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IDC Smart City Middle East Event & Awards 2019

Burj Al Arab | June 20, 2019
Event Details


Smart Cities catalyze the digital transformation of urban ecosystems to produce systemic environmental, financial, and social outcomes. Smart Cities are, by definition, focused on using emerging technologies and innovation to make cities more livable, and offer new services and economic opportunities. The cities in Middle East have made significant strides in the Smart Cities arena leveraging technology and realigning with the needs and expectations of citizens and residents. After the grand success for the first ever IDC Smart City Awards last year, we are launching the IDC Smart City Middle East Awards 2019 (#IDCSMEA) to recognize and reward the outstanding Smart Cities projects and leaders. The awards will be concluded at an event which will act as a forum for sharing the best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region.

The IDC Smart City Middle East Awards 2019 event will provide a solid venue to identify the latest trends and address the prevailing challenges faced by the cities, local governments and their ICT suppliers in the Middle East region. The winners and finalists of the awards will be honored in the event.


The IDC Smart City Middle East Awards will reward the region's most innovative and successful ICT-enabled projects and initiatives across the following eight categories.

Smart Living & Tourism

Recognizing the best use of technology in the field of living and tourism, covering areas such as open spaces, culture, arts, sports including smart parks, kiosks, interactive experiences, connected museums, intelligent event management.

Smart Education

Recognizing the best use of technology in the field of education, including eLearning, smart learning, smart infrastructure, and web/mobile services.

Smart Health

Recognizing the best use of technology in the field of healthcare, including eHealth, mHealth, and telemedicine.

Intelligent Transportation

Recognizing the best use of technology in the field of transportation, including autonomous cars, connected vehicles, public transit, parking, infrastructure, tolls, traffic management, multi-modal transport hubs, and ride-hailing/ride-sharing services.

Smart Utilities & Sustainable Infrastructure

Recognizing the best use of technology in the field of utilities (water, electricity, sewage, gas), and smart buildings including environmental monitoring, energy conservation, lighting, waste collection, smart meters, smart grids, and building operations.

Smart Public Safety

Recognizing the best use of technology for ensuring public safety, including policing and law enforcement, crime detection/prevention, emergency services, early warning systems, disaster detection/prevention.

Smart Government Administration

Recognizing the best technology project/initiative in the field of government administration including the provision of eServices and mServices. To reflect the unique challenges faced by cities of different sizes and to ensure fair comparisons are made, two separate tier awards will be given out in this category based on the populations involved.

Smart Civic Engagement

Recognizing the best technology project/initiative in the field of civic and community engagement and transparency, including open data, city portals, public Wi-Fi, and non-emergency services.


Who can Participate?

Organizations who owns the projects/initiatives – government, public, or private. Solutions providers (vendors, telco's, consultancies) cannot participate.

What kind of Projects?

Should be a technology-related project. Should typically involve at least one of the 3rd platform or Innovation Accelerator technologies such as Cloud, Big data & analytics, Mobility, Social, The Internet of Things, IT security, Augmented reality/Virtual reality, Robotics / Drones, Web, Mobile apps, eServices.

From Which Countries?

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt


Deadline for submission of nominations extended to May 15th, 2019.


IDC analysts will contact the nominees and conduct in-depth interviews for the nominations that meet the necessary criteria. This process ensures that we have all the enough details to do a fair judgement of the project. IDC has a two-stage process for ranking and judging the awards. In the first stage, the projects will be evaluated by IDC Middle East analysts and in the second stage by an International Advisory Council (IAC). The members of IAC include IDC Global Smart City analysts. IDC follows a proprietary benchmarking tool to do the judgement and ranking which includes six different aspects with five different scoring stages for each of them.

Partnership Opportunities

Associate your brand with Smart City Development across the Middle East.
Opportunity to associate and present the Smart City award.
Networking and 1:1 meetings with key Government decision makers.

Become a Partner

Learn more about 2018 partners

Photo Gallery

Take a look into the very successful last year event



Ronita Bhattacharjee

Vice President - Conferences, IDC Middle East, Africa, & Turkey

+971 4 391 2747

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