By Nick Gilbert
KPMG’s Infrastructure 100 report, second edition, has identified many projects from the Middle East as the most creative global metropolitan infrastructure projects.
In the World Cities Summit of Singapore, the Infrastructure World 100 Cities Edition is brought to light by KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice. It throws light on inventive new infrastructure practices that make “cities of the future”, which are urban locations where people would wish to settle down due to the many modern facilities on offer.
Projects such as the Toronto waterfront project of Canada, Rio Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the renewed World Trade Center, New York, USA brushed shoulders with Middle East ventures such as the Muharraq wastewater unit, Bahrain, the Energy City, Qatar, Medina Airport, Saudi Arabia, the Kuwait Metro, Kuwait and Paris Sarbonnes University Abu Dhabi, UAE in the selected list.
About 20 projects were selected by the KPMG Infrastructure 100 from Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia Pacific. The final 10 exceptional projects of 2012under the various categories include BRICS cable project of South Africa and Mauritius for communications infrastructure, Cidade Inteligente of Búzios, Brazil for urban energy infrastructure, the deep tunnel sewerage system from Kranji to Changi, Singapore for recycling and waste management, Tianjin Eco City of Tianjin, China for new and extended cities, Royal London Hospital of London, UK for healthcare, Tuas II desalination plant of Tuas, Singapore for water, Princess Nora Bint AbdulRehman University for women of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for education, Oresund regional development of Denmark and Sweden for urban regeneration, Delhi–Mumbai industrial corridor from Delhi to Mumbai, India for global connectivity, and east side access to New York city, USA for urban mobility.