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

Reshaping Government Services

  • The need for a digital transformation
  • Open and shared data for all – Creating new opportunities for engagement
  • Using data to unify cities balanced with the importance of comprehensive data laws
  • The Smart Dubai Platform and Dubai 10X initiative – Setting an example for the world
10:30 - 10:50

5G is the Future of the Smart City

  • Digital transformation is driving the next generation of wireless
  • The characteristics of 5G technology that can deliver smart city benefits:
    • Reliable and increased speed
    • Better coverage
    • Complete adaptability – Suited to applications’ needs i.e. highly encrypted financial transactions to low priority signal from a connected trash bin
  • Where do we stand with 5G?
  • Steps leadership can take to improve the rollout process and save time
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

CIO Panel: 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:
    • Strong device authentication
    • Network segmentation
    • Threat prevention
13:40 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:20

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
15:20 - 16:00

Panel Discussion: Citizen-centric Connected Cities

  • What is more important when creating a connected city: A people-driven approach, or an efficiency-driven approach?
  • Key applications within connected cities: Energy management, waste management, law enforcement, citizen engagement
  • Best practices to avoid security vulnerability
  • More and more of the population are set to live in cities, so what’s next for the connected city?
16:00 - 16:10


16:10 - 16:40


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


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00

Getting the Green Light – Intelligent Traffic Management

  • Smart signals – Improving the mobility of vehicles and pedestrians
  • How can AI help to save lives?
  • Smart parking & the reduction in congestion
10:00 - 10:20

When Psychology Meets Technology

  • Practical applications of behavioral economics in policy-making
  • Combining a technological and psychological approach towards collaborative policy-making
  • Balancing compliance with happiness
  • The social and practical benefits of a government-citizen collaboration
  • Case study: Happy to Pay project
10:20 - 11:00

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?
11:00 - 11:20

Creating Happy Cities

  • What makes people happy within cities?
  • From research to real-life – Putting the theory into practice
  • How can cities determine which features are important in creating happiness against those that are deemed less important?
  • Dubai: The happiest city on Earth – Achievements so far
11:20 - 11:40

The Race to Autonomous Vehicles

  • Autonomous vehicles: Achievements so far
  • Driverless cars: Laying down the law – New legislation; determining responsibility; manufacturing standards
  • The role of autonomous vehicles in improving road and traffic safety
  • The UAE Hyperloop: Travelling at supersonic speed
11:40 - 12:10


12:10 - 12:30

Smart City KPIs – Improving Functionality, Quality of Life and Economic Sustainability

  • The importance of measuring smart city initiatives
  • The key principles of KPIs – Comparability, availability & timeliness
  • Wider benefits of smart city KPIs – Boosting the economy and engaging governments, citizens and communities
  • Case Study: The Smart Dubai Index Wheel – Highlights & future opportunities
12:30 - 12:50

Connecting People, Data and Knowledge – Creating Smart Citizens

  • Smart citizens are critical to the success of smart cities
  • How can governments raise citizen awareness on the efficient use of new smart solutions and services?
  • How can citizens ensure they have the skills and capabilities to meet the future challenges of a smart city? Is there a need for education?
  • Collaboration is key to creating smart citizens – Advocating citizen participation leads to true engagement and ensures maximum efficiency of technology, services and initiatives
12:50 - 13:30

Panel Discussion: Changing Lives with Data

  • 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?
  • Leading the way: The Dubai Data initiative
13:30 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:50


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