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

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

Qatar Explores Key Dynamics of Building Smart Cities

Presentation in progress at Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2014

Presentation in progress at Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2014

Doha, Qatar, February 25, 2015 – A smart city, by its very definition, conjures up visions of developed urban spaces created with for the purpose of providing a high quality of life for its citizens. To achieve this end, the city focuses on excellence in key areas such as mobility, environment, infrastructure and systems. The drivers for these would be human capital, social capital and ICT. And ultimately, this movement has to be viewed against the overarching theme of sustainable economic development. Qatar, with its vision for 2030, is poised to be one of the key Gulf players in this global move towards smart cities.

A complete understanding of such key elements of smart city management can only be achieved when they are viewed against the context of an actual modern city. Doha can be taken as an example. Its newfound eminence as a major city based on its position in the global energy market has led to a boom in its expansion plans and its attendant resource requirements. With knowledge becoming the new buzzword in a post-oil scenario, Doha’s new urbanism becomes all the more relevant for Qatar and its 2030 vision. Backed by political commitment and with financial resources at its command, Qatar is constructing a new urban development brand. This creation of ‘Dohaization’ is a carefully crafted one. Understanding the dynamics of constructing such a brand can offer keen insights into the well-planned process for building Qatar’s new identity. Hear Prof. Ali A. Alraouf, Prof. of Architecture and Urbanism, Head of CB, Training, Research and Development, QNMP Doha, Qatar speak on branding Qatar via Doha’s emerging knowledge-based smart urbanism at the Arab Future Cities Summit.

Coming down to brass tacks, any push for smart city development needs to include citizen participation and empowerment. With open innovation and ecosystems in the cities increasingly coming to the forefront, strategies must be developed with an eye on understanding newer and newer concepts of innovation and collaboration, global innovation chains, transformative and reactive governance models, and the crucial role of the citizen in shaping the direction of participatory urban development. Hear Katalin Gallyas, Policy Advisor, City Council of Amsterdam, speak at length on open innovation ecosystems in cities at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015.

But such strategies will be deemed incomplete unless ground-level realities are considered. Take parking, for instance. With modern cities acutely aware of the potential pitfalls of an improperly planned parking management system, they usually have a tailored policy in place, to deal with it. However, all plans can go awry unless this policy is integrated with the full scheme of the city transportation plan. With many cities in the Arab world instituting plans to improve public transport and sustainable modes of transportation, the challenge can often be to understand the subtle difference between adequate, inadequate and extra parking areas usually meant for private passenger vehicles. Hear Mohammad Nabil Ibrahim, Lead Transportation Engineer, Integrated Transportation Planning Division – Surface Transport Sector, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi, talking about smart solutions for these very real challenges in his session on planning for parking at the Arab Future Cities Summit.

The Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015 will be held on 13-14 April, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar. The summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

Visit www.arabfuturecities.com for event details.

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 proudly announces Huawei as Diamond Sponsor

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 10, 2015 – Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar welcomes Huawei as the Diamond Sponsor at the 4th annual edition of the event, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar, on April 13-14, 2015. The summit is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade. The 2015 edition will showcase city development best practice strategies and innovative solutions that will integrate citizens, systems and services. There will be opportunities for networking along with knowledge sharing on the various sustainable technologies promoting smart city development. Huawei’s return to the summit’s fold, this time as the Diamond Sponsor, reflects its core motto of striving to build a better connected world and commitment to sustainable socio-economic development.

One of the top drivers in smart city development is improvement in city infrastructure. In today’s technologically advanced society, apart from the traditional power, energy, water, utilities and transportation systems, what comes to the forefront is connectivity. The critical importance of connectivity in terms of telecommunications, networks and broadband services stems not just from the perspective of technical advancement, but also from the prime need to provide the best in terms of services to citizens. This, in turn, links back to the need for a smart city to evolve into an intelligent, people-focused city. Challenges can span the range from growing populations and increased expectations to balancing modern systems with outdated existing infrastructure. And of course, at the heart of it all, lies sustainability. These challenges and the ways to tackle them will be discussed at the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015, to be held on April 13-14, 2015.

For cities embarking on a smart city initiative, improving the quality of life of their citizens can be achieved through improvement initiatives which can be measured only by enabling connectivity across functions. The impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on enabling future cities to become smarter is emphasized by Safder Nazir, Regional Vice President, Smart Cities & IoT, Huawei, who will be speaking at the summit on ‘Smarter Cities enabled through IoT’.

As a past participant, he feels, “Huawei participated in the 2014 event and its impact was above our expectations, hence our decision to participate in this year’s event. We expect to see an exceptional turnout of visionaries from government, industry and thought leaders in the domain or urban innovation and future city development. At Huawei we see it as fundamentally important to take a long term view whilst also keeping focused on actionable steps towards achieving that vision in collaboration with our customers and partners.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, welcomed the partnership, saying, “Huawei’s dedication towards bridging the digital divide, albeit in a harmonious, sustainable manner finds the right expression at an event such as the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar, an ideal platform for building smart cities of the future in the Middle East. We are proud to partner with Huawei again and look forward to an even more successful partnership with them.”

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

Huawei

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population.

For more information, please visit www.huawei.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

Dubai’s Smart City Vision to be showcased at Arab Future Cities Summit

Endorsed by ‘Dubai Municipality’ this year’s Arab Future Cities Summit in Dubai will see over 350 delegates participating at the event. This 2 day conference is scheduled to take place on the 10th and 11th November at the Sofitel, The Palm Resort & Spa, Dubai (UAE). The Arab Future Cities Summit is one of the largest Smart cities events globally.

The Arab Future Cities summit is a high-profile international gathering of government authorities, developers, urban planners, investors, academics and cutting-edge technologists aimed at giving direction to smart city development across the Middle East region, and a platform for organizations to showcase their achievements, upcoming projects and smart technologies.

The event has been successfully held in Doha, Qatar, under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar’s Minister of Municipality & Urban Planning for the past 3 years, and we are delighted to announce the 4th edition to be held in Dubai.

The conference will cover issues like Digital Strategies for a Successful Smart City, Smart Security Using Security Analytics & Threat Intelligence, Healthcare, Building Design & Sustainable Urban Planning, eSystems of Logistics & Transportation, Big Data for Smart Cities, Energy Consumption, E-Government and much more. A panel of professionals and educators will discuss Future Cities Sustainable Development in the Arab World, Intelligent Transport Systems & Smart Building Design & Sustainable Urban Planning.

H.E. Eng. Abdulla Rafia, Assistant Director General – Engineering & Planning Sector, Head of The Sustainability Committee, Dubai Municipality will be presenting on ‘The strategic plan, projects and initiatives to transform Dubai into a Smart City’.

From the City of Copenhagen Marc J. Jorgensen will put a light on ‘COPENHAGEN – Smart City and Urban Development’.

Other speakers include Ahmed Qurra Baig from Dubai World Center, Chris De Lavigne from Frost & Sullivan, Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Saif Kalban from Dubai Health Authority, Eng. Salah Mohammed Al Marzouqi from Department of Transport (Abu Dhabi), Farouk Benouared from Dubai Municipality, Hashem Al Mansoori from Emirates Advanced Investments Group, Rayan Qutub from King Abdullah Economic City and many more.

This year you will see leading innovators and experts from SAP, Autodesk Middle East, Tronic Smart City Pte. Ltd., THALES , Renault , Huawei Tech, ZTE Corporation, Robotina, ALGO Consulting Group, Waseela Telecom, Armada Electromechanical, GET Group Holdings, Diyar United Company, Cubic Art Technologies, Atlantech, ISYX Technologies, Omnix, Imex Systems Inc., iTech Management Consultancy, Lafon Technologies, ITQAN for Smart Solutions, Emirates Technology Company, Green Parking UAE, Digital interiors, Helles Gruen DMCC and many others.

Expotrade Global is a conference and event organizer headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with a regional office in Dubai. We work with government authorities from various cities to host events in the fields of construction, infrastructure, banking, landscape, IT, lighting & energy, and sustainability.

For more information: www.smartcitiesdubai.com/

NT Major Projects Conference

Northern Territory Major Projects Conference in Darwin to Showcase Key Development Plans for Australia’s North

The Northern Territory strategically benefits from physically neighbouring the Asian economies and is well positioned as a transport and logistics hub for business and tourism. To capitalise on its highly advantageous strategic position, infrastructure, particularly road development, finds itself high on the agenda for the NT Government.

The Federal Government will provide the first Northern Australia White Paper to be released later in the year. The White Paper on Developing Northern Australia will set out a clear, well-defined and timely policy platform for realising the full economic potential of the North, identifying the critical, economic and social infrastructure needed to support the long term growth of the region.

The Northern Territory Government is working with the Australian Government to ensure Territory projects are included in the critical infrastructure requirements list as part of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Audit. The Northern Territory Government’s 2014-2015 Budget for its road program is one of the biggest in the Territory’s history with a total of $377.8 million of Northern Territory and Australian government funding.

The NT Major Projects Conference will be held on the 22 and 23 October 2014 at the Darwin Convention Centre. With support from the Northern Territory Government, the NT Major Projects Conference in its 5th year running continues to attract around 400 delegates both from the public as well as the private sector, keen to discuss strategies to develop Australia’s North to its full potential.

The conference begins with a ministerial address by the Chief Minister of Darwin Hon. Adam Giles focusing on major projects shaping the Northern Territory. The Minister for Mines and Energy, Hon Willem Westra van Hothe will present on the challenges, growth, opportunities and initiatives to support the mining and energy sectors. Other speakers from the NT Government include Hon Matt Conlan, Minister for Housing, who will address the delegates on the Territory Government’s Real Housing for Growth Plan and Hon Peter Glen Chandler, Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment, Northern Territory Government will present on Territory Land Release.

Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim, Mayor, City of Darwin, will be giving a presentation on the Darwin City Centre Masterplan. The project has been funded by the City of Darwin, the Northern Territory Government and the Australian Government, under its “Liveable Cities Program”. Mayor Ian Abbott, Mayor, City of Palmerston will present on the Palmerston City Centre Masterplan.

The conference will also include speakers from the NT Government departments such as David McHugh, Chief Executive, Department of Infrastructure – NT who will share his thoughts on the Economic and Infrastructure development in the Northern Territory, Brian O’Gallagher, Managing Director, Office of Asian Engagement, Trade and Investment – NT Government, and Dr. Len Notaras, Chief Executive, NT Health Department who will present on the Palmerston Regional Hospital Project.

At the Conference, you will also hear from Ian Kew, CEO, Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd, giving a presentation on NT Airports Expansion, Claire Gardiner-Barnes, Chief Executive, Department of Transport, NT and Sam Pearce, General Manager, Corporate Development & Investment, APA Group.

The 2 day event will include presentations and case studies from a diverse field of high profile speakers within the Public and the Private sectors. This event will be a “meeting of the minds” focusing on what projects are in the pipeline, panel discussions, thoughtful exchanges surrounding the NT Government’s Response to the Green Paper on developing Northern Australia. The conference provides the ideal environment for networking and capitalising on the business opportunities being created.

Expotrade, the organisers of this Conference supported by the Northern Territory government have developed an array of top quality B2B events, delivering some of the largest conferences and summits in the infrastructure, banking and finance, information technology, sustainability, lighting and energy sectors.

For more information on the NT Major Projects Conference, please visit www.ntconference.com.au

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