Saudi & UAE Cities Rank High On The Smart City Index 2023! Details Inside

by Anupriya Mishra
Saudi & UAE Cities Rank High On The Smart City Index 2023! Details Inside

Saudi Arabia is known for its rich cultural heritage and the holy land draws in Muslims from around the world for their mandatory religious service. Moreover, the country is paving its way into the hearts of expats and people around the world for its growth opportunities. And recently Riyadh, which is the Saudi capital was ranked as the 3rd Arab city in the IMD Smart City Index 2023. As it happens, three other cities from Saudi Arabia made it to the list and we are here to tell you all about this development.

4 Saudi Cities Rank High On The Smart City Index 2023

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According to Saudi Press Agency, it is for the first time that the cities of Makkah, Jeddah, and Madinah were included in the observatory. They were also ranked in the fourth, fifth, and seventh positions, respectively. Talking about the global level, in a list of 141 cities that were included in the Smart City Observatory:

  • Riyadh stood at 30th position
  • Makkah stood at 52nd position
  • Jeddah stood at 56th position
  • Madinah stood at 85th position

So, the reason for this survey is attributed to figuring out how technology enables cities in achieving a higher quality of life for their people.

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What Are The Top 10 Cities In 2023?

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As it happens, the IMD index, this year, it has placed a special focus on the realisation of the population about the impact of smart technology systems, which their cities’ employ to improve their lives. Moreover, for the Middle East region, Abu Dhabi ranked at the 13th and Dubai at the 17th positions, respectively. Talking about the top 10 cities, they are as follows –

  1. Zurich
  2. Oslo
  3. Canberra
  4. Copenhagen
  5. Lausanne
  6. London
  7. Singapore
  8. Helsinki
  9. Geneva
  10. Stockholm

It is also worth mentioning that the improvement in the rankings of Saudi cities come after the result of collaborative efforts. These include by agencies like the National Smart City Platform, which was launched by Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Now, isn’t this a moment of immense pride for all the citizens? Well, go ahead and share it with your fellow Saudi.

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