Dubai was awarded with the 2017 Smart City title.

The 2017 edition of the smart cities summit organised by Fira de Barcelona, Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), closes this afternoon.

During three days the event has brought together over 700 cities from the five continents, 675 exhibitors and over 400 speakers.

On its seventh edition, the event was held together with the first Smart Mobility World Congress and registered over 18,000 attendees, a 13 per cent more than in 2016, exceeding the initial expectations.

The show’s director, Ugo Valenti, said “these figures confirm beyond doubt that the Smart City Expo World Congress has become an unmissable annual milestone for everyone invested in the transformation of cities and any company within the urban innovation and solutions industry. There is no other event in the world capable of attracting so many companies, cities and so much talent.”

Valenti added that “this edition has proven even further that cities will be key players in defining the future. It is our responsibility to seize this opportunity and use all the means at our fingertips to grasp the full potential of these urban powerhouses.”

On 2017, SCEWC boasted 30,000sqm of exhibition floorspace with leading international companies such as Alstom, AT&T, Bosch, Cellnex, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, Engie, FCC, Ferrovial, Fiware, Hexagon, Huawei, Intel, Mastercard, Microsoft, PTC, SAP, Siemens, Silver Spring Networks, Suez and ZTE as exhibitors.

The event also hosted representatives from over 700 metropolises such as Atlanta, Berlin, Busan, Casablanca, Dubai, Grenoble, London, Lyon, Madrid, Montevideo, Moscow, New York City, Puebla, Québec, Taipei, Tel Aviv and Zheijhang and country pavilions of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Holland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and USA.