The 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit, The Region’s Leading Sustainable Landscaping Event Began Today

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April 28, 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015, held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, commenced today at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE, with an exciting series of keynote speeches, panel discussions, case studies and networking sessions. The summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

The summit was inaugurated by Eng. Salah Amiri, Asst. Director General for Environmental & Public Health Services Sector, Dubai Municipality, who also delivered a special address on behalf of the Dubai Municipality.

Dignitaries at the summit included H.E. Jennes De Mol, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and H.E. Milos Perisic, Charge D’Affaires, Serbian Embassy.

Attended by over 400 senior level landscape architects, government authorities, urban planners, developers, environmental specialists and contractors from across the GCC, the two-day summit features sessions on developments in sustainable landscaping in the region, ranging from greening initiatives, landscape design, architecture and construction, to artificial turf, irrigation, urban green spaces and ecological restoration. The agenda features over 20 sessions, including speeches, case studies and panel discussions.

The summit has increasingly grown in stature over the last three years, with the third edition featuring increased partnerships with major companies such as Falconcity of Wonders, Convic, SLA, Sites International, Zeoplant, Grassco & Aratex, TigerTurf in association with Flora Engineering Services, Gulf Landscape and Irrigation Systems, Vision Project Services, Cape Reed, Gulf Perlite LLC, WT Burden Middle East, Global Light & Power LLC and many more. The exhibitor lounge featuring over 30 companies showcased the most innovative solutions and the latest technology in sustainable landscaping from around the world, including Saudi Arabia, China, UK, Lebanon, USA, Egypt, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark, Qatar, Oman, South Africa, Spain, Jordan and Switzerland.

Speakers and panelists at the summit include H.E. Salem AlMoosa, Chairman & General Manager, Falconcity of Wonders; 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; Andrew Anderson, Landscape Architect, Oman Botanic Garden, Diwan of Royal Court; Akram Al Mahood, Head of Urban Planning, Dewan Architects; Engi Jaber, Sustainability Manager, Dewan Architects & Engineers – Abu Dhabi; Simon Oxenham, CEO, Convic; Rasmus Astrup, Partner, International Project Director, SLA; Paul Langford, Managing Director, TigerTurf UK; Abdul Kader Kazzaz, Operations Manager, Gulf Landscape and Irrigation Systems LLC; Peter Scott, Manager, Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture Department, Khatib & Alami; and many more.

Presentations on Day 1 of the summit focused on implementing sustainability across Dubai parks; landscaping from a private developer’s perspective; design with nature; impact of urban spaces on public health; ecological restoration; sustainable landscape architecture; use of aerial drones for landscape architecture; artificial turf; irrigation solutions; adversity in landscape construction in UAE; living systems in Singapore; systems for productive and edible landscapes. The panel discussion for the day discussed artificial grass and its use in sports and recreational facilities in the Middle East.

Day 2 will feature sessions on urban greenspaces and biodiversity; benefits of using native plants; using seawater for landscape projects and agriculture; use of smart technology in public spaces. The panel discussion for Day 2 will revolve round creative greening of open spaces. Also on the agenda is a case study discussion on integrated open space planning with the case of Madinat Al Nakheel, Iraq, Basra in focus.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit, held under the esteemed patronage and guidance of the Dubai Municipality, is the ideal platform to showcase the latest innovations, technology and solutions in landscaping from around the world. This year, we have participants from many countries, united in their commitment to sustainable landscaping. We are glad to contribute to the Dubai Municipality’s efforts of turning Dubai into a green paradise by means of this event, which continues to be the foremost platform to learn, network and meet the leading experts in the field.”

For event details, visit www.landscapesummit.com

About Expotrade

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

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3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit Begins Tomorrow

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Presentation in progress at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014

April 27, 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015, held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, opens its doors tomorrow at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE, with a stimulating agenda featuring presentations, panel discussions and case studies. The two-day summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

The summit will be inaugurated by Eng. Salah Amiri, Asst. Director General for Environmental & Public Health Services Sector, Dubai Municipality, who will also deliver a special address after the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Dignitaries expected to attend include H.E. Jean-Paul Tarud-Kuborn, Ambassador, Embassy of Chile to the United Arab Emirates; H.E. Gcina Dlamini, Ambassador, Swazi Embassy in Abu Dhabi; H.E. Abdulkadir Sheikhey Al-Hatim, Ambassador, Somali Embassy in Abu Dhabi; H.E. Francisco Javier Alonso Escobar, Ambassador, Embassy of Mexico; H E Jennes De Mol, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; H.E. Irene Florence Persis, Ambassador, Ugandan Embassy; H.E. Robert Noriega, Charge D’Affaires, Venezuelan Embassy in Abu Dhabi; H.E. Milos Perisic, Charge D’Affaires, Serbian Embassy; H.E. Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Chief Executive Officer, SHUROOQ Sharjah Investment and Development Authority; H.E. Omary Mjenga, Consul General, Tanzanian Consulate in Dubai; H E Abdelkrim Belouassaa; Consul General, Algerian Consulate General in Dubai; H.E. Yibeltal Aemero Alemu, Consul General, Ethiopian Consulate General in Dubai; Perisa Kastratovic; Deputy Head of Mission; Montenegrin Embassy; Mohammed N Mashroom, Director General Projects Department, Dubai Municipality.

The summit is in line with the Dubai Municipality’s vision for a green Dubai and will bring forward innovative and sustainable landscaping solutions from around the world, creating an ideal platform for knowledge sharing and networking. Expected to host over 400 participants, the summit’s agenda features over 20 sessions on topics such as landscape design, architecture and construction, artificial turf, irrigation and ecological restoration.

Highlights of Day 1 include sessions on a range of interesting topics, including implementing sustainability across Dubai parks to be presented by the Dubai Municipality; impact of urban spaces on public health to be presented by Simon Oxenham, CEO, Convic; ecological restoration to be presented by Barbara Wilks, Principal, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture – US; use of aerial drones for landscape architecture to be presented by Dr. Mario Rossi, Landscape Architecture Manager, The Office of H.H. The Crown Prince of Dubai; living systems in Singapore to be presented by Damian Tang, President, The Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects and many more. The panel discussion will discuss artificial grass and its use in sports and recreational facilities in the Middle East.

Day 2 highlights include sessions on branding national identities through landscaping to be presented by Kinder Baumgardner, President and Managing Principal, SWA; urban greenspaces and biodiversity to be presented by Dr. James Hitchmough, Head of Department & Professor of Horticultural Ecology, The University of Sheffield – Department of Landscape Architecture; benefits of using native plants to be presented by Andrew Anderson, Landscape Architect, Oman Botanic Garden, Diwan of Royal Court; use of smart technology in public spaces to be presented by Jaime Traspaderne, Senior Architect & Urban Designer, Arup and more. The panel discussion will talk about creative greening of open spaces. Also on the agenda is a case study discussion on integrated open space planning with the case of Madinat Al Nakheel, Iraq, Basra in focus, to be discussed by Akram Al Mahood, Head of Urban Planning, Dewan Architects and Engi Jaber, Sustainability Manager, Dewan Architects & Engineers – Abu Dhabi.

The summit’s third edition is supported by Falconcity of Wonders, Convic, SLA, Sites International, Zeoplant, Grassco & Aratex, TigerTurf in association with Flora Engineering Services, Gulf Landscape and Irrigation Systems, Vision Project Services, Cape Reed, Gulf Perlite LLC, WT Burden Middle East, Global Light & Power LLC and many more. The exhibitor lounge will feature more than 30 companies showcasing the latest technology and products from all over the world.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit brings together the world’s leading experts to discuss the latest solutions in landscaping from around the world. We are privileged to hold this event under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, and we would like to thank them for their continued support. It also gives us great pleasure to present a platform to enable our speakers, delegates and sponsors to come together and share knowledge and experiences in developing smart landscapes for the future.”

For event details, visit www.landscapesummit.com 

About Expotrade  

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

UTC Building & Industrial Systems Joins Smart Skyscrapers Summit as Gold Sponsor

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 22, 2015 – The Smart Skyscrapers Summit proudly welcomes UTC Building & Industrial Systems as Gold Sponsor of the 2015 edition of the event, to be held on 11-12 May 2015 at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. The summit is produced by global conference organizers Expotrade. UTC Building & Industrial Systems will be showcasing vertical transportation and integrated building technologies at the summit. Richard K. Pulling, Vice President – Sales, Global Major Projects, Otis Elevator Company, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, will be speaking at the summit with a presentation titled, ‘Vertical Transportation and Integrated Building Technologies – Creating Order and Convenience.’ UTC Building & Industrial Systems’ commitment towards innovation and sustainability finds the ideal platform at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit, which seeks to showcase the latest innovative technology and solutions to fuel sustainable and smart skyscrapers.

UTC Building & Industrial Systems’ presentation will explain how the use of vertical transportation and security systems integration enables safe and convenient ‘wayfinding’, and will detail the use of technology to create relationships among building systems and building tenants to benefit all concerned. The discussion will also showcase integrated building technologies to enable the smart skyscraper to be ‘green’, efficient and enhance the tenants’ building experience.

Rapid urbanization across the world has led to greater demand for spaces for office as well as residential spaces. With space availability an issue, modern urban development has led to the emergence of taller buildings. In such a scenario, the importance of vertical transportation that takes into account energy efficiency as well as user comfort is magnified further. It is especially relevant for Dubai and the UAE, which are making rapid strides in sustainable urban development.

The importance of sustainability and innovation in urban buildings and the choice of the Smart Skyscrapers Summit is put into perspective by Rolando Furlong, Vice President, UTC Building & Industrial Systems Middle East & Turkey, who says, “As the world’s largest provider of building technologies, UTC Building & Industrial Systems is committed to creating a future with buildings that are sustainable and provide superior functionality through smart system integration. By participating in events such as the Smart Skyscrapers Summit, we aim at sharing our knowledge and experience in this matter with top professionals in the industry. We hope that through open dialogue we can support this trend and improve the awareness on how UTC Building & Industrial Systems is innovating on the field of building efficiency, system integration and better occupant experience.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said “The partnership with UTC Building & Industrial Systems is a particularly relevant one, given our common aims of promoting sustainability and innovation in skyscraper building. We are very happy that the Smart Skyscrapers Summit affords a perfect opportunity to showcase their solutions in vertical transportation and integrated building technologies and we look forward to a long and meaningful association with them.”

Learn more about smart skyscraper technology and solutions at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2015, to be held on 11 – 12 May at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai.

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

About UTC Building & Industrial Systems

UTC Building & Industrial Systems is the world’s largest provider of building technologies. Its elevator, escalator, fire-safety, security, building automation, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems and services promote integrated, high-performance buildings that are safer, smarter and sustainable. UTC Building & Industrial Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide.

Our company is built on a proud and long-standing tradition of innovation and sustainability that has enabled us to become an industry leader, bringing cutting-edge solutions to our customers around the globe.

For more information, visit www.BIS.UTC.com

About Expotrade

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Sustainable Landscaping Discussed at 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit Next Week

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Delegates attending a presentation during Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2014

April 21, 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015 will take place next week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on April 28 and 29, 2015. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the two-day event will take place at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE and is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade. The event will be attended by over 400 senior level landscape architects, government authorities, urban planners, developers, environmental specialists and contractors from across the GCC, committed to the development of sustainable landscapes across the Middle East region.

The summit will be inaugurated by Eng. Salah Amiri, Assistant Director General, Dubai Municipality.

The two-day by-invitation-only summit will feature stimulating keynote speeches, thought-provoking panel discussions and interesting case studies from both local and international experts on topics that bring into focus sustainable landscaping in the region, ranging from greening initiatives, landscape design, architecture and construction, to artificial turf, irrigation, urban greenspaces and ecological restoration.

The summit is in line with the Dubai Municipality’s ‘Dubai 2020’ plans of a verdant and green Dubai and seeks to showcase the latest in smart, innovative and sustainable landscaping technology and best practices.

Speakers and panelists at the summit will include H.E. Salem AlMoosa, Chairman & General Manager, Falconcity of Wonders; Dr. Mario Rossi, Landscape Architecture Manager, The Office of H.H. The Crown Prince of Dubai ; Barbara Wilks, Principal, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture – US; Kinder Baumgardner, President and Managing Principal, SWA; Damian Tang, President, The Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects; Andrew Anderson, Landscape Architect, Oman Botanic Garden, Diwan of Royal Court; Akram Al Mahood, Head of Urban Planning, Dewan Architects; Engi Jaber, Sustainability Manager, Dewan Architects & Engineers – Abu Dhabi; Simon Oxenham, CEO, Convic; Rasmus Astrup, Partner, International Project Director, SLA; Paul Langford, Managing Director, TigerTurf UK; Abdul Kader Kazzaz, Operations Manager, Gulf Landscape and Irrigation Systems LLC; Peter Scott, Manager, Urban Planning & Landscape Architecture Department, Khatib & Alami; and many more.

The event is supported by some of the most reputed names in the business such as Falconcity of Wonders, Convic, SLA, Sites International, Zeoplant, Grassco/Aratex, TigerTurf in association with Flora Engineering Services, Gulf Landscape and Irrigation Systems, Cape Reed, Gulf Perlite LLC, WT Burden Middle East, Global Light & Power LLC and many more. The exhibitor lounge will showcase the most innovative solutions for sustainable landscaping from over 20 exhibitors.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit aims at showcasing the most innovative technology and solutions in sustainable landscaping from around the world, in line with the vision of turning Dubai into a green city. We are honored to be supported in our endeavor by the Dubai Municipality, whose continued patronage has made this event a truly special one. It gives us great pleasure to present this platform for knowledge-sharing and networking to our speakers, delegates and sponsors.”

For event details, visit www.landscapesummit.com

About Expotrade  

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Platinum Sponsor SULB Company to Showcase Structural Steel at Smart Skyscrapers Summit Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 20, 2015 – The Smart Skyscrapers Summit is proud to announce SULB Company as the Platinum Sponsor of this year’s edition of the event, to be held on 11-12 May 2015. Produced by global conference organizers Expotrade, the summit will take place at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. The summit will see SULB Company showcase structural steel in a presentation titled ‘Building with Structural Steel’, to be made by Hiroyasu (Gabriel) Kobayashi, General Manager, Sales & Marketing, SULB Company. SULB’s session will describe structural steel, highlight the benefits of using structural steel in building and explain the architectural flexibility introduced by using structural steel. With environment-friendliness and sustainability being part of the core values of SULB Company, the Smart Skyscrapers Summit is the ideal partner for them to showcase their solutions.

The importance of structural steel and the choice of the Smart Skyscrapers Summit are emphasized by Hiroyasu (Gabriel) Kobayashi, General Manager, Sales & Marketing, SULB Company, who will be speaking at the event. He feels, “Structural steels give architects the flexibility for them to unleash their design innovation, and not to be restricted by traditional building shapes and construction methods.

SULB believes that this summit will provide the opportunity for designers and architects in the GCC, to be exposed to the technology that is already available in the region; This can result in the GCC redefining the skylines of GCC cities which will become the inspiration for future generations.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “It gives us great pleasure to welcome SULB Company as Platinum Sponsor of the Smart Skyscrapers Summit. Sustainability in the construction of high-rise development is critical and the importance of the right building material in this context cannot be emphasized enough. SULB’s commitment to a sustainable future is echoed in the core premise of the Smart Skyscrapers Summit as well. We look forward to a long and meaningful relationship with SULB Company.”

With the global shift towards sustainable urban development, using the right building material in the construction of smart skyscrapers is of the utmost importance. Structural steel and the role it can play in this move is a topic of particular relevance in this context. It is of special importance in the GCC region, where a number of countries are forging ahead with plans for advanced urban development. Learn more about sustainable urban development in the region at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2015 to be held on 11 – 12 May at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai.

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

About SULB Company

SULB is a joint venture between FOULATH (51%) and YAMATO Kogyo (49%) from Japan. SULB, at its Bahrain operation has a DRI plant (1.5 million tons/Y), a melt shop (1 million tons/Y) and a heavy section mill (600K tons/Y). At SULB’s Jubail (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) facility, SULB has a second light/medium rolling mill with an annual capacity of 450K tons/Y.

SULB boasts a strategic location in the GCC and is a fully integrated producer with the capability of producing from DRI to structural steel products. SULB’s cost effective integration and comprehensive product range are further reinforced by the latest technical know-how imparted by the Japanese shareholders YAMATO Kogyo (who operate structural steel plants in Japan, Thailand and the USA)

These advantages insure that SULB is strategically positioned to take advantage of the expected growth in GCC demand of structural steel.

For more information, please visit www.sulb.com.bh

About Expotrade

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Arab Future Cities Summit Showcases Sustainable Development in Qatar Successfully

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Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz T. Al Subaie, Managing Director, Qatar Rail, addressing the audience at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015

Doha, Qatar, April 19, 2015 – Smart city development in the Middle East with special focus on Qatar and its key initiatives was showcased successfully at the recently concluded 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit, produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade. The event took place on 13-14 April, 2015 and was held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar. The summit lived up to its reputation of being the premier smart cities event in the region, with over 400 participants. The summit featured over 25 presentations, networking sessions and a panel discussion creating the ideal environment to discuss efficient management of resources, developments and ways to make future cities work better in the Middle East.

The summit was inaugurated by Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz T. Al Subaie, Managing Director, Qatar Rail, who outlined the projects undertaken by Qatar Rail, especially the Doha Metro project. An integral part of the Qatar Rail Development Programme, the Doha Metro project will play a critical role in bolstering Qatar’s sustainability objectives.

The opening session was attended by dignitaries such as H.E. Deddy Saiful Hadi, Ambassador, Indonesian Embassy to the State of Qatar; H.E. Shingo Tsuda, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in the State of Qatar; H.H. Sheikha Athba Bint Thamer Al-Thani, Chief Support Services Officer, Q.D.V.C.; H.E. Mohammed Nasser Al-Wahaibi, Ambassador, Embassy of Sultanate of Oman – Doha; H.E. Waheed Mubarak Abdullah Sayyar, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain – Doha, Qatar; H. E. Eric Chevallier, Ambassador, French Embassy in Doha; H.E. Nurmakhmad Kholov, Ambassador, Embassy of the Russian Federation in the State of Qatar.

The agenda for the first day saw interesting sessions presented by speakers from the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), (QCERT) ICT Qatar, Masdar Institute, AEB, and premium sponsors Huawei, Accenture, Ooredoo Qatar, Cisco, Intel, Alfardan Properties, Esri, Schneider Electric, Microsoft and EMC, speaking on topics spanning the range from the regulator’s role in facilitating smart cities; Lusail city; IoT in smart cities; future connected cities and security for smart cities to enabling the urban information economy through smart cities; laying the foundation for a smart Qatar; smart living solutions, urban energy management, ICT innovation, GIS as location platform; people-first approach to innovation and research towards smart cities. The panel discussion of the day sponsored by ITS focused on the e-government initiatives taken up for building smart cities in the GCC.

Day 2 saw sessions on ‘Dohaization’ and branding Qatar; district cooling, IoT, mobility and big data, sustainability in transportation, smart and sustainable mobility services, smart energy and efficiency, intelligence and analytics for urban security, sustainability ratings and frameworks, and the ‘SunRise Project’. Speakers included experts from QNMP, QMIC, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi, Arup, Vienna University of Technology, the Environmental Engineering Research Laboratory, France, and premium sponsors Qatar Cool, B+B SmartWorx, Proteco LLC (Al Nasr Holding) and Selex ES.

Other sponsors included GE Lighting, malomatia, TexEnergy and Almana Motors Company. The networking sessions on both days saw impressive participation from delegates, while the Future Cities Lounge was a top draw. A host of innovative products and solutions were showcased by over 30 exhibitors including smart city solution providers such as Kodak Alaris, Kansai Paint, Technoserve, FOSS, Manateq, Avtech, Cambium Networks, MDT-tex, W-Locate, WifiActiva, FCC Aqualia, Dassault Systèmes and HERE. The prize draws on both days added to the excitement, with prizes such as smartphones, smart watches, tablets, mini projectors and complimentary stays at the venue given away to lucky winners.

The event was appreciated by attendees, with the quality of delegates coming in for special praise. Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President, Smart Cities & IoT, Huawei, said, “We are glad to be back here at the Arab Future Cities in Doha. We find a very well-attended event with a high quality of guests here. We have been able to interact with a lot of people and share our vision and thought for the future of smart city development not only within Doha and Qatar but across the region as well.”

Anas Sawaf, Smart+Connected Communities Business Lead, Cisco, said “This is the second year for Cisco as a major sponsor of this event. We believe that having a large presence from the private and public sector at this event really shows the commitment in Qatar and the commitment from the private and public sectors to develop smart cities. What we have seen today is really amazing in terms of the diversity of individuals, representatives from the private and public sector across different industries like transportation, real estate, security, education etc.  It is a collaborative effort and we are very pleased to see this commitment from all parties involved.”

Mohannad Khader, Vice President – Commercial, Qatar Cool, said, “Every year when we come here, we listen to new ideas, we get to know more people and great strategies from other well- reputed companies. It has been valuable for sure.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said “We are delighted that the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar has been such a success and has achieved its core premise of showcasing sustainable smart city development in Qatar and the Middle East. We would like to thank all our sponsors, delegates, speakers and partners for supporting this event. We are honored to have been able to offer a meaningful platform to our speakers, sponsors and delegates that has afforded tremendous scope for networking and knowledge sharing.”

For event details, visit www.arabfuturecities.com

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Qatar’s Smart City Vision Explored at Arab Future Cities Summit, Beginning Today

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April 13, 2015, Doha, Qatar – The 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015 opened its doors today at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, with an exciting array of presentations, panel discussions and networking sessions. The event is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

The summit was inaugurated by Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz T. Al Subaie, Managing Director, Qatar Rail.

Dignitaries at the summit included Eng. Hamad Ibrahim Al Bishri, Deputy CEO, Qatar Rail Company; Dr. Rainer Schnepfleitner, Department Manager Regulation and Competition Affairs, Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA); Ashraf Ali Ismael, National Information Assurance Manager, Cyber Security Division, (QCERT) ICT Qatar; and Dr. Fethi Filali, Head of Technology Development & Applied Research, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) who will be speaking at the event.

The summit also hosted senior dignitaries including H.E. Deddy Saiful Hadi, Ambassador, Indonesian Embassy to the State of Qatar; H.E. Shingo Tsuda, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in the State of Qatar; H.H. Sheikha Athba Bint Thamer Al-Thani, Chief Support Services Officer, Q.D.V.C.; H.E. Mohammed Nasser Al-Wahaibi, Ambassador, Embassy of Sultanate of Oman – Doha; John Rodney, Counsellor (Commercial), Embassy of Canada to the State of Qatar; H.E. Waheed Mubarak Abdullah Sayyar, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain – Doha, Qatar; H.E. Ewa Polano, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden in Doha, Qatar; H. E. Eric Chevallier, Ambassador, French Embassy in Doha.

Attended by over 350 delegates from the public and private sector across the GCC, the two-day summit features sessions on the progress, efficient management of resources, future developments and ways of making future cities work better in the Middle East, with distinct focus on Qatar and the special initiatives taken up by Qatari government bodies such as ICT Qatar and Qatar Rail.

The summit featured participation from industry giants such as Huawei, Accenture, Ooredoo, Cisco, Intel, Alfardan Properties, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, EMC, Qatar Cool, B+B SmartWorx, Proteco LLC (Al Nasr Holding), Esri and many more. The Future Cities Lounge saw over 30 exhibitors showcasing innovative solutions for building smart cities.

At the forefront of the push towards smart city development in the Middle East is Qatar, in light of its National Vision 2030 and its prominent role as one of the most important countries in the GCC.

Speakers and panelists at the summit include Cyril Anand, Assistant Director, Business Development Support, Ooredoo Qatar; Mohamed Sleiman, General Manager, Alfardan Properties; Prof. Ali A. Alraouf, Prof. of Architecture and Urbanism, Head of CB, Training, Research and Development–QNMP Doha, Qatar; Ahmad Kawakbi, ICT & Stakeholder Manager, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy – FIFA World Cup Qatar and many more.

The two-day summit features topics with sustainable urban development at the core, ranging from smarter cities enabled through IoT, energy efficiency and government initiatives, to sustainable infrastructure, ICT innovation and telecommunications. Over 20 sessions and a panel discussion feature local and international speakers who are experts in their field.

Presentations on Day 1 at the summit focused on the regulator’s role in facilitating smart cities, enabling smarter cities through IoT, sustainability strategies and requirements in Lusail City, enabling the urban information economy through smart cities, the role of communications providers in enabling a smart country, moving towards a future connected society and securing smart cities, and ways to design, implement and operate safe and resilient infrastructure. Also on the agenda were sessions on smart living solutions, urban energy management, ICT innovation, the role of GIS, people-first approach to smart city innovation, initiatives taken up by Qatar Rail, and research into smart city disciplines such as urban planning and transportation.

Sessions on Day 2 will revolve round branding Qatar via Doha’s knowledge-based smart urbanism, district cooling in smart cities, IoT in smart cities, mobility and big data as enablers for connected cities, prioritization of capital transportation projects after considering sustainability factors, smart and sustainable mobility services, smart energy and efficiency, intelligence and analytics for urban security, local and international sustainability ratings and frameworks, and the knowledge gained from the SunRise Project.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, feels “Qatar’s increasing prominence in the GCC region, coupled with Doha’s emergence as a true smart city of the future has ensured that this is the ideal environment to discuss the latest innovation and trends in smart city development. Qatar’s National Vision 2030 is a clear indicator of its commitment towards ensuring a smart, sustainable and efficient future for its citizens. It gives us great pleasure to present the 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit to Doha again, as a platform to learn, share knowledge and meet the most renowned experts in smart city solutions from across the world.”

For event details, visit www.arabfuturecities.com 

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com