The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has announced the 3rd edition of the Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit (ADSCS), scheduled to take place from 31 October until 1st November at the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers Hotel.

Under the theme Smart Cities for a Sustainable World, this year's summit will explore smart city technologies and how they can address some of the world's most pressing challenges, including climate change, urbanisation and inequality.

The summit also represents an inspiration for innovation and progress in the realm of smart cities and artificial intelligence. It will assemble global leaders, thought leaders, decision-makers, local entities and private sector companies in the emirate, providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and collaboration opportunities, and further enhancing Abu Dhabi's global leadership in the fields of smart cities and artificial intelligence.

Topics discussed will revolve around the latest global applications and practices in the domain of smart and sustainable cities, including smart transportation, smart energy, smart buildings and healthcare.

His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of DMT, said: “Abu Dhabi's pioneering role in smart city development is fostered by groundbreaking solutions. Abu Dhabi Smart City Summit stands as a testament to the emirate's persistent dedication to addressing global challenges through forward-looking technological solutions.”

His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa emphasised that the organisation of this summit by DMT aligns seamlessly with the department's strategic plan and the UAE's ambitious Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031.

His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa said: “This strategy provides a roadmap for the nation's future services, sectors and infrastructure, reinforcing Abu Dhabi's unwavering commitment to smart city development and sustainability. Furthermore, the event resonates with Abu Dhabi's consistent recognition as the smartest city in the MENA region for the third consecutive year, further confirming the emirate's resolute commitment to advancing smart city initiatives.”

The UAE has made significant progress in scientific research and the development of artificial intelligence, substantially enhancing its response capabilities in dealing with recent global challenges. In this year’s edition of ADSCS, the event aims to engage more experts and visionaries who will contribute to the next phase of smart city development, establishing a clear framework and vision to ensure liveability in cities, making them more adaptable and responsive to challenges. The framework will also contribute towards providing local skills, community institutions, and cutting-edge technologies to support sustainable economic development.