Event Overview

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is focusing on the country’s other abundant natural resource to take it beyond the age of oil. The kingdom is now converting thousands of square kilometers of sand into new smart and futuristic cities as it seeks to diversify and move away from the dependency of oil, create job opportunities and boost investment. In the last month alone, the world’s largest oil exporter announced two major developments,one covering an area bigger than Belgium and another almost the size of Moscow which is apart from the country’s plans to build a series of economic cities, special zones in logistics,tourism, industry and finance, an entertainment city as well as a $10 billion financial district. The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs in May announced that development 10 new Smart Cities that will be developed across the Kingdom as part of realizing the goals of the National Transformation Program of 2020. The highest authorities have entrusted the ministry to implement the smart city projects. In October 2017 Saudi Arabia announced that the country will be developing a $500 billion Smart City of the Future called NEOM. The 26,500 square km (10,230 square mile) zone, known as NEOM, will focus on industries including energy and water, biotechnology, food, advanced manufacturing and entertainment.

Hence, we at TraiCon are proud to present the first ever Innovative Cities Summit scheduled to take place on 23rd and 24th September 2018 in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a very exclusive two day platform for government leaders and industry experts to address inhabitable and sustainable city challenges, share their views on integrated smart technology and solutions and forge new partnerships. It is a global platform to explore how cities can better govern and build up resilience through policy, technology and social innovations. At this summit we will explore how to create successful collaborations between public and private sectors; the ways to fully leverage the modernization opportunities that will help boost Infrastructure, transport, increase investment opportunities and to develop smart sustainable cities. This platform will include a series of local and international keynote presentations, panel discussions, local and international case studies, interviews, demos, innovations and round table discussions; you will discover the latest trends, disruptors and innovators that are responsible for revolutionizing the industry as we know it. We request all the government stake holders, private sector stake holders and smart city solution providers to support this initiative that focuses on Transforming Saudi Arabia’s Cities into Secure & Digitalized Sustainable Cities.

100+ Sponsors & Exhibitors

Over 1000+ Attendees

Knowledge Based Case Study Presentations

Educative Workshops

Panel Discussions

Networking Sessions

Onsite Introductions

Here’s a look at some of Saudi Arabia’s most ambitious Projects


Saudi Arabia has announced a ground-breaking new initiative to establish a new urban ecosystem along the North West Red Sea coast of the Kingdom. The new project, entitled ‘NEOM’, will seek to maximize the natural advantages the area has for wind and solar energy. NEOM will be a ‘beautiful and natural place’ for the best and the brightest to make their mark for generations to come. This $500 billion “Smart City” project to be located a few kilometers from Eilat, establishing a joint economic zone with Jordan and Egypt, omitting one country wedged in between.
KAEC, named after the former head of state, is the kingdom’s first freehold city and is being developed by Emaar Economic City, a company controlled by the Saudi government and Dubai’s biggest property developer Emaar Properties PJSC. Covering about the same area as Brussels, the project has attracted $7.9 billion of investment and secured enough cash and credit to fund its planned spending for the next decade, according to KAEC. The project includes a deep-sea port, a 55 square-kilometre logistics hub, sports and recreation centre and more than 6,500 residential properties.

The Red Sea

The kingdom last week announced plans to turn 50 islands and 34,000 square kilometres (13,127 squaremiles) - an area bigger than Belgium - along its Red Sea coastline into a global tourism destination. Located between the cities of Umluj and Al Wahj, the project aims to attract luxury travellers from around the world and will be developed by the Public Investment Fund,the country’s sovereign wealth fund. Construction is expected to start in 2019 and the first phase completed by 2022.

King Abdullah Financial District

KAFD, as it’s known, was envisaged as Saudi Arabia’s answer to the Dubai International Financial Centre, bringing banks, financial-services firms, auditors and lawyers, as well as the kingdom’s stock exchange and capital-market authority into one area. The project, north of Riyadh, has been slowed by construction delays since work began in 2006 and is more than 70 percent complete. As of last April, not a single financial institution had agreed to take space in the 73 buildings the state is constructing.

Al Faisaliyah

The kingdom announced detailed plans for the Al Faisaliyah project last month. Located to the west of Mecca, the city will have residential units, entertainment facilities, an airport and seaport. The project will cover 2,450 square kilometres, almost the size of Moscow and is expected to be completed by 2050. The Makkah Region Development Authority is supervising the project and the PIF is also involved. An investment figure hasn’t been given.

Knowledge Economic City

Saudi Arabia is building a $7 Billion Dollar City on the sand, the city in Medina will focus on intellectual property, knowledge-based industries, medical, hospitality, tourism and multimedia. It will also have serviced apartments, a hotel and conference facilities, according to the Economic Cities Authority website. Residents of the city, which will cover 4.8 square kilometres, will have access to Mecca and Jeddah via the Haramain High Speed Railway.

Entertainment City

Saudi Arabia in April announced plans to develop the kingdom’s largest cultural, sports and entertainment city in Al Qidiya, southwest of Riyadh. The project will be developed on 334 square kilometres and will include a safari area and a Six Flags Entertainment Corp theme park. The country’s sovereign fund is the main investor, along with local and international investors. Construction is due to start next year and the first phase should be completed by 2022.An investment figure was not given.

Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Mousaed Economic City

This is a mixed-use development located on 156 square kilometres of land in Hail in the north of the kingdom. As well as a residential area, the city will also have an international airport, hotels, shopping centres and entertainment venues.


Why Exhibit

  • • Gain direct access to decision-makers.
  • • Showcase your line of products and recent innovations:
  • • Elevate your company’s brand: We will take care of your complete branding and marketing and you can rest assured. to meet the right buyers at your booth and at the Summit.
  • • You would have the opportunity to share your knowledge with the attending delegates and try to gain maximum mileage by speaking to the interested buyers.

Why Visit

  • • Evaluate competing solutions across every product category.
  • • Discover new, more cost-effective solutions to existing processes.
  • • Test drive the latest products and experience live demonstrations.
  • • Book in face-to-face appointments with key suppliers.
  • • Connect with new suppliers, customers and business partners.


  • • Get expert advice on the specific challenges faced by your business.
  • • Stay up-to-date with emerging or changing trends.
  • • Network with your peers from across the country and around the world.
  • • Listen to insightful keynotes from thought-leaders and innovators.
  • • Upgrade your skills, knowledge and on-the-job effectiveness.

How It Works ?

The event aims to lay the foundation for the next big smartcities phenomenon. It is a platform to initiate change. Hence it is imperative for solution providers like you to be here and be the change-makers!

Tell us more about your objectives.

Receive the complete list of participants one week prior to the event.

Select your matches & plan your projects.

Plan your agenda.

Meet at the show.

Keep networking after the show.

Vendor Catagories

Smart Mobility Solutions

Smart Water Solutions

Smart Energy Solutions

Smart Cybersecurity and Privacy Solutions

Smart Parking Solutions

IoT Solution for Smart Cities

Smart Data Solutions

Smart Education Solutions

Smart Healthcare Solutions

Cloud Computing Solutions

Smart Safety & Surveillance Solutions

Smart ICT Solutions for Smart Cities


Smart Sanitation & Solid Waste Management Solutions

Smart Lighting Solutions

Artificial Intelligences

Vendor Benefits

Showcase your expertise and align your business with organisations wishing to develop their presence in Saudi Arabia’s Smart City space.Be a part of Saudi Arabia’s only business event focusing on the digital society and connected living.

Targeting the major industries and verticals disrupting connected living by the IoT including, Smart Home, Smart Cities, Insurance, Retail,Utilities, Telecoms and Connectivity.

Take to the stage and educate your audience on how your companies’ technology can drive the development of Smart Cities. Be seen alongside and network with some of the leading names in the IoT.

Up to 15 qualified introductions from your dedicated account manager and pre-scheduled business meetings with project stake holders and investors selected by you.

Media coverage and brand exposure with industry leading publications and news sources in attendance. Stand out from the crowd and connect with the right partners and investors.

Take part in more engaging and extensive networking sessions across the show including meetups, luncheons, panel discussions, round tables, workshops and much more.

Delegate Catageories

  • Ministers
  • Mayors
  • Council Members
  • Investors
  • Sustainability Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Presidents
  • Environmental Engineers
  • IT Architects
  • Developers
  • Power Generators
  • Waste Managers
  • Urban Planners
  • Disaster Management Officials
  • Transportation Managers
  • Architects
  • Network Administrators
  • Deputy Ministers
  • Deputy Mayors
  • Regulators
  • Heads of Smart City Projects
  • Pollution Control Officers
  • Chairmen
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Contractors
  • Water and Energy Managers
  • Power Distributors
  • Utility Operators
  • Emergency Response Official
  • Police Forces
  • Public Works Managers
  • IT Manager
  • System Integrators

Delegate Benefits

  • Meet and interact with the "Who's Who" of Smart City Projects in Saudi Arabia.
  • Learn about latest developments, insights, challenges and opportunities impacting the development of Smart Cities.
  • Discover how new Smart City Solutions can drive the development of Smart Cities.
  • Hear from leading innovators and industry experts on the latest in Smart City Trends.
  • Play an active role in the various Smart City dialogues.

Delegate Breakdown by Industries

Confirmed Speakers

Omar Al-Wakil

Regional Business Development Manager

Johnson Controls
Saudi Arabia

Eduard Dumitrascu


The World`s Smart Cities Organization Romanian Smart City and Mobility Association

Hans Henrik Christensen

Director – Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Centre

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Fawaz Alharbi

Head of Master Planning | Jeddah Economic Company | Jeddah Tower & Jeddah Economic City

University of Cincinnati
Saudi Arabia

Professor Lyndsay Neilson

Managing Director Neilson Associates Pty Limited Senior Advise for MoMRA

University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

Diana Arsovic

Chief of Innovation at the City of Copenhagen

Copenhagen Business School Hørsholm, Capital Region, Denmark

Anas Tariq Najmi

Head Of Business Development & Strategic Initiatives at Emaar

The Economic City Emaar, The Economic City Georgetown University Saudi Arabia

Davor Meersman

General Manager OASC, IMEC senior researcher, RDI consultant, BDVA Smart Cities co-chair, ISSIP Ambassador

Open & Agile Smart Cities Curtin University Brussels Area, Belgium

Michael Mulquin

President Smart Cities Association

IEC Smart Cities Systems Committee Kings College London Dartford, United Kingdom

Gilles Betis

Founder and CEO

OrbiCité, Founding Chair of IEEE Smart Cities Initiative
Paris, France

James Lai

President at Malaysia IoT Association(MyIoTA)

Malaysia IoT Association Western Michigan University, Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Robert Katz

Executive Director - Cyber Science Institute

Washington D.C. Metro Area

Dan Bugariu

President & Founder of Smart City Association

Government Advisor on OGP, Romania

Thomas G. Dallessio

Next City

Former President, CEO + Publisher
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sarolta Besenyei

Vice president

Romanian Smart City and Mobility Association

Dr. Hanan Aljabri

Architect / Urban Designer / Planner Assistant Director of Strategic Planning Directorate, Office of the Head of Muscat Municipality,Muscat Municipality

Sultanate of Oman

Alison Mitchell

Executive Director, Sensor City

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Dr. Mazlan Abbas

CEO and Co-Founder of FAVORIOT | An IOT Evangelist | Keynote Speaker | IOT Thought Leader

FAVORIOT Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia

Náder Alyani

Director, Bloomsbert

Kreisfreie Stadt Aachen Area, Germany

Luke Loveridge

Co-Founder & CEO at YoUrban

University of Warwick - Warwick Business School Bristol, United Kingdom

Paul Copping

Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Greenwich and DG Cities Ltd City Protocol Society

The City University Business School, London
London, United Kingdom

Ronald J. Zimmer

President & CEO

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)

University and CAE Ottawa, Canada Area

Mike Lake

President & CEO

Leading Cities

Vladimir Bataev

Senior Consultant

Smart Cities | Urban Tech | Disruptive Innovation | Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Zaz Ventures
Milano, Lombardy, Italy

Marcelo Garcia

Founder of BroadLights.org and CryptoExplorers.org; UN Smart Cities Expert; Blockchain and TMT Consultant; TEDx and UN Speaker

Crypto Explorers Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Geneva Area, Switzerland

Jarmo Eskelinen

CITO at Future Cities Catapult | Smart London Board Member | Vice Chair of OASC network | Keynote speaker & Moderator

Future Cities Catapult Aalto University Executive Education
London, United Kingdom

Marcelo Tabak

Former Senior Advisor - Strategic Project Management - Public and Private Partnerships ( PPP´s )

Rio de Janeiro City Hall
Windermere, Florida

Mika Rantakokko

EU Urban agenda, Digital transition partnership

6Aika, Open Innovation Platforms University of Strathclyde Oulu Area,

Dr. Oualid Ali

Founder and President at FutureCitiesCouncil.org

FutureCitiesCouncil.org Smart, sustainable and Innovative Cities

Zack Huhn

CEO, Venture Smarter; Chair, IEEE P2784

American University - Cincinnati, Ohio

Dr. Seppe Verheyen, Ph.D.

Research Fellow - 21st Century Diplomacy at Emirates Diplomatic Academy Emirates Diplomatic Academy

Trinity College, Dublin
United Arab Emirates

Jorge Saraiva

Digital Town - Smart Cities Framework

EIP-Smart Cities & Communities Market Place Universidade do Minho Braga Area, Portugal

Eirik Skjærseth


Bolder AS

Marco Buemi

Sustainable Development and Project Manager

The Metropolitan City of Bologna University of Bologna Rome Area, Italy

Joaquín Rodríguez Álvarez

Prof and researcher - School of Prevention and Intregal Safety and Security

Member of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control Barcelona Area, Spain

Nathan Pierce

Programme Director for Sharing Cities at Greater London Authority

Greater London Authority, University of Sussex - London, United Kingdom

Mohammad Asfour

MENA Regional Head

World Green Building Council

Jason Whittet

Urban Resilience - Solutions Development and Innovation

100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation Northeastern University, New York

André Luis Azevedo Guedes

Smart City Expert | Keynote Speaker | College Professor | Scientific Researcher | Founder of RODA

Universidade Federal Fluminense Escola de Engenharia da UFF - Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mark Thomas

Entrepreneur | Managing Director | Smart Cities Leader | Speaker

Serviceworks Group Ltd - Singapore

Michael Whereat

Smart Cities, Digital Disruption, Speaker, Collaborator & Entrepreneur

Sunshine Coast Regional Council University of New England (AU)

Ricky Morton

Director | 12 Pillars, Digital futures, alternative delivery models and smart cities

Glasgow University, Harvard, MIT Sloan - Glasgow and London, United Kingdom

Carina Aschan

Project Manager RUGGEDISED, Umeå Smart City

Umeå University
Umea, Sweden

Husam AlWaer

Urban Design Recognized Practitioner (UDRP), SuBETool Founder, Place Making Promotor

The University of Dundee University of Liverpool Dundee, United Kingdom

Martin Pečar

Manager and Founder at OmniOpti d.o.o.

OmniOpti d.o.o. Blockchain Think Tank Slovenia

Gregory Curtin, Ph.D

Smart & Sustainable Cities; Founder & CEO of CivicConnect; World Economic Forum Future of Urban Development/Future of Government

University of Southern California - Los Angeles, California

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