Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has topped the list of “smart cities” in the Middle East and Africa, according to the Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism. Covering 50 international cities, a report by McKinsey Global Institute titled “Smart Cities: Digital Solutions for a More Livable Future” views how cities all over the world use technology to improve the quality of life.
With a rating of 18.4, Abu Dhabi ranked the first in the region ahead of Dubai, which was placed the second with a rating of 17.3.
According to McKinsey, three factors make a city smart.
1. First is the technology base, which includes a critical mass of smartphones and sensors connected by high-speed communication networks.
2. The second consists of specific applications, such as translating raw data into alerts.
3. The third is usage by cities, companies, and the public.
Source- The Aljazeera