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Advanced Data Forms Adopted for Future Shaping

Image: Tariq Yousef Al Janahi, Deputy Executive Director of DSC

Image: Tariq Yousef Al Janahi, Deputy Executive Director of DSC

Fieldwork for Dubai's Labor Force Survey Kicks Off

Dubai Statistics Center (DSC) recently announced the adoption of advanced data forms for future shaping. The forms are used in the Data Science Project dedicated to future forecasting and shaping for all sectors and at all levels.


During some of the events in the UN World Data Forum 2018 held in Dubai during the period 22-24 October 2018, DSC announced that it has initiated fieldwork in a number of surveys in Dubai, namely: the Labor Force Survey, the Occupational Safety Survey and the Dubai Health Survey.


Tariq Yousef Al Janahi, Deputy Executive Director of DSC, stated: "DSC is committed to keeping pace with the 4th Industrial Revolution and maintaining leadership in the field of data as the backbone of statistical work." He put an emphasis on the fact that "The industry of the future is based primarily on digital technology which relies heavily on data."


On the sidelines of the UN World Data Forum 2018 concluded on the 24th October 2018, Al Janahi stated: "In its strategy, the UAE seeks to achieve leadership in the field of data collection and is paying exceptional importance to the areas of artificial intelligence and advanced technology. Indeed, DSC plays a key role in this process as the entity most highly specialized in handling data and making it accessible in a timely manner, swiftly and accurately."


Al Janahi went on to say: "DSC has recently started using artificial intelligence technology, creating a complete stream of data science in statistical work and providing support to various government entities concerned with the implementation of the Dubai Plan 2021 in the area of data science and statistical support." He pointed out that DSC has also adopted advanced data forms for future shaping through the Data Science Project.  This includes advanced forms dedicated to producing forecasts about the future of different sectors at various levels.


"DSC has joint projects with several institutions, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Housing Foundation, the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Dubai Police and other projects under review currently," Al Janahi said. He also pointed out that DSC is keeping pace with the requirements of the new forecasting systems through continuously improving the process of data collection by expanding the volume and quality of the data and linking it directly to the database.


He went on to say: "DSC has recently brought drones into use to carry out certain types of statistical surveys. Unquestionably, the 'Air Statistician' project saved valuable time and effort in collecting data."


"To further support the 'Air Statistician' project and promote levels of cooperation in the statistical field, DSC and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority have signed a MoU," he stated.


On statistical indicators and reports, Al Janahi pointed out that the DSC does not adopt any indicator or report unless it meets the criteria of quality, accuracy and reliability. "Any indicator failing to meet the required quality standards will be rejected."


Pertaining to the indicators relating to the impact of data on the economy, Al Janahi stated that these are available at the Dubai Data Corporation (DDC) and that they were analyzed based on a specialized study. He remarked that the DSC and DDC work in close cooperation to update these indicators.


Al Janahi concluded by stating: "DSC has already initiated the fieldwork for the Labor Survey in Dubai, as well as the Occupational Safety Survey (in cooperation with Dubai Municipality) and the Dubai Health Survey."