Dubai launches WCCD initiative in move toward smart cities
Local data hub of the World Council on City Data (WCCD) covers the MENA and South Asia regions
Dubai has launched the local data hub of World Council on City Data (WCCD) – covering the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia regions – as part of its effort to move toward smart cities; strengthen the role of communities as a driver for future growth; and achieve the UN sustainable objectives.
The launch is in line with an agreement signed with the World Council on City Data in May 2019.
Commenting on Dubai’s progress towards becoming a global centre for sustainable infrastructure, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: “The newly launched local data hub cements Dubai’s leading position in sustainable planning, as data is critical for planning and developing sustainable cities and projects. This is a great opportunity to boost economic growth and encourage the adoption of more sustainable solutions for a better future.”
WCCD president and chief executive officer, Dr Patricia McCarney, added: “We highly appreciate the role of The Executive Council and the city of Dubai in promoting normative data. Dubai’s remarkable success in strategic planning and sustainability was the main reason behind our collaboration, which is built on knowledge, best practices, and knowledge exchange. The collaboration will elevate Dubai’s competitiveness in var-ious safety and happiness international indices.”
Emphasising that the local data hub is a testament to Dubai’s push toward sustainability, secretary general of the Executive Council of Dubai, HE Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, said: “Today cities are the centre of economic growth, innovation, and social well-being. Cities accommodate more than 55% of the planet’s population and contribute with more than 80% of the global GDP. Nations around the world are focusing on great minds and talents, as they began to realise that the main source of wealth is innovation as opposed to natural resources.”