The company will help the city achieve its ambition of becoming a leader in sustainable and smart living
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) has signed a strategic agreement with global city services provider JCDecaux for the delivery of services that will contribute towards a sustainable urban environment in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city.
The ultimate goal of the collaboration is to enhance the quality of life of citizens and residents in Abu Dhabi through a focus on research and development to develop “pioneering solutions”.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) establishes a framework for DPM and JCDecaux to work closely together to enhance the urban landscape through the design of smart and sustainable street furniture that will meet the needs of an ever-more connected and mobile population.
The signing of the MoU echoes the recent announcement by UN-Habitat of Abu Dhabi hosting of the 10th edition of the World Urban Forum (WUF) in February, the first edition of the WUF to be held in the Arab region. WUF operates as an open-ended think tank for the future of cities, providing a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue, collaboration, and public-private collaboration.
“WUF 2020 in Abu Dhabi will reframe the global conversation around urban sustainability, by integrating urban development with the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It’s all about agile urban governance that anticipates the future needs of the citizens and adapts to meet expectations and stay at their service,” said Falah Al Ahbabi, chairman of DPM.
“In that respect, our collaboration with a global leader in the provision of urban services like JCDecaux will provide Abu Dhabi with opportunities to develop pioneering solutions that meet the challenges ahead of its urban development.”
"It’s all about agile urban governance that anticipates the future needs of the citizens and adapts to meet expectations and stay at their service”
The agreement also feeds into the Emirate’s effort to foster innovation by supporting and developing collaboration with the private sector and civil society in the scope of public-private-people partnerships in line with the Government’s vision for continuing to develop a sustainable and diversified economy.
“We look forward to sharing our global expertise of city provider to imagine together with DPM the urban services of tomorrow that will answer the needs of city dwellers, and further strengthen the city as a global innovation hub encouraging entrepreneurship and a vibrant metropolis, for the greatest benefit of the city and residents,” added Jean-Charles Decaux, chairman of the executive board and co-CEO of JCDecaux.
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