From Dubai to Seoul, governments are working with construction companies to build smart cities of the future – but what's next in the Middle East?
Smart cities are gaining traction in the Middle East, but creating a future-proof master plan to design, build, and retrofit the urban world is a big challenge. Greater government mandates are needed to drive the evolution of Dubai as a smart city, a panel of experts recently agreed.
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At their heart, smart cities are urban centres with data and analytics, internet of things (IoT), sensors, and technology interwoven into their fabric. A connected city can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the built world, making our lives more convenient. We can already see this in our daily lives – from driverless metro trains to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority employing five robots as staff.
The challenge is creating a future-proof masterplan that can be developed and evolve over time. The industry will also need to be looking over its shoulder as the likes of Microsoft and Google flex their muscles in the smart city space.
Google is trying to build a whole smart city in Toronto, which could transform the entire landscape with far-reaching consequences. The tech giant is now taking the lead in the engineering and urban planning of the whole life cycle of the city.
In this episode of Construction Week In Focus, Oscar Rousseau and Jack Ball, Construction Week's deputy editor and senior reporter, explore what the future holds for smart city development in the Middle East.
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