Abu Dhabi is ranked 28th globally on the Institute for Management Development (IMD) Smart Cities Index list, while Dubai is 29th.
The UAE’s heavy investment in building their digital and technological infrastructure has been a game-changer in the fight against the challenge of Covid-19, a senior UAE official said.
Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, said the Covid-19 pandemic posed major challenges, but the government UAE, the private sector, hospitals, schools and other institutions have adopted smart technologies and other drastic measures to contain the spread of the virus and ensure business continuity.
Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Smart Cities Summit on Tuesday, he said: “Communities around the world have switched to remote working and home schooling, while businesses have been forced to innovate and to digitally transform on an unprecedented scale to ensure continuity.
“The UAE had invested heavily in smart technologies and artificial intelligence that have helped meet the challenges of Covid-19. “
Al Olama noted that Abu Dhabi is ranked 28th globally on the Institute for Management Development (IMD) Smart Cities Index list, while Dubai is ranked 29th. He said he hopes these two cities will be among the best smart cities in the years to come.
Falah Muhammad Al Ahbabi, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Municipalities and Transport Department, said the municipality is a pioneer in smart city innovation.
“We have developed a realistic plan, tested our plans extensively and are using data and technology to improve lives. These are all the key elements of a smart city, ”he said.
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Josephine Teo, Singapore’s Minister of Communications and Information, said building smart cities is not only about smart technologies, but also about solving transportation and economy issues.
“A smart city must be able to solve the problems of its inhabitants in all areas, including transport, business, education, health. And that should be sustainable, ”she said.
The two-day summit brought together local and international experts to discuss best practices for developing smart cities and addressing challenges, helping to enrich participants’ knowledge and develop action plans that will lead to smarter solutions and more efficient. This year’s gathering was held under the theme “Shaping the Cities of the Future”.