How can cities succeed and boom in the long run? CASE IN QATAR

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As technology is advancing, the places we live in need to be adapted as well. In the modern times, we are bombarded with many gadgets and gizmos that are making life easier and enabling us to do more in less time. How can cities succeed and boom in the long run? They must be able to plan for a smart future using the technological advancements that are occurring in modern times. Some of these technological advancements are presented in the Qatar National Vision 2030. Under the Qatar National Vision 2030, Qatar has promised to deliver Environmental Development and technological advancement. In the QNV 2030’s vision and mission statement, it is stated that ‘The Qatar National Vision 2030 aims to direct Qatar towards a balance between developmental needs and the protection of its natural environment, whether land, sea or air.’ What this means is that building a smart city will require Qatar to invest in advanced smart technologies that can contribute to its modernizing economy. This will help and enable Qatar to progress rapidly and achieve technologically advanced urban development. Temperature monitoring systems are one of the technologically advanced things that Qatar has invested in. To protect and act against high temperatures and changing weather, Doha has had to install many smart temperature sensors across the country in different malls and buildings that set the temperature of the building based on different variables such as outside temperature, people in the area, humidity and various other factors. Doha has been ranked number one in terms of smart building capabilities across all categories of ‘Green’, ‘Safe’ and ‘Productive’. Doha has scored 70 out of 100 points which analyzed 620 buildings across the middle east, with the average score being only 48 points out of 100. With Doha’s sight set on the future with the FIFA Football World Cup happening in 2022, it has planned major infrastructure changes including building major SMART transportation systems to handle the rush that comes with hosting a FIFA world championship. Qatar has been able to construct many smart cities including Lusail City which has temperature management systems, automatic lightening sensors and smart metros. Qatar is focusing on a smart future. This includes having smart carriages, trains and buses that have temperature sensors installed in them that adjust according to the number of people in the bus, the temperature outside etc. As Doha moves to host the biggest sporting event in the world, it is planning for resilience. Doha has been able to build smart stadiums that would host the 2022 World Cup in higher temperatures. Doha’s economy is moving towards compete automatic temperature management systems. Doha has buildings which are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. This includes more than 5 buildings just in Qatar Foundation. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. This means that Doha is not only smart but also green which makes it very unique and special. To conclude, Doha has many buildings that have LEED certification. Doha is preparing for the World Cup and has many smart mechanisms that will help in managing the temperature of the buildings and stadiums smartly. This paper highlights the steps that Qatar has taken to work towards building a smart future. A smart future is important for Qatar because it is taking steps actively to move from an oil-based economy to a knowledge-based economy. Projects like Education City affirm Qatar’s commitment to move towards a smarter future.
Abstract ID :
ISO46
Submission Type
URBAN PLANNING SPECIALIST
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Urban planning department
SECOND URBAN PLANNING RESEARCHER
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URBAN PLANNING DEPARTMENT

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