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Title: A Framework for Effective Design Thinking Based Smart Cities Projects in Qatar
Authors: AlAli, D
Manivannan, N
Xu, Y
Keywords: Smart cities;Qatar;smart economy;smart people;smart governance;smart mobility;smart environment;smart living
Issue Date: 8-Feb-2023
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: AlAli, D., Manivannan, N., Xu, Y. (2023). 'Framework for Effective Design Thinking Based Smart Cities Projects in Qatar' in Smart Cities. Vol. 6 (1), pp. 531 - 562.
Abstract: With the growing implementation of smart city projects and the significance of the research problem related to effective design thinking, the opinion of the ordinary citizens have become very relevant and contemporary. The current paper presents a quantitative empirical study focused on the attitudes towards and the readiness to accept smart cities in the specific context of Qatar. The study employs a survey questionnaire as a data collection tool. The survey is distributed online among a sample of 40 respondents from Qatar, including both residents and non-residents of smart cities in the country. Even though the sample is not representative of the Qatari population, the present study provides preliminary findings and fundamental insights into this novel topic in a specific socio-economic context. The major findings of the study uncovered that the respondents show quite positive attitudes toward diverse aspects related to smart economy, smart people, smart governance, smart mobility, smart environment, and smart living, as well as significant readiness to accept this lifestyle. However, the respondents demonstrate concerns related to the privacy and security of the people living in smart cities. The superiority of fundamental aspects of life like housing and healthcare in smart cities compared to conventional ones are also questioned by the respondents.
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