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Abu Dhabi is recognized as one of the smartest cities in the MENA region in 2023

The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) has published its annual Smart City Index. Abu Dhabi is ahead of many of the world’s largest cities and holds an honourable 13th place in this ranking. For the past three years, the UAE capital has been recognized as one of the “smartest” cities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The study, conducted by the IMD in cooperation with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) this year, involved more than 20,000 residents from 141 cities. In addition to the actual assessment of the progress of technology, digital services and their implementation in the urban infrastructure, the practical user experience and applicability of the services was also taken into account. For the research, it was essential to determine the extent to which smart technological solutions help to improve the quality of life in the city and solve the urgent problems of its inhabitants.

Abu Dhabi has distinguished itself as a sustainable smart city through the application of cutting-edge technologies in various community sectors, such as transportation, security, education and health care. Moreover, by introducing the advanced digital technologies in the capital, the government has facilitated the access of services and infrastructure to its residents, and has made it easier to communicate with the public and respond quickly to their needs.

The Smart City Index is an important marker of a city’s progress in innovation and sustainability. The ranking reflects Abu Dhabi’s level of well-being and the satisfaction among its citizens, and is a valuable criterion for residents when choosing a place to live and work.

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