IMD INDEX: RIYADH FROM RANK 30 TO THE THIRD-SMARTEST CITY

IMD INDEX: RIYADH FROM RANK 30 TO THE THIRD-SMARTEST CITY

     This week, the International Institute for Management Development, commonly known as the IMD Index, ranked the smartest cities, in its annual classification, of those participating this year in the G-20 Rome’s summit.

     According to the IMD’s Smart City Observatory, the Saudi capital Riyadh is the third smartest city of G20 member states and 30th globally. The turning point is that a huge advancement was recorded in 1 year only, as it ranked 30th out of 118 in 2020, and jumped till the third rank in 2021, despite all the challenges and the circumstances of the COVID-19’s pandemic. Besides that, not only Riyadh is included in the top smartest-city list, but also Madinah Al-Munawarah, as the second Saudi city, ranking 73rd globally and 4th in the Arab world. 

     “The IMD Smart-City Index ranks cities based on economic and technological data, as well as by their citizens’ perceptions of how “smart” their cities are”, as clarified on their official website.

     Hence, Riyadh’s smart performance city exceeded some of the top tourist attractions like Paris, Los Angeles, Madrid, and Hong Kong.

 

 ABOUT THE IMD

     Seventy-five years ago, the IMD was founded by business leaders. In 2017, the IMD and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD  ), decided to produce a global smart city index based on profound studies.

 ABOUT THE G20

     Every year since 1999 the Group of 20 (G-20 ) gathers the world’s leaders of the biggest economies, meets in different cities to launch the forum that covers key headlines such as the global economy, global health, and urgent issues like climate change. Since 2008 the summit has taken place yearly The G20 is the first international forum that seeks financial and economic cooperation. In 2020, it was held remotely in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the 2-day summit took place in Italy’s most iconic city, Rome. 

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Last update: 1 November 2021