Dubai ranks alongside New York, London in this global category

By Sheena Amos

DUBAI 17 March 2019: Dubai is among the top five cities in the world offering a positive experience for its population through smart technology, according to the latest Smart Cities Index.

The index says the best cities offering a positive experience for its citizens include:

  1. Singapore
  2. London
  3. New York
  4. Dubai
  5. Seoul
  6. Barcelona

The study was developed for major cities around the globe taking into consideration four key factors in technology:

  • Mobility
  • Healthcare
  • Public safety
  • Productivity

These insights were revealed in conjunction to the upcoming Future Cities Show which will be held from 8th to 10th April at Dubai World Trade Centre.

“Smart cities is the future of the world, and in the last few years there has been significant technological advancements which has changed the face of most countries around the globe. Overall, the aim is to enhance citizens’ quality of life and adopt smart tech to reduce stress and maintain happiness and health” said Dawood Al Shezawi, President of Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions, organisers of the show.

Increasing Urbanization

According to the United Nations by 2050, 68 percent of the total global population will live in cities. By then, the world population will be 9.7 billion and 11.2 billion by 2100. The updated report from the United Nations states that currently, 55 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. That means around 2.5 billion more people will be living in cities by 2050. This makes it imperative that cities of the world adopt smart and sustainable solutions, with effective approaches to drive the growth of the economy.

While some cities are already leading the way when it comes to smart city technology adoption, the UAE is a perfect example of a smart ecosystem.The Sustainable City in Dubai and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is a good example of sustainable and happy urban development that utilise renewable energy, grey and black water separation system, and treated water reused for green irrigation and sustainable mobility.

Tokyo – Perfect Example

Around the world, Tokyo is a perfect example of a smart city. The city has unveiled a chain of environmentally friendly initiatives such as; reducing solid waste through tech-based policies; encouraging large-scale recycling plants; rooftop planting of herbs and trees and offering residents extra money who want to invest in solar panels. In addition, the city of London has recently begun a programme to connect thousands of street lights to a mesh network (where individual lights act as nodes). This offers greater ease of operation and the lights eventually form part of a network of sensors that can detect factors such as pollution.

While smart cities will be the future, it is important that adopted smart solutions ensure sustainable growth of the country. The UAE is already emerging as a global leader in sustainability, particularly with its preparation to host the most sustainable World Expo in 2020.

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