(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced a novel project that will further align retailing in Dubai with the 'Smart City' initiative of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Known as 'City smart Receipt,' the new project will transform shopping in Dubai by bringing in added convenience, accountability, transparency and reduced carbon footprint into retailing.
A memorandum to this effect was signed recently by Sami Al Qamzi, Director General of DED, with San Francisco-based green technology firm retailGreen. The 'City Smart Receipt' technology allows retailers to issue smart receipts to customers rather than paper or e-mail receipts against purchases. Dubai is the first ever city to have the new smart technology.
"Dubai has gone past a milestone along the high-tech street with His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum articulating his vision of a 'Smart City' where the public can access all government services on their smart devices from anywhere in the city. The 'City Smart Receipt' is a smart solution that will increase competitiveness in Dubai's retail sector," Al Qamzi stated.
Majid Hamad Al Shamsi, Board Chairman of the Union Co-Operative Society, said his retail chain is already working with DED on streamlining the smart receipt concept.
Mohammed Shaal Al Saadi, CEO of Business Registration and Licensing sector in DED revealed that various other retailers including Aswaq have shown interest in implementing the smart receipts in the next stage.
Omar Bushahab, CEO of Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection termed the 'City Smart Receipt' an initiative in line with Dubai's efforts to protect trademarks.
Ayman Sulaiman, President, retailGreen, said that the company has succeeded in forming strategic alliances with some of the largest shopping centres in Dubai as well as in California.
Reyad Al Quaqezeh, retailGreen's Regional Director, noted: "Our partnership will address the need for the Department of Economic Development to transform itself into a smarter government by using smarter platforms Dubai will be the first city in the world to implement such a unique technology. "
Amjad Hijazi, retailGreen's Sales and Marketing Director added: "We are committed to providing quick and clever strategies that will help shift the retail trade concept in Dubai to being 100 per cent green, thus reducing the emirate's carbon footprint."