In a recent McKinsey Global Institute report, Dubai was ranked first in the Middle East for the number of smart city applications it has deployed. Abu Dhabi ranked second.
Around the world, digital tools and applications are being used to improve how cities run their infrastructure, services, and public spaces. MGI assessed how dozens of current smart city applications could perform in three sample cities with varying legacy infrastructure systems and baseline starting points.
Where do the Middle East stand in the global race toward smart cities? Dubai and Abu Dhabi may be the leading players in their region, but still lag some way behind the world’s leaders. MGI looked to see whether cities were using 55 current applications and found that the top five cities are, in ranking order, New York, Singapore, Shenzhen, San Francisco, and Seoul.
In this edition of Inside AB, Jeremy Lawrence and Bernd Debusmann look at how Dubai and Abu Dhabi are well placed to reach the top rankings, seeing as both cities have strong technology bases – both cities have 96 percent smartphone ownership and fast mobile networks - and are actively piloting smart-city applications, with strong leadership from government.
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