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Abu Dhabi named smartest city in MENA

Abu Dhabi outperformed a number of other international capitals to claim the 13th spot globally. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Abu Dhabi has been ranked as the smartest city in the MENA region for the third consecutive year in 2023, according to the Smart City Index

The index is released by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, and in collaboration with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). 120 citizens from 118 cities around the world were polled for the yearly study on smart city development, which can help sectors such as supply, delivery, and joint support services. Out of the 141 cities listed in the most recent ranking, Abu Dhabi outperformed a number of other international capitals to claim the 13th spot globally

Based on factors related to residents’ perceptions and interactions with government efforts in five main pillars — health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities (work and education system), and governance — the study assessed the current infrastructure and digital services accessible to residents. 

HE Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), said, “Through employing next-generation technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), and developing smart city initiatives across various societal, service, and economic sectors, including public and smart transportation, Abu Dhabi has been able to establish itself as a smart and sustainable city, and one of the best global destinations to live, work, and visit.

“At DMT, we are working diligently to harness technology and utilise it to enhance the quality of life for citizens and residents in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. We will continue to work to build on the momentum of achievements to enhance Abu Dhabi's leadership in this field.”