WHAT IS A SMART CITY?
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
• 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.