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Dubai to organise Future Cities Show in April
BY OUR BUSINESS BUREAU November 17, 2017
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Dubai: The second edition of the Future Cities Show, that will take place in Dubai from April 9-11, 2018, will set the tone for smart cities through the three pillars - sustainability, innovation, happiness and showcase the future of urban life. With a theme of achieving sustainability through innovations, the show will showcase the cities of the future by highlighting the latest and the most innovative technologies that will change the future.

As the worldwide smart cities movement gains momentum, Future Cities Show reflects and also presents the transformation of urban societies, infrastructure and environment that currently hosts more than 54 per cent of the 7.5 billion people and uses 75 per cent of the power generated.

A recent white paper, Evolution of Smart Cities and Connected Communities, co-sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association and the United Parcel Service (UPS), says, market value of smart cities is expected to jump from $14.85 billion in 2015 to $34.35 billion by 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate of over 18 per cent.

The white paper found that a key driver of smart cities growth is the ongoing trend of global urbanisation. “With 70 per cent of the World’s population forecast to live in cities by 2050, the need for sustainable, liveable world cities is essential for a prosperous future,” said the report.

More than 250 smart city projects are currently underway across 178 cities around the world, according to a new report from market research company Navigant Research, while hundred other cities are preparing to join the smart city movement.

Future Cities Show focuses on education, wellbeing, knowledge sharing, collaboration among government-private-universities-society, user-driven innovation, livability discussions, sustainable energy solutions, sustainable economic development and sustainable societal development to drive the wellbeing of all nations.

The three-day event, takes place within six months of the UAE’s announcement of the launch of a new cabinet portfolio - the Ministry of Artificial Intelligence and Saudi Arabia’s granting of ‘citizenship’ to Sofiya - a robot - the first country to make this move.
 

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