(MENAFN Editorial) Doha will once again play host to the Middle East's premier smart cities event, Arab Future Cities Summit on 7th and 8th April, 2014 at Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel. Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister for Municipality and Urban Planning, State of Qatar, this event will attract over 300 high profile senior executives to discuss the progress and future requirements for constructing smart cities across the MENA region. With a focus on knowledge sharing and networking, the 3rd annual Arab Future Cities Summit 2014 will showcase best practice strategies and opportunities in the pipeline for city development through presentations from local thought-leaders and international smart city experts, and the innovative solutions that will integrate citizens, systems and services
With a worldwide hype around smart cities, improving the lives of people in cities and driving the economy has become a prime concern for most of the Middle East countries. Not far behind, World Economic Forum has ranked Qatar as the most competitive economy in the Middle East region and placed it at 13th position last year globally based on a high-quality institutional framework, stable macroeconomic conditions and an efficient goods market. Sustainable development is one of the key pillars of the vision that aims at safeguarding natural resources through various initiatives by the public and private sector, and driving this mission, Qatar has promised to deliver a crbon-neutral FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Arab Future Cities Summit 2014 will address key challenges in water and energy supply, transport and mobility, sustainable development and citizen engagements through technology and intelligent urban policy. Exponential growth in ICT, product innovation, smart water and electricity grids are few of the topics that will connect government authorities, developers, urban planners, investors, academics, cutting-edge technologists and international experts interested in contributing to the development of Qatar's cities.
Charlene Corrin, Conference Producer from Expotrade Middle East, the organizers of the event, believes that smart cities market in the Middle East is booming. "Qatar is undertaking over 120 billion worth of projects in the lead up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and it's been announced that Dubai will be transformed into a Smart City, after recently winning the bid to host the World Expo 2020. The strong vision and commitment of city leaders within the Gulf region make it a very exciting time for companies getting involved in these urban development projects". Businesses like Itron, Selex ES, and 3SC World are looking forward to showcasing innovations and solutions that will provide direction towards sustainable city development in the Middle East market through this partnership. This summit is a must-attend for all key stakeholders committed to creating smarter cities. To enquire more about the summit, please visit www.arabfuturecities.co