Honeywell has announced Burj Khalifa to be the “smartest” building in the UAE. The world’s tallest structure also received the award for the Middle East’s smartest ‘high-rise residential’ building. This was announced at the Innovation Live! summit held yesterday in Dubai. This summit, an anchor event of the widely celebrated Innovation Week, held in association with Dubai Chamber, also announced Latifa Maternity and Paediatric Hospital as the ‘Region’s Smartest Hospital’ and City Center Deira as the ‘Region’s Smartest Retail Facility’.
The Honeywell Smart Building Score Awards program, assessed the smartness of buildings across the region based on three key indicators – how green, safe and productive they are. The awards recognize the leading smart buildings in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and assessed hotels, hospitals, educational and retail facilities as well as the leading high-rise office and residential buildings across the region.
“The UAE continues to make progress toward fulfilling its long-term sustainability and smart cities goals, and will continue to do so in line with the National Innovation Strategy and UAE Vision 2021,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president for Honeywell’s Middle East, Russia and Central Asia regions. “For us at Honeywell, a smart building is one that is connected, safe, energy efficient and, ultimately, helps improve the quality of life for its occupants and users. We are very pleased to recognize Burj Khalifa, City Centre Deira and Latifa Hospital’s dedication and investment in smart building solutions, and to highlight these best practice cases as an example to be followed around the region and the world.”