Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on Instagram
Daily construction news
Weekly plant news

Construction News

Tue May 22 2018

Related Information
Related Information
Related Information

News » International » Saudi Arabia pushes forward with smart city initiative » published 21 Apr 2017

Saudi Arabia pushes forward with smart city initiative

A ‘smart city’ initiative has been launched in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative will target five Saudi cities by 2020 in gradual phases that are to be carried out in partnership with the private sector, the ministry said.

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs has launched the initiative to apply smart city concepts as one of a series of municipal transformation projects emanating from the country’s National Transformation Program 2020 and the Vision 2030.

The idea is to bring together various ‘smart’ components, including buildings, transport systems, security and safety services, communication systems (WiFi), drainage networks, street lighting systems and an emergency response system.

A study is being carried out to determine the preparedness of Saudi cities eligible to be transformed into smart cities. The field studies cover 17 major cities whose population makes up nearly 72% of the country’s total population. There is currently disparity in the cities’ preparedness to shift to smart cities, with Makkah coming in first, followed by Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah and Ahsa.

The ministry said it has adopted five smart initiatives to apply the concept of smart cities, including smart parking, smart lighting systems, smart solid waste disposal, smart cameras and environment pollution monitoring tools. It also said that it was cooperating with some global firms to implement an experimental model of the initiative in the city of Riyadh.

The initiative aims to enhance urban development to increase the level of satisfaction of people, boost competitiveness of cities and urban sustainability. The plan also calls for improved efficiency of city management, minimising negative environmental impacts, attracting local and foreign investments and create job opportunities.



Download our free construction news iPhone / iPad app. Sign up to our FREE email newsletters or subscribe to our RSS feed for regular updates on the latest Construction News, Plant News & Contract News. The Construction Index also provides the latest Construction Tenders, Construction Market Data & Construction Law Commentary all FREE.

This article was published on 21 Apr 2017 (last updated on 21 Apr 2017).

More News Channels