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One of the most technologically advanced cities in the world will collaborate with DMT on various smart city projects

UAE capital Abu Dhabi and China’s Shenzhen have signed a Twin City agreement, under which both parties will share knowledge and collaborate on smart city projects across multiple areas.

These include infrastructure, city planning, green mobility, transportation, advanced technology, autonomous solutions, sustainability, and urban development.

Situated in the southeastern part of China, Shenzhen is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. It had a population of 17.5 million in 2020 and is widely regarded as one of the most technologically advanced in the world in terms of infrastructure.

The agreement was signed during the inaugural Abu Dhabi x Shenzhen Innovation Forum (ADSZIF) held in Shenzhen. Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) and Qin Weizhong, Mayor of Shenzhen, were the signatories.

Al Shorafa said: “Abu Dhabi has its sights firmly set on being a global pioneer in sustainable and smart urban development. We are committed to leveraging innovation and technology to transform urban living and improve the lives, well-being and experience of all those connected to the UAE capital and across the emirate.

“Leveraging strategic partnerships is key to delivering any ambitious vision and Shenzhen is one of the most advanced cities in the world. We are confident that the agreements signed during the forum will ensure our two world-class cities become even more attractive to citizens, visitors, businesses, and investors in the Year of the Dragon and beyond.”

Weizhong added: “Shenzhen is delighted to sign the Twin City agreement with Abu Dhabi and looks forward to working directly with DMT to exchange ideas and collaborate on smart city strategy.

“This partnership does not only cement longstanding ties between China and the UAE but also paves the way to working on the type of innovation and advanced technology that will define global cities of the future.”

Abu Dhabi: Smart mobility and partnerships

At ADSZIF, DMT signed strategic agreements with Shenzhen Urban Transport Planning Centre (SUTPC), Huawei, Templewater Hong Kong Limited, and Kowloon Motor Bus Company.

With SUTPC, DMT will establish an international joint laboratory to facilitate training programmes on smart city and mobility, focusing on developing smarter, safer, more efficient and greener transport systems in Abu Dhabi. It will lead to the development of an Intelligent Mobility Command and Control Centre (IMCCC) in Abu Dhabi that explores technologies to advance urban transportation decision-making process and governance.

IMCCC will develop advanced sensors, cameras and real-time data analysis that will be used for city-wide traffic monitoring, decision-making, event management, as well as an all-in-one digital service system. It will incorporate purpose-built technology to efficiently manage Abu Dhabi’s land, sea, air and rail transportation network.

The agreement with Huawei will lead to enhanced data centres and strengthened IT infrastructures and explore innovative mobility solutions. The company will also support Abu Dhabi’s continued efforts to develop a world-leading smart transportation system, which will include vehicle charging infrastructures, autonomous driving and advanced traffic optimisation solutions and a holographic road network.

With Templewater, DMT and the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) will explore sustainable public transportation solutions, including the development of a green bus depot in Abu Dhabi, together with a hydrogen complex that will produce green hydrogen to power hydrogen buses and cars by 2025. Kowloon Motor Bus Company will help enhance the public transport sector in the emirate.


Quelle/Source: Arabian Business, 15.02.2024

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