The DEC seeks to benefit from the private sectors' spectacular experience in smart technologies to help connect not only Dubai's community but also the UAE and the world. The MOU was signed by C P Gurnani, CEO, Tech Mahindra and Hani Rashid Al Hamli Secretary General of DEC.
Hani Al Hamli, DEC Secretary General said that the collaboration would find ways and solutions to support Dubais complete conversion to a smart city.
"This is just a beginning, the MOU will pave the way of enhanced collaboration between the two parties including exchange of knowledge, expertise and advice in innovation and smart solutions which would be converts to real engines such as the citys connectivity through different utilities connection via smart solutions. These solutions will boost the service sectors as a whole ultimately stimulating and serving our economy," he said.
"We are proud of this new partnership with the Dubai Economic Council, which strongly demonstrates Tech Mahindras eagerness to play a key role in the vision set forth by H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the emirate into one of the worlds premier Smart Cities," C P Gurnani, CEO, Tech Mahindra said.
Dubai is committed to create the vision of a 'Connected World, Connected Solutions, Connected City' and more importantly a secure city into a reality and "I am happy that DEC has chosen us as a partner -- and I am deeply grateful," he added.
The establishment of a joint Centre of Excellence will surely drive in an influx of new proof of concepts and solutions that can be utilised by various government departments in the efforts to shift to Smart City status, Gurnani said.
Tech Mahindras expertise across various technology based verticals is expected to reinforce the shift--like helping streamline services in healthcare, education, security, energy, logistics, financial services, hospitality and real estate, he added.
Additionally, Citizen Benefit Value Analysis will be a key value driver in ensuring the success of this Centre of Excellence; acting as a performance benchmark measured by the Steering Committee of the centre itself, Gurnani said.
He further said that Dubai remains a world leader in urban planning and the way it shows us how diversity can co-exist in a city and also as a country is truly amazing.
"We are widely known for our expertise in building technologies for connected hospitals, connected hotels, and smart stadiums, and we are looking forward to working closely with the DEC as this will be the first time Tech Mahindra is offering a wholesome package of building technologies, creating innovations, proof of concepts and the like to build a complete Connected City," he said.