Rising to greener heights

By Saeed Al Abbar

When tall buildings first emerged in the late 19th century in the USA to meet the growing demand for inner city office space, little did anyone imagine that nearly 8,000 miles to the East and over 120 years later, a small desert country, the United Arab Emirates, would boast the tallest skyline in the world.

In the Middle East, especially the UAE, the construction of tall and super tall structures is on a high growth trajectory. In fact, since 2009, UAE has been home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

As the Middle East continues to build skyscrapers, the earlier view of tall buildings as large scale energy consumers with little regard for sustainable architecture is now rapidly changing. The new generation of tall buildings are being designed with energy conservation and sustainability as their principal criteria.

The UAE has made significant strides since 2006 to drive the green building agenda with numerous ground breaking frameworks and programmes being implemented by the public sector. Emirates Green Building Council, an independent forum promoting sustainability, has been leading discussions on identifying solutions for existing buildings to become sustainable while ensuring that new ones are designed with ‘green building’ features.

The focus on sustainable built environments reflects His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai’s initiative for a ‘green economy for sustainable development’.

All tall building stakeholders need to look closely at the important aspects of implementing new technologies and features. We need these credible measures by developers to incorporate green building practices to contribute to the green vision of the nation.

 – Saeed Al Abbar is the Chairman of Emirates Green Building Council

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Enhancing building efficiency for a greener UAE

By Saeed Al Abbar

With the UAE’s skyline dominated by skyscrapers, and Dubai alone being home to over 3,000 high-rise buildings,1  it is important that all stakeholders within the construction industry leverage the opportunities available for installing renewable energy systems in high-rises.

The roofs of high-rise buildings are often occupied with installations such as cooling towers, chillers and other equipment, which can limit the space available for installing renewable energy systems.

However, with an increasing number of high-rises in the region, it is important that initiatives supporting sustainable built environments are fully considered and implemented.

Emirates Green Building Council, an independent forum promoting sustainability, recently hosted a workshop to discuss the challenges and potential solutions in installing renewable energy technologies in high-rises.

Experts identified awareness, site issues, codes and financial schemes as key points to be addressed to promote the use of renewable energy systems. They observed that these systems must also be outcome-based to ensure reduction in energy consumption.

To bring a tangible shift, a fundamental transformation of the construction sector is needed by streamlining fragmented responsibilities of different stakeholders and developing business models that attract third-party financing.

Stakeholders must also look at implementing highly advanced yet cost-effective façade concepts, based on multifunctional components and/or new combinations of existing building envelope technologies.

An integrated design and close collaboration among a multidisciplinary team will further drive the implementation of renewable energy systems in high-rises.

With the focus on high-rise buildings continuing to grow, in direct response to meet the urban growth requirements, credible measures by developers to incorporate green building practices will contribute to the green vision of the nation and help secure the environment for our future generations.

Saeed Al Abbar is the Chairman of Emirates Green Building Council.

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Sustainability in Skyscrapers Discussed at Smart Skyscrapers Summit, Beginning in Dubai Next Week

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Delegates attending a session during Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 5, 2015 – The 2nd Annual Smart Skyscrapers Summit returns to Dubai early next week at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa on May 11 and 12, 2015. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the summit is produced by global event organizers, Expotrade, with over 300 senior architects, engineers, policy-makers, developers, contractors and building managers from across the GCC expected to attend.

The summit will be inaugurated by Abdullah Al Rafia, Assistant Director General – Engineering and Planning Department, Dubai Municipality.

The two-day by-invitation-only summit’s agenda features a series of thought-provoking presentations, case studies and panel discussions focused on bringing into the limelight the latest advancements in skyscraper technology. At the heart of the summit is sustainability, with topics on the agenda shedding new light on issues such as construction challenges, intelligent transit, safety, innovative technology, energy efficiency, trends in architecture and much more.

Speakers and panelists include Ahmad K Abdelrazaq, Sr. Executive Vice President, Samsung C & T; Wassim Aboushaar, Executive Managing Director, Schindler Middle East; Saeed Alabbar, Director, AESG; Simon Lay, Director – Fire Engineering, AECOM; Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director – Head of Façade, Ramboll Middle East; Rudi Clayton, Manager Marketing & Exports, SULB Company; Dr. Yasser Mahgoub, Head of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University; Johannes de Jong, Head of Technology, Major Projects, KONE; Dr. Montasser Hussein El-Raie, Projects Manager, Khatib & Alami; Matthew Neidlinger, Director – Marketing MEA, Emerson Climate Technologies; Nawras Rimawi, Director, Al-Jazeera Paints Academy; Matthew David Carton, Specification Manager, Kansai Paint MENA & CIS; Errol Bull, Architectural Engineer, Technical Services Manager, GE Construction Sealants; Gabor Andrasi, Sales and Marketing Director – Africa & Middle East, Guardian; Rafic Hanbali, Managing Partner, Emirates Insolaire; Wulf Binder, Sales Manager – Architecture, Novelis; Phillip Jones, Principal & Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa, B+H Architects, and many more.

This year’s edition features a greater number of partnerships with major companies such as Schindler, SULB Company, KONE, Al-Jazeera Paints, Emerson Climate Technologies, Kansai Paint, GE Sealants, Guardian, Emirates Insolaire, UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Vision Project Services, Novelis and many more. The exhibitor lounge will feature over 25 solution-providers showcasing their innovative product ranges for the benefit of the audience.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The Smart Skyscrapers Summit focuses on highlighting challenges and solutions in sustainable skyscraper development. We are privileged to be supported in this regard this year by the Dubai Municipality. We look forward to bringing a platform to showcase the best in skyscraper technology to our audience.”

For event details, visit www.smartskyscrapers.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

Arab Future Cities Summit, Middle East’s Largest Smart Cities Event begins in Doha on Monday

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Presentation in progress during Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2014

April 8, 2015, Doha, Qatar: The 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015 will take place early next week in Doha, Qatar on April 13 and 14, 2015. Held at the Ritz-Carlton, Doha, the two-day summit will be attended by over 350 senior executives, government officials, developers, urban planners, investors, academics, and cutting-edge technologists from across the GCC to discuss the progress, efficient management of resources, future development and ways of making future cities work better in the Middle East. The summit is organized by global conference producers, Expotrade.

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

The two-day by-invitation-only summit will feature presentations, panel discussions and networking sessions by renowned experts from across the world. With sustainable urban development as the core theme, the summit will feature topics ranging from smarter cities enabled through IoT, energy efficiency and government initiatives, to sustainable infrastructure, ICT innovation and telecommunications. Sessions focusing on Qatar and the special initiatives taken up by Qatari government bodies such as ICT Qatar and Qatar Rail are among the highlights of the event.

With its growing importance in the region and supported by its leadership and the goals of the National Vision 2030, Qatar is the ideal location to hold a summit that seeks to discuss the latest innovation and technology in smart city development worldwide.

Speakers and panelists at the summit include 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; Dr. Fethi Filali, Head of Technology Development & Applied Research, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC); 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; Mohannad Khader, Vice President – Commercial, Qatar Cool; Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President Smart Cities & IoT, Huawei and many more.

The event is sponsored by 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. Innovation is brought into focus at the Future Cities Lounge, which will see over 30 exhibitors showcasing innovative solutions for building smart cities.

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “The Arab Future Cities Summit seeks to promote sustainable urban development as its main focus. Qatar’s important position in the GCC and its National Vision 2030, coupled with Doha’s emergence as a major city only serve to underline the importance of such a platform which will showcase the latest solutions, technology and innovation in global smart city development. Also of special interest is the summit’s focus on Qatar’s initiatives and progress in this move towards sustainable development. We are very happy to present this platform for knowledge-sharing and networking to our speakers, delegates and sponsors.”

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

Smart Property Developer Alfardan Properties to Showcase Smart Living Solutions at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar

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Doha, Qatar, March 30, 2015 – The 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar is proud to announce Alfardan Properties as the Smart Property Developer of this year’s event, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, on 13-14 April, 2015.

Smart cities of the future are not dependent on systems alone. Infrastructure and smart building solutions are also critically important elements of any plans for smart city development, as both residential and commercial properties must be developed in a sustainable, energy-efficient, durable manner. The challenge is to arrive at the optimum mix of combining traditional construction with the latest in advanced technology, creating the most complete citizen experience. Alfardan Properties, with its commitment to be Qatar’s premier provider of the best living and community solutions finds an ideal partner in the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar, which seeks to discuss the best in smart city solutions from across the world. Mohamed Sleiman, General Manager, Alfardan Properties will be speaking at the summit on ‘Smart Living Solutions.’

Sustainable development is on the rise in Qatar, with its National Vision 2030 that aims to transform Qatar in the near future. In such a scenario, the latest advanced technology has to be used to enhance the living experience for citizens in any smart city such as Doha. Alfardan Properties, with its reputation as one of Qatar’s leading real estate developers, delivers comprehensive, client specific solutions, ranging from design and development to leasing and professional management services, and incorporates the latest in cutting-edge technology in doing so.

The value inherent in an association between Alfardan Properties and the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar is emphasized by Mohamed Sleiman, General Manager, Alfardan Properties, who will be speaking at the summit. He says, “Alfardan Properties shares Arab Future Cities Summit’s vision of harnessing technology for tomorrow’s urban environments. We believe that the adoption of Smart Living Solutions is vital to ensuring safer, sustainable and more efficient living and working experiences. Alfardan Properties is investing heavily in terms of resources, expertise and partnerships to help develop next-generation ‘Smart Living Homes’. We foresee ‘Smart Living’ as the future in upcoming property developments in Qatar and across the region, which is why we aim to leverage the Summit’s role as a premier platform for discussing the future of smart cities.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “We are delighted to have Alfardan Properties as the Smart Property Developer of the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar this year. Alfardan Properties and the Arab Future Cities Summit are both committed to showcasing the latest technology in smart city development, and it is a logical partnership. The Arab Future Cities Summit is the ideal platform for Alfardan Properties to present their Smart Living Solutions to the audience. We look forward to our association with them.”

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

Alfardan

About Alfardan Properties

Alfardan Properties is one of Qatar’s premier leading companies that provide real estate solutions and services. Established in 1993, the company specializes in property development and management and offers a high performance portfolio of architecture projects coming from around the country—bearing its signature mark of excellence in the highest level and full customer satisfaction.

Alfardan Properties has a track record of achievements and premium property developments in the country–both residential and commercial, including major mixed use projects and the most luxurious facilities in the real estate community in terms of technical excellence, creation and innovation. The company seeks to highlight the originality of Arabic architecture and to use the concepts of new designs in line with the latest developments of related technologies.

Alfardan Properties is part of the Alfardan Group, one of the most important leading commercial conglomerates in Qatar. The Group is involved in several vital domains including money transfers, jewelry, automotive and marine sector and real estate development.

For more information, please visit www.alfardanproperties.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

Gold Sponsor Microsoft to showcase their CityNext approach to Doha at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar

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Doha, Qatar, March 29, 2015 – The 4th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar welcomes on board Microsoft as Gold Sponsor of the event, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, on 13-14 April, 2015.

Smart city development across the world is becoming more the norm than the exception. Governments worldwide are including smart initiatives in their development plans, with the focus set firmly on sustainability. At the same time, they do not lose sight of the fact that an improved way of life and better citizen services are to be the end result of all efforts in this regard. Among the topics discussed at the Arab Future Cities Summit will be citizen empowerment in the context of smart cities. This ties in perfectly with Microsoft’s corporate commitment to citizenship in terms of serving the needs of communities, and their mission to help people and businesses realize their full potential. The summit, therefore, is the ideal platform for Microsoft to showcase their CityNext Solution, that brings their technology and partner solutions together to meet the needs of local and regional governments across today’s four major technology trends—big data, cloud, mobile, and social—in all four public sector industries (education, government, health, and public safety and national security). Ali Nimer, Regional Government Solutions Director, Microsoft Gulf will be speaking at the summit on ‘Doha Next: Enabling Real Impact for Better Tomorrow.’

A smart city can be termed intelligent only when it is citizen-focused. A citizen- focused city involves harnessing the ideas, energy and expertise of a city’s people as they create a healthier, safer and sustainable place to live. The Microsoft CityNext approach to innovation puts people first, empowering governments, businesses and citizens to use collaborative technology to shape the future of their cities. Doha, with its growing prominence as a major Gulf city, is the ideal location to implement such an approach. Such an approach for the new and emerging Doha involves empowering leaders to do newer things using fewer resources by enabling them to leverage existing investments and incorporate new innovations at their own pace, thereby creating a workable innovation model.

The importance of helping cities in the region become more evolved and using a platform such as the Arab Future Cities Summit to bring forward these ideas is emphasized by Ali Nimer, Regional Government Solutions Director, Microsoft Gulf, who will be speaking at the summit. He says, “We are fully committed to supporting governments in this region with their transition from resource-based to a knowledge-based economy. Our participation in the Arab Future Cities Summit last year facilitated valuable connections with key stakeholders from the Public and Commercial Sectors, and provided us with the proper platform to discuss Microsoft’s CityNext Initiative which offers cutting-edge technologies as well as innovative and holistic solutions that can make this transition happen. This year, we hope to take the conversation a step further by sharing success stories implemented by Microsoft and its valued partners which enabled the development and creation of Smart Cities of the future in various parts of the world.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “Microsoft, with its commitment towards fostering healthier and more vibrant communities, is an ideal partner for the Arab Future Cities Summit, which seeks to bring forth the most innovative advancements in smart city technology and solutions globally. It gives us great pleasure to offer the best platform to Microsoft to showcase their solutions. We look forward to a meaningful relationship with them.”

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

Microsoft

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:’MSFT’) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Microsoft Qatar was founded in 2003 as part of the Dubai-based Microsoft Gulf. There are approximately 50 employees at Microsoft Qatar who serve the Qatar market’s technological needs with productivity solutions, cloud offerings, devices, services and much more spanning across all verticals and segments.

For more information, please visit www.microsoft.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

Bringing Energy Efficiency in Sustainable High-Rise Development into Focus at Smart Skyscrapers Summit Dubai

Presentation in progress at Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

Presentation in progress at Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 25, 2015 – The global march towards sustainable urban development is virtually all-pervasive. With more and more governments climbing on the sustainability bandwagon, energy efficiency has become the buzzword like never before, especially when viewed against the context of urban skyscraper development. Energy efficient high-rises and green buildings have become the principal requirement of urban planners, architects, builders and government regulators the world over, more so in the Middle East countries, with their plans for large-scale sustainable development. The critical importance of energy efficiency will be highlighted during sessions at the 2015 edition of the Smart Skyscrapers Summit, to be held on May 11-12, 2015 at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. The summit is held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

Energy use in the Middle East is high, with the climate being a major factor. Ventilation, cooling and heating, vertical transportation and lighting are the major contributors towards energy consumption in tall buildings. No wonder it is then, that energy consumption in buildings accounts for a major percentage in global energy consumption and energy-related carbon-dioxide emissions. Compounding matters further are increasing energy costs and stringent energy emission regulations. Thus, the Middle East and Dubai in particular, with their large number of tall buildings, are prime locations for smart skyscraper solutions aimed at enhancing energy efficiency and promoting green buildings. These solutions and the technology that powers them will be discussed during the session on ‘Building Energy Efficient Skyscrapers for the Middle East Region’ at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit in May this year.

The universe of technology and solutions aimed at specifically improving energy efficiency levels is vast, and can be broken down into solutions for specific areas. For example, solutions revolving around glass facades are among the major drivers of energy efficiency in terms of high rise development. High performance glass facades, rainscreen systems and solar thermal array systems are some elements that can enhance energy efficiency of facades. Dynamic glass solutions incorporating dynamic glazing are other options being developed by solutions providers, with many more interesting technologies being researched to form the mainstay of future energy efficient solutions. Find out all there is to know about this exciting new area of development during the session on ‘Energy Efficiency with Glass Facades,’ to be presented by Gabor Andrasi, Sales and Marketing Director – Africa & Middle East, Guardian, at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2015.

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