Constructing smart cities through the use of public-private partnerships: The case of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

Mhamed Biygautane, Stewart Clegg

Article ID: 3668
Vol 8, Issue 6, 2024

VIEWS - 290 (Abstract) 255 (PDF)

Abstract


This article analyses the case of Dubai’s smart city from a public policy perspective and demonstrates how critical it is to rely on the use of the public-private partnership (PPP) model. Effective use of this model can guarantee the building of a smart city that could potentially fulfill the vision of the political leadership in Dubai and serve as a catalyst and blueprint for other Gulf states that wish to follow Dubai’s example. This article argues that Dubai’s smart city project enjoys significant political support and has ambitious plans for sustainable growth, and that the government has invested heavily in developing the necessary institutional, legal/regulatory, and supervisory frameworks that are essential foundations for the success of any PPP project. The article also points to some important insights that the Dubai government can learn from the international experience with the delivery of smart cities through PPPs.


Keywords


smart city; public-private partnerships; Dubai; information and communication technologies; governance; infrastructure integration; management; human factors

Full Text:

PDF


References


Akbari, A. (2022). Authoritarian smart city: A research agenda. Surveillance & Society, 20(4), 441–449. https://doi.org/10.24908/ss.v20i4.15964

Albino, V., Berardi, U., & Dangelico, M. (2015) Smart Cities: Definitions, Dimensions, Performance, and Initiatives, Journal of Urban Technology, 22, 3-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/10630732.2014.942092

Artyushina, A. (2020). Is civic data governance the key to democratic smart cities? The role of the urban data trust in Sidewalk Toronto. Telematics and Informatics, 55, 101456. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tele.2020.101456

Banks, G. (2008). Riding the third wave: Some challenges in national reform. Productivity Commission, Melbourne.

Boardbent, J., and Laughlin, R. (2003). Public private partnerships: an introduction. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 16 (3), 332-341.

Bovaird, T. (2004). Public-private partnerships: from contested concepts to prevalent practice. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 70(2), 199-215.

Calzada, I. (2021). The right to have digital rights in smart cities. Sustainability, 13(20), 1–28. https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011438

Daoudagh, S., Marchetti, E., Savarino, V., et al. (2021). Data Protection by Design in the Context of Smart Cities: A Consent and Access Control Proposal. Sensors (Basel, Switzerland), 21(21), 7154.

Darvish, H., Zou, P. X. W., Loosemore M., Zhang G. M. K. (2006). Risk management, public interests and value for money in PPP projects: literature review and case studies. The CRIOCM International Symposium on “Advancement of Construction Management and Real Etate”.

Datta, A. (2020). The “smart safe city”: Gendered time, speed, and violence in the margins of India’s urban age. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 110(5), 1318–1334. https://doi.org/10.1080/24694452.2019.1687279

Duffield, F. (2005). PPPs in Australia. Melbourne University. Available online: www.hku.hk/cicid/3_events/32/papers/2.pdf (accessed on 10 September 2009).

English, L. (2006). Public private partnerships in Australia: An overview of their nature, purpose, incidence and oversight. UNSW Law Journal, 29(3), 250-262.

Forward, P. (2006). Public private partnership or conflict: Is it time for a new approach? UNSW Law Journal, 29(3), 263-269.

Galdon, G. (2017). Technological Sovereignty? Democracy, Data and Governance in the Digital Era. CCCB Lab. Available online: http://lab.cccb.org/en/technological-sovereigntydemocracy-data-and-governance-in-the-digital-era/ (accessed on 6 April 2018).

Gillard, J., Wakefield, R. (2008). Examination of appropriate PPP procurement structures by lessons learnt from delivery of major public infrastructure project.

Grimsey, D., Lewis, M. (2000). Evaluating the risks of public private partnerships for infrastructure projects. International Journal of Project and Management, 20(2002), 107-118.

Grimsey, D., Lewis, M. (2005). Are public private partnerships value for money? Evaluating alternative approaches and comparing academic practitioner views. Accounting Forum, 29(2005), 345-378.

Grimsey, D., Lewis, M. (2007). Public private partnerships and public procurement. Agenda, 14(2), 171-188.

Grossi, G., Pianezzi, D. (2017). Smart cities: Utopia or neoliberal ideology? Cities, 69, 79-85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2017.07.012

Hacker, P., & Neyer, J. (2023). Substantively smart cities—Participation, fundamental rights and temporality. Internet Policy Review, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.14763/2023.1.1696

Halaoui, H., Ghazaly, S., Aly, K., et al. (2012). Private-sector participation in the GCC Building foundations for success. Available online: https://www.strategyand.pwc.com/m1/en/ideation-center/media/private-sector-participation-in-the-gcc.pdf

Hollands, R. G. (2008). Will the real smart city please stand up? City, 12(3), 303-320, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13604810802479126

Joss, S., Cook, M., & Dayot, Y. (2017). Smart Cities: Towards a New Citizenship Regime? A Discourse Analysis of the British Smart City Standard. Journal of Urban Technology, 24(4), 29-49.

Kitchin, R. (2016). Getting smarter about smart cities: Improving data privacy and data security. Data Protection Unit, Department of the Taoiseach, Dublin, Ireland.

Kitchin, R. (2022). Conceptualising smart cities. Urban Research & Practice, 15(1), 155–159. https://doi.org/10.1080/17535069.2022.2031143

Kozarovski, D. (2006). Public private partnerships- solution worth pursuing despite their complexity. UNSW Law Journal, 29(3), 308-317.

Micheli, M. (2022). Public bodies’ access to private sector data: The perspectives of twelve European local administrations. First Monday. https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v27i2.11720

Morozov, E., & Bria, F. (2018). Rethinking Smart Cities: Democratizing Urban Technology. New York: Rosa Luxemberg Stiftung.

Nam, Taewoo & Pardo, Theresa. (2011). Conceptualizing smart city with dimensions of technology, people, and institutions. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 282-291. doi: 10.1145/2037556.2037602.

Neirotti, P., De Marco, A., Cagliano, A. C., et al. (2014) Current trends in Smart City initiatives: Some stylised facts. Cities, 38, 25-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2013.12.010

NSW Office of Financial Management. (2002). Private provision of public infrastructure and services.

Ramiro, A., & Cruz, L. (2023). The grey-zones of public-private surveillance: Policy tendencies of facial recognition for public security in Brazilian cities. Internet Policy Review, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.14763/2023.1.1705

Ranchordás, S. (2020). Nudging citizens through technology in smart cities. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, 34(3), 254–276. https://doi.org/10.1080/13600869.2019.1590928.

Sambidge, A. (2014). Dubai ruler unveils “gigantic project” to improve city life, Arabian Business, 5 March. Available online: https://www.arabianbusiness.com/industries/technology/dubai-ruler-unveils-gigantic-project-improve-city-life-541587 (accessed 3 June 2024).

Sands, V. (2006). The right to know and obligation to provide: Public private partnerships, public knowledge, public accountability, public disfranchisement and prison cases. UNSW Law Journal, 29(3), 334-341.

Schuilenburg, M., & Peeters, R. (2020). The Algorithmic Society: Technology, Power, and Knowledge, 1st ed. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429261404

Teicher, J., Alam, Cramberg. (2006). Managing trust and relationships: Some Australian experiences. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 77(1), 85-100.

Webb, R., Pulle, B. (2002). Public private partnerships: An introduction. Department of the parliamentary library.

Zwick, A., & Spicer, Z. (2021). The platform economy and the smart city: Technology and the transformation of urban policy. McGill-Queen’s University Press.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.24294/jipd.v8i6.3668

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2024 Mhamed Biygautane, Stewart Clegg

License URL: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

This site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.