Event date

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The Urban Thinkers campus will be held over two days, January 10th & 11th, 2016 from 9:00 – 19:00 with two breaks. 

Based on the theme “The City We Need we have organized the event to include urban thinkers from all constituencies of UAE society, women, community, government, non-government, urban planners and youth. The approved themes will run between 11:00 – 13:00 are:

  1. The City We Need is Smart & Sustainable
  2. The City We Need is Economically Vibrant & Inclusive
  3. The City We Need is Safe & Resilient

We have incorporated other pivotal events in the agenda like:

  • Cities Conversation: choosing three to four cities sharing and discussing urbanization issues from the theme of Smart & Sustainable Cities; these Cities are Dubai, Barcelona, London and Amsterdam.
  • Investor Summit: Introducing Foreign Direct Investment and Affordable Housing experts
  • Urban Talks: Panel Discussion of a few experts discussing Global urbanization challenges
  • Innovation Lab: three to four companies exhibiting their innovative solutions and technologies

Register here.

Moderators and Speakers


  • Dr. Philippe Bouvier
  • Dr. Abdulaziz Istaitieh
  • Dr. Miozzo Agostino
  • Ms. Sandra Baer


Dr. Aisha BinBishr

Ms. Nadine Bitar

Dr. Sung Soo Lim

Mr. Safdar Nazir

Ms. Roula Majdalani

Mr. Gaurish Wagle

Ms. Zsuzsanna Bodi

Mr. De Clercq, Matthieu

Dr. Wolfgang

Dr. Jason Hu

Mr. Sami Marhoum

Mr. Steve Scott

Mr. Lev Levin

Mr. Phillip Nardin

Ms. Anita Chandra

Dr. Afra Al Basti

Mr. Eduard Lineros

Mr. Guido Bertolaso

Professor Lim

Mr. Ethan Kent

Sangeeth Ram

Gordon Feller


Contact for the Venue

The Meydan Hotel  - Meydan Grandstand

Turf Club -Fourth floor

Tel: +971 4 381 3333 Fax: +971 4 381 3344

info@meydanhotels.com or http://meydanhotels.com/meydan/index.htm

*Keep up to date on this event and theme using the hashtag #UrbanThinkers on Twitter

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