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20 Jun 2019

IDC Announces Winners of 'Smart City Middle East Awards 2019'

Dubai – International Data Corporation (IDC) today hosted the second edition of its annual 'Smart City Middle East Awards' at Dubai's iconic Burj Al Arab hotel to honor the region's most innovative ICT-enabled Smart City projects and initiatives across seven different categories.

IDC has been accepting nominations since January from organizations that have successfully implemented – or are currently implementing – transformative ICT-enabled Smart City projects or initiatives aimed at driving urban innovation through the novel application of technologies, partnerships, funding models, and/or community involvement.

Following this afternoon's dedicated awards ceremony, IDC is delighted to announce the winners and finalists as follows:

Smart Education Award

Winner: Dubai Police (Efaad Program)

Finalists: Khalifa Empowerment Program (Aqdar Smart Awareness Program); GEMS Education (Phoenix School Management System); Abu Dhabi Polytechnic (i-Campus Program)

Smart Health Award

Winner: Dubai Health Authority (Smart Home Care Program)

Finalists: Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Ajman (AI for Better Patient Care Program); King Fahd Military Medical Complex (Tele-ICU Project)

Intelligent Transportation Award

Winner: RTA Dubai (Al Merqab E-Hailing Monitoring Program)

Finalists: Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (AI & V2X Smart Transport Program); RTA Dubai (Raqeeb Driver Behavior Monitoring Program); DP World (Zodiac Supply Chain Platform); Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE (Road Assets Management System)

Smart Utilities & Sustainable Infrastructure Award

Winner: Talaat Moustafa Group (Smart Lighting & Energy Management Project)

Smart Public Safety Award

Winner: Dubai Police (Virtual Training Program)

Finalists: RTA Dubai (Emergency Office of RTA Contact Centre)

Smart Government Administration Award

Winner: Smart Dubai (Dubai Paperless Strategy)

Finalists: Abu Dhabi Municipality (3D Digital Transformation Initiative); Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (SAHMI CRM Digital Transformation Program)

Smart Civic Engagement Award

Winner: Smart Dubai (Rashid Program)

Finalists: Ministry of Economy, UAE (AI Customer Support Project)

"Smart Cities are, by definition, focused on using emerging technologies and innovation to make cities more livable and drive the prospect of economic growth," says Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC's group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. "Over the past 12 months, cities across the Middle East have made significant progress in leveraging technology to meet the demanding needs and expectations of tech-savvy businesses and residents. Our aim at IDC is to continue identifying successful Smart City projects throughout the region and sharing proven best practices with other cities looking to replicate such initiatives within their own communities."

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For the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey region, IDC retains a coordinated network of offices in Riyadh, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Cairo, and Istanbul, with a regional center in Dubai. Our coverage couples local insight with an international perspective to provide a comprehensive understanding of markets in these dynamic regions. Our market intelligence services are unparalleled in depth, consistency, scope, and accuracy. IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey currently fields over 130 analysts, consultants, and conference associates across the region. To learn more about IDC MEA, please visit You can follow IDC MEA on Twitter at @IDCMEA.


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