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Dept. of Municipalities & Transport Launches MENA Regional Office for World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization

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The bond between the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) of Abu Dhabi and the Seoul Metropolitan Government has reached new depths with the formalization of a friendship city agreement, solidifying the ties between these two urban powerhouses. Concurrently, the DMT has established the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional office of the World Smart Sustainable Cities Organisation (WeGO) in Seoul, further amplifying collaborative efforts in urban development and transportation innovation.

The ceremonial inauguration of the regional office witnessed the presence of esteemed dignitaries and top-tier officials, including His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of DMT, alongside Oh Se-hoon, Mayor of Seoul and President of WeGO. Also gracing the occasion were key figures such as Omar Al Nuaimi, Director-General of Corporate Affairs at DMT, and Jung Sook Park, Secretary-General of WeGO. Notable attendees from various cities across the globe, including Makati, Ramallah, Kampala, and Abuja, underscored the international significance of this milestone, with representation from WeGO's African Regional Office and the Secretary-General of Tunis further highlighting the collaborative spirit.

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This monumental achievement follows DMT's triumphant bid at the 6th General Assembly of the World Organisation for Smart and Sustainable Cities in Seoul. The establishment of the MENA regional office stands as a beacon of cooperation, facilitating knowledge exchange and capacity-building endeavors aimed at empowering cities in the region to leverage smart technologies for sustainable urban growth.

Chairman Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa expressed profound satisfaction, emphasizing Abu Dhabi's ascent as a focal point for smart sustainable urban development in MENA. He highlighted the emirate's unwavering commitment to innovation and excellence in urban planning and transportation infrastructure, further underscoring the significance of international partnerships in advancing the global agenda for sustainable urbanization.

The friendship city agreement, inked between Chairman Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa and Mayor Oh Se-hoon, encompasses a broad spectrum of collaborative endeavors spanning urban and transport planning, municipal services, autonomous vehicles, public transport innovations, smart city solutions, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and smart systems. Additionally, the agreement extends to innovative transport solutions, smart infrastructure, energy innovations, data analysis, AI utilization, open data initiatives, and the promotion of research and development in urban development.

Mayor Oh Se-hoon articulated a shared vision of progress and prosperity between Abu Dhabi and Seoul, characterizing the milestones as a testament to their commitment to transformative urban development. He envisioned the partnership as a catalyst for global change, inspiring cities worldwide to embark on similar journeys toward a more interconnected and prosperous urban future.

Amidst the inauguration ceremony, senior government officials and international city mayors reaffirmed their collective dedication to urban innovation and excellence. Their resounding message emphasized the imperative of collaboration in inspiring cities worldwide to embrace sustainable urban development practices, thereby fostering a more prosperous and interconnected global urban landscape.

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