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Orange Business hosts panel discussion on the future of digital cities

Anas Naim, Managing Director – Middle East and Turkey, Orange Business.

Orange Business – the enterprise division of Orange – is an official Conference Sponsor at Gitex 2023, where the company will also host a moderated panel discussion on the digital city of 2050, featuring senior international thought leaders and speakers, including Anas Naim, Managing Director for the Middle East and Turkey, at Orange Business.

Orange Business has been involved in large-scale, complex smart city projects in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East for more than 10 years. It is currently engaged in some of the region’s most significant and iconic developments spanning Egypt and the Arabian Gulf countries, and through the SMART Africa initiative to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development across the continent.

Most recently, Orange Business announced a deal with KAFD to design, build and run a Smart City Platform that will integrate and connect existing digital technologies at Saudi Arabia’s prime business district, KAFD, while leveraging the power of AI and data analytics. Orange Business will also provide a range of Digital Master Systems Integration services and orchestrate its partner ecosystem by working alongside company experts on systems integration and new use cases.

Location: Digital Cities, Hall 25, Main stage, Gitex Global

Wednesday, October 18th, 14:45-15:35

Digital City 2050: What will the digital city of the future look like?

The future is now and cities are rapidly transforming into digital ecosystems. The digital city of 2050 is a bold and exciting vision of urban life. Imagine a city where everything you need is at your fingertips – from self-driving cars to highly intelligent buildings and homes. The smart city of the future will be an interconnected matrix of information, data, and technology that will revolutionize the way we live, work, and play. Featuring advanced technologies such as Generative AI, AR, VR, and IoT, this city will reshape the landscape of urban life.

Anas Naim, Managing Director – Middle East and Turkey, Orange Business

Petr Hlavácek, Deputy Mayor, City of Prague, Czech Republic – Leading the areas of architecture, development, and city planning for the 10th Most Sustainable City in Europe

David Tan, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, JTC Corporation, Singapore – Singapore government industrial developer specializing in master planning and developing clean, green, and smart estates.

Romalice Ishimwe, Chief Digital Officer, Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda – Leading the charge in digitizing cities and infrastructure implementation in Rwanda

Dr. Muneer Zuhdi, CTO Enterprise – China, India, & MEA, Nokia, UAE – Technologist and strategist with 25 patents, promoting technology to accelerate digital and cognitive transformation for cities and industries

Daniel Diez, Chief Transformation Officer, Magic Leap, USA – Leading global marketing, growth, & business transformation for one of the top Augmented Reality Technology Companies in the World.

Roberto Frongia, Director of Strategy and Operations, TONOMUS Compute, KSA – Part of a team at NEOM, using “Connect, Compute, Platform, and Innovation” to create sustainable, nature-inspired tech solutions that blend humans and machines

Moderator: Mohit Dantre, Presenter, Abu Dhabi Media Network, UAE

Sahem Azzam, Senior Vice President for Middle East Africa and Turkey at Orange Business, comments: “We are very pleased to be a conference sponsor at Gitex for the first time and to welcome distinguished speakers to our session on the future of digital cities. We have been talking about smart cities in the region for more than a decade. The third wave of smart city evolution – the cognitive city – harnesses new technologies (Cloud, IoT, AI) creating new use cases with solutions delivered faster ‘as a service’ via the cloud to citizens, transforming business and finance models and driven by data. Cities that ‘learn’ need constant interaction, collecting real-time data on user behaviour and needs, enabled by AI and supported by predictive and prescriptive analytics. It responds quickly and automatically to improve the user experience, making the city much more efficient and sustainable. This marks the emergence of the cognitive city”.

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