Tuesday, October 31, 2017

UAE 'set to develop innovative, hitech future cities'

The UAE recognises the importance of building and developing future cities, relying on innovative and creative ideas in line with its development over the past years and its reputation on the global map in the coming years, remarked Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development.

He was giving his inaugural address on Monday at the Arab Future Cities Summit 2017 in Dubai, UAE.

Organised by the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme in partnership with Expotrade Middle East, the event is being held over two days in Dubai, with the participation of pioneers and decision-makers in future cities, locally, regionally and internationally.

More than 600 participants and 40 international experts will be presenting over 20 specialised presentations during the event.

''We are committed not only to keeping pace with the latest developments but also to foresight challenges, develop and analyse visions concerning all vital sectors and design long-term plans that will achieve a qualitative leap at all levels,'' remarked Al Nauaimi, who is also the chairman of the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme.

This can only be achieved through the development of cities and infrastructure to cope with the latest current developments, he stated.

The minister pointed out that building future cities with state-of-the-art facilities and renewable energy solutions will contribute to the development and sustainability of the future communities and as a result will lead to an economic growth based on a strong foundation that takes into consideration all dimensions of the community, most importantly making the citizens happy.

The hosting of the Arab Future Cities Summit 2017 in the UAE, he stated, reflects its ambitious vision to promote the development of future cities that are capable of keeping pace with the rapid changes in the world.

Al Nauaimi said the summit would offer a unique chance for the parties interested in the sector of the future cities and residences, to promote employment opportunities and get insight on the best international practices in the field by meeting worldwide pioneer leaders and decision-makers in this sector.

On the opening day, the speakers discussed the development of smart cities besides open city data as well as serial data, related to transport, e-government technology, digital transformation and the role of the future in achieving happiness and enhancing the integration system in supporting the cities of the future.-TradeArabia News Service

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