A city being built in Abu Dhabi will serve as a large-scale test for renewable energy. The new zero-emissions city will house 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses but use extremely little energy, and what it does use will come from renewable sources. The initial building is a new research institute that the founders hope will be the seed for the equivalent of a Silicon Valley of the Middle East, only one centered not on information technology but on renewable energy.
Intelligent Community Forum (IFC) named Waterloo, Ontario, Canada as recipient of its 2007 Intelligent Community of the Year award. The city of 115,000 people is the smallest, geographically speaking, of seven cities that make up Canada’s Technology Triangle. But with only 10% of the labor force in the Triangle, it accounts for 45% of job growth and is home to 40% of the high-tech firms in the region.
This study, by Sybille Reichert of the European University Association, examines the role of universities in the emergence of “knowledge regions” and their relationship with the business sector.The study outlines important factors for the successful future development of higher education institutions based on the study of four European city regions – Barcelona, Brno, Manchester and Øresund.
Four new cities are under development in the western part of Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Rabigh, on the coast north of Jeddah, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Mousaed’s Economic City (PABMEC) near Hail, Knowledge Economic City in Al-Madinah (KECM), and Jizan Economic City (JEC).
Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) is focusing on the creation of a high-tech environment that can attract international investors (offering a ‘world class’ physical and information infrastructure, plus attractive financial incentives) and create a multiplier effect in the Malaysian economy.