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Qatar summit to discuss Arab future cities plan

DOHA, April 8, 2015

More than 350 senior executives, government officials, developers, urban planners, investors, academics, and cutting-edge technologists from across the GCC will be in Qatar to attend the fourth edition of 'Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015.'

To be held from April 13 to 14 at the Ritz-Carlton, Doha, the by-invitation-only summit will discuss the progress, efficient management of resources, future development and ways of making future cities work better in the Middle East.

Abdulla Abdulaziz T. Al Subaie, the managing director of Qatar Rail, will be inaugurating the event which 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, said the event organisers Expotrade.

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, it stated.

Speakers and panelists at the summit include Hamad Ibrahim Al Bishri, the 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.

Brad Hariharan, the regional director, Expotrade Middle East, said the 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," stated Hariharan.

"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," he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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