Saeed Al Abbar

Director, AESG and Chairman
Emirates Green Building Council


9:00 AM Keynote Panel: Strategic overview: Creating integrated lifestyle communities

  • Discussing the shift towards integrated lifestyle communities to provide a safe sustainable, connected environment which reduces overall costs
  • Acknowledge how integrated communities provide a sense of belonging and enhance user experience
  • Demonstrate how integrated communities can promote a healthier lifestyle and reduce car dependency

9:00 AM Keynote Panel: The energy efficiency design checklist for urban communities

Growing populations and new housing stock increases energy demands of buildings and cooling requires a large energy load. Energy-efficient urban planning offers opportunities to enhance the quality of life by designing a healthy and comfortable built environment with minimum energy consumption, but it is essential this is considered in the early stages of design. Planning communities is a long and complicated process involving many stakeholders. This panel discussion discusses the decisions that need to be considered in the planning stage that influence the final energy consumption of buildings, their cooling, heating and lighting loads.

12:45 PM Panel: Smart living: The future of Middle Eastern urban communities

The future of SMART is here, but what exactly does it take to be a smart community? This panel discussion discusses the idea of smart communities and design strategies and solutions they believe make your community smart.
  • Gain an understanding of what it means to be a smart community in the Middle East
  • Evaluating design strategies and solutions to effectively develop smart communities
  • Analysing regional and international case studies of smart communities and the lessons we can learn