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New law establishes Dubai Digital Authority

Official body responsible for all matters related to IT, data, smart and digital transformation, and information security


A new law has been issued to establish the Dubai Digital Authority (DDA), Dubai’s official body responsible for all matters related to information technology, data, smart and digital transformation, and information security.

The Smart Dubai Department, the Smart Dubai Government, the Dubai Data Establishment, the Dubai Electronic Security Center, and the Dubai Statistics Center will operate under the new authority. The DDA has both its own judicial identity and legal authority.

DDA is aimed at further enhancing Dubai's smart and digital transformation, providing high-level digital services to both individuals and businesses, and maintaining the highest standards of cybersecurity.

The DDA’s main objectives are to accelerate technological advancement and adopt the latest ICT advancements that support social and economic prosperity and improve the people’s living standards.

The DDA's objectives include contributing to revitalizing Dubai’s economic cycle by facilitating digital transformation in all government entities and raising efficiency and performance levels by enabling government departments to automate their work, operations, and services.

The DDA is also responsible for developing, approving, and managing policies and strategies for advancing the development of the vital sector.

DDA is mandated to drive the digital transformation of the government across key areas including government services, shared government solutions, data management, cybersecurity, and ecosystem and governance.