7 November, 2021
Abu Dhabi Ranked High in Smart City Index
Abu Dhabi climbed 14 places to rank 28th out of 118 cities in a global ranking of smart cities.
The UAE capital city also led the Middle East region for the third consecutive year in the use of technology to improve the quality of life for residents. Singapore, Zurich and Oslo ranked as the top three smart cities globally in the 2021 Smart City Index by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) and the Singapore University for Technology and Design (SUTD). This is the third edition of the IMD-SUTD Smart City Index report.
The index was globally based on their citizens’ perceptions of how technology can improve their lives, as well as on economic and social data taken from the UN Human Development Index, according to the report, which polled 15,000 city dwellers in July.
Three cities in Switzerland made it into the top 10. This is partly because of the country’s good healthcare system, according to the IMD. On top of this, the inhabitants of Swiss cities have access to a well-developed school, education and further education system.
Urban populations now attribute increasing importance to health and environmental-related dimensions of their cities after the onset of Covid-19, the IMD research found.
About 54% of UAE residents expect Covid-19 to accelerate the development of smart cities, a report by Mastercard, Smart Dubai and Expo 2020 revealed in March. Environmentally friendly business practices, paperless government services and fast, affordable, city-wide internet connectivity are some of the features residents expect from a smart city, the report mentioned.
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