Smart Dubai Podcast

The Smart Dubai Podcast invites smart city leaders from across the globe in an effort to share knowledge on opportunities and challenges faced by the governments and private sector entities when building citizen-centric smart cities.

In addition to the Smart Dubai website, the Smart Dubai Podcast is also available on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast and Spotify. Look out for a new episode every two weeks!

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Episode 40

How can we make Social Commerce for SMEs seamless in the Middle East?

In this week’s episode we welcome Ramy Assaf, Co-Founder & CEO of Zbooni, the Middle East’s newest application for social commerce. Assaf discusses key issues SMEs were facing in order to receive payments prior to Zbooni, how Zbooni is accelerating the building of a cashless ecosystem in the Middle East and what are the implications that a cash to digital transition is having on VAT, accounting, and liability from the perspective of SMEs.

June 08 2021
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Episode 39

Dubai Future Labs – defining the future of Applied Research in the UAE

In this week’s episode we welcome Khalifa AlQama, Head of the Dubai Future Labs at Dubai Future Foundation. AlQama discusses why the Dubai Future Labs was formed and how it envisions to impact Dubai and the UAE? AlQama also sheds lights on key success of the Future Labs since inception, highlighting products or solutions that can be expected from the Labs in the future.

May 25 2021
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Episode 38

What are Circular Cities?

In this week’s episode we welcome Dr.Okan Geray, Strategic Planning Advisor at Smart Dubai. Dr.Geray discusses why governments must look at building circular economies to ensure cities become more sustainable, and unveils key highlights from his recently authored “A Guide To Building Circular Cities” published by the United Nations.

May 11 2021
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Episode 37

How is technology shaping the future of work?

In this week’s episode we welcome Thierry Nicault, Regional Vice-President for Middle East and Africa at Salesforce. Thierry discusses why digital transformation is now a key priority for majority of organizations across the globe, and how organizations can support employees in developing the digital skills needed in the workplace.

April 27 2021
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Episode 36

Making peer-to-peer payments simple, social and fun – introducing Ziina

In this week’s episode we welcome Faisal Toukan, CEO, Ziina. Faisal will be discussing how Ziina aims to be the default peer-to-peer payments platform in the Middle East, and how they plan to achieve that by helping consumers make payments to friends and vendors seamlessly, with minimal fees, whilst also enjoying the social aspect of using the application.

April 13 2021