Sustainable Cities
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterised by a considerable surge in new digital technologies and artificial intelligence. This trend has created a significant impact on urbanisation and has played an essential part in the establishment of smart cities. With innovation harnessing enhancements across numerous areas of modern life, it is natural that technological advancements are applied to the places closest to us, in our homes and communities.

The tenth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) will outline the importance of establishing smart sustainable cities. Abu Dhabi is hosting the tenth session of the forum in partnership with UN-Habitat, an event that takes place from February 8 to 13, 2020.

Abu Dhabi will be the focus of attention for those interested in sustainable urban development during WUF10, as the city draws in experts in the smart and sustainable cities industry around the world. More than 100 ministers and about 20,000 people from more than 160 countries will attend a series of discussions focused on sustainable smart cities.

Sustainable cities of the future can be defined as those that have the latest facilities in technology, buildings, renewable energy generation solutions, and environmental conservation. The sustainability of cities would will contribute towards positive progress of future societies, as they become more developed and civilised on the path to sustainable development.

Smart transformation

One of the aspects of urban development accompanying the technical boom is that cities are established in line with the needs of people, not the other way around, to achieve the equation of smart transformation. This way, smart cities become compatible with development while maintaining their originality and their social, economic and environmental characteristics.

Smart cities are data-dependent and address economic or social challenges to achieve sustainable development. Such data underpins sustainable city planning and inspires future foresight and boosts performance levels to achieve ideal societies for the future.

The innovation and optimal use of modern technologies and data is the cornerstone of establishing future cities which Abu Dhabi seeks to achieve in order to establish its position as a global centre for sustainable information infrastructure.

World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi provides an opportunity to achieve effective partnerships with institutions supporting sustainable building applications and companies developing smart solutions in construction and services.

- Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi, chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is, at this 10th session of the World Urban Forum, bringing together specialists within the sustainable urban industry to apply their respective expertise in creativity of design and sustainable planning. Crucially, the forum will seek to harness technology and smart solutions to enrich infrastructure interconnection, enhancing its efficiency and boosting its effectiveness. The emirate will do so in a manner that supports the elements of sustainability.

The session represents a global platform around which major companies and institutions involved with developing advanced infrastructure from all countries of the world, as well as major investors, entrepreneurs, and people of creative ideas, will contribute towards the creation of plans and features for future cities in terms of technology, environment, economic, and other related fields. These diverse and complementary perspectives and the resulting ideas and cooperation are the true value of the forum and are a reflection of Abu Dhabi’s position as a prominent global destination for innovation, excellence and creativity.

Keeping pace with urbanisation, technological development, and the creation of smart cities, will enhance the well-being of citizens, residents and visitors. This will contribute towards an ideal and healthy environment for living and working, in a manner that provides successive generations with a healthy, satisfying and safe life.

Abu Dhabi's unique urban identity

Abu Dhabi has already demonstrated its ability to develop its strategic growth in a sustainable manner and its ambition is strong to cultivate this still further. The urban environment in the emirate of Abu Dhabi is distinguished by its unique urban identity as it is an Arab city open to the whole world.

The World Urban Forum is being held for the first time in the Middle East in the Arab world and this is a strong testament to the success of Abu Dhabi’s effective strategy in implementing sustainable urbanisation, characterised by the city’s dramatic shift towards urbanisation in a relatively short period of time. The forum will provide a detailed study on the effects of modern-day urbanisation on societies, cities, economies, and climate change.

The forum provides an important opportunity to review the most important global and local achievements in the field of sustainability. This includes the concept’s practical applications in housing and smart services, as well as the latest urban and architectural designs for modern projects that keep pace with the latest developments in the field of construction.

WUF10 also provides an opportunity to achieve effective partnerships with institutions supporting sustainable building applications and companies developing smart solutions in the field of construction and services. This will provide cities with a model of infrastructure services that complement the future directions of nations.

— Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi is the Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport, Abu Dhabi.

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