Arab Future Cities Qatar 2017

10-11 April 2017
The Ritz-Carlton
West Bay Lagoon, Doha, Qatar


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Day 1: Monday, 10th April 2017
08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Keynote Address from Kahramaa


Eng. Abdulaziz Al Hammad, Manager – Conservation & Energy Efficiency, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation – Kahramaa

Eng. Abdulaziz Al Hammad
10:00 - 10:20

Welcome Address by Premium Sponsors

Fokion Angelopoulos, Country Manager Qatar, SAP
Sh. Nasser bin Hamad bin Nasser Al Thani, Chief New Business Officer, Ooredoo Qatar
Zong Yan, CEO, Huawei Qatar Rep. Office

Fokion Angelopoulos Sh. Nasser bin Hamad bin Nasser Al Thani Zong Yan
10:20 - 10:40

Smart Cities: Harnessing the Power of Digital

  • Digitization: Driving the case for smart cities
  • Open data: Key to big data, machine learning & artificial intelligence
  • Ecosystem: Key enabler for innovation


Cyril Anand, Director – ICTE & Megaprojects Business Development (A), Ooredoo Qatar

Cyril Anand
10:40 - 11:00

Fostering Urban Digitization

  • Turning constraints into challenges
  • Business model innovation
  • The digital and frictionless city


Raheel Hannan, Customer Innovation & Enterprise Platform Lead, SAP MENA

Raheel Hannan
11:00 - 11:20

Digital ROADS to Smarter Cities

This session will explore the emerging push towards digital transformation, and how it relates to smart cities along with the impact of IoT. Whilst considering the underlying business drivers and technology trends, the session aims to provide a means for cutting through the jargon to share some pragmatic approaches that can help cities fulfill their visions in the near and medium term.


Safder Nazir, VP Digital Industries, Huawei Middle East

Safder Nazir
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

The Path Towards Future Cities: The Regulators’ Point of View

  • National regulatory authorities in a changing environment: Challenges and constraints
  • The steps towards future cities
  • Open issues and the role of regulators


Francesco Paolo Di Gregorio, Competition Policies, Communications Regulatory Authority

Francesco Paolo Di Gregorio
12:10 - 12:30

Next Generation Transformation in Qatar: Closing the Gap between Governments and Citizens through Meaningful Interactions – Digital Citizen Engagement

  • Who is an empowered citizen? Tools – Social media, mobile, analytics and cloud computing
  • Convergence of digital channels and the importance of digital presence
  • Delivering a unique digital experience – Making it seamless, tailored and innovative
  • Managing citizen data profiles and how to leverage your digital engagement platform
  • What is your service delivery commitment for citizens by 2020?


Munir Ismet, Global Head Digital Government, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Munir Ismet
12:30 - 12:50

Helping Smart Places Address Change and Uncertainty: Experience from Europe

  • Strategic visioning vs Short term frameworks & projects
  • Smart infrastructure as place vs Core city facilities
  • Viable urban density vs Safe, livable neighborhoods for all
  • Resilient, green, low carbon places vs Economically robust places
  • Healthy food & lifestyle urbanism vs Access to basic housing & jobs
  • Participative local communities vs Effective, resourced delivery


Dr. Husam Alwaer, Senior Lecturer - Architecture and Urban Planning, The University of Dundee, UK

Dr. Husam Alwaer
12:50 - 13:10

Integrated Systems and Smart Services

  • What does systems integration mean? Why is it needed?
  • Why smart and how smart are the services?
  • Benefits of integration and smart services
  • Challenges
  • What needs to be done to be successful on the vision of integration


Ibrahim Kocagoz, Project Manager - Smart City, Lusail City Development Project

Ibrahim Kocagoz
13:10 - 13:30

When the City is too "Smart" – Chasing Digital Perfection vs Citizen Needs 

  • What are the most important smart city services from the citizen & operator perspective
  • Where is the thin red line of citizen privacy
  • How to make applications alive? Most important elements from customer perspective
  • Should it be monetized?


Arkadiusz Mlyniec, Business Solution Manager, Comarch
Bartosz Demczuk, Country Manager, Comarch

Arkadiusz Mlyniec Bartosz Demczuk
13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:10

Interactive Panel Discussion: Innovation in Stadium Lighting – Driving Digital Stadia Transformation & Maximizing Fan Engagement with Enhanced Sports Facility Lighting

Dr. Ioannis Spanos, Sustainability Principal, KEO International Consultants
Nagwa Hussein, Lead Architect, GSIC-JV
Nubi Leon Martinez, Senior Architect, QD-SBG
Yenal Gul, Head of LS Sales, OSRAM Middle East

Dr. Ioannis Spanos Nagwa Hussein Nubi Leon Martinez Yenal Gul
15:10 - 15:30

Hikvision Helps the City to “See” and “Think” Smarter

Today, with the urbanization and development that has taken place in many Arab countries, we seek a more powerful and complete solution to make our city safer and smarter. Meanwhile, the same demands also go for each system we have deployed in city construction, including CCTV system. Hikvision, the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions, delivers value-added security systems with its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities to help build a safe and smart city in the future. Also with advanced vision in CCTV industry, Hikvision is also making some changes in improving security data management and analysis, to dig out the potential value of the CCTV data and help to evolve the CCTV system into a more intelligent one. With many successful cases and more innovative ideas in mind have been put into practice gradually, Hikvision has played an active and innovative role in video surveillance market. Hikvision is expected to play an even bigger role in providing solutions to build smarter and more advanced cities in Arab countries.


Kenny Wang, Technical Advisor - Qatar, Hikvision

Kenny Wang
15:30 - 15:50

Empowering Smart Cities with BIM

  • BIM on city level
  • BIM & GIS integration for smart cities - BIM level 2 & BIM level 3
  • BIM, asset management and smart cities
  • IoT and smart cities



Amr Saad, Al Bayt Stadium BIM Manager (Qatar FIFA 2022), GSIC-JV

Amr Saad
15:50 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:30


Day 2: Tuesday, 11th April 2017
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Smart Qatar 2.0: The Role of Connected Mobility & Data Analytics

  • Data analytics: Mobility platform & use cases
  • Mobility transformation: Technologies in the digital age
  • The smart nation vision: When Masarak meets Tasmu!


Dr. Fethi Filali, Head - Technology Development & Applied Research, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC)

Dr. Fethi Filali
10:20 - 10:40

Reducing Water Footprint with a New Non‐Chemical and Non‐Biological Wasted Water Recovery System‐Aquatron; for Future Cites of the World

  • Many underground water reserves are already running low, while rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic with climate change. As the world's population grows to an expected 9 billion by 2050, more water will be needed for farming, industry and personal consumption. It is predicted (UN Report) that global water demand will increase 55 percent by 2050, while reserves dwindle. If current usage trends don't change and water recovery is not practiced and promoted, the world will have only 60 percent of the water it needs in 2030
  • Most Arab cities depend on desalinated sea water, this water in the future cities will become “more precious” and when this water is wasted, energy is also wasted. Recovering wasted water using advanced technologies, and reusing or injecting into the ground and raising the water table will sustain the future cities, whenever the “great water crisis” happens
  • Aquatron based on Fine Particle Shortwave Thrombotic agglomeration Reaction (FPSTAR) technology, is one among the 10 most innovative water technologies in the world (IWS-2017). It is non-chemical, non-biological and highly cost effective (lowest cost of ownership) technology for the future cities of the world


H.E. Dr. Rajah Vijaykumar, Global Chairman, Organisation de Scalene

H.E. Dr. Rajah Vijaykumar
10:40 - 11:00

Energy City Qatar (ECQ) Master Plan Concept

  • ECQ sustainability and landscape
  • Smart systems
  • ECQ Headquarter project


Mohamad Diab, Head - Design, Energy City Qatar

Mohamad Diab
11:00 - 11:20

Smart, Resilient or Just Cities: Interrogating the Urbanity of Contemporary Gulf Cities

  • “Smart Cities" has become a widely used term for the implementation of ICT into the processes of cities and the built environment, aiming to improve the integration of the physical assets as well as social and environmental capital
  • Gulf cities aspire for the new identity of bringing smart cities without substantial assessment that would explore the impact on the holistic aspects of the relation between people and cities
  • Exploring a different perception of the concept smart city. It might therefore be wrong to describe the city as smart while it is creating a situation of separation, fragmentation and individualism among communities
  • Understanding the comparative analyses conducted and cases provided from the regional context to argue for a more holistic understanding of the swiftly emerging concept “Smart City”


Ali Alraouf, Capacity Bld., Research, Development and Training Coordinator - Urban Planning Dept., Ministry of Municipality & Environment

Ali Alraouf
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Building a Smart City Bringing Together Siloed Smart Solutions

  • Are cities with lots of isolated pilot projects really smart?
  • Implementing smart infrastructure to underpin multiple initiatives
  • Which different parties need to work together to ensure successful centralization of solutions?

Dr. Robert Safadi, Senior Manager - ICT, Commercial, Msheireb Properties
Mega Joyas Areglado, Senior Manager, Smart City Line of Business, Ooredoo Qatar
Sabirali Shaukat Ali Datey, Senior Solutions Specialist, Smart City Line of Business, Ooredoo Qatar
Safder Nazir, VP Digital Industries, Huawei Middle East

Dr. Robert Safadi Mega Joyas Areglado Sabirali Shaukat Ali Datey Safder Nazir
12:30 - 12:50

Technology & Innovation in the Stadium Business

  • Developing an in-house ‘Innovation Center’ for delivering services to a city-scale audience
  • Connected stadiums + digital fan engagement + event technology
  • Smart Stadium Solutions (SSS): Agile stadium network, high density Wi-Fi connections, stadium big data, cloud IP contact center, eLTE 5G command center, telepresence & virtual collaboration
  • Delivering the ‘Ultimate World Cup Experience’: A project update on Qatar’s eight stadiums, worldclass stadium infrastructure and the way forward


Sudheer Mudathara, Senior Information and Communication System Specialist, KEO International Consultants

Sudheer Mudathara
12:50 - 13:10

The Engineering Behind a Successful Venue Transport Operation Plan (VTOP)

  • VTOP encompasses a full range of transportation planning and engineering for all modes of travel – Car, charter bus, transit, shuttles, taxis, handicapped-accessible vehicles, service vehicles, walking and bicycles for a stadium during an event day.
  • It:
    • Provides the organizational structure to monitor and safely control all modes of transportation to-and-from parking, transit stations and drop-off and pick-up areas from the ITS command centre located in the stadium
    • Aims to minimize the typical “hunt and peck” method to find parking
    • It develops traveller routing maps with integrated traffic signal timing system
  • It is important to develop the VTOP framework in Qatar aiming FIFA 2022 and needs to be tested for smaller events


Sumanta Ghosh, Head of Transportation, Qatar Design Consortium

Sumanta Ghosh
13:10 - 13:20


13:20 - 14:20


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