Fundamentally, a city is a built environment where people can come together to live, work, and thrive. The MENA region consists of the world’s oldest cities, in addition to its most modern and futuristic ones. As cities grow in population, and as transportation, communication, and structural technologies advance, some cities are better situated to incorporate these changes and push the boundaries, whereas others face more difficult challenges in order to retrofit their infrastructure to accommodate change. As we look forward to the future of these cites, we hope to investigate the current state of urban infrastructure across the MENA region, as well as envisioning the future of these systems, and new infrastructures that cities must adopt.

Mobility: The Future of Transportation

How will transportation change cities in MENA, and how will cities in MENA change transportation? How do cities in MENA adapt to new trends like ride-sharing and self-driving cars? Who is leading the innovation in this space, and what challenges remain? This will be a conversation about the future of how we get around in the cities of MENA.

Digital Infrastructure: Emerging Platforms

Cities are more than their physical components. They are centers of innovation, and there are many digital infrastructures that underlie the connectivity of cities, from telecom to blockchain. How are these technologies evolving, and what are the implications?

Reconstruction: The Future of Cities in Crisis

We cannot ignore the obvious fact that many cities in MENA have been set back by war and humanitarian crises. How does the reconstruction of these cities begin, and how can technology play an important role in this process? How does preservation balance with modernization as we try to retrofit these cities to accommodate the future?