THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE
The Arab Future Cities Summit 2014 brought together several global and regional experts with views on what Arab cities
should look like in the future and the plans that need to be put in place to realise this vision.
Delivering the welcome address, General Manager of Cisco Mohammed Hammoudi and VP of Solution Sales & Marketing for Huawei, Pan En spoke respectively about the Internet of Everything, which will be the beginning and end of smart city solutions, and how telecom operators and ICT solution providers will play a vital role bringing the smart city to life. Held under the auspices of HE Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Minister for Municipality and Urban Planning, the summit hosted a range of illustrious speakers from across the spectrum who gave unique insights into what goes into planning and building a smart city.
In an interesting talk, Dr Hossam Samir Ibrahim, Urban and Environment Planning Expert and Deputy Team Leader of the Qatar National Master Plan Specialists and Experts Group at the Ministry of Municipality and Planning, spoke about the Municipality Spatial Development Plans and how far along they were. The plans have been drafted for five municipalities except Al Khor and Wakrah which have their own plans, he said. “The plans have passed the initial acceptance from the ministry and internal consultation. The Minister has also been briefed on the same. After the external stakeholder and strategic environmental assessments, we are looking to obtain the final approvals and publish the plans in May this year,” he said.