Last week, I had an exciting opportunity to speak to representatives of federal and local government entities across United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a workshop on Open Government Data. The workshop was organized by Emirates eGovernment as part of the awareness activities we had during the visit of Mr. Richard Kerby – the Senior Inter-Regional eGovernment Advisor at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) to the country. Continue reading
In various levels, 2011 was both important and busy year for the eGovernment in UAE. Emirates eGovernment – the entity managing the program – took more strategic steps towards promoting open government and citizen participation practices by launching the open government data sub-portal and launching a government-wide social media usage guidelines. On the organizational side, the General Information Authority (the entity used to handle the eGovernmetn program) was merged with Telecom Regulatory Authority.
A new report issued today by Dubai School of Government aimed at exploring the possible role social media platforms play in empowering the Arab women. This third issue of the Arab Social Media Report (ASMR) series explores the factors behind the low usage rates of social media among Arab women as compared to the men’s usage and the global women average. In addition, the report highlights how Arab women perceive social media and some key usage trends, the report features cases like the Saudi’s Women 2 Drive campaign on Twitter and Facebook and the HarrasMap initiative in Egypt.
An interesting number came out yesterday could help in understanding the current status of citizen’s trust in online payment of government services in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Emirates eGovernment – which part of Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and runs the federal eGovernment program – published the results of an online survey which revealed that great majority (83 percent) of the 2300 people participated in the survey said “they trust paying government fees online“.
في اليوم الأخير من عطلة الاحتفال باليوم الوطني الأربعين لدولة الامارات العربية المتحدة ، ازدحم تويتر بالوسم (#CleaningJumierah) وهو الوسم الخاص بمبادرة لتنظيف شوارع منطقة جميرا في دبي من مخلفات الاحتفال بهذه المناسبة. بدأت المبادرة بدعوة من (7ooreed@) على تويتر صباح السبت والتي حددت في تغرديتها مكان وزمان التجمع لبدء حملة التنظيف ثم بادرت بنفسها بالوصول إلى المكان والبدء في التنظيف، وبسرعة انتشرت التغريدة ومعها الوسم بين المغردين في جميرا ومناطق أخرى في دبي والذين سارع كثير منهم للانضمام إلى المبادرة والمشاركة في تنظيف جميرا.
In a festive ceremony in Kuwait this week at inauguration of the GCC eGovernment Conference, the results of the 2nd GCC eGovernment Award were announced. The six GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman , Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE ) had nominated more than 85 applications to the award’s six categories. UAE and Oman have won all the 6 awards (3 for each). Here are the full winners list: