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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.

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