H.E. Minister of Transport & Communications Inaugurates 5th Annual Arab Future Cities Summit 2016 Monday

Sunday, April 10, 2016

H.E. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, is inaugurating this Monday, April 11, the fifth Arab Future Cities Summit 2016 that runs for two days at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Doha under the patronage of the Ministry of Transport and Communications in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.

The attendance of the Summit is expected to include ministers, ambassadors and senior officials, as well as representatives of some government and private sector entities and GCC organizations. Key figures representing transportation, telecommunication and urban development will also be attending.

Among the key speakers at the Summit are Ms. Reem Al-Mansoori, the Assistant Undersecretary for Digital Society Sector Development at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Mr. Faleh Al Naemi, Chairman and Managing Director, Qatar Post and Mr. Waleed Al Sayed, Deputy CEO – Ooredoo Group, CEO – Ooredoo Qatar. The agenda includes several other speakers from inside and outside of Qatar.

The event will see the launch of new postal services that keep abreast with the up-to-the-minute trends in the field.

Moreover, there will be a sideline exhibition of models of key projects happening in the State of Qatar in the fields of transportation, mobility and roads featuring the Qatar Railways Company (Qatari Rail), Qatar Ports Management Co. (Mwani), Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and Geographic Information Systems GIS Qatar, and others.

Among the key topics are digital society and sustainable development in Qatar and ways of benefiting from the potential of information and communication technologies to transform the capital city Doha into a smart city.

The two-day Summit is to facilitate an international platform to discuss the ways for the transfer of knowledge, know-how and to reflect on technological and social innovations and transformations that are arising in cities. It will discuss the implementation of the Arab smart cities development, the infrastructure that is required, issues and challenges that are being faced and the solutions to overcome these challenges. The Summit will also shed light on measures and strategies capable of achieving sustainability and the development of the capital city of Qatar into a smart city, in addition to latest trends related to smart cities development.

Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “We are honored to be supported by the Ministry of Transport & Communications and Ministry of Municipality and Environment this year. The fifth edition of the Arab Future Cities Summit will focus on incorporating smart city solutions in the country that seek to improve the quality of life of its citizens and address their local needs.”