The National Archives Participates in the Smart Government Conference and Exhibit

The National Archives Participates in the Smart Government Conference and Exhibit

“Creativity beyond Expectations” Lecture 

Monitors the Technical and Smart Evolution

The National Archives Participates in the Smart Government Conference and Exhibit

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates participated in Smart Government Conference and Exhibit which took place in Dubai on June 9th with a lecture entitled Creativity Beyond Expectations delivered by Mr. Hamad Al-Mutairi, Head of the IT Section. He started it by giving a brief about the National Archives and its role in collecting and saving the memory of the nation. He spoke about the government’s aspiration to make its people happy and provide it with well-being by using smart applications and technologies. He said that the National Archives has responded positively to this approach. Then he reviewed the technologies used in the National Archives and the future plans that keep pace with new technologies.

The lecture began with a word from the founding leader, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in which he predicted the greatness of developments and technologies that the future will bring about.  Al- Mutairi pointed out that the National Archives was established in 1968 as per the directives of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and it managed to maintain a distinctive position among the institutions in the Middle East and the world. That was achieved because the National Archives utilizes modern technologies in the implementation of its duties. It is one of the oldest institutions in the United Arab Emirates, and the largest documentation center in the Gulf region. Then the Head of the IT Section then briefed the audience on the NA’s vision and mission as well as its objectives, duties and values, which are confidentiality, trust, accessibility, excellence, and team spirit.

Al-Mutairi elaborated in clarifying the role of the National Archives in organizing local and federal government archives in the UAE, preserving the history of the UAE and the Gulf region. He explained that the National Archives offers its services to decision-makers, researchers and students.

Al-Mutairi showed that the National Archives takes advantage of several new technologies such as Google Glasses and Apple Watch for downloading its applications on them. He indicated that updating is necessary in an era of rapidly evolving technologies. For example, producing Google Glasses has stopped temporarily, so the National Archives is working to find alternatives.

The lecture revealed the interest of the National Archives in e-government and smart government initiatives, and the extent of the integration of the two initiatives, which they introduced in response to the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai when he said: “I want citizens to be able to process all their government transactions in one place through the mobile phone”.

In this regard, the lecturer reviewed the National Archives’ smart applications available at the Apple Store, and Android; they include the NA’s main applications, and many books such as the Sheikhs’ Diaries, Zayed audio library and the sophisticated and the interactive website of the National Archives.

Regarding the future plans, Hamad Al-Mutairi uncovered some of the projects the National Archives is working to develop very soon like participating in Watheq, the NA’s campaign to document the personal records by providing a virtual box on a new smart app. There is also the app of the family tree that is intended to create a family tree simply through the new smart app. Moreover, there is the app of a Trip in the Nation’s History, which is intended to acquaint people with old places and how they changed in the present times and vice versa. It is also expected to develop a new application that enables the collection and documentation of oral history through immediate recording of the narrator’s words and filming via a mobile phone.