Dubai's smart city ambitions ready to hit new milestone with du

du set to deliver smart services at Silicon Park, Dubai's first integrated smart city project taking shape at Dubai Silicon Oasis.
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du said it has partnered with Orange Business Services, the business services arm of the Orange Group, to deliver a complete range of smart city services for Silicon Park.

Smart living is set to soon become a reality as telecoms operator du finalises plans to deliver services at Silicon Park, Dubai’s first integrated smart city project taking shape at Dubai Silicon Oasis.

du said it has partnered with Orange Business Services, the business services arm of the Orange Group, to deliver a complete range of smart city services for Silicon Park that is set for completion by the end of March.

Operationally, the main data centre infrastructure is already up and running, and over a third of all services are now in various stages of implementation, a statement said.

Smart solutions are designed to boost productivity and efficiency and includes a community portal, an energy management solution, an information and messaging hub and an enterprise architecture office.

When fully operational, it is also expected to feature smart solutions from charging-docks for smart devices on the street to smart pop-up furniture and digital play tables, as well as optimally-designed bus shelters, piazzas shading, and electric vehicles charging stations.

Silicon Park will comprise 71,000 sq m of office space, 25,000 sq m of commercial space, 46,000 sq m of residential area and the 115-key business hotel Radisson RED Dubai Silicon Oasis.

It will also feature restaurants, cafés, prayer rooms, a shopping centre and an underground parking space that can accommodate more than 2,500 cars.

Farid Faraidooni, deputy CEO, ICT Solutions, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), said: “Smart City services constitute our biggest opportunity to enhance the UAE’s position as a global hub for tourism, commerce and as a happy place to live. We are already engaged with Abu Dhabi, Ajman and other emirates in building smart ecosystems in the UAE.

"Silicon Park is among the most eagerly-anticipated smart living projects in the Middle East region and once delivered, it will act as a significant milestone in realising the vision of Smart Dubai.”

Muammar Al Katheeri, executive vice president of Engineering and Smart City at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, added: “Silicon Park has been conceptualised to leverage smart technology that is central to its DNA.

"Silicon Park is set to provide 60 smart services with an investment of AED100 million, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest and happiest city in the world.”

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