Towards sustainable smart cities: A study on digital participatory planning in Oman

Nibras Sameer, Chaham Alalouch*, Mohamed S. Saleh, Saleh Al-Saadi, Ashraf Saleem

*Corresponding author for this work

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Many cities are undergoing a transition towards sustainable smart cities (SSCs) that are built on advanced information technology infrastructure and support social justice. To achieve a smooth and effective transition to SSC, policies and delivery mechanisms should be put in place, and the readiness of both the government and the society should be assessed. This study focuses on digital participatory planning (DPP) as a precondition for social sustainability in SSC and aims to summarise and assess the current relevant local policies and endeavours in Oman; and to develop a generic framework to evaluate the readiness for DPP. In doing so, selective key literature, policies and initiatives were critically reviewed covering the SSC concept, establishing the link between the SSC and DPP, and eliciting a list of comprehensive DPP readiness factors. The results indicated that the Omani government has a clear will to move towards SSC and the country has already witnessed few initiatives supporting this direction. However, there is a lack of a clear action plan regarding DPP. Therefore, more work is required to systemise efforts. The study provides a generic framework to assess the readiness of the government and society for DPP and concludes with recommendations for policymakers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-90
Number of pages19
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2022


  • information technology
  • sustainability
  • town & city planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Urban Studies


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