GE Lighting confirms Platinum Sponsorship for the Arab Future Cities Summit in Qatar

In the Middle East, GE Lighting been associated with several landmark projects & has been at the forefront in the region in offering energy efficient lighting solutions that ensure safety, energy conservation and reducing the harmful effects of CO2 emissions for a better, sustainable future. GE Lighting is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor of the Arab Future Cities Summit, due to be held at Intercontinental Doha, Qatar on 23-24 April 2012.

The Summit will attract over 200 senior level executives from the private and public sectors. Across the Middle East and North Africa, looking at a more holistic approach for creating cities that are smarter, healthier, greener and sustainable. Smart cities are seen as a solution to the growing challenges of urbanization and rapid economic expansion. In order to support future growth, it is imperative that both the Government and private sector work together to improve living and working conditions and reduce the carbon footprints through use of sustainable resources.

The smart city concept is gaining momentum in the Middle East with major projects under development. Qatar has 10 smart city projects under development –  Qatar Energy City, Doha International Airport, U City, Doha and Barwa city being some of the major projects. Qatar has over US$16 trillion in proven hydrocarbon reserves to be monetized over the next 100 years, enabling the government (?) to offer a uniquely sustainable platform for long term growth and development.

The Qatari government driven by its Vision 2030 plan, has committed over US$140 billion for investment, infrastructure and expansion in a wide range of sectors, including energy, health, education, transport, infrastructure and tourism.

Lighting plays a crucial role in modern construction, building and architectural design. Not only for the energy consumption and CO2 emission, but also for safety, security and aesthetic reasons. Therefore it is really important to make an educated decision right at the beginning of a new investment project.

Reflecting to this, GE Lighting developed a complete portfolio of LED and CMH outdoor white light solutions. Creating safe environments, roadways and public places and illuminate architectural land without increasing light pollution.“ says Phil Marshall, President &  CEO, GE Lighting EMEA

GE Lighting, will lead a discussion on this, in more details, at the Arab Future Cities Summit and also showcasing its energy efficient portfolio for future sustainable cities.

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Qtel joins the Arab Future Cities Summit as a Gold Sponsor

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) is a leading international communications company that enriches the lives of people throughout Qatar. Qtel has a strong vision and strategy to offer mobile, Broadband, and the latest innovations for the whole community, and working to make a distinct contribution to building the nation’s knowledge-based economy. Qtel offers diverse and leading-edge products and services, and we enjoy partnerships with many of the world’s leading telecommunications players.

Recently Qtel signed a contract with the New Doha International Airport to build world class communication technology providing Airport Wide Telephone System (AWTS), deploying state-of-the-art IP telephony to deliver world-class voice services, and also customised to interface with NDIA’s specific Airport Wide Applications.

Qtel is proud to be the Gold Sponsor of the Arab Future Cities Summit, due to be held at Intercontinental Doha, Qatar on 23-24 of April 2012.

Across the Middle East and North Africa, looking at a more holistic approach for creating cities that are smarter, healthier, greener and sustainable. Smart cities are seen as a solution to the growing challenges of urbanization and rapid economic expansion and in order to support future growth, it is imperative that both the Government and private sector work together to improve living and working conditions and reduce the carbon footprints through use of sustainable resources.

A new study on the growth of smart cities estimates that investments in smart cities will increase fivefold over the next five years. According ABI Research, smart city technologies will expand across the board, to more than $39 billion annually by 2016. The smart city concept is gaining momentum in the Middle East with major smart cities projects under development in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE such as the Qatar Energy City, Doha International Airport, U City, The King Abdullah Economic City, The King Abdullah Makkah Construction Project, The Information Technology Communications Complex and Masdar City.

The objective of the Arab Future Cities Summit is to facilitate an international platform to discuss the ways for the transfer of knowledge, know how and to reflect on technological and social innovations and transformations that are arising in cities.   “We are proud to bring this initiative to the Middle East under the theme of ‘Smart Solutions for Sustainable Cities’ and put a spotlight on urban development and cities expansion in the Arab world.” said Brad Hariharan, Project Director, Expotrade Global, organizer for the summit.

For more information on the Arab Future Cities Summit, visit www.arabfuturecities.com or contact Expotrade on +9714-4542135.