The Middle East Mega City Infrastructure Annual Report 2019
Mega Cities have clearly brought the interdependency of City Infrastructure to the forefront. As innovation and technologies are embraced – from autonomous vehicles to hyperloop – it is that roads, transit, connectivity and distribution networks need to be aligned. Governments and project stakeholders can no longer works in silos, instead they need to tackle challenges like 5G and open data adoption cohesively
With the billions being invested in the Middle East each year on infrastructure, we conducted a survey with over 300 construction professionals across the globe to gauge their views on current and up-coming projects in the region. The results illustrate a strong outlook towards Middle East Mega City projects and the technologies that would transform these. Artificial Intelligence is definitely a key trend for 2019 with 1 in every 3 respondents choosing it for technologies they are implementing in Roads and Connected Cities. Big Data was also a close contender with Roads and Ports respondents. Further, Autonomous Vehicles are clearly an ambition and aspiration for regional governments.
The demand for sustainable solutions is on the rise with 58% of respondents stating its top of their agenda for 2019. BIM is finally carving a path of adoption and 12% of the respondents are likely to apply it in housing projects. Port Automation is being pursued to enhance and further business, 38% respondents will be applying IoT and Big Data in their port projects.
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