Transformation of city into a Smart City is multifaceted which involve dynamic processes and various stakeholders work together to accomplish strategic aims. A working definition of a smart city is produced by analyzing the common components available in the existing smart city definitions. A set of popular smart city characteristics and dimensions for initiating smart city development is identified by a reviewing current literature articles. The identified smart city characteristics are mapped with the respective smart city dimensions of smart governance, smart mobility, smart living, smart people and smart environment. The contextual mapping offers a strategic ideologies aligning the five smart city characteristics (sustainability, livability, technology, governance and urban aspects) with the dimensions for drawing more insights towards studying smart city success factors.