Doha and Dubai the top Middle East Cities for ”smart and innovative” buildings. New report says airports are leading the way with smart building technologies, ahead of hotels and hospitalsA new survey of buildings across the Middle East by technology firm Honeywell shows that while Dubai and Doha top the list for cities with the “smartest” buildings, more than half of those surveyed in the region had only limited connectivity and integration of building systems.
Lusail City is one of the most ambitious and ground-breaking Construction Projects in GCC. Lusail City extends across an area of 38 square kilometres and includes four exclusive islands and 19 multi-purpose residential, mixed use, entertainment and commercial districts. It is a comprehensive arena with leisure spots, residential buildings, commercial towers, avenues and public Marinas. The city of the future can accommodate 200,000 residents and 170,000 employees; it will also welcome over 80,000 visitors. The total estimated capacity of Lusail will eventually reach 450,000 people. The city also includes numerous residential units, office buildings of various sizes and 22 hotels with different international star ratings, making it an element of attraction for investment in Qatar.
The Honeywell Smart Building Score, a first-of-its-kind global index designed for the comprehensive assessment of any building, was used to evaluate 620 buildings across seven major Middle East cities – Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Jeddah, Kuwait City and Riyadh. The survey, developed by Honeywell with researchers Nielsen and global advisors Ernst & Young, assessed airports, hotels, hospitals, office and residential buildings along with educational and retail facilities.
According to the survey, the average smart building score in the Middle East was 48 out of a possible 100.The average building score in Doha was 70 – more than 20 points above the regional average. The average score in Dubai was 65. Abu Dhabi came third, with a score of 48. The report said that overall, the region’s airports are leading the way with smart building technologies, with an average score of 80. Hotels had an average score of 57, followed by hospitals at 56, retail at 52 and private offices at 46. Scoring the lowest were high-rise residential buildings at 45 and education facilities at 41. With the exception of airports, connectivity and system integration were found to be lagging. 57 percent of the buildings surveyed were found to lack efficiency-boosting technology that helps centralize facility information and streamline operations.
“We spend 80 to 90 percent of our lives in buildings; they are an integral part of a city’s ecosystem. With the advent of new technologies, the role buildings play is being redefined from a static environment to a more dynamic and interactive space that impacts the happiness, lifestyle, well-being and productivity of occupants.”
“The survey results show that the region is well on its way to achieving its smart city goals, with Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi in particular serving as great examples for the region,” added Pete Costa, vice president, Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions for the Middle East. “The scores also reflect the local regulatory focus on building codes, which is a crucial driver behind creating and maintaining smarter buildings. Investing in smart building solutions can make facilities more connected and adaptive, reduce energy and operating costs, and improve the safety and quality of life for occupants and users.”
Sources: QGN, Arabian Business, Gulf Agencies, AHLEN Royal Hospitality, BBC.