Zakat to avail the new service.

Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Filasi, Dar Al Ber’s Executive Director, thanked Smart Dubai for its cooperation in facilitating Zakat payment by including the “Zakat Al Fitr” service on their Dubai Now platform, which addresses most of the Dubai population’s everyday needs.

The “Zakat Al-Fitr” service is now accessible through the Dubai Now application, which is available in the App Store and Google Play. The Platform seeks to meet the requirements of its customers by providing round-the-clock access to government services. To date, more than 734,000 customers have downloaded the application and nearly 272,000 have registered.

The application includes services from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), which was the first federal entity to join the platform, allowing customers to pay electricity and water bills through the app. Dubai Now also allows users to get involved in volunteer work, in collaboration with the Community Development Authority (CDA). Users can also pay for petrol through Dubai Now in all ENOC stations, while also availing services from the Roads and Transport Authority among others.

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Smart Dubai

"Smart Dubai is anchored in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President & Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the happiest city on Earth. " 

Collaborating with private sector and government partners, Smart Dubai is the government office charged with facilitating Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience for residents and visitors. Smart Dubai is committed to a collaborative and agile approach to Dubai’s smart city transformation, empowering strategic partnerships with the public and private sector and academia to design and implement services and elevate citywide thought leadership, in line with its mission to make Dubai the happiest city on earth through technology innovation.

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