MoTC Launches the First Edition of Smart City Expo Doha During QITCOM 2019

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29 September 2019, Doha – Qatar: The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has partnered with the organizers of Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), Fira de Barcelona to launch Smart City Expo Doha (SCE Doha). The event will take place between 30th October– 31st October 2019 at Qatar IT Conference & Exhibition 2019 (QITCOM 2019), under the theme, ‘Safe, Smart Cities’.

Smart City Expo is a global platform committed to promote awareness and understanding of smart cities and the development of smart initiatives for a sustainable future. Fira de Barcelona has previously hosted several editions of the Smart City Expo in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Smart City Expo Doha, in its first edition in Qatar, aims to introduce innovative technologies to enhance the lives of citizens, residents and visitors through social inclusion, sustainability and empowerment.

Smart City Expo Doha will be hosting a number of speakers locally, regionally and internationally such as Mr. Michael Steep – Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities – Executive Director – Palo Alto, California – United States of America, Ms. Larissa Suzuki – Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Chair of the Tech London Advocates Smart Cities, Mr. Mikko Hypponen – Chief Research Officer – F-Secure Corporation – Helsinki – Finland and Mr. Robert Muggah – Co-Founder – Igarapé Institute – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. They will be addressing topics related to smart cities namely, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence and urban planning.

On the occasion, Her Excellency Reem Al Mansoori, Assistant Undersecretary for the Digital Society Development Sector at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, commented, “We are delighted to partner and co-ordinate with Fira de Barcelona which is one of the world’s leading companies in this field to introduce the First Smart City Expo Doha this year. The partnership with Fira de Barcelona reflects our readiness for business dialogues and commitment towards bringing together global leaders and experts from various economic sectors to showcase innovative technologies.”

“Regionally and globally, Qatar has been on the frontlines of a major digital transformation towards safe smart cities. This has been proved to be true as the policy briefs issued by the Arab Monetary Fund showing that 43% of Qatar cities are smart cities. We believe that this event will be the biggest of its kind, as it will enrich the society with expertise from the global speakers and showcase Qatar’s efforts in creating an intelligent community via seamlessly integrating all economic sectors. As a knowledge-sharing platform for smart city ecosystems, the event aims to mediate conversations that will equip society for a digital future and promote a better understanding of Safe Smart Cities”, further added Her Excellency Reem Al Mansoori.

Smart City Expo Doha will drive conversations around intelligent technologies and highlight the challenges towards building and enhancing smart cities. For more information about Smart City Expo Doha, please visit the following website: http://smartcityexpodoha.com/.

About Qatar IT Conference & Exhibition (QITCOM 2019)

Under the patronage of His Highness, the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Ministry of Transport and Communications will hold the Qatar Information Technology Conference & Exhibition – the largest Information and Communication Technology showcase and event in Qatar – from 29th October to 1st November 2019 under the theme “Safe Smart Cities”. Featuring over 90 speakers, 300 technology exhibitors, 100 startups and 300 innovators and entrepreneurs, Qatar IT Conference & Exhibition 2019 will be a one-stop-shop for participants to showcase disruptive smart technologies and exchange next-generation knowledge.

About the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC)

The Ministry of Transport and Communications, established in 2016 as per the Emiri order is a council responsible for the development and maintenance of a land, maritime and aviation transportation system – fundamental to this, the Ministry focuses on the enhancement of an efficient smart transportation network in line with its goal to promote an information and communication technology sector for the spread of a digital literacy culture in Qatar.

About Fira de Barcelona

Fira de Barcelona is one of the most important trade fair institutions in Europe and the Spanish market leader, especially in trade and industrial shows. It hosts over 150 trade shows, congresses and corporate events per year with 30,000 exhibitors, both direct and represented, and receives 2.5 million visitors from over 200 countries. The institution has some 400,000 m² of exhibition floor space, one of the largest in Europe, spread over 2 venues: Montjuïc and Gran Via. Its annual economic contribution to the city of Barcelona and its surroundings is estimated at over 2,600 million Euros and also brings added social and public value.

Fira de Barcelona has established itself as a global events organiser with and international positioning twinned with the unmatchable Barcelona brand, a city with over a century of tradition in the organization of big events.

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