Dubai Aims to be First Blockchain-based Government in the World

Smart Dubai, “a city-wide initiative to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest and happiest city”, and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts have collaborated in integrating the distributed ledger technology (DLT) for the judicial system. The dual organizations want to create the world’s first “Court of the Blockchain.” The government-funded entities are in search of optimizing the verification procedures in the court judgments for cross-border enforcement.

Smart Dubai and the DIFC are looking to blockchain technology in helping modernize the judicial system by streamlining information, processes, and removing as much human error as possible.

With DLT-based smart contracts currently irreversible, the project will focus on researching solutions for disputes that come from both public and private blockchain networks.

The head of DIFC Courts, Amna Al Owais, stated:

“This taskforce is in line with our guiding principle to deliver courts as a service, powered by technology and extended through cooperation agreements and alliances. By harnessing blockchain technology, Dubai will be firmly positioned at the forefront of legal tech and judicial innovation, setting the standards for countries and judiciaries to follow.”

General director of the Smart Dubai Office, Dr. Aisha bint Butti Bin Bishr, commented that this project is currently focused on the creating the digital backbone for government services, with the project riding on the back of blockchain technology. Dubai Blockchain Strategy goal is to transition all government transactions on blockchain by 2020.

Dr. Aisha bint Butti Bin Bishr added:

“An invention of this calibre and potential requires an equally disruptive set of rules and an empowered institution to uphold them. This is where our partnership with DIFC Courts comes in, allowing us to work together and create the world’s first disruptive court, helping to truly unlock the power of blockchain technology.”

Smart Dubai is an initiative launched by UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum aims to make Dubai the first blockchain-based government in the world.