Abu Dhabi ranks highly on CIMI technology index

Cities in Motion Index ranks Abu Dhabi as 13th most developed in technology in the world

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Abu Dhabi ranks highly on CIMI technology index Al Mansoori said that Abu Dhabi's placing on the technology index of the CIMI was testament to its acheivements in the field.
By  Mark Sutton Published  September 10, 2017

Abu Dhabi has ranked first in the Arab world in the 2017 Cities in Motion Index, and first in technology in the Arab world.

The CIMI, published by Spain's University of Navarra IESE Business School, is intended as an objective and comprehensive index of future sustainability, and quality of life of inhabitants in cities around the globe.

The 2017 CIMI assessed 180 cities around the world, across ten key dimensions: economy, human capital, technology, the environment, international outreach, social cohesion, mobility and transportation, governance, urban planning, and public management.

Abu Dhabi ranked as the leading city in the Arab world for technology, which is based on per capita number of broadband Internet users in the country; number of broadband users within a city; number of IP addresses assigned to the city; number of WiFi hotspots; per capita number of Facebook users; number of mobile phones and number of smartphones per person; quality of municipal websites and score on the Innovation Cities Index as published by the Innovation Cities Program.

Taipei, New York and Baltimore topped the technology index, while Abu Dhabi placed thirteenth. Other cities in the Middle East scored poorly on the technology index, with Jeddah 43rd, Cairo 74th, Riyadh 77th and Dubai was ranked 84th.

Commenting on Abu Dhabi's ranking within the Index, HE Rashed Lahej Al Mansouri, Director General of ADSIC said: "Abu Dhabi has been honoured with this distinguished first place in the Middle East ranking thanks to the wise leadership and guidance of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the continual support of H.H. Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council.

"We are also honoured by Abu Dhabi's ranking as 13 globally in the field of technology according to the prestigious index, as we consider it a direct testament of Abu Dhabi's various key achievements in the ICT sector which have positioned the capital as a role model for innovation, fresh ideas and advanced digital solutions."

On the overall CIMI, Abu Dhabi ranked 64th worldwide; Dubai was 66th and Jeddah was 120th.

Middle East cities ranked highly on Public Management, which includes tax rates, sales tax rate, financial reserves, number of embassies and consulates per city, and number of important people on Twitter; no Middle East cities ranked in the top ten for any other indicators.

In the conclusion to the 2017 CIMI report, the authors suggest that cities need to define their identity and establish a strategic plan to build their city in future; understand the current situation based on indices like the CIMI and develop plans that address all areas of development.

The authors also noted that: "The CIMI is not a ‘beauty contest'. It has surprised us how many cities included in the index are more concerned about their position in the ranking than the analysis that can be derived from it. Our perspective is that the value of the CIMI lies not only in its ability to identify strengths and weaknesses but also in its temporal component, which enables identification of the direction in which each city is moving. In this regard, our recommendation to urban managers is that they pay more attention to the trend (dynamic analysis) than to the position."

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