The Abu Dhabi skyline.


Abu Dhabi ranked most high-tech city in Middle East


DUBAI – The UAE capital of Abu Dhabi has been ranked as the most high-tech city in the Middle East and Africa (MENA), according to a recent survey.

Abu Dhabi ranked first in MENA for the use of technology to improve the quality of life for its residents, according to the IMD-SUTD Smart City Index (SCI).

Worldwide, Abu Dhabi climbed 14 places to rank as the 28th smartest city in the world. The survey ranked 118 cities, with 15,000 respondents.

Taking the top three places were Singapore (1st), Zurich (2nd) and Oslo (3rd). Switzerland has three cities in the top 10, with Lausanne in 5th and Geneva in 8th place.

The latest index revealed Abu Dhabi residents’ perceptions of how technology was used to overcome challenges during the pandemic.

“This year’s findings shed light on the tectonic shifts that have disrupted logistical chains and organizational structures worldwide as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Bruno Lanvin, President of IMD’s Smart City Observatory.

Commenting on Abu Dhabi’s milestone, Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport – Abu Dhabi, said that the UAE capital is working diligently to maintain a sustainable status as a smart city.

“Data-driven innovation is central to economic growth in cities, and the department is constantly working on building smart and interactive systems and platforms that focus on developing a long-term strategy that enables us to achieve the aspirations of our people, and respond to their needs,” he said.

Abu Dhabi has implemented some of the smartest technologies, including Noor Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest single-site solar project that produces renewable energy.

The capital also implemented the UAE PASS, the first national digital ID that allows citizens, residents and visitors to access government services and digitally sign documents.

The AD Locker is also another smart service by the Abu Dhabi Government Services, which is a centralized platform collecting 50 digital documents per user and follows the status of 350 services provided by Abu Dhabi government entities. ICA/Expat Media

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