THE SMART CITY IMPERATIVES - ACHIEVING SMART AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
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Smart city models are recognized as practical approaches to managing city operational challenges caused by growing urban populations. Its effectiveness has been proven by developed cities worldwide that have already embraced it and showcased their functional gains. Their leveraging of ICT infrastructure has created countless smart opportunities to enhance city lives. Investment challenges in smart city requirements may be a setback for developing cities but an incremental approach can gradually lead the way as can be seen in Oman. A number of smart areas are identified as crucial for such journey including smart economy, smart mobility, smart environment, smart citizen, smart living, and smart Government. Through a number of smart initiatives, Oman has been targeting these smart areas and pushing for ICT infrastructure enhancements that can support them. As a result, technologies have been incorporated across the economic sector, the social structure, and the environment, driving up the quality of living for the citizens. It can be argued that Oman has made significant progress over the recent years and eyeing a bright future on that front.