Arab Future Cities Dubai 2019

16-17 September 2019
Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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Day 1 - 16th September 2019
08:20 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:25

Opening Ceremony

09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40

Ministerial Address

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif AlNuaimi, Minister, Ministry of Infrastructure Development ​​​​​

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif AlNuaimi
09:40 - 09:50

Welcome Address

H.E. Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Dubai

H.E. Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri
09:50 - 09:55

Welcome Address

H.E. Philip Frayne, Consul General, U.S. Consulate Dubai

H.E. Philip Frayne
09:55 - 10:00

Welcome Remarks

Samer Halabi, Regional Managing Director, KONE Middle East and Africa

Samer Halabi
10:00 - 10:20

How We Make A City Smart?

The Smart City usually conjures up images of uber-modern cityscapes with self-driving cars, pristine streets and smooth, silent transportation. Whilst this may be true for some of the newer cities popping up around the world, some of the biggest changes can actually happen in the places that have been part of our lives for decades. As always, the smartest technologies aren’t the ones which are immediately obvious, but the ones which quietly go about making life easier.

Dr. Chen Yu Lee, Director, Taipei Project Management – Taiwan

Dr. Chen Yu Lee
10:20 - 10:40

Dubai pioneering Smart City Initiatives in UAE

  • The progress in e-government accessibility and efficiency – enabling and adopting city wide reforms
  • Overview of smart city initiatives launched – understanding the percentage of citizen adoption
  • Dubai Paperless Strategy – Phase 1 completion: What are the various limitations faced in execution of this project across various government departments?
  • Putting Dubai on the world map as one of the leading smart cities.
10:40 - 11:00

Artificial Intelligence - Enabling Smarter and Connected Cities

  • Using AI to plot the future of smart cities and revolutionizing urban growth
  • Enabling AI to make an impact on citizen’s day-to-day lives – smarter decision making for a better future
  • Understanding how AI plays a role in changing the landscape for better urban governance
  • What are the constraints in provisioning actionable insight and city data management with an ever increasing population?


Pierre Liautaud, Executive Vice President, KONE South Europe, Middle East and Africa

Pierre Liautaud
11:00 - 11:40

Interactive Panel Discussion: The Power of Data Sharing within Government Organizations

  • Making sense of the vast enormous data-sets that each government entity accumulates
  • Enabling big data and analytics for governing bodies to make citizen – oriented decisions and devise tailor made strategies contributing to citizen happiness
  • Will transformation in the government sector and improved data sharing, enable creating smarter and connected cities of the future?
  • How to ensure ‘Data’ is in the generic code for intelligent governments of the future?

Abdulrahman Khaiwi, Head of IT, Emirates National Schools
Brig. Khalid Al Razooqi, General Director, Smart Services Department, Dubai Police
Eng. Isha Mohammad Aljassmy, IT Director, Ministry of Energy and Industry
Fahem Al Nuaimi, CEO, Ankabut
Hussain Al Fardan, Head of Innovation Center & Innovation Oasis, Dubai Customs
Saif Salem Bamadhaf, IT & Smart & Government Services Director, Department of Energy

Abdulrahman Khaiwi Brig. Khalid Al Razooqi Eng. Isha Mohammad Aljassmy Fahem Al Nuaimi Hussain Al Fardan Saif Salem Bamadhaf
11:40 - 12:10


12:10 - 12:30

Artificial Intelligence Dependent Healthcare – The Intriguing Nature of AI’s role in this sector

  • Integrated technology in healthcare – ensuring its services are across borders
  • AI and the health sector - Data management of health records is one of the most popular applications of AI. How well is this used in the region?
  • Innovation and Artificial Intelligence Strategy by DHA – the future of healthcare. 
  • What are the challenges in implementing these policies in day-to-day life?
12:30 - 12:50

Why do we need to industrialize Artificial Intelligence?

Shivom Aggarwal, Head of R&D Projects, Eura Nova

Shivom Aggarwal
12:50 - 13:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Smart Mobility Revolution  

  • Urban mobility to achieve citizen happiness – what role does data play?
  • Providing options for citizens to customize their commutes – does technology implementation still represent a significant challenge?
  • Innovative urban transportation – is it all positive or are their economic & environmental impacts to consider?
  • Finding the next generation mobility system that is a point-to-point transit system using self-driving technology, digital navigation tools while improving convenience, reducing costs and enhancing street safety
  • Integration of smart vehicles and city sensors towards a safer city- A fast approaching reality?

Andrew Bevan, Smart Mobility Director, Parsons
Edward Forrester, Future Mobility Lead Planner and Global Coordinator for the Middle East, Mott MacDonald
Capt. Saif Al Muheri, Director of Waterways, Department of Transport
Christian Abrahamsen, Vice President - Transportation, Khatib & Alami
Liam Michael Farrell, Expert Planner, Abu Dhabi Airports
Martin Tillman, Director Transport Planning, AECOM
Samer Halabi, Regional Managing Director, KONE Middle East and Africa

Andrew Bevan Edward Forrester Capt. Saif Al Muheri Christian Abrahamsen Liam Michael Farrell Martin Tillman Samer Halabi
13:30 - 13:50

Future Urban Mobility – How Innovation and Digitalization Enable Smart Cities of Tomorrow

  • Half of the world’s population already living in cities and this number is growing daily. By 2050 we expect urban population accounting for 70% of the world’s population. On a global scale, builders are constructing the equivalent of a one-million-person city every day.
  • Expanding cities on the horizontal plane is not an option, cities must use their space more efficiently, making mid to high rise buildings the first choice.
  • Traditional elevators with a single cabin in a single vertical shaft restrict mobility and take up space. They also limit the height of a building, because they reach their limits at about 400-500 m. Plus, it’s a waste of building space to use such high shafts for a single elevator cabin.
  • So future buildings require new solutions for urban transportation, a revolution is necessary. Elevators without rope and multiple cabins per shaft, moving vertically and horizontally as well, enable new shapes and heights for buildings.

Prof. Michael Cesarz, CEO, thyssenkrupp Elevator MULTI

Prof. Michael Cesarz
13:50 - 14:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Using Blockchain Technology in Today’s Smart Cities

  • Using multiple layers of digital ledger technologies on a city domain – creating long term mechanism to crater to smart governance strategies
  • What are the limitations associated with city-wide adoption of blockchain technology?
  • Dubai Blockchain Strategy - ushering of a new economic wave and digital innovation

Ahmad Mohy Al-Wathah Al-Montshri, General Manager, Comprehensive Institutional Centre, Ministry of Municipality & Rural Affairs - KSA
Ali Juma Al Ajme, IT Director, Ministry of Health
Emily Southon, Legal Director, Technology and Innovation for Financial Services, DLA Piper
Fadi Nasser, General Manager ICT Business / Senior Advisor to CEO, Omantel
Jose Francisco Fernandez, Director New ICT Solutions & Emerging Technologies, du

Ahmad Mohy Al-Wathah Al-Montshri Ali Juma Al Ajme Emily Southon Fadi Nasser Jose Francisco Fernandez
14:30 - 14:40

How to Specify Smart Pole Solutions

  • What elements are really valuable for clients?
  • Top 6 elements by popularity
  • Which highly promoted elements are not valuable?
  • Common mistakes made in delivery
  • Why flexibility is the only way

Trevor Leighton, Global Technical Director, LIGMAN

Trevor Leighton
14:40 - 14:50


14:50 - 15:20


Day 2 - 17th September 2019
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Government Experience & Delivering to Evolving Citizen Expectations

  • Enter e-Estonia. Introduction of the coolest  Digital Society in the World. Lessons learnt from the Estonian e-governance model. The ultimate benchmark for how citizens should engage with the government.
  • Making 99% of government services available online to Estonian citizens, as well as enabling individuals from other countries to become ‘e-residents’ with a digital ID card
  • For over 20 years, Estonia has learned and tried using the Digital ID project, until the day that one can utilize all services without using any documents
  • The cornerstones of e-Estonia. Designing solutions from scratch based on the principles of decentralization, interconnectivity and integrity
  • Understanding citizen expectations have changed in the last 10 years and analyzing how they will evolve
  • What are the implications of evolving citizen expectations on government services?

Andrus Kaarelson, Director of Information System of the Information System Authority, Republic of Estonia

Andrus Kaarelson
10:20 - 10:40

5G Network – Connecting Seamless Smart Cities

  • 5G Ultra high-speed connectivity – providing the bandwidth required for smart cities of the future - A revolution in the making: overview of the journey and milestones
  • 5G networks – the keys to unlocking economic benefits for the region. How fast paced is the adoption of 5G network into city systems?
  • 5G network positives – Empowering government entities, enabling enterprise digital transformation, smart city development and 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Disrupting Lifi in the region - what are the challenges faced and does it outweigh the potential benefits of Lifi?
10:40 - 11:00

Smart Cities that Never Sleep - Internet of Things (IoT) in Motion

  • Using IoT to make sense of urban data in smart cities that never stop to rest
  • Changing the way cities function – how AI and IoT can work hand in hand to deliver positive living communities
  • What are the challenges in using IoT to empower digital connectivity of a city?
11:00 - 11:20

Incorporating Smarter Video Surveillance Technology to Secure Our Cities

  • Using big-data & video analytics to gain real-time feedback & insight – using technology for maximum efficiency
  • Embedding intelligent technology into existing video surveillance infrastructure – are there cost-effective methods to secure our cities thoroughly?
  • Overview of best practices for real-time communication with first-responders during times of crisis
  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in video surveillance infrastructure to reduce crime rates is gaining global momentum – are there obstacles to overcome with implementing similar concepts in the Middle East region?
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Protecting the Intelligent City – Securing against Smart Attacks

  • Adoption of city-wide digital security with focus on best practices – a regulatory framework mandate
  • Cyber proofing cities – growing number of cases on cyber hacking lays emphasis on protection of its networks
  • What are the best practices that can be followed from smart, cyber - secure government models across the globe?

Abdulla Bader Al Sayari, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Health - Abu Dhabi
Amina Abdulrahim, Head - Information Technology at Engineering Office, Engineering Office of H.H of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Loay Ghazaleh, Advisory, Ministry of Works – Bahrain
Mahmoud AlBurai, Chairman, Middle East Sustainable Development Institute
Nadeem Shakir, Technical Director & Head of Transport Planning (MENA), Aurecon
Noora Al Ahbabi, Chief Information Security Officer, Ministry of Economy

Abdulla Bader Al Sayari Amina Abdulrahim Loay Ghazaleh Mahmoud AlBurai Nadeem Shakir Noora Al Ahbabi
12:30 - 12:50

Interweaving of Smart Sensors into Public Spaces to Enrich Urban Experience

  • Installing smart sensors into public equipments, revamps user experience and transforms interaction among citizens
  • What are the best practices in bridging the constellation of smart sensors across a city to generate real time data and enable better city planning?
  • Case study on how is UAE setting an example in enhancing livability of citizens with smart sensors that have been placed across parks, beaches and common open spaces
12:50 - 13:10

Crossroad of Technology and Urban Resilience - Sustaining Future Cities

  • Integrating the use of technology to solve urban exigencies – preparing to create resilient cities
  • Robust network – ensuring well planned and safe infrastructure are in place
  • Efforts to reinforce cyber resilience – What are the common data practices followed to ensure resilience in cities
  • Embed resilience in urban areas – ensuring the community is resilient proof and a holistic approach is implemented
13:10 - 13:50

Interactive Panel Discussion: Constructing Inclusive, Connected, Livable Cities

  • Greener districts – achieving urban regeneration and economic value
  • Pedestrian friendly approaches – emphasis on zero emission mobility
  • Human centric approach – following citizen oriented development in cities and ensuring it is sustainable
  • What are the most common challenges in redesigning cities for the well-being and happiness of its citizens

Ali El Ali, Director, Planning, King Abdullah Economic City
Chris Wan, Head of Design Management, Masdar
Dhay Aldawyan, Head of Center for Development of Urban Design and Planning of Saudi Cities, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs – KSA
Dina Mustafa, Head of Sustainability Operations - Sustainability, Expo 2020 Dubai
Eng. Nawal Yousef Alhanaee, Head of Research and Technical Section - Sustainability and Technical Studies Dept., Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Ali El Ali Chris Wan Dhay Aldawyan Dina Mustafa Eng. Nawal Yousef Alhanaee
13:50 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00


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16-17 September 2019

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel
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