The UAE SDG Data Hub is similar to UN Stats Open SDG Data Hub in concept. It monitors and records the country’s progress in achieving the SDGs.
The Hub includes four main elements. They are:
- Spatially referenced data - open data on the SDG indicator data on the emirate level can be downloaded in various formats and explored on an interactive map
- Data stories – this section consists of significant data at the national and emirate levels in a story format, engaging us with the topic instantly
- Initiatives & Surveys – they summarise the SDG-related initiatives in an easy-to-visualise manner with high-level explanation followed by, setting of the goal and the progress so far
- Media highlights – these provide access to a library of speeches by the UAE’s ministers and footage of events, in video format.
The UAE was the first country in the Gulf region to launch the SDG Data Hub in October 2017. This was a joint effort between Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre (FCSC) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Globally, the UAE was the first country to include SDG-related initiatives as a part of the SDG hub in February 2019. These initiatives shed light on UAE’s relentless efforts towards achieving the SDGs.
The UAE started publishing data to the UN SDG portal in February 2019 making it the second country worldwide (after Ireland) and the first country in the Middle East to publish relevant data and statistics.
The database of SDG indicators is available in the format of geospatial data web services which helps in:
- production of maps
- data visualisations
- data analyses.
It is available in multiple easy-to-use downloadable formats.