​2nd Annual Digital Grids And Smart Cities Summit: Bridging The Digital Divide

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has constantly embraced new concepts and ideas that aim to improve the standard of living, infrastructure and energy efficiency in the GCC. In recent years, the rapid development of economic cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has instigated a new era for economic wealth and prosperity. A collaboration between the government and private sector has seen these developments attract foreign investors as well as offer many opportunities in the infrastructure, utilities and technology market.

Riding on the momentum of Saudi Arabia's committed approach to developing smart cities and adopting smart technologies in the utilities sector, Fleming. announces the 2nd Annual Digital Grids And Smart Cities Summit which will take place in Riyadh between the 5th and 6th of May, 2014.The summit will see over 100 delegates gathering to discuss strategies to create a smart and sustainable future. Topics such as - assessing the need for smart city development in Saudi Arabia, integrating renewable energy sources and digital grids, smart infrastructure communications and connectivity for an enhanced security system and telecommunication technologies for smart city development, to name a few will be orated by stakeholders directly involved in the propagation of digitization across the region. The keynote address will be made by Dr. Abdulgader Othman Amir, Vice Mayor - Strategic Planning and Chief Planner of Jeddah Municipality, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Saad Al Kahtani, broadband expert, former CEO, STC Group Strategic Operations and member of the UN Broadband Commission says "I am confident that the 2nd Annual Digital Grids and Smart Cities Summit will contribute to ensure that ICT and broadband are embedded in all of the national targets of our country for a better future for our youth". The summit aims to drive active participation from all smart city and utility stakeholders in the region that will aid in diversifying and driving the competitiveness of the Saudi economy.