Qatar to host biggest Smart City event next month

In line with the government’s vision to become a smart city by 2030, the capital city of Qatar has undertaken initiatives and projects that move towards digitization, smart innovation and form the basis of it becoming a smart city.

The Qatar government has developed programs integrating innovative technologies to support urban sustainable smart development. Against this background, the fifth edition of the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2016, held under the esteemed patronage of the newly formed ministries - Ministry of Transport & Communications and Ministry of Municipality and Environment is all set to begin within a month’s time. The two-day summit will kick start from 11th – 12th April 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha.

H.E. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport & Communications and H. E. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment will inaugurate the summit and deliver an opening address, followed by a dynamic line up of regional and international speakers.

Emphasizing on the use of technology, Graeme Bolton, of Townsville City Council will deliver a case study presentation on Townsville and the smart city initiatives undertaken so far. Adding to this topic will be Frans-Anton Vermast, of Amsterdam Smart City shedding light on the concept of Living Labs. Additionally, this year’s edition of the summit will host more than 20 sessions, including two keynote presentations and three interactive panel discussions.

Convening technology developers, engineers, architects, urban planners, project advisers, academicians, researchers, tech experts and innovators, sustainability and green building consultants, the summit encourages cross sector collaboration and learning to seamlessly integrate technology for improved everyday access to information and services.

In its fifth year, the summit will cover topics on the different aspects of the smart city ecosystem that will trigger discussions on developing synergies at the level of the government and private sector as well. With sessions focusing across industries – Telecommunications, Oil & Gas, Transport and Health, to name a few, the summit will witness government decision makers along with more than 20 industry leaders from the region and across the globe, impart knowledge on trends driving smart city adoption.

Across two days, the summit will deliver content-rich presentations on topics such as Qatar Rail and the transformation of Doha, PPP partnership through citizen’s engagement, Qatar national master plan, digital transformation to thrive in this rapidly evolving environment, QMIC’s strategies for enabling smart living in Qatar, encouraging collaboration between industry and cities, strategies for boosting efficiency in the water services of the GCC Countries and the future of transportation.

The summit is supported by Ooredoo in the capacity as Title Sponsor and Huawei as Platinum Sponsor. Sharing space at the summit along with key players Ooredoo and Huawei are other bigwigs such as HIK Vision, Aqualia, OpenText, Fujitsu, Finmeccanica, Wipro and Allied Telesis, showcasing their new disruptive technological products and solution for smart city development.

At the Future Cities Exhibitor Lounge, leading companies such as NuLumenTek MENA, IKUSI, Predica, HeSaLight, Adequatec, Fotodiastasi, Onyx Solar will showcase its smart city solutions to an audience of over 450 industry professionals from across the GCC.

The 5th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit 2016 will demonstrate different strategies of transforming towards a smart city. More information on the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar is available now at Follow the Summit on social media with the hashtag #AFCS2016.

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