Arab Future Cities Dubai 2018

3-4 September 2018
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
منتجع وسبا سوفيتيل دبي بالم

Summit Agenda

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Day 1 - 3rd September 2018
08:00 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:30

Ministerial Address

09:30 - 09:50

Smart Governance – Enabling Responsive, Transparent and Inclusive Decisions  

  • The fundamental attribute of a smart city is smart governance
  • The evolution of technology and how it can be used to strengthen democracy, citizen participation and transparency
  • The role of data in smart governance – Enhancing decision-making capabilities
09:50 - 10:10

Smart Dubai – The Past, the Present, the Future

  • How the Smart Dubai initiative has revolutionized the city so far
  • An overview of Smart Dubai city-wide initiatives
  • Smart Dubai blueprint – The strategy, standards and systems involved in building a smart city
  • The next steps – Smart Dubai 2021: Embracing the future and emerging as a world-leading smart city
10:10 - 10:30

Changing Lives with Data - The Dubai Data Initiative

  • Exchanging value between governments, citizens and businesses to create new ways of living
  • From big data to rich data: Enhancing the decision-making process
  • How can cities drive economic growth across the public and private sectors using open data?
10:30 - 10:50

5G is the Future of the Smart City

  • How 5G deployment can unlock substantial growth and economic gains?
  • The characteristics of 5G technology that can deliver smart city benefits:
    • Reliable and increased speed
    • Better coverage
    • Complete adaptability
  • Benefits of 5G networks on various industry sectors
10:50 - 11:10

The Explosion of AI – What Happens Next?

  • Predictions for 2018 and beyond – Where will AI take us?
  • Striking a balance – Efficiency vs ethics
  • Smart city challenges that can be solved with AI
11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:20

Panel Discussion: Transforming the Government Sector - Making Smart Cities Responsive

  • Power of data analytics in offering citizens better services – How are government bodies using big data analytics?
  • Examples of successful data analytics delivery for citizens’ benefit in healthcare, public safety, environment, security and transport
  • Embracing innovation - How city data allows for better planning and service delivery and where does the future lie?
12:20 - 13:00

Panel Discussion: Urban Mobility – The Paradigm Shift  

  • The importance of multi-modal transport in smart mobility initiatives
  • Technology and transport will shape the urban environment of the future city
  • How does the emergence of new business models, such as Mobility-as-a-Service, enhance public transport in smart cities?
  • How can governments overcome the challenges associated with implementing new transport services?
13:00 - 13:40

Panel Discussion: Smart Cities Mean Smart Security

  • The competition between ever-evolving technology and the necessary security measures – Who wins?
  • Identifying solutions to combat security issues
  • Building the trust of smart city citizens
  • Digital protection is just as important as physical protection
13:40 - 14:20

Panel Discussion: Citizen-centric Connected Cities

  • What is more important when creating a connected city: A people-driven approach, or an efficiency-driven approach?
  • What technologies can facilitate healthier, enriched and connected lifestyles for citizens?
  • What are some of the citizen-centric challenges in a connected city environment?
  • More and more of the population are set to live in cities, so what’s next for the connected city?
14:20 - 15:00

Panel Discussion: Dubai Blockchain – Driving the Future Economy

  • Blockchain will create the future of Dubai
  • The Dubai Blockchain strategy – Government efficiency, industry creation, international leadership
  • The effect of Blockchain on citizens of the city – What does it mean for them?
  • What role does Blockchain play in making Dubai the happiest city on earth?
15:00 - 16:00


Day 2 - 4th September 2018
09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00

Urban Re-generation key to develop existing city spaces

  • Priority in quality of urban life over urban space and technology
  • How can sustainability and scalability build value- creating districts
  • Approaches followed in Middle East towards green buildings
10:00 - 10:20

Adopting Smart Waste Management techniques to boost livability

  • Efforts to reduce landfills and achieve higher recycling rates
  • Transitioning toward sustainable waste management approach
  • Challenges in sustainable waste management and using waste as a resource.
  • How can UAE begin extensive monetization of plastic in order to ensure it is reused?
10:20 - 11:00

Panel Discussion: Smart Cities to drive sustainability focused urban planning

  • Connecting people with innovative public spaces
  • Citizen-centric decision making on both policy and planning levels
  • Creating shaded sidewalks to increase walkability and better lifestyle
  • Improving city services for pedestrians and bicyclists
11:00 - 11:20

Can self-sustaining city be the future?

  • Smart monitoring on utility platforms
  • What are the other viable clean energy options for UAE?
  • Boom in smart poles as an indicator to smarter sustainable cities.
  • How is Smart Energy Management aiding UAE to mature into a clean energy market
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:30

Panel Discussion: UAE transforming towards an ecological future for energy

  • UAE’s traditional energy sources undergoing transition
  • UAE’s Green Growth Strategy to boost renewable energy projects
  • Syncing UAE’s economic necessities along with environmental concerns.
  • Determining challenges UAE faces in storing renewable energy?
12:30 - 13:10

Panel Discussion: Smart Infrastructure – Combining Physical and Digital Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure of the future needs to be proactive, rather than reactive
  • Realising new values from existing infrastructure assets
  • Using data and intelligence to make better decisions
  • Impact of IoT, sensors, machine learning & networks on infrastructure planning & delivery
13:10 - 13:20


13:20 - 14:20


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