Assessing Abu Dhabi’s Capacity for Smart Urbanism: An Interdisciplinary Study of Socio-Technical, Human Factor, and Stem Preparedness Across Abu Dhabi Government, Business, Education and Civil Society
No single discipline, governmental or business sector can cover all the elements that constitute Smart City Research & Development. The expertise required is both multidisciplinary and inter-sector / inter-governmental. In the case of Abu Dhabi policies and plans for sustainability, public participation, economic, social and technological infrastructure development for implementing transition to a fully integrated smart city. In particular, as the UAE Capital City hosting most of the Federal Ministries, governing seat of the Abu Dhabi Emirate as well as the city’s own municipal government, good communication, interface and networking among multiple agencies, which involves socio-technical, managerial, administrative, policy, planning and financial elements. In addition, Abu Dhabi is a busy industrial and commercial city with a multimodal transportation hub for land, sea, air, and soon rail linkages. In short, while Abu Dhabi has made extraordinarily rapid progress as an extremely complex urban system, to maintain development continuity requires excellent strategy to implement best practices in ICT networking and human interface. As smart cities pivot around further complexity of Internet of things (IoT) facilitating a smooth interface for the key factors of smart city, the machine-to-machine communication and internet of things. The aim of this research is to discover and discuss Abu-Dhabi plan research, and practice, which advances the concept of smart, open, and participatory government of the 21st century.