A range of projects that span the Middle East have been chosen among the 100 most innovative and inspiring urban infrastructure projects in the world, in the second edition of KPMG’s Infrastructure 100 report. KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice released the Infrastructure 100 World Cities edition at the recent World Cities Summit in Singapore.
The edition offers an insight into the infrastructure projects that make great cities, with a particular focus on the innovations that make them ‘Cities of the Future’ – places where people want to live and do business. Projects including social housing, hospitals, universities, waste management facilities, and a metro rail system from within the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain were all featured in the second edition, alongside other standout projects from around the globe.The Princess Nora bint AbdulRahman University for Women (PNU) topped the education infrastructure category and was acknowledged by KPMG as one of the top 10 infrastructure projects across the globe.
Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in the UAE, the Kuwait Metro in Kuwait, Madinah Airport in Saudi Arabia, The Energy City in Qatar and the Muharraq Wastewater Plant in Bahrain, are just some of the Middle East projects that were selected alongside the World Trade Centre Redevelopment in New York, US, Rio Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Toronto Waterfront development in Toronto, Canada. Urban infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century.
The Middle East is leading the world by investing in innovative infrastructure projects to create major urban cities of the future, while balancing the needs of the population, economy and the environment. Suhael Ahmed, partner with KPMG Global Infrastructure and Projects Group Middle East, said: “The world’s cities, which are home to more than half of the global population, are facing unprecedented pressure and demand for investment in infrastructure.
These inspirational and innovative examples of infrastructure projects are radically changing the urban environment in the Middle East to provide infrastructure that exceeds first-class international standards for education, waste management and tourism, and internationally competitive industrial and commercial facilities which have been vital to the advancement and economic growth of these countries.” The projects showcased are made up of approximately 20 projects selected by the judging panels of industry experts from five regions of the world, including Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. Projects were then sorted into 10 categories, including urban mobility, global connectivity, urban regeneration, education, healthcare, water, new and extended cities, recycling and waste management, urban energy infrastructure, and communications infrastructure.