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21 Sep 20145 components of a smart ecosystem, from SmartLivingCity Dubai

“Dubai is a transit city, a hub for people from all around the world and from all backgrounds.”

With these words Kamran Saddique, president and CEO of the City Innovate Foundation and cofounder of Inside Investor, summarized the reason he chose Dubai as the host of the first SmartLivingCity event, held at Jumeirah Emirates Tower on September 15 and 16.

Choosing Dubai to host the event didn’t happen by accident, said Saddique, who organized the event in partnership with Tasweek under the auspices of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. “The city is characterized by active and tech-savvy people who are eager to transfer knowledge,” he said.

He and the organizers wanted the event to be a meeting place for public and privatesector decision-makers, international speakers, academics, and entrepreneurs, attempting to reach together a definition of smart cities and their components.


14 Sep 2014Dubai and San Francisco share ‘smart’ lessons

DUBAI // Dubai and San Francisco are working together to share ideas about policies and practices of “smart cities” to promote innovation and overcome challenges.

The two metropolises started the collaboration earlier this year, according to experts and officials at the Smart Living City conference in Dubai on Monday.

Plans to turn Dubai into a smart city – one characterised by investments in technology and human capital, plus a high quality of life – were announced last October by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. Among the plans are a parking app and public Wifi.

Achieving the smart city goal would promote sustainable growth, better city management and other improvements, but requires the Government, businesses and the public to work together, said Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy.

“To achieve this synergy, we need to work together to redefine our city in a system that promotes sustainability and a better quality of life,” Mr Al Mansoori said.