Dubai Pulse attracts 1.5 million visits from around the world

Smart Dubai registers international appetite for its data platform

Data enhances a city’s competitiveness and attractiveness to foreign investment, HE Al Nasser said.
Data enhances a city’s competitiveness and attractiveness to foreign investment, HE Al Nasser said.

Dubai Pulse, the data platform for Smart Dubai, has registering 1.5 million visits from all over the world as of August 2019.

The increased interest came shortly after Smart Dubai Data – the Smart Dubai arm fostering the city’s data ecosystem – launched ‘Data First, The City’s Data Challenge’ in July 2019, where various government entities compete in a race to accelerate their sharing of Open and Shared Government Data.

“Data published by any city around the world would only enhance its competitiveness and attractiveness to foreign investment,” His Excellency Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General of Smart Dubai and CEO of Smart Dubai Data, explained. “This transparency also serves to shed light on Dubai’s investment climate and opportunities, boosting the emirate’s appeal for business tourism and further establishing it as a champion of innovation in analysing and utilising data.”

The RTA came first with 29% of all views, reflecting the importance of this sector for visitors and residents of the emirate alike. The RTA’s data also accounted for 54% of all data downloaded from the platform.

Dubai Pulse now boasts 425 datasets out of a total of 2,000 that the platform is looking to add in the near future. The data includes holistic information on all vital sectors in Dubai, namely, business, the economy, education, the environment, finance, government policies, healthcare, housing, residency visas, security and justice, sports, and transportation (land and maritime).

The data is split into two categories: Open Data, which is available for everyone and can be accessed anytime and without restrictions. Shared Data, meanwhile, is provided by and for the various participating government entities. The private sector or the wider public can request a specific shared dataset; the requests are then processed and a decision is made based on the application. The largest volume of views for data came from outside the emirate – specifically from the United States.

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