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Dubai targets 2020 for its last paper transaction

Nearly every organization aims to become more efficient, divert energy from low-value to higher-value activities, improve the bottom line through increased productivity, and generally be better tomorrow than they are today.

One strategy to achieve this is digital transformation. But it’s not foolproof. Ina recent McKinsey Global Survey, over 80% of responders stated that in the last 5 years their organizations undertook digital transformation projects, yet less than 30% succeeded.

That’s a huge undertaking, and not a lot of success. Now imagine the challenge of transforming not just a company but an entire city. That’s the vision of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

“Dubai Government will issue its last paper transaction in 2021, we’ve instructed Smart Dubai Office to oversee this goal”

— His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, during Smart Dubai’s Future Now Event, April 16, 2017

In its Smart Dubai paperless initiative, Dubai has set itself a colossal challenge — removing more than one billion pieces of paper from its governmental processes. It plans to achieve this by digitizing all processes, not only internal processes for the Dubai Government but all processes that interact with businesses and the citizens of Dubai. They will no longer ask for, or supply, paper from 2021. No small undertaking!

To achieve its goal, Smart Dubai will need to implement key technologies and a legal framework to enable paper-free transactions, and will need to overcome cultural challenges.

Luckily, “The word impossible does not exist in the dictionary of the UAE’s leadership and people,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has said.

This is just a small portion of the UAE’s ambition within the Fourth Industrial Revolution to increase its contribution to the economy by advancing innovation and future technologies. You can read more about the UAE’s strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution here.

There’s also a huge economic and environmental benefit to the paperless initiative. It’s been calculated that 1 billion pieces of paper will save 130,000 trees, save enough money to feed 4 million children, and give each individual 40 hours back.

Paperless processes still require approvals, so they require an electronic signature technology to replace the typical print-sign-scan process. E-signatures often must be legally binding, which requires the use of a certified signatory service.

To this end, Adobe has worked with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, the federal telecommunications regulatory agency of the UAE, to ensure that Adobe Sign, and therefore Nintex Sign®, received the broadest certifications for electronic and digital signatures in the country and are now the most advanced, compliant and secure type of e-signature.

Nintex Sign®, powered by Adobe Sign, allows you to stay secure and compliant while streamlining your approval processes. If you’d like to see how to add trusted, legally binding e-signatures to any Nintex workflow to provide completely digital workflows from start to finish.


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Karl White

Karl White is the Field Marketing Director for EMEA at Nintex. He has over 20-years experience in the marketing industry, both marketing agency and client side. He’s built marketing solutions for companies like Dell Computers and General Motors, and spent 4 years at Microsoft where he implemented Skype’s marketing platforms and operations teams. Now based in Nintex’s London office, he is responsible for marketing within the EMEA region.

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