Digital Dubai adopts ‘soulbound token’ technology, introducing world’s first secured digital certificate

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Digital Dubai adopts ‘soulbound token’ technology, introducing world’s first secured digital certificate


As part of the continous technological innovations the Dubai government is spearheading to position the emirate as a model of digital transformation for cities around the world, and in line with its commitment to embrace the technologies of the future, Digital Dubai has adopted the advanced Soulbound Token technology – the most advanced generation of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). As a first use case of this technology anywhere in the world, Digital Dubai has issued the world’s first Secured Digital Certificates, as Soulbound NFTs.

This breakthrough technology allows the certificate to be permanently linked to the person’s account in their digital wallet. Ownership of the certificate cannot be transferred to any other person, sold, or disposed of; however, it can be verified by  any party if needed. This means the certificate is highly secure, and therefore does not need to be attested by any third  party, making it intrinsically trusted. .

The Dubai Cyber Innovation Park (DCIPark) – an affiliate of the Dubai Electronic Security Center) at Digital Dubai – granted the first Secure Digital Certificate to the first cohort of graduates from the CISO Executive program with the participation of  17  Government and Semi-Governmental entities. This certificate marks the first-ever use case of Soulbound Technology, which was adopted by Digital Dubai.

His Excellency Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of Digital Dubai, said: “The accelerated pace of technological advancements has made the future closer than ever before, and here in Dubai, we are proud to have an agile government that do wastes no time in embracing developments and putting them into practice to drive digital transformation and shape the future today. With that in mind, issuing the first Self-Secured Digital Certificate marks a new stage for e-certificates, where individuals and institutions are able to showcase their certificates and achievements in a sovereign and trusted way without relying on third parties.”

H.E. Al Mansoori stressed that: “Dubai remains a pioneer in introducing breakthrough initiatives that assert its global leadership in digital transformation, and help improve quality of life and ensure the wellbeing of the Dubai community. To digitize all aspects of life in the Emirate of Dubai, and provide integrated, comprehensive digital services, we need an impenetrable electronic security system that is capable of mitigating any potential risks. This is a prime objective for us at Digital Dubai, one that we work to implement in close cooperation with our strategic partners. We invite these partners to explore this game-changing technology and its potential uses in their operations to serve the objectives of the Dubai Government.”

“The training programs designed by DCIPark to train cybersecurity leaders in various sectors entities promote a cybersecurity culture, building an impenetrable barrier against cyberthreats across various institutions,” H.E. Al Mansoori explained. “We congratulate the  CISO executives  who completed the program, and we are confident that they will go on to establish proactive cybersecurity measures in their work environments, and in the community as a whole.”

16 March, 2023