Abu Dhabi

Smart city ranking
28 Out of 118
42 in 2020
BB BB in 2020
Factor ratings
BB Structures
BB Technologies
Group
3
All ratings range from AAA to D

Background Information

City Population 1,480,000 (UN World Urbanization Prospects)
Country 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 yr change
HDI 0.863 0.864 0.866 0.890 +0.024
Life expectancy at birth 77.5 77.6 77.8 78.0 +0.2
Expected years of schooling 13.6 13.6 13.6 14.3 +0.7
Mean years of schooling 10.8 10.9 11.0 12.1 +1.1
GNI per capita (PPP $) 67,410 67,136 66,912 67,462 +550

Priority Areas

From a list of 15 indicators, survey respondents were asked to select 5 that they perceived as the most urgent for their city. This is the total bar. The higher the percentage of responses per area, the greater the priority for the city.

The left hand section of each bar shows the Alignment - the proportion of those respondents who also answered the corresponding survey questions low. A strong Alignment implies that these areas also demand priority attention.

% of respondents who chose the Priority Area
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
affordable housing
74.3%
fulfilling employment
49.2%
unemployment
46.5%
health services
34.8%
road congestion
27.9%
air pollution
25.7%
public transport
24.5%
green spaces
24.5%
school education
24.3%
recycling
23.1%
basic amenities
21.8%
citizen engagement
21.1%
security
20.7%
social mobility
16.5%
corruption
11.8%

Attitudes

% of respondents who agree or strongly agree with the statement
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
You are willing to concede personal data in order to improve traffic congestion
75.3%
You are comfortable with face recognition technologies to lower crime
89.1%
You feel the availability of online information has increased your trust in authorities
89.8%
The proportion of your day-to-day payment transactions that are non-cash (% of transactions)
70.0%
Legend
City
Group Mean

Structures

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Basic sanitation meets the needs of the poorest areas
85.9
Recycling services are satisfactory
84.4
Public safety is not a problem
74.5
Air pollution is not a problem
60.8
Medical services provision is satisfactory
88.1
Finding housing with rent equal to 30% or less of a monthly salary is not a problem
51.0
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Traffic congestion is not a problem
66.4
Public transport is satisfactory
81.9
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Employment finding services are readily available
66.6
Most children have access to a good school
77.9
Lifelong learning opportunities are provided by local institutions
70.1
Businesses are creating new jobs
67.5
Minorities feel welcome
80.1
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Green spaces are satisfactory
80.8
Cultural activities (shows, bars, and museums) are satisfactory
84.3
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Information on local government decisions are easily accessible
82.3
Corruption of city officials is not an issue of concern
69.7
Residents contribute to decision making of local government
60.5
Residents provide feedback on local government projects
69.8
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Technologies

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online reporting of city maintenance problems provides a speedy solution
74.5
A website or App allows residents to easily give away unwanted items
74.6
Free public wifi has improved access to city services
71.7
CCTV cameras has made residents feel safer
85.7
A website or App allows residents to effectively monitor air pollution
58.4
Arranging medical appointments online has improved access
85.3
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Car-sharing Apps have reduced congestion
63.9
Apps that direct you to an available parking space have reduced journey time
69.9
Bicycle hiring has reduced congestion
65.7
Online scheduling and ticket sales has made public transport easier to use
82.4
The city provides information on traffic congestion through mobile phones
78.5
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online access to job listings has made it easier to find work
76.3
IT skills are taught well in schools
76.7
Online services provided by the city has made it easier to start a new business
75.1
The current internet speed and reliability meet connectivity needs
83.4
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online purchasing of tickets to shows and museums has made it easier to attend
87.5
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online public access to city finances has reduced corruption
68.2
Online voting has increased participation
65.6
An online platform where residents can propose ideas has improved city life
71.3
Processing Identification Documents online has reduced waiting times
82.8
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Background Information

City Population 1,480,000 (UN World Urbanization Prospects)
Country 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 yr change
HDI 0.863 0.864 0.866 0.890 +0.024
Life expectancy at birth 77.5 77.6 77.8 78.0 +0.2
Expected years of schooling 13.6 13.6 13.6 14.3 +0.7
Mean years of schooling 10.8 10.9 11.0 12.1 +1.1
GNI per capita (PPP $) 67,410 67,136 66,912 67,462 +550

Priority Areas

From a list of 15 indicators, survey respondents were asked to select 5 that they perceived as the most urgent for their city. This is the total bar. The higher the percentage of responses per area, the greater the priority for the city.

The left hand section of each bar shows the Alignment - the proportion of those respondents who also answered the corresponding survey questions low. A strong Alignment implies that these areas also demand priority attention.

% of respondents who chose the Priority Area
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
affordable housing
74.3%
fulfilling employment
49.2%
unemployment
46.5%
health services
34.8%
road congestion
27.9%
air pollution
25.7%
public transport
24.5%
green spaces
24.5%
school education
24.3%
recycling
23.1%
basic amenities
21.8%
citizen engagement
21.1%
security
20.7%
social mobility
16.5%
corruption
11.8%

Attitudes

% of respondents who agree or strongly agree with the statement
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%100%
You are willing to concede personal data in order to improve traffic congestion
75.3%
You are comfortable with face recognition technologies to lower crime
89.1%
You feel the availability of online information has increased your trust in authorities
89.8%
The proportion of your day-to-day payment transactions that are non-cash (% of transactions)
70.0%
Legend
City
Group Mean

Structures

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Basic sanitation meets the needs of the poorest areas
85.9
Recycling services are satisfactory
84.4
Public safety is not a problem
74.5
Air pollution is not a problem
60.8
Medical services provision is satisfactory
88.1
Finding housing with rent equal to 30% or less of a monthly salary is not a problem
51.0
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Traffic congestion is not a problem
66.4
Public transport is satisfactory
81.9
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Employment finding services are readily available
66.6
Most children have access to a good school
77.9
Lifelong learning opportunities are provided by local institutions
70.1
Businesses are creating new jobs
67.5
Minorities feel welcome
80.1
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Green spaces are satisfactory
80.8
Cultural activities (shows, bars, and museums) are satisfactory
84.3
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Information on local government decisions are easily accessible
82.3
Corruption of city officials is not an issue of concern
69.7
Residents contribute to decision making of local government
60.5
Residents provide feedback on local government projects
69.8
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Technologies

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online reporting of city maintenance problems provides a speedy solution
74.5
A website or App allows residents to easily give away unwanted items
74.6
Free public wifi has improved access to city services
71.7
CCTV cameras has made residents feel safer
85.7
A website or App allows residents to effectively monitor air pollution
58.4
Arranging medical appointments online has improved access
85.3
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Car-sharing Apps have reduced congestion
63.9
Apps that direct you to an available parking space have reduced journey time
69.9
Bicycle hiring has reduced congestion
65.7
Online scheduling and ticket sales has made public transport easier to use
82.4
The city provides information on traffic congestion through mobile phones
78.5
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online access to job listings has made it easier to find work
76.3
IT skills are taught well in schools
76.7
Online services provided by the city has made it easier to start a new business
75.1
The current internet speed and reliability meet connectivity needs
83.4
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online purchasing of tickets to shows and museums has made it easier to attend
87.5
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online public access to city finances has reduced corruption
68.2
Online voting has increased participation
65.6
An online platform where residents can propose ideas has improved city life
71.3
Processing Identification Documents online has reduced waiting times
82.8
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max