Schneider Electric partners with Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 28, 2015 – Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar welcomes Schneider Electric as a Gold Sponsor at the 2015 edition of the event, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, on April 13-14, 2015. The 4th edition of the annual event will discuss the progress, efficient management of resources, future developments and ways of making future cities work better in the Middle East. This association is indicative of Schneider Electric’s continual efforts and consistent commitment towards sustainable development.

Zeroing in on a list of future cities in the world is not an easy feat. Future cities do not develop overnight – they are shaped brick by brick, modeled according to a well-defined strategy. It is these building blocks – the infrastructure, systems, services, technology and most of all, the citizens – that form the cornerstones of any successful smart city of the future. Fueling these building blocks is the underlying principle of sustainability and strategic urban planning. And understanding these building blocks and principles that make a smart city tick, form the focus of the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015, to be held on April 13-14, 2015.

The importance of sustainable economic development is emphasized by Ghassan Bhargouth, Country President – Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, Schneider Electric, who will be speaking at the event on Efficient, Livable, Sustainable Smart Cities. He feels, “With the world battling the energy challenge, Middle East cities must evolve to revitalize their economies, environment and resources while giving its people high quality of life through smarter strategies and solutions. Proper urban planning, strategic collaborations between global and local stakeholders and investments in science and technology will help each component of our city to be healthier and thrive in the long-term. Needless to mention, it will boost commercial investments.

The fourth edition of the Arab Future Cities Summit, Qatar is the ideal platform to network and exchange ideas with leading industry and government leaders- including tried and tested best practices implemented to embed our cities with the pulse of dynamic technology. As our governments move toward innovation and knowledge-based economies, let us make best use of this summit to transform our smart city visions into reality.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the association, saying, “Schneider Electric’s commitment towards ensuring a greener, sustainable future, ties in perfectly to the theme of the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar, an ideal platform for knowledge sharing on building smart cities of the future in the Middle East. It gives us great pleasure to announce this partnership and we look forward to a lasting relationship with Schneider Electric.”

For more details on the summit, visit www.arabfuturecities.com

About Schneider Electric

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As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential.

In the Gulf region and especially in Qatar, Schneider Electric has been present for several years now, working closely with the government entities as well as private enterprises to provide energy management solutions across verticals. The Qatar office is fully equipped with sales, technical, services and project managers headed by a dedicated Country President to execute large scale projects on a turnkey basis. The Qatar team also brings the global expertise of Schneider Electric in providing innovative and state of the art solutions to its end users and other stakeholders.

For more information, please visit www.schneider-electric.com

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Rukmini Sengupta Roy
Marketing and Communications Manager
Expotrade Middle East FZ-LLC
1002 Al Thuraya Tower 2
PO Box 500686 Dubai Media City
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +9714-4542135
Fax: +9714-4542136

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Fashioning Dubai’s sustainable landscape at the 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015

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Panel discussion in progress at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 27, 2015 – The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit’s third edition returns to Dubai with renewed focus on smart landscaping technology, with special emphasis on the initiatives in place for turning Dubai into a Green Paradise in time for the World Expo 2020. Held under the patronage of H.E. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General, Dubai Municipality, the summit will take place on April 28-29, 2015 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa in Dubai, UAE.

The summit is in line with the Dubai Municipality’s ‘Dubai 2020’ vision, which has projected 12,200 hectares of green space through landscaping and horticulture projects, amongst other initiatives. This directly leads to the region becoming a prime hub for sustainable and smart landscaping solutions. The event marries sustainability and visionary government leadership, with an engaging agenda that features an impressive lineup of renowned experts including Dr. Mario Rossi, Landscape Architecture Manager, The Office of H.H. The Crown Prince of Dubai; Barbara Wilks, Principal, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture – US; Damian Tang, President, The Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects; Kinder Baumgardner, President and Managing Principal, SWA, and many more.

Over 400 senior level landscape architects, government authorities, urban planners, developers, environmental specialists and contractors from across the GCC are expected to attend the summit. This year’s edition takes off seamlessly from the 2014 edition which attracted the crème de la crème from the world of landscaping. Attendees at last year’s edition, including senior government officials, were impressed with the quality of the summit. Commenting favorably on the event, Eng. Abdulla Rafia, Assistant Director General – Engineering and Planning Sector, Dubai Municipality, mentioned, “I think with the Summit today, I enjoyed it very much. I’ve seen the lectures all day today and they are very useful and actually we will use a lot of this information and knowledge in our business.” On the other hand, Saleh Mubarak Al Ameri, Head of Design Section, Parks & Recreational Facilities Division, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, felt, “It’s a great event and a great opportunity to meet with the landscape professionals and get benefit from all of these beneficial lectures. I think we are lucky to be here today, being in this profession and meeting all of these people I think it’s a great opportunity.”

The summit ties in perfectly with steps such as the Dubai Municipality’s decision to grant Dh 6 billion towards soft landscaping and expansion of the irrigation network, imperatives for the sustainable landscape projects that are critical pillars of Dubai’s vision of a sustainable future. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, feels, “Dubai’s vision of a verdant and green city can be turned to reality only when smart landscaping projects are undertaken using the newest technology and incorporating global best practices. It is worthwhile to know what is happening around the world in order to adapt it to the very specific requirements of this region. We are very happy to present the premier platform to facilitate this sharing of knowledge to enable our delegates and sponsors to grow their businesses. ”

Smart and innovative landscaping is the need of the hour when it comes to creating urban spaces that are verdant and sustainable in the arid regions of the Middle East. With a major emphasis on the latest developments in landscaping technologies, the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit is the leading platform for business networking and knowledge sharing for the region’s landscape industry. To know more about the event, log on to www.landscapesummit.com.

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Rukmini Sengupta Roy
Marketing and Communications Manager
Expotrade Middle East FZ-LLC
1002 Al Thuraya Tower 2
PO Box 500686 Dubai Media City
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +9714-4542135
Fax: +9714-4542136

Telcos revolutionize product innovation using big data – Smart Data Implications on Telecom, BFSI, Retail and other sectors discussed at Smart Data Summit 2015

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Presentation in progress at Smart Data Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 26, 2015 – Global transformation and smart data are terms bandied about in the same breath the world over. With wide-ranging implications across sectors, industries such as banking, retail and services, to name only a few, are no strangers to this trend. Take telecom, for instance. The rapid march of technology is fuelling increase in digital connectivity, networked services and most of all, segmented and well-targeted products and services. With connectivity no longer an issue, systems are producing data at an unprecedented rate. But storing this data is simply not enough anymore. What is interesting to see is what happens when this big data is asked smart questions, questions that enable businesses to deliver better products, identify gaps and ultimately, enhance customer experience. Understanding the impact and implications of this trend forms the crux of discussions at the Smart Data Summit, to be held on May 25-26, 2015 at the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa in Dubai, UAE.

Business cases based on actual statistics on personal usage or inferences and forecasts is fast becoming a best practice. With an estimated 50 billion devices wirelessly connected to the internet by 2020, predictive analytics used as the main basis for product development is logical, more so in a fragmented and competitive market such as telecom. The applications are far-reaching and expansive. Smart data and analytics have helped telecom companies increase sales, reduce churn and fraud, improve risk management and decrease operational costs. To take a topical example, the Middle East region’s leading telecom operators, Du and Etisalat have both launched product offers that promise free usage of social media sites such as Facebook, WhatsApp, BBM and Twitter with every recharge.  This is a classic example of product innovation based almost entirely on analytics. Consider analytics based on statistics, such as the UAE’s leading position in regional rankings across social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, in terms of user penetration. Add to the mix, over 5 million active Facebook users and a top 10 ranking globally in WhatsApp adoption rate, to create a potent case for such a product.

In addition to these statistics, telecom companies use machine learning technologies that analyze seemingly unconnected information that can, when interpreted correctly, reveal a virtual treasure trove of information for companies looking for smart and innovative ways of honing service offerings and bolstering their continual efforts at providing customer delight. With the core purpose of garnering knowledge from experience, patterns of behavior are extracted from user data, while specialized algorithms study and track social networks, anticipate churn and discover hitherto unexplored users groups.

The universe and scope of such smart data technology is almost mind-boggling. It virtually ensures that no one is invisible anymore. The Smart Data Summit explores these opportunities in the telecom sector and much more. Visit www.smartdatadubai.com for event details.

Contact information

Rukmini Sengupta Roy
Marketing and Communications Manager
Expotrade Middle East FZ-LLC
1002 Al Thuraya Tower 2
PO Box 500686 Dubai Media City
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +9714-4542135
Fax: +9714-4542136

Dubai focuses on Sustainable Skyscrapers at the 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 21, 2015 – The second edition of Smart Skyscrapers 2015, Middle East’s biggest skyscrapers summit, returns to Dubai with the spotlight on the most innovative sustainable building technologies, design principles and solutions for high-rise green buildings from around the world. The two-day summit will see presentations, case studies and roundtable sessions from local and international experts at the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa in Dubai, during May 11-12, 2015.

Delegates at the event will include over 300 senior architects, engineers, policy-makers, developers, contractors and building managers from across the GCC and worldwide. At the core of the summit is sustainability, viewed against the context of development of skyscrapers. Topics will span the range, from planning challenges, design constraints and facility management, to intelligent façade technologies in architecture, vertical transportation and natural ventilation. Case studies at the summit will feature some of the most well-known tall building projects such as the Cayan Tower, the Shanghai Tower and the Kingdom Tower.

Speakers at the summit will include renowned experts from the world of sustainable development and green buildings, including Ahmad K Abdelrazaq, Senior Executive Vice President, Samsung C & T; Saeed Alabbar, Director – AESG, Chairman – Emirates Green Building Council; Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director – Head of Façade, Ramboll Middle East; Dr. Yasser Mahgoub, Associate Professor of Architecture, Qatar University; Simon Lay, Director – Fire Engineering, AECOM; Thomas D Bohlen, Chief Technical Officer & Head of Corporate Sustainability, Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development; Montasser Hussein El-Raie, Senior Lead Engineer – CAYAN (Infinity) Tower, Khatib & Alami, and many more.

The 2014 edition saw over 350 senior delegates committed to the smart development of high-rise buildings exchanging knowledge, ideas and networking over the two days of the event. The success of the summit is evident from what some attendees had to say about the event. Ahmed Bukhash, Director – Urban Planning and Design Management, Dubai Properties Group, felt, “It’s a great event to meet with the professionals from the different fields. We’ve met contractors and consultants as well as developers so it gives us a nice opportunity to meet them and also learn about the new innovative products. And for us as developers, it also allows us to learn, to basically understand the current trends and how to implement them in our future projects as well.”

This view was backed up by design experts such as Dr. Mikkel Kragh, Global Façade & Architectural Design Leader, Dow Corning, who mentioned, “It’s a big group here, it’s a good list of delegates, so I think that it’s a success from a turn-out standpoint. The speakers here are phenomenal so you have people representing the designers and the suppliers exchanging view and ideas. I think the presentations have been very high-level.”

The worldwide push towards sustainable development is particularly relevant to skyscraper projects, with their specific challenges, not just in terms of architecture, design or faced development, but also in terms of energy, lighting, transportation and safety. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “Tall building development in the region is expected to continue. However, what makes this expansion even more interesting is the complexity that goes into making sure these high rises are not just tall, but are energy–efficient and sustainable as well. Exploring global trends and sharing best practices will give us a chance to understand these complexities better. It gives us great pleasure in presenting a platform for this to our delegates and sponsors. ”

According to the year in review report from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, 97 skyscrapers were completed in 2014, with Asia leading the way with 74 of them. Closer to home, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar share the third position in developing the most skyscrapers in 2014. The surge in building tall buildings is juxtaposed against the global drive towards sustainable and energy efficient buildings as an integral part of smart city development.

Asia in general and the Middle East in particular, are primed to be at the epicenter of high-rise building in the next few years. The Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2015 is the ideal platform to understand the nuances of this movement in order to ensure business growth. To know more on the event, log on to www.smartskyscrapers.com .

Redefining Analytics based Marketing Activities at the 2nd Annual Smart Data Summit, Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 20, 2015: The Middle East’s biggest Smart Data Summit, reopens its doors with an even more exciting second edition featuring stimulating presentations, roundtable sessions and case studies from an array of global experts, sharing their thoughts on enhancing customer experience across industries and sectors using smart data and analytics. This 2 day summit will be held at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates during May 25-26, 2015.

Over 300 delegates across the GCC and worldwide are expected to attend the Smart Data Summit, which will explore the future of data management and how smart data and analytics can drive revenue growth. Focusing on using analytics to ensure superior customer experience and loyalty, the summit’s topics explore the myriad ways in which predictive big data and analytics can have a very real impact on business performance in industries such as retail, telecom and services.

Speakers at the summit will include experts drawn from the best names in the data and analytics business, including Daniel Nelson, Head of Enterprise, Braintree, a division of Paypal; Mario Vinasco, Marketing Analytics and Data Science, Facebook; Rimzie Ismail, Head of Customer Affairs, Dubai Airports; Asad Jawed, Head of Analytics – APAC, eBay and Anirudh Todi, Software Engineer, Twitter and many more.

Last year’s edition was attended by well over 300 senior-level delegates including marketing, IT and analytics heads from the top 200 organizations in the region, making it the premier Big Data Analytics event in the region. Attendees were especially impressed with the topics discussed and networking opportunities the summit presented. Speaking about the Smart Data Summit in 2014, Didier Mama, Vice-President, Big Data Sales –EMEA, SAP, said, “I have been surprised to see the number of people here, it’s very impressive I must say and also people are very open, very keen to understand stuff. I must say the questions in general were very relevant, very accurate and they pointed out the real challenges around Big Data. I’m very surprised and very happy to be here.”

The importance of the 2014 edition was emphasized by Carel Badenhorst, Head Technology Practice- Middle East & Africa, Turkey and Pakistan, SAS, who opined “From what I’m seeing here, it’s not an academic exercise that we’re going through here. These are the people on the ground, the CIO’s the CTO’s the people who work with the data warehouses, who understand the value of this next step, and this is what makes this event very, very relevant”.

Interest in making the most out of smart data is more intense than ever.  As Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, feels “The growing importance of smart data and analytics globally has cascaded to the Middle East as well. The region, with its growth plans across infrastructure and services, is poised to leverage the power of big data and analytics. At this juncture, we are delighted to offer our delegates and sponsors an ideal platform to understand and share best practices of smart data management.”

In telecom, for instance, the Middle East countries in general, and the GCC in particular are primed to make the most out of big data and analytics for business innovation, mainly because of their robust network infrastructure, increasing proliferation of mobile devices, and supportive government bodies. The UAE’s impressive rank of No. 2 of all the Arab states in the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Networked Readiness Index study, and 24th rank among the 148 countries assessed is proof of its leadership in the use of technology, social networks, internet security and e-participation.

As for cloud services, the Cisco Global Cloud Index predicts that the Middle East and Africa is set to post the world’s highest cloud traffic growth rate, increasing more than eight-fold from 2013 to 2018. The Middle East and Africa MEA are also predicted to post the world’s second-highest cloud data centre workloads growth at 39 percent CAGR, behind only the Asia Pacific region.

Statistics such as these are only some indicators of the potential that the optimal use of smart data can unlock in the region. The Smart Data Summit 2015 is the ideal platform for understanding and leveraging this potential to enable businesses make the most out of their data assets. To know more on the event, log on to www.smartdatadubai.com

Qatar to discuss key smart city initiatives at Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 14, 2015: Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015, the Middle East’s premier smart city event, is back with a bigger and better fourth edition, featuring an exciting array of local and international speakers with more thought-provoking presentations, roundtable sessions, case studies and panel discussions. The summit will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar during April 13 -14, 2015.

The summit will feature topics ranging from the need for smart cities, urban resilience strategies and government initiatives, to sustainable infrastructure, automation, resource management, energy, telecommunications and smart automation. The event will offer insights into the world of opportunities in the Middle East region with special focus on Qatar and its key initiatives such as Lusail City, projects taken up by Qatar Rail, ICT Qatar and ASHGAL. It will host over 350 senior level decision makers from across the GCC including government officials, architects, engineers, designers, urban planners, sustainability experts, technical experts and solution providers.

The summit will feature sessions by a host of distinguished local and international speakers from both the public and private sector. Speakers presenting during the summit include Eng. Ahmed Salman Al-Sulaiti, Chief Technology Officer, Qatar National Broadband Network Company ; Katalin Gallyas, Policy Advisor, City Council of Amsterdam, Dr. Mohammed Atif Omar, Head, iSmart; Professor Dr. Rudolf Giffinger, Head of the Centre for Regional Science, Vienna University of Technology and Professor Ali A. Alraouf, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Head of CB, Training, Research and Development–QNMP Doha, Qatar.

The World Economic Forum has ranked Qatar as the most competitive economy in the MENA region and it holds the 13th position globally based on a high-quality institutional framework, stable macroeconomic conditions, and an efficient goods market. Qatar has the highest per capita income in the world and is the country with the lowest unemployment.

The Qatar National Vision 2030 aims at transforming the small, gas-rich state of Qatar into an advanced country by 2030 through sustainable economic development, fuelled mainly through public and private sector initiatives.

An expected spend of $150 billion over the next decade as part of the country’s National Vision 2030 will underpin growth in the market including $40 billion on railways, a $15.5 billion airport, $20 billion investment into roads, the new $7.4 billion port and $4 billion on stadiums.

If the state-of-the-art stadiums and the impressive city of Lusail are anything to go by, Qatar’s plans of hosting a green World Cup in 2022, will be riding on the shoulders of the robust infrastructure it plans to develop. With the scale of development stretching across macro and micro initiatives, the region is poised to be a hub of social and economic development.

The importance of Qatar’s vision of sustainable economic development cannot be underlined enough. With building cities for the future being at the heart of the move towards global sustainability, there is growing focus on balancing the limited availability of natural resources and growing consumption with the overwhelmingly rapid urbanization making its presence felt across the world. Add the spirit of competition between cities and the need for harmonious urbanization and sustainable development becomes all the more acute. With everyone vying for the same resources, there is renewed focus on developing smart or technology-centric cities that are, at the same time, intelligent or people centric as well.

Any plans for the development of smart cities bring to the forefront the need for a comprehensive plan for the management of a gamut of resources, spanning the range from energy, water and waste to infrastructure, policy and administration. But what is of the essence is the fact that it is people who form the crux of any sustainable development. Rather than being mere participants, people need to be empowered in order to achieve goals such as group coordination and collective decision-making which are cornerstones of any great city of the future. In fact, participation and consultation within the scope of intellectual and social capital are increasingly becoming as important to the concept of a successful city as the more obvious environmental, technical and financial capital elements.

The last ingredient in the mix is cultural capital, the element of leisure and enjoyment that can be the differentiating factor in the race to be at the top of the smart cities list. Countries such as Qatar have already taken cognizance of the worth of these factors, and are, therefore, ideal hosts for a summit such as the Arab Future Cities Summit 2015.

For more information, visit www.arabfuturecities.com

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