Emirates’ Smart City initiatives in Dubai showcase cutting-edge technology, positioning the city as a global innovation hub, driving economic growth and smart infrastructure.
What’s more, the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan appears to prioritize sustainable development, increased public spaces, and improved accessibility. These efforts align with global trends towards smart, liveable cities.
It’s important to note that the Emirates have a particular challenge that European cities like Barcelona don’t face: a hot climate, which makes transport planning very complex in the Emirates.
To solve that, Dubai is investing in expanding the metro network and striving to address the first- and last-mile challenge. In parallel, there is a strong focus on public spaces in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, such as beaches with cycling and running networks, outdoor sports and leisure activities.
These cities are pioneers in putting legislation in place for innovative mobility options, such as driverless cars, electric scooters, bicycles, etc. They are also future-proofing new public governmental and public space developments regarding new mobility methods that attract more traction. The Emirates are also experimenting with new options for delivery, such as self-driving robots and drones.
Post-COVID-19, several additional changes have marked the reduction of traffic and the liveability of cities in the Emirates. In particular, many companies have adopted a hybrid working pattern, which has reduced commuting to work. Furthermore, companies have also adopted flexible working weeks that start on Sundays for some people and on Mondays for others. At the same time, cities like Sharjah already have 4-day weeks for government functions.
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The major trends and challenges that will influence cities in the future will be to grapple with increasing populations and shrinking available land for construction.
In this scenario, sustainable development becomes more important than ever: new mobility options such as micro-podes, driverless vehicles or hydrogen fuel will also shape the future of cities and are expected to reduce air and noise pollution within the cities.
Lastly, cities are producing more data, and the threats to data security are increasing. For that reason, city managers will have to focus on safeguarding their cities, but also grasp the relevant opportunities through efficient data management.
By 2040, Dubai will have achieved the following:
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