Dubai is among the top five cities in the world offering a positive experience for its population through smart technology, according to the latest Smart Cities Index.
According to the report, the best cities offering a positive experience for its citizens include Singapore, London, New York, Dubai, Seoul and Barcelona.
The study was developed for major cities around the globe taking into consideration four key factors in technology: mobility, healthcare, public safety and productivity.
“Smart cities is the future of the world, and in the last few years there has been significant technological advancements which has changed the face of most countries around the globe. Overall, the aim is to enhance citizens’ quality of life and adopt smart tech to reduce stress and maintain happiness and health,” said Dawood Al Shezawi, President of Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions, organisers of the show.
According to the United Nations by 2050, 68 percent of the total global population will live in cities. By then, the world population will be 9.7 billion and 11.2 billion by 2100.
The updated report from the United Nations states that currently, 55 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. That means around 2.5 billion more people will be living in cities by 2050. This makes it imperative that cities of the world adopt smart and sustainable solutions, with effective approaches to drive the growth of the economy.
“Modern technology is transforming the way we live. From robotics to Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, cities are using disruptive technologies to ensure a more convenient life for citizens and this will accelerate the growth further in years to come,” said Al Shezawi. underpinning globalisation through digital solutions as artificial intelligence, intelligent transportation, smart infrastructure, sustainability and the application of blockchain technology.