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Mohammed bin Rashid honours winners of Best m-Government Service Awards

posted on 12/02/2015: 2625 views

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, honoured the winners of the second Best m-Government Service Award, which recognises excellence in government service, on Wednesday at the closing ceremony of the Third Government Summit 2015 which was organised in Dubai for three days under the theme "Shaping Future Governments." As he honoured the winners, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said that the strong participation in the Award this year across all the categories (national, Arab and international), highlights the clear success of the UAE Government in providing a global platform to showcase the best smart government services that are in line with future demand.

His Highness said that the Best m-Government Service award, now in its second year, underlines the commitment of the UAE to consolidate its leading international position in innovation and creativity, as well as in the adoption of best practices in providing outstanding government services, and improving the performance of future governments by leveraging modern technologies to increase the well-being and happiness of the people.

Present at the honouring ceremony were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council; H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC); H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister; H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development; Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Ahmed Juma Al Za'abi, Deputy Minister for Presidential Affairs; Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security in Dubai; Lieutenant General Musabah Rashid Al Fattan, Director General of Dubai Ruler's; and a number of sheikhs and senior officials.

In the In the tourism sector, Dubai Culture and Arts, the Ministry of Tourism in Saudi Arabia and the "i-Tour Seoul" application from South Korea, won the award in the local, regional and international categories, respectively.

In the healthcare sector, the winners are: UAE Ministry of Health; 'Qaryebon' app by the National Committee to Promote Mental Health in Saudi Arabia, and 'My QuitBuddy' application of the National Health Commission in Australia.

In the security and safety sector, the mobile application of Dubai Police, 'Shield,' an app by Lebanese army, and 'Safe Stepping Stone' won the honours in the three categories.

The mobile application presented by The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, won the local level award in Education sector. At the Arab level, the award went to the application by the Saudi Ministry of Education, while HKDSE won for its App at the international level.

In the social affairs sector, the winners in the three categories of local, regional and international, respectively are: General Women's Union in Abu Dhabi for its 'Productive Families Shop' application; 'Formal Donations' app from Oman and 'Active Citizen' app from Russia.

'Darb,' the smart phone application by Abu Dhabi Transport department received the local level award, while Bahrain smart government won at the Arab level for its 'mTickets' app and Luxembourg won in the international category.

In the economy and trade sector, the award went to Ministry of Justice at the local level, the General Authority for Consumer Protection in Oman at Arab level, and 'Hong Kong Trade' application by the Trade & Business Development Council in Hong Kong at the international level.

The winners of Dh 1 million in the UAE university students category are: University of Jazeera for its mobile application to distribute fortified food in the social affairs sector; Abu Dhabi University for its Al Najdah application in the safety and security sector; and Al Khawarizmi International College for its mobile application 'La Tarasoul' in the safety and security sector.

The jury evaluated the entries on the basis of level of efficiency, effectiveness, lesser number of steps needed to avail of the service, lower cost and increase in percentage of customer satisfaction. The experienced and competent jury members chose mobile applications that reflect best practices in delivering smart, simple and comprehensive services.

The Best m-Government Service Award 2015 received over 411 submissions, with 76 entries qualifying for the final phase. Over 181 entries were from UAE universities and government entities, of which 96 were entries by students representing 20 universities, highlighting their strong interest in the awards nation-wide. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


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