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Sharjah government officials explore new possibilities in digital transformation

Fifty senior officials and key decision makers, all part of the Sharjah government have stressed that digital transformation is no longer just a consideration for the emirate, but an area that requires strategic decision making followed by long-term investments, human capital training and consistent efforts to boost the emirate’s economic performance, innovation, leadership and sustainability across sectors.

Sharjah government officials explore new possibilities in digital transformation

They were gathered at the inaugural edition of NexTech: The Formula for Digital Transformation Excellence, a new technology initiative designed by Sahab Smart Solutions, which seeks to highlight exciting new possibilities in digital transformation for the emirate’s government departments. The event was held in partnership with the Higher Committee for Digital Transformation in Sharjah at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC).

The officials analyzed the current state of digitization in Sharjah, focused on challenges and opportunities, and discussed future possibilities for both Sharjah and the UAE. They highlighted that up-skilling the nation’s human resources with the right policies and legislative framework, a strong focus on making the nation’s cybersecurity practices more robust, and full integration among different sectors were pillars of successful digital transformation.

Moderated by Amin Al Zarouni, CEO of Sahab Smart Solutions, the talks were led by Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Higher Committee for Digital Transformation in Sharjah; Sheikh Saud bin Sultan Al Qasimi; Asma Rashed Sultan Bin Tulaiah Secretary-General of the Sharjah Executive Council; and Colonel Sami Khamis Al Naqbi, Director General of Sharjah Civil Defence.

Dr. Eng Khalifa Musabbah Al Tunaiji, Chairman of the Sharjah Directorate of Housing; Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq); Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO, Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) also attended.

The attendees put forth a series of recommendations including the need to enhance joint investments between the public and private sectors to develop programs, platforms and digital solutions to create secure and advanced public services, and subsequently, make digital governance a reality. The private sector, they said, would commit the required capital for this transformation, while the public sector will facilitate the process by designing laws and developing a policy environment that protects and safeguards data through advanced security systems.

Established in 2018 by the Sharjah Asset Management Holding (SAMH), Sahab Smart Solutions is the preferred technology partner of the Government of Sharjah, leading digital transformation across the emirate while supporting the UAE's goals in innovation and digitalization.