Brand new e-government portal launched

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His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the revamped e-government portal on Wednesday. The portal brings in array of facilities from local and federal bodies.

The portal can be accessed at www.government.ae

The portal e-government web portal will help residents to pay bills and traffic fines, comment on government services and access information about UAE. The portal is integrated with the latest Web 2.0 technologies and is compatible with social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter; and accessible on BlackBerry, iPhone and Android smart phones.

Salem Khamis Al Shair Al Suwaidi, Director General of Emirates eGovernment said “The aim of the advanced portal is to provide more and better online services to the people of the UAE and also involve them in the government’s policies, laws and public interest initiatives with the ultimate goal of achieving transparency,”

The Portal’s services include the online payment of Zakat, water and electricity bills and traffic violations, in addition to the issuance of licenses, certificates, and documents by a number of governmental bodies. It also offers air flight information services, the issuance of entry and work permits, and other services that ease the stay of any visitor to the UAE.

“The website offers important data and numbers about the UAE to those who wish to visit the country as tourists or those arriving in the country in search of investment opportunities,” WAM reported yesterday.

The website also has information on the history of UAE, with information about its political system and a summary about each of its seven emirates with a complete display of maps, including economic, geographic and environmental information. The multiple platforms provided like the forums, blogs, chats, surveys, polls and social media tools like Facebook, Twitter are aimed at reaching the general public and engage them in active communication with the government with regard to their opinions and experiences on government services and policies.

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