The UAE Federal Government’s E-Participation Roadmap: Developments in UAE Empowerment Initiatives With VGI/PGIS and Location Based Services (LBS)

Ahmad BinTouq


This research assesses the effectiveness of the UAE Federal Government’s e-Participation Policy as used by Cabinet level organizations. Within a vision of Smart City, the UAE E-participation guidelines seem to emulate other public administration approaches to ICT, crowd source information, and interactive communication such as Public Participation Geographic Information System (PPGIS), Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI), and Location Based Services (LBS). It finds that the UAE Federal government uses PGIS in limited ways within a process intending to implement Smart Government, but used in a spontaneous rather than systematic way, thus less efficient in developing increased participation and empowerments. The emphasis on use of LBS linked mobile telephony and online participation tools reflect the government’s forward approach to enhance participation on the road to citizen empowerment.


UAE Federal Government; PGIS; VGI; LBS; Smart Government

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