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Abu Dhabi's Journey to Becoming a Smart City #smartabudhabi

Dr. Hafiz Yasar Lateef

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Apr 3

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Abu Dhabi's commitment to becoming a smart city has accelerated between 2020 and 2024, focusing on sustainability, technological integration, and enhanced urban living standards. The emirate's smart city initiatives demonstrate a forward-thinking approach to urban development, leveraging collaborations and innovative projects to improve its infrastructure and services.



Smart City Collaborations and Innovations: In 2024, Abu Dhabi fortified its position as a leader in smart city development through a partnership with Shenzhen, focusing on advanced infrastructure, smart mobility, and sustainable urban planning. The collaboration aimed to harness cutting-edge technologies for transportation, energy efficiency, and overall urban enhancement. The Department of Municipalities and Transport in Abu Dhabi established joint ventures and technological exchanges to propel the city's smart transformation, including the development of an intelligent mobility center and cutting-edge solutions for smart transportation systems.

Ghantoot Integrated Smart City: A significant stride in smart urban planning is the development of a 20 million sqm integrated smart city in Abu Dhabi's Ghantoot area, emphasizing renewable energy and sustainable living. This ambitious project is a testament to Abu Dhabi's commitment to green development and technological innovation in urban design.

Digital Transformation and Public Services: Abu Dhabi has also focused on digitalizing its government services, making them more accessible and efficient. The TAMM initiative, for example, brought government services to the fingertips of residents, enhancing customer experience and operational efficiency. The 'Once only' policy and the Abu Dhabi Open Data initiative are key examples of how the emirate is simplifying procedures and promoting transparency through digital transformation.

Recognition and Global Standing: Abu Dhabi's efforts have not gone unnoticed. The city has been ranked highly on the IMD Smart City Index, reflecting its achievements in openness, innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability. The emirate's smart city model serves as an inspiration for urban centers worldwide, showcasing how technology and strategic planning can converge to create livable, dynamic, and resilient cities.

Through these initiatives and developments, Abu Dhabi is not just envisioning a smart city of the future; it is actively creating it, setting benchmarks for urban innovation and sustainability that resonate on a global scale. #smartabudhabi

Dr. Hafiz Yasar Lateef

2 min read

Apr 3

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