The five key factors in place in a smart city are:
Cities across the world all implement these aspects to varying degrees. In the smart city debate, the perfect combination of these key elements.
A smart city is a blossoming concept and urbanization reinvents itself as technology advances to make city life more effective, efficient and connected (Nam & Pardo, 2011). AS humanity evolves and our needs as a society change, new and adaptable processes must be developed or reinvented. Cities that fail to adjust accordingly, fall behind as globally, creative solutions are implemented to improve quality of life. Specifically, the global population is increasing, government officials must implement residential, public safety, and public transit systems to accommodate population density.
Vanessa Suzuki goes into more depth on smart cities as a concept in her ted talk
TURKISH CONSULATE IN DUBAI
Square kilometers of land make up the city of dubai, located in the emirate of Dubay (Wikipedia contributors, 2019).
Within the seven year time period following 1968, the population of Dubai grew by 300% (Wikipedia contributors, 2019).
With a population of 3,137,463, dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (Wikipedia contributors, 2019).
LIFE IN DUBAI
In several cases, Dubai is described as a Technologically advanced and wealthy city. Aiding this reputation
However, currently the main source of income for the area, oil, is at an all time low. The inappropriate allocation of resources results in an economic crisis in the city. Another resulting issue facing Dubai is the lack of efficient public transport systems.
Undergoing a GDP growth of 6.1 percent in the year 2014
(Wikipedia contributors, 2019).
Only 6 percent of residents in Dubai utlize public transportation
(Wikipedia contributors, 2019).
Earning over 250,000 annually, 8 percent of Dubai's population adds to the illusion of wealth
(Nagraj & Nagrai, 2018)
High average household income (Nagraj & Nagraj, 2018).
Globally known as the City of Gold (Wikipedia contributors, 2019).
Home to the worlds tallest building (Hume, 2009).
Location of worlds most expensive hotel (Hume, 2009).
Being a technologically conscious city, Dubai has a plan in place to implement smart city programs by 2021 (Smart Dubai 20120, n.d).
The plan includes steps to implement:
All to make Dubai a happier and therefore, smarter city.
Dubai is also home to immense competition within the construction industry. As humans advance technologically, new and more effective ways to build structure. There is popular saying, 'competiotion breeds innovation' and this can be clearly seen in Dubai.
As previously mentioned, the management of resources in Dubai is lacking sustainability that would advance the city to a smart status.
Dubai is noted to have the dramatic traffic congestion problem (Hume, 2009).
Human connections are being disregarded as Christopher Hume states, architecture is becoming a race to outdo the latest marvel (2009).
As the innovations of infrastructure ver from improving quality f life to accomplishing the latest architectural superlative.
Smart and autonomous mobility solutions
Technologically connected government solutions
ICT aplied to key infrastructure
" locals overwhelmingly view traffic accidents as the major cause of death and injury among children"
The amazing innovations being explored in the infrastructure of the city make it a popular tourist location which also boosts the economy (Hume,2009).
Traffic is a large problem in Dubai affecting personal and public transportation as well as safety.
Steps Toward a Brighter Future
As previously mentioned, a city wide plan has been put in place to improve the smartness of the city. The plan orchestrates many solutions to the problems currently facing Dubai.
Many of the suggestions I would advise to make Dubai a more effective and efficient city are included within the Smart Dubai 2021 plan.
Design a Smart, Resilient & Livable City
Create a Globally Competitive Economy Powered by Disruptive Technology
Interconnected Society with Easily Accessed Social Services
Smooth Transport Driven by Autonomous & Shared Mobility Solutions
Clean Environment Enabled by Cutting-Edge Ict Innovations
Digital, Lean & Connected Government
The Smart Dubai 2021 Plan details:
However I would like to critic the fact that solutions to simple and impactful problems such as road and traffic issues resulting in personal injury damage or death.
As of the climate, Dubai would benefit from extensive bike paths, that would require less public maintenance than those located in Calgary.
Another solution I would stress to government officials would be smarter more ecologically friendly ways to provide energy to the city, as Dubai's oil supply is severely depleted.
STEPS TOWARD A SMARTER FUTURE
-Hume, C. (2009, April 05). Dubai: How not to build a city. Retrieved March 15, 2019, from https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2009/04/05/dubai _how _not_to_build_a_city.html
-Hurst, A. (2018, August 02). What are the elements of a smart city? Retrieved March 17, 2019, from https://www.information-age.com/elements-smart-city-123473906/
-Nagraj, A., & Nagraj, A. (2018, March 08). Abu Dhabi, Dubai among world's top 15 cities for wealthy households. Retrieved March 15, 2019, from https://gulfbusiness.com/abu-dhabi-dubai-among-worlds-top-15-cities-wealthiest-households/
-Nam, T., & Pardo, T. A. (2011). Conceptualizing smart city with dimensions of technology, people, and institutions. Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Digital Government Research Conference on Digital Government Innovation in Challenging Times - Dg.o 11. doi:10.1145/2037556.2037602
-Smart Dubai 2021. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://2021.smartdubai.ae/
-Wikipedia contributors. (2019, March 14). Dubai. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved March 17, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?