WHAT IS A SMART CITY?

Comms MEA - - Smart Cities Special Report -

The term gets thrown around a lot, but what ex­actly is a smart city?

In 2013, H. H. Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, an­nounced a project to trans­form Dubai into a smart city. The pur­pose of the project was pri­mar­ily to pro­vide seam­less ser­vices to the pub­lic, and built on six pil­lars of a smart city. These pil­lars are: • Trans­port

• Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

• In­fra­struc­ture

• Elec­tric­ity

• Eco­nomic ser­vices

• Ur­ban plan­ning

And the pil­lars are lead­ing to im­pres­sive re­sults: in early 2018, Mateja Kovacic, vis­it­ing re­search fel­low from the Univer­sity of Sh­effield, said Dubai was an emerg­ing pro­to­type of a smart city. Lo­cal me­dia re­ported she also be­lieved Dubai was among the three smartest cities in the world, along with Tokyo and Sin­ga­pore.

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