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Private sector services will take centre stage at the Smart Dubai exhibit during next week's Gitex Technology Week, with 11 experiences to be unveiled that will affect the daily lives of residents.

Speaking at the press conference, director general of the Smart Dubai Office, Dr Aisha bin Bishr revealed this year's Gitex participation will follow the vision set by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; one that sets the Happiness Agenda for its residents with a 'smarter' Dubai.

Gitex Technology Week 2016, which runs from October 16 and 20, will witness Smart Dubai bring together 55 partners from the government and private sector for a collaborative exhibit for the first time.

Dr Bishr said: "Smart Dubai's call to make this city the happiest city on Earth will see an amalgamation of the public and private sectors for the first time at Gitex Technology Week."

"There will be 11 experiences unveiled, each linked to six smart city dimensions, that reflect the daily experiences of individuals in Dubai, including: land, sea and air outlets, public services, smart homes, smart shopping, health, education, business and judicial services."

"The journey also showcases government entities' centralized services, and an innovation zone for the most cutting-edge solutions from all partners."

She further revealed: "The Smart Dubai pavilion has been designed as a realistic model of this city with a smart vision."

"Over the five days of the exhibition, the pavilion will showcase citywide smart experiences with 300 unique smart services that impact daily lives."

"We will also witness the signing of a number of bilateral agreements to bolster partnership and collaboration among entities, and enhance interconnection and integration, thereby providing more comfort and happiness for all Dubai residents and visitors."

Dr Bishr further revealed by March 2017, the Smart Dubai initiative will complete three years and launch its second phase of the agenda, with a focus on infrastructure.

"Next year, we will introduce the private sector data law collection and unveil how everyone can benefit from open data channels," she said.

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