Monday 5 June 2023

Ajman receives ISO 37120, ISO 37122, and ISO 37123 "triple" certification from the World Council on City Data

June 05, 2023
Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Edited into English and shortened--see original in links below.

On behalf of His Highness Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Chairman of the Executive Council, Sheikh Humaid bin Ammar Al Nuaimi received WCCD’s ISO 37120 (City Services and Quality of Life), ISO 37122 (Smart Cities), and ISO 37123 (Resilient Cities) certifications from Dr. Patricia McCarney, the WCCD President and CEO. A number of the Emirate’s Government Directors and Senior Officials were also in attendance.

His Highness Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi said, "We are delighted and proud of Ajman's significant milestone achievement, which adds to its record of accomplishments as the first Emirate in the United Arab Emirates, the first in the Middle East, and the seventh globally to receive three ISO certifications. This achievement reflects the diligent and continuous efforts made by the Emirate and its partners towards the well-being of its citizens and the happiness of its entire society. It highlights our keenness to promote the Emirate and serve the interests of its community."

His Highness added that developing government services according to the highest and latest standards, improving the quality of life of residents in the Emirate, and ensuring their happiness, is at the top of their priorities. Today, with this global recognition, he announce[d] the continuation of Ajman's comprehensive development plans that contribute to sustainably [and] achieving the indicators of the Emirate's attractiveness, while preserving Ajman as a flexible and smart global city with leading services and modern infrastructure.

Sheikh Humaid Bin Ammar Al Nuaimi praised the cooperation of the relevant entities in this achievement, and the role of Ajman Statistics Center in supporting decision-makers by providing various international statistics as indicators of Ajman's attractiveness, enhancing knowledge exchange and expertise, and building strategic partnerships in the field of statistics and indicator measurement. This contributed to achieving three ISO certifications, which is considered one of the most globally recognized certifications.

Dr. Hajar Al-Hubaishi, Executive Director of the Ajman Statistics Center, provided a detailed explanation of the Emirate's journey in measuring indicators within the approved methodology. She also stressed the importance of cooperation between local and federal entities and their role in providing the required key indicators.

Dr. Patricia McCarney echoed the remarks and added: “The WCCD is privileged to work with cities around the world in helping them to harness high calibre, globally standardized and independently verified city data to drive prosperous change, and Ajman stands out in the United Arab Emirates and globally for its commitment to providing a sustainable, resilient, smart and prosperous future for its residents and visitors alike. I am so pleased to congratulate His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Dr. Hajar Saeed Alhubaishi and the impressive team at Ajman Statistic Centre and across the City, on Ajman’s “triple certification” – on the three ISO Standards in the ISO 37120 Series, for Sustainable, Smart and Resilient Cities.  In addition, it is such an honour to support Ajman as part of a global project with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). Ajman is such an important city in the global network of cities participating in Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030). Through the WCCD’s partnership with Ajman Statistic Centre, we look forward to our continued WCCD-Ajman cooperation for many years.”

The event received extensive media coverage in the UAE and across the Region. 

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For more information, please contact: 
Dr. Patricia McCarney
President & CEO
World Council on City Data



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