Cisco joins the smart city drive in Qatar. Will disclose plans at Arab Future Cities Summit 2014

General Manager for Cisco in Qatar

General Manager for Cisco in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar – 19 March 2014 – Cisco has announced its partnership as Diamond Sponsors of the Arab Future Cities Summit to be held in Doha on 7th and 8th April, 2014. Using this platform, Cisco will share its vision for creating a sustainable smart and connected city.

Cisco believes that the principles of openness that have made the Internet a thriving ecosystem over the past 20 years can be applied to create and grow the networked platform for connecting people with products, services and information. This same network can also provide a means for cities to manage services, provide citywide information, learn more about how their citizens’ use managed services and provide business opportunities as well.

Now in its third year, the smart cities conference will take place under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdul Rahman Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister for Municipality and Urban Planning, State of Qatar. The event will attract over 350 top industry stakeholders from around the region and international experts to discuss ‘Smart City’ trends and showcase sustainable solutions to achieve the $120 billion worth of ambitious projects in preparation for Qatar’s FIFA World Cup 2022.

Qatar’s vision is not limited to the World Cup but goes beyond with its latest national vision to attract 7 million tourists by 2030. Moreover, the gas rich country recently announced 250 major projects primarily in infrastructure, roads and transport, housing and industrial cities with an aim to boost its GDP growth. However, connecting citizens with the growing infrastructure remains a major challenge within the country.

 Cisco is currently involved in over 90 Smart and Connected Community (S+CC) projects worldwide, all of which feature an open-architecture platform that enables Cisco, its partners and customers to create and deploy new smart services and applications. Talking more about Cisco’s well established credentials in this area, Mohammad Hammoudi, General Manager for Cisco in Qatar commented; “The main challenge that most cities face today and into the future is to leverage the network as the foundation for managed city and business services. This foundation layer will then incorporate all manner of mobility, security, cloud computing, virtualization, collaboration and video—and other evolving technologies—and rely on and accommodate a diversity of cross-functional, open-architecture applications that package and distribute information and services,”

 “The fiber optic networks, high-speed wireless Internet and sensors will mean a continuous flow of improvements – in everything from education, healthcare and transport to utilities and general security. Cisco’s reputation is already well established in these technologies, standards and experience in having supported the development and growth of the Internet. The Internet of Everything, which Cisco defines as bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before, will take this revolutionary achievement to the next level,” Hammoudi concludes.

With a focus on knowledge sharing and networking, the Summit will showcase best practice strategies and opportunities in the pipeline for city development through presentations, panel discussion and roundtable sessions integrating citizens, systems and services. Connecting government authorities, developers, urban planners, investors, academics, and cutting-edge technologists, this event gives direction to sustainable city development across the MENA region and is a must-attend for key stakeholders committed to creating smarter cities.

www.arabfuturecities.com

Highest user of Smartphones, UAE will open new doors for BIG DATA players.

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SMARTPHONE - SMART DATA According to a report from Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of UAE, polls published for the year 2013 by the American website “Mashable” stated that three out of four people in the United Arab Emirates own a smartphone making the country rank first globally in the use of smartphones. Saudi Arabia has been ranked third while Britain ranked ninth in the world. Surprisingly, with only 56.4% of penetration of the smart phones, the United States of America was ranked 13th.

The mobile market continues to be aggressively competitive in the UAE with prices dropping, new and advanced smart phones replacing the old ones every quarter and faster and more reliable wireless networks getting implemented. This can be one of the many reasons for consumers specially the youth to be connected and use trendy phones.

Increasing from 61% in 2012 to 74% in 2013, the number of smartphone users…

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Highest user of Smartphones, UAE will open new doors for BIG DATA players.

SMARTPHONE - SMART DATAAccording to a report from Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of UAE, polls published for the year 2013 by the American website “Mashable” stated that three out of four people in the United Arab Emirates own a smartphone making the country rank first globally in the use of smartphones. Saudi Arabia has been ranked third while Britain ranked ninth in the world. Surprisingly, with only 56.4% of penetration of the smart phones, the United States of America was ranked 13th.

The mobile market continues to be aggressively competitive in the UAE with prices dropping, new and advanced smart phones replacing the old ones every quarter and faster and more reliable wireless networks getting implemented. This can be one of the many reasons for consumers specially the youth to be connected and use trendy phones.

Increasing from 61% in 2012 to 74% in 2013, the number of smartphone users in UAE continues to grow and with the government’s initiatives to create smarter cities like Vision 2021, the penetration will just get higher.

The survey also noted that the Middle East’s largest Arab state, Saudi Arabia ranked first globally with 94% users accessing internet daily through smartphones followed by United States and Britain while UAE was positioned third with 91% smartphone web users.

These results further imply the growth of data in the region making the business analytics market bullish in the Middle East. Dubai’s smart city initiative, brainchild of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is yet another boost to the big data private players to integrate systems and work together with the public institutions.

Meanwhile on March 2nd, 2014, Etisalat announced its partnership with SAP to deliver a comprehensive range of enterprise mobility services and solutions to businesses of all sizes in the UAE. This will offer companies a lower entry cost for enterprise-grade mobility management with faster time to market, thereby minimizing the cost and risk of implementing and maintaining a mobility infrastructure. They also offer flexibility and scalability to any organization, geography and usage model.

4G still being nascent in the market, the country is already gearing up for the 5th generation networks that will generate and deliver greater data opening up new possibilities to create smart cities and smarter citizens.

Giving insights on such new developments, latest projects and government’s plan to use data to create smart cities, Smart Data Summit 2014 will be held on 19th and 20th May, 2014 at the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa.

http://www.smartdatadubai.com

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Sustainable Mega Projects to be discussed at the ME Smart Landscape Summit 2014

Sustainable Mega Projects to be discussed at the ME Smart Landscape Summit 2014

We just got featured in the Landscape ME Magazine. Here’s the complete article for you to read.
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With sustainability being a cornerstone of key national projects and government policy, Dubai will play host to the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014, taking place on 6th and 7th of May 2014 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. The Summit will once again attract over 400 senior landscape architects, government authorities, urban planners, developers, environmental specialists and contractors from across the GCC.
High on the agenda at this years’ Summit will be the new landscaping projects that are being undertaken by both the public and private sectors. As the host city of the World Expo 2020, Dubai is aiming to set new benchmarks for sustainability through a range of innovative initiatives, with the event expecting to attract over 25 million visitors. Deutsche Bank have estimated that as much as Dh157 billion in infrastructure projects will need to be developed in preparation for the Expo.
Dubai Municipality last year announced the development of Dh17 million worth of new parks including a rebuild of Satwa Park which will become the first in the emirate to run without electrical power. The city also initiated the use of solar energy to irrigate landscaped roundabouts using a solar pumping system aimed at reducing carbon emissions and cost.

Work on the Dh2 billion Dubai Canal project is now underway, and major private developments like the Dubai Pearl and Sustainable City by Diamond Developers are all incorporating sustainable landscaping design and technology like energy-efficient lighting, water and waste management systems into plans to minimize the environmental impact.

Learning from the experience of international experts will be key to the success of many of the major projects planned. Award-winning landscape architect Professor Jie Hu (China) will be one of the keynote presenters at the Middle East Smart Landscaping Summit 2014, showcasing his work as the Lead Designer of the Olympic Forest Park built for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Now the Vice President of Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning & Design Institute and Director/Chief Designer of the Research Center for Landscape Architecture, Professor Hu focuses on promoting environmentally sound development and merging historical and contemporary design into large scale projects in China.
Providing an exclusive platform to network and create lucrative business opportunities, event organizer Expotrade Global and representatives from Dubai Municipality are looking forward to meeting senior professionals committed to the growth of the landscape industry at the Summit.

“We welcome local and international experts to the Summit to discuss innovative landscape design principles, present case-studies and evaluate the tools and technology to drive best practice in the Middle East region”, says Charlene Corrin, Conference Producer at Expotrade Global.

Also speaking at the Summit, Gold Sponsor Al Yousuf Agricultural & Landscaping will share its smart solutions for eye-catching yet ecofriendly landscaping. The conference will showcase the latest technology and trends from local and international leaders including Nakheel Landscapes, Thorn Lighting, Zeoplant, Ithara Group and Cape Reed.

To be a part of this event, please contact Expotrade Global at +9714-454-2135