Two-day Smart Living City Dubai begins today

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Smart Living City Dubai 2014, the city’s first affair that brings together top corporation officials, prominent and distinguished public representatives, academic spokespersons and startups with a high-rated audience of decision makers, mentors and incubators, will take place in Dubai on September 15 and 16.

Two-day Smart Living City Dubai begins today

Two-day Smart Living City Dubai begins today

The affair will present a number of panel discussions on the smart city ecosystem of Dubai and the smart city trend internationally along with presentations of smart solutions, workshops and a startup competition.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, will give the opening remarks, followed by keynotes on Dubai’s objective to become the smartest city of the world by Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, and Hani Al Hamli, secretary-general of the Dubai Economic Council (DEC).

DEC’s involvement and participation comes in terms of its eagerness to assist and encourage the Smart City initiative commenced last 2013 by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Al Hamli’s message will be taking up the importance of public-private partnership, or PPP, pattern in accomplishing the stated initiative that PPP is the most efficient and helpful means that could strap up the potentials of both public and private divisions in meeting the wider economic ambitions, plus the smart city initiative.

It will display the best smart products and services, and major prospects for sectors such as education, tourism, telecommunication, transportation and environment It will also divulge valuable plans for the supportive progress and consumption of a smart integrated system between the private and public sectors. At last, it will give to the efforts to turn Dubai to be on the top of smartest cities in the world.

On the second day, the spotlight startups and entrepreneurs that are a fundamental part of a smart city ecosystem. Boards will concentrate on “Creating an Innovation Hub”, “Funding & Scaling Startups” and the “Startup Ecosystem in the Middle East”. The agenda also features a competition where startups will be proposing their smart city solutions to a well-known board of judges.

Mohamed Dekkak