Summit to explore strategy for sustainable cities
Dubai, October 3, 2013
Leading urban planners will meet to put in place strategies to ensure regional cities maintain wellbeing and growth at a conference to be held in Dubai from October 8.
The three-day Future Cities Summit will take place alongside Cityscape Global exhibition in Dubai. It is organised by the Dubai Municipality and Informa Exhibition along with the Environment Centre for Arab Towns and the Arab Towns Organisation.
Several years of financial crises, political upheaval, and natural resource depletion has caused Middle East city municipalities to re-evaluate what is required to defend themselves against future potential disasters, said a statement.
The summit will share case study examples of the key pillars essential for an internationally competitive city: security, water and waste management, tourism and hospitality, transport, energy management, disaster relief, and green building, it said
Hussain Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, said: “At Future Cities, we seek to create a dialogue among international and regional urban leaders who are willing to start from the beginning and reconsider how best to create their future city.”
Major issues to be explored include how cities carry out efficient water distribution; the positive impact tourism can have on the environment; how cities can plan for post-recession development; and what strategies can ensure that energy is affordable for everyone. - TradeArabia News Service