Dubai is the Gulf Region’s Leading Smart City

Cities in this region have the opportunity to be leaders in the development of more advanced solutions for city management

A new white paper from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 10 leading smart cities in the Gulf region of the Middle East, highlighting each city’s approaches, key projects, and overall readiness to develop their smart city visions.

The countries of the Gulf region are playing an increasingly visible role in the global development of smart cities. Cities in this region have seized on the ideas behind the smart city as a means of improving quality of life, strengthening avenues for economic diversification, and supporting environmental and sustainability programs. Click to tweet: According to a new white paper from @NavigantRSRCH, Dubai is the Gulf Region’s leading smart city.

“Dubai in the United Arab Emirates stands out for its strategic vision and its understanding of the practical requirements to deliver on that vision,” says Eric Woods, research director with Navigant Research. “The foundation laid by city leaders and the Smart Dubai Office provides an excellent basis to deliver a range of innovations that can have a significant impact on the city’s operations and quality of life.  The Dubai Data initiative and the new Smart Dubai Platform also place it firmly among the global cities driving innovation in urban technology.”

Many of the Gulf region’s smart city programs are in their early stages, and much of the focus is still on deploying information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and core services. Despite considerable progress, there is still much to do, providing cities the opportunity to be leaders in the development of more advanced solutions for city management through smart street lighting, intelligent traffic management, public safety, and smart buildings, according to the report.

The white paper, Gulf States Smart Cities Index, was commissioned by Huawei UK, and evaluates the UK smart city market, with a focus on two dimensions: Strategy and Execution. The Strategy dimension assesses each city’s vision, goals, and objectives as they relate to its smart city program. The Execution dimension assesses the city’s actual achievements from initial projects to full-blown deployment of innovative technologies and services. Cities are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing an objective assessment of the relative strengths and weaknesses of their smart city programs. The white paper is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul


* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Gulf States Smart Cities Index, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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