Helping Dubai become the world’s smartest and happiest city

Ordnance Survey International helped to develop a strategy showing how to create world‑class smart solutions through the effective use of geospatial information and technologies.

Dubai aspires to be the happiest place in the world, through being the smartest city in the world. NXN, based in Dubai, is a leading Smart City consulting and digital service provider for the Middle East and Africa.

Ordnance Survey International worked in partnership with NXN for the Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDGE) to develop a strategy showing how to create world‑class smart solutions through the effective use of geospatial information and technologies.

What were the challenges?

  • Looking at a strategy to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.
  • Collaborating with private sector and government partners to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience for residents and visitors.
  • Advising SDGE on a portfolio of products, services and technology to align with the new vision of Smart Dubai.
  • Identifying implementations of geospatial technologies and data as an international best practice reference.
  • Understanding which services will make life easier for the resident or visitor.
  • Optimising data and technology to create world-leading smart services

What was the solution?

Ordnance Survey International partnered with Smart City consultants NXN (a leading Smart City consulting and digital service provider) in Dubai to give recommendations and solutions to make Dubai a happier and smarter city – notably through consumer experience, security, citizen identification and mobility.

It started with in-depth research involving interviews with stakeholders who, knowingly or not, use geospatial data. People in the private and public sectors, as well as the general public, were asked about what could make their lives better and easier.

This useful groundwork supported the review and documentation of the current state of geospatial activity within Dubai. It enabled Ordnance Survey International and NXN to create a suggested policy document, and put forward business cases in areas such as managing the collection of data, and creating a vision for geospatial integration and functionality of the forthcoming Smart Dubai Platform.

Ordnance Survey International, through its connections with other Smart Cities around the world, was able to show SDGE first-hand the existing global benchmarks in the Smart arena and how geospatial information underpins their success.

“Geospatial data is a valuable tool fundamental for any Smart City strategy, and by partnering with a leader in this domain such as Ordnance Survey International we definitely demonstrated its effective usage through the Smart Dubai platform. We bring significant value to smart cities with our extensive experience to deliver geospatially enabled smart and digital services. Together with Ordnance Survey International we can help cities become smarter and more efficient by supporting multiple city services and by showing the potential of geospatial data when merged with other sources such as live data streaming and data analytics.

— Kaveh Vessali, Senior partner, NXN

What was the outcome?

The project revealed how geospatial information is a critical component of any Smart City strategy, enabling services such as energy, environment, infrastructure and mobility. Dubai must have a mature approach to geospatial data capture, management and dissemination to enable the services that will help it to achieve its aim of being the happiest place on earth.

Dubai is now developing a broader geospatial strategy for the Emirate, and is considering how it can optimise activities across government to accommodate the spatial initiatives recommended by Ordnance Survey International and NXN.

About NXN

NXN (formerly neXgen) is a thought leader in the domains of Smart Cities and next generation technology innovation. NXN leverages its unique combination of regional insight and global outlook and unparalleled experience to consult, build and manage digital transformation services. Further enabled through its partnership with Zain group, NXN is the trusted advisor and digital service provider to some of the most forward-thinking governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information, please visit

We can help make your city smarter

Ordnance Survey International provides consultancy services in a wide range of areas including data modelling, data sharing and management strategy and vison, geomaturity assessments, geospatial information system roadmaps and providing support for major national events.

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