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Can Dubai become the world’s smartest city?

If Dubai really wants to become a sustainable city, it needs to start retrofitting some of these buildings with more efficient technology | Photo:

Not content with having the world’s tallest building, biggest mall, and longest driverless metro network, Dubai now wants to become the world’s ‘smartest’ city.

The Smart Dubai initiative, a three-year plan launched by the city’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, aims to develop smart grids, meters and apps to help individuals and businesses to reduce their energy consumption.

Lighting control will be a key part of this, with ‘connected’ lighting products becoming increasingly popular for domestic and commercial applications, and public lighting.

The project will also promote the use of solar power and electric cars.

In a recent ranking by market research firm Juniper,  Barcelona was named as the world’s smartest city, followed by New York, London, Nice and Singapore.

Dubai’s electricity authority and telecoms provider Du have announced that they are to jointly develop ‘smart solutions’ as part of the initiative, including extending fibre optic networks.

Osman Sultan, CEO of Du, said: ‘Electricity and water networks are among the key foundations of any modern city. Du’s efforts will help to enhance these networks and upgrade them from conventional networks to digital smart networks that will make a brighter future of the smart city.’