Supported by KAHRAMAA and with Ooredoo as Title Sponsor, the 6th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit 2017 was opened by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Thani, Chief Business Officer, Ooredoo along with Dana Shell Smith, U.S. Ambassador to Qatar. This was followed by a welcome address by Ooredoo’s Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Thani, Fokion Angelopoulos, Country Manager Qatar, SAP and Zong Yan, CEO, Huawei Qatar.
Under the theme ‘Advanced Technologies Transforming Qatar’s Future’, the two-day summit covered topics that focused on the role of various divisions in making a city smart. Bringing together over 400 delegates from the GCC region, the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar emphasized on the importance of city services, telecommunications and sustainable infrastructure development in transforming Doha into a smart city.
Ibrahim Kocagoz, Project Manager - Smart City, Lusail City Development Project emphasized on integrated systems and smart services while Francesco Paolo Di Gregorio, Competition Policies, Communications Regulatory Authority presented on the path towards future cities from the regulator’s point of view and Amr Saad, Al Bayt Stadium BIM Manager (Qatar FIFA 2022), GSIC-JV emphasized on empowering smart cities with BIM.
“In a hurry to transform cities into smart cities, the most crucial element of it becoming a livable and sustainable city should not be forgotten. In Qatar, governments are implementing initiatives to create an efficient ecosystem that enhances public services and offers its citizens an improved quality of life. Against this backdrop, the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2017 provides a platform to experts from diverse industries to share their insights on the urbanization trends and integration of technologies to facilitate Qatar’s transformation as a smart city.”, said, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2017.
The summit has the support of leading players including Ooredoo, SAP, Huawei, Topend Solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Hikvision and Comarch to name a few, who showcased their innovative products and solutions.
Dr. Fethi Filali of Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC), Energy City Qatar’s Mohamad Diab and Ali Alraouf of Ministry of Municipality & Environment are some of the key speakers presenting on Day 2 of the summit.
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