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Development of a National Smart City Initiatives Framework for the Kingdom of Bahrain :
 A Blueprint for Successful Smart Cities
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Various smart city projects are springing nationally by different sectors in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Due to the multidisciplinary and multidimensional nature of Smart City Initiatives (SCI) undertaken by all sectors, it is vital that a conceptual model exists that ensures that these initiatives are integrated, complement each other, and are aligned strategically. This can be achieved through the adoption by the major stakeholders of a common vision, framework, or maturity model.

The aim of this study is to develop a National Smart City Framework (NSCF) for the Kingdom of Bahrain by examining international standards, working with the main stakeholders to identify its components, and aligning it to the national strategic plan and priorities. The proposed study is a joint project between the University of Bahrain (UOB) and the Information and eGovernment Authority (IGA) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. However, the framework will be designed through consultation with the major stakeholders from the private and public sectors as well as the relevant NGOs.

The study methodology relies on evaluating existing SCI frameworks and models, selecting a model which is relevant to the Kingdom of Bahrain, and communicating with major stakeholders in the public sector, private sector, and relevant NGOs to customize and align it with national strategy, stakeholder needs, and local priorities. In the second stage , the study will evaluate the status of some of the existing SCIs within the Kingdom of Bahrain, both in the government and private sectors using the developed NSCF. This will ensure the validity and effectiveness of the model; as well as its utility as a tool for measuring the maturity of the various initiatives proposed by different entities and sectors. The resulting NSCF will then be raised to the major stakeholders for adoption and use in evaluating future projects.