IDC Announces Winners of ‘Smart City Middle East Awards 2018

IDC Announces Winners of ‘Smart City Middle East Awards 2018

by 2. May 2018

International Data Corporation hosted the inaugural edition of its ‘Smart City Middle East Awards’ at Dubai’s Jumeirah Creekside Hotel to honor the region’s most innovative ICT-enabled Smart City projects and initiatives.

More than 80 nominations were received across ten categories, with each submission undergoing a comprehensive multi-stage validation and judging process, and IDC is delighted to announce the winners and finalists as follows:

Smart Tourism Award

Winner: 

Ministry of Hajj & Umrah, Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Hajj & Umrah, Saudi Arabia

Finalists:

DXB Entertainments

DXB Entertainments

Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing

Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, Dubai

Smart Living Award

Winner:

smart dubai

Smart Dubai Office

Finalists:

DSOA

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Electronic Government Authority

Electronic Government Authority,Ras Al Khaimah

Smart Public Safety Award

Winner:

General Directorate of Dubai Police

General Directorate of Dubai Police

Finalists:

Directorate General of Dubai Civil Defence

Directorate General of Dubai Civil Defence

Monitoring & Control Centre

Monitoring & Control Centre, Abu Dhabi

Smart Health Award

Winner: 

Dubai Health Authority

Dubai Health Authority

Finalists:

The National Health Insurance Company

The National Health Insurance Company (Daman)

 Ministry of Health & Prevention

Ministry of Health & Prevention, UAE

Smart Learning & Education Award

Winner:

Institute of Public Administration

Institute of Public Administration, Saudi Arabia

Finalists: 

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia

Intelligent Transportation Award

Winner:

Roads & Transport Authority

Roads & Transport Authority, Dubai

Finalists:

Dubai Airports

Dubai Airports; DP World

Sustainable Environment & Smart Utilities Award

Winner:

DSOA

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Finalists: 

NEWGIZA for Real Estate & Development

NEWGIZA for Real Estate & Development, Egypt

Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District

Ministry of Electricity & Water

Ministry of Electricity & Water, Kuwait

Greenfield City Award

Winner:

Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu

Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu

Finalists: 

Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District

NEWGIZA for Real Estate & Development

NEWGIZA for Real Estate & Development, Egypt

Emaar-The Economic City

Emaar, The Economic City, Saudi Arabia (King Abdullah Economic City)

Smart Economy & Government Administration Award (Tier 1 City)

Winner:

smart dubai

Smart Dubai Office

Finalists: 

Ministry of Housing, Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Housing, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Municipality

Riyadh Municipality

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Finance, Saudi Arabia

Smart Economy & Government Administration Award (Tier 2 City)

Winner: Ajman Municipality & Planning Department

Finalists:

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

Al-Ahsa Municipality

Al-Ahsa Municipality

Jyoti Lalchandani

Jyoti Lalchandani

“The Middle East has become a hotbed of innovation in the Smart City space, with cities across the region leveraging cutting-edge technology to meet the needs and expectations of their citizens, businesses, and residents,”

says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.

“Given the sheer scope of this ongoing transformation, we are delighted to be able to recognize and reward the outstanding contribution made by the pioneering organizations that have spearheaded the proliferation of Smart City initiatives and projects across the region.”

The awards ceremony marked the culmination of IDC’s dedicated Smart City Middle East Event, which saw a lineup of respected industry experts explore the emerging challenges and opportunities facing the region’s cities, local governments, and ICT suppliers.

Featuring a combination of insightful presentations and interactive panel discussions, the event’s keynote address was delivered by IDC’s vice president for Government Insights and Smart Cities, Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, who examined the latest trends shaping developments in the global Smart City space.

Ruthbea Yesner Clarke

Ruthbea Yesner Clarke

“Awareness of the potential around Smart Cities has grown exponentially in recent years,”

said Clarke.

“Cities, municipalities, and governments around the world are realizing that they can positively alter the lives of millions of urban residents by exploiting opportunities presented by digital transformation.

To achieve this, they must harness the data from smart devices, networks, cloud infrastructure, and applications to develop new insights, products, and services, integrating smart technologies to enable a truly connected Smart City ecosystem.”

Fadi Shanaah, Orange Business Services’ business development director for Smart Cities and healthcare, also spoke at the event as he explored the creation of a holistic strategy for managing the data journey and enabling the Smart Cities of tomorrow.

Further discussions centered on the need to optimize Smart City investments, facilitate ubiquitous connectivity, and enable collaborative innovation, with fascinating contributions from Khwaja Saifuddin, senior sales director at Western Digital; Kia Cottrell, business development manager at Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company; and Hisham S. Hammami, CIO of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj.

Featured image via https://www.idcsmartcityawards.com/

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