Four Saudi cities rank high on the IMD Smart City Index 2023

Four Saudi cities rank high on the IMD Smart City Index 2023

Riyadh has maintained its position as the third Arab city in the IMD Smart City Index (SCI) 2023, which saw the Saudi cities of Makkah, Jeddah, and Madinah included in the observatory for the first time, ranking 4th, 5th and 7th respectively.

At the global level, Riyadh, Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah have ranked 30th, 52nd, 56th and 85th respectively out of the 141 cities included in the Smart City Observatory, which seeks to find out how technology is enabling cities to achieve a higher quality of life for their inhabitants.

This year’s IMD index has focused on the population’s realization of the impact of the smart technology systems their cities employ to improve their lives and the degree of balance they achieve between the economic and technological dimensions and the humanitarian factor.

The Smart City Observatory is one of the global indexes that evaluates the preparedness of cities, serving as an assessment tool and holistic, interdisciplinary approach for urban planners, decision-makers and researchers to evaluate smart tech systems’ contributions to improving the living standards of residents.

The improvement in ranking for four Saudi cities in the Smart City Index is the result of the collaborative efforts of all concerned agencies, including the National Smart City Platform, launched by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA).


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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