Dubai, UAE: Dubai came on top in a list of cities who were awarded an ISO certification, the first of its kind, for meeting the highest standards across different fields and sectors.
Meeting 96 out of 100 indicators, Dubai was the best among nine other cities from around the world to be awarded a platinum designation for complying with the ISO 37120 international standard, which is considered the first of its kind in the world that includes 100 indicators across various fields and sectors such as economic, social and urban development, along with environment, water, health, government administration and others.
There were 19 cities representing six continents in the fray,
The ISO 37120 is the first ISO International Standard on city indicators and is published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) of Geneva.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Abdullah Al Shaibani, Secretary General of Dubai Executive Council praised the achievement while explaining how Dubai managed to obtain the certification in a short period soon after it was asked to establish the world council on city data and to adopt the ISO 37120 standard in May 2014.
“This significant achievement is the outcome of the hard work and sincere efforts exerted by all government entities in order to institutionalise success. Dubai’s success was never fortuitous, but rather an institutional work based on solid rules, as is the case with the world’s other leading cities whose impact extends far beyond their borders.”
Al Shaibani also said that Dubai always draws inspiration to achieve excellence from the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai “as well as the implementation of long-term strategic plans aimed at further improving all indicators, including those contained in the ISO 37120 Standard.”
The concept of the World Council on City Data was launched in May 2014 during the Global Cities Summit held in Toronto and was established to serve as a global hub for enhancing the quality of urban, economic and social data around the world, through establishing a consistent and comprehensive platform for standardised urban metrics, all of which can be employed in setting development policies and plans that contribute to the development of cities, and enhance the quality of life for residents.
It is also a forum for decision-makers in different cities to allow them to share their experiences and knowledge on the management of cities around the world and serve residents in the best way.
Aisha Abdullah Miran, assistant to the secretary general, said that the award comes as an addition to Dubai’s list of achievements and that the certification is “a golden opportunity for Dubai to play a leading role in the standardisation of metrics that measure the well-being of cities and the exchange of best practices in this domain.”
“We believe that Dubai has a lot to offer in the field of urban development on a global level, and for this we had to be proactive … Today, we are proud of Dubai receiving the ISO 37120 Certificate. This achievement would not have been possible without the support of various government entities, along with their work teams,” she said.
Meeting 96 out of 100 indicators, Al Shaibani said Dubai will maintain its position and will work to improve the other four left indicators.
© Gulf NewsJan 2015