The UAE General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA) hosted the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Forum on Smart Sustainable Cities in Abu Dhabi attended by ITU study groups and experts within the field of smart and sustainable cities.
The two day forum discussed a range of issues and topics divided into key focus areas and sessions including the national experience in developing smart sustainable cities, the use of ICT in transforming into smart and sustainable cities, the infrastructure and key performance indicators of smart and sustainable cities, and the different roles of private sector and stakeholders in this field.
“The UAE has pioneered in the adoption of sustainable development strategies in the region. The government has launched the UAE Green Growth strategy making UAE one of the leading countries in the field of green economy,” said H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, TRA director general.
“The TRA is committed to work in line with the strategies and plans set by the government to attain a sustainable environment. The TRA also contributes effectively in deploying smart applications and services that meet the requirements of the UAE cities to transform into smart cities,” Al Mansouri added.
Engineer Nasser Saleh Al Marzouqi, representative of the UAE at ITU said: "During this forum, we will focus on a range of important issues and highlight many initiatives and activities initiated by the UAE in the field of smart cities at both local and international levels. This includes focusing on the initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to fully transform Dubai into a Smart City, in addition to highlighting Masdar City and its pioneering role in the area of clean energy."
The Forum approved the roadmap of the Smart Sustainable Cities transformation for the Arab region which is based on the guidelines adopted by the ITU.