Riyadh

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

Background Information

City Population 7,230,000 (UN World Urbanization Prospects)
Country 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 yr change
HDI 0.857 0.856 0.857 0.854 -0.003
Life expectancy at birth 74.8 74.9 75.0 75.1 +0.1
Expected years of schooling 17.0 17.0 17.0 16.1 -0.9
Mean years of schooling 9.7 9.7 9.7 10.2 +0.5
GNI per capita (PPP $) 51,099 49,371 49,338 47,495 -1,843

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
55.9%
road congestion
52.0%
green spaces
35.2%
public transport
34.5%
unemployment
33.9%
health services
33.2%
basic amenities
31.8%
air pollution
31.1%
fulfilling employment
31.1%
recycling
28.0%
security
23.5%
school education
22.5%
corruption
20.3%
social mobility
14.6%
citizen engagement
11.9%

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
66.8%
You are comfortable with face recognition technologies to lower crime
85.7%
You feel the availability of online information has increased your trust in authorities
85.7%
The proportion of your day-to-day payment transactions that are non-cash (% of transactions)
70.1%
Legend
City
Group Mean

Structures

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Basic sanitation meets the needs of the poorest areas
84.7
Recycling services are satisfactory
73.9
Public safety is not a problem
50.1
Air pollution is not a problem
37.4
Medical services provision is satisfactory
81.8
Finding housing with rent equal to 30% or less of a monthly salary is not a problem
57.5
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Traffic congestion is not a problem
31.8
Public transport is satisfactory
61.5
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Employment finding services are readily available
59.2
Most children have access to a good school
78.1
Lifelong learning opportunities are provided by local institutions
71.2
Businesses are creating new jobs
68.7
Minorities feel welcome
66.0
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Green spaces are satisfactory
65.5
Cultural activities (shows, bars, and museums) are satisfactory
71.3
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Information on local government decisions are easily accessible
81.2
Corruption of city officials is not an issue of concern
50.3
Residents contribute to decision making of local government
60.3
Residents provide feedback on local government projects
62.8
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Technologies

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online reporting of city maintenance problems provides a speedy solution
76.6
A website or App allows residents to easily give away unwanted items
69.4
Free public wifi has improved access to city services
64.4
CCTV cameras has made residents feel safer
76.4
A website or App allows residents to effectively monitor air pollution
58.7
Arranging medical appointments online has improved access
84.6
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Car-sharing Apps have reduced congestion
67.2
Apps that direct you to an available parking space have reduced journey time
71.3
Bicycle hiring has reduced congestion
49.3
Online scheduling and ticket sales has made public transport easier to use
72.0
The city provides information on traffic congestion through mobile phones
74.8
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online access to job listings has made it easier to find work
75.1
IT skills are taught well in schools
68.6
Online services provided by the city has made it easier to start a new business
75.2
The current internet speed and reliability meet connectivity needs
79.2
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online purchasing of tickets to shows and museums has made it easier to attend
79.3
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online public access to city finances has reduced corruption
70.7
Online voting has increased participation
69.2
An online platform where residents can propose ideas has improved city life
74.0
Processing Identification Documents online has reduced waiting times
83.1
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Background Information

City Population 7,230,000 (UN World Urbanization Prospects)
Country 2016 2017 2018 2019 1 yr change
HDI 0.857 0.856 0.857 0.854 -0.003
Life expectancy at birth 74.8 74.9 75.0 75.1 +0.1
Expected years of schooling 17.0 17.0 17.0 16.1 -0.9
Mean years of schooling 9.7 9.7 9.7 10.2 +0.5
GNI per capita (PPP $) 51,099 49,371 49,338 47,495 -1,843

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
55.9%
road congestion
52.0%
green spaces
35.2%
public transport
34.5%
unemployment
33.9%
health services
33.2%
basic amenities
31.8%
air pollution
31.1%
fulfilling employment
31.1%
recycling
28.0%
security
23.5%
school education
22.5%
corruption
20.3%
social mobility
14.6%
citizen engagement
11.9%

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
66.8%
You are comfortable with face recognition technologies to lower crime
85.7%
You feel the availability of online information has increased your trust in authorities
85.7%
The proportion of your day-to-day payment transactions that are non-cash (% of transactions)
70.1%
Legend
City
Group Mean

Structures

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Basic sanitation meets the needs of the poorest areas
84.7
Recycling services are satisfactory
73.9
Public safety is not a problem
50.1
Air pollution is not a problem
37.4
Medical services provision is satisfactory
81.8
Finding housing with rent equal to 30% or less of a monthly salary is not a problem
57.5
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Traffic congestion is not a problem
31.8
Public transport is satisfactory
61.5
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Employment finding services are readily available
59.2
Most children have access to a good school
78.1
Lifelong learning opportunities are provided by local institutions
71.2
Businesses are creating new jobs
68.7
Minorities feel welcome
66.0
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Green spaces are satisfactory
65.5
Cultural activities (shows, bars, and museums) are satisfactory
71.3
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Information on local government decisions are easily accessible
81.2
Corruption of city officials is not an issue of concern
50.3
Residents contribute to decision making of local government
60.3
Residents provide feedback on local government projects
62.8
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max

Technologies

Health & Safety
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online reporting of city maintenance problems provides a speedy solution
76.6
A website or App allows residents to easily give away unwanted items
69.4
Free public wifi has improved access to city services
64.4
CCTV cameras has made residents feel safer
76.4
A website or App allows residents to effectively monitor air pollution
58.7
Arranging medical appointments online has improved access
84.6
Mobility
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Car-sharing Apps have reduced congestion
67.2
Apps that direct you to an available parking space have reduced journey time
71.3
Bicycle hiring has reduced congestion
49.3
Online scheduling and ticket sales has made public transport easier to use
72.0
The city provides information on traffic congestion through mobile phones
74.8
Opportunities (Work & School)
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online access to job listings has made it easier to find work
75.1
IT skills are taught well in schools
68.6
Online services provided by the city has made it easier to start a new business
75.2
The current internet speed and reliability meet connectivity needs
79.2
Activities
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online purchasing of tickets to shows and museums has made it easier to attend
79.3
Governance
Score
0
20
40
60
80100
Online public access to city finances has reduced corruption
70.7
Online voting has increased participation
69.2
An online platform where residents can propose ideas has improved city life
74.0
Processing Identification Documents online has reduced waiting times
83.1
Legend
Min
City
Mean
Max