The annual Middle East Mega City Infrastructure Report views the future of the region’s infrastructure from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Sustainability is key, but financing presents the greatest challenge. And that, says IQPC Middle East Managing Director, Ayusha Tyagi, brings with it challenges, including the need to structure project financing and incorporate automation and IoT into infrastructure.
What technologies will be most in demand? Which solutions are still being sought, and what challenges await? The survey looks at the ways in which the Middle East is adopting smart technology and how it plans to do so in the future.
The Survey and its Participants
The report is based on a survey which was sent to leading figures from government, educational, and private organizations and provides a breakdown of the areas of interest, organization type, and geographical area represented. Areas of interest represented included housing, ports, and roads infrastructure.
Subject-matter experts from countries outside the Middle East may have represented a minority of respondents, but the leavening of international thought leaders adds a third-party perspective to the on-the-ground observations of government representatives, local contractors, and academics who participated.
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Housing and Residential Development Challenges
The majority of survey participants said that sustainability and affordability were the two greatest challenges in bringing smart technologies to housing and residential development.
However, they are quick to point out that the two characteristics need not be mutually exclusive. Indeed, the contrary may be true. Since sustainable housing has a smaller resource footprint, it is logical it will prove more cost-effective, at least in the long run.
The Next Big Thing
Nearly half the respondents said they thought “smart” homes, cities, and communities would be the next major trend in new infrastructure. Commentators see smart automation and smart homes as a factor that will redefine the way we experience our living spaces and our cities.