/EINPresswire.com/ Philips confirm Gold Sponsorship for the Arab Future Cities Summit due to be held on 23-24 April 2012 in Doha, Qatar.

Philips Lighting Middle East is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and serves 14 countries across the region including the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Levant, with local offices in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iran. The markets covered are UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Cyprus.

Philips Lighting provides advanced energy-efficient solutions for all segments i.e road lighting, office & industrial, hospitality and home – and has been instrumental in enhancing sustainability through innovations in lighting technology. Philips is also a leader in shaping the future with exciting new lighting applications and technologies such as LED technology, which, besides energy efficiency, provides attractive benefits and endless new ‘never-before-possible’ lighting solutions.

As the world’s leader in Lighting, Philips is driving the switch to energy-efficient solutions. With 22% of the electricity used in the Middle East is spent on lighting, the use of energy-efficient solutions will significantly reduce energy consumption around the world and thereby cut harmful CO2 emissions.

Philips is proud to be the Gold Sponsor for the Arab Future Cities Summit. The Summit is an international gathering of city leaders, Government officials, city developers, academicians and urban service providers and city development experts to share strategies, insights and best practices to implement a smart and sustainable future for the cities of tomorrow. It gives a direction in urban planning and development with an emphasis on effective utilization of resources.

The objective of the summit is to facilitate an international platform to discuss the ways for the transfer of knowledge, know how and to reflect on technological and social innovations and transformations that are arising in cities.

Many municipalities around the world are exploring the Smart City concept as a way to make themselves better places to live, work, and grow. There is a growing consensus that information and communications technology (ICT) will play a critical role in creating sustainable cities of the future.

The concept of Smart Cities is gaining increasingly high importance as a means of making available all the services and applications enabled by ICT to citizens, companies and authorities that are part of a city’s system. It aims to increase citizens’ quality of life and improve the efficiency and quality of the services provided by governing entities and businesses. This perspective requires an integrated vision of a city and of its infrastructures, in all its components, and extends beyond the mere “digitalisation” of information and communication: it has to incorporate a number of dimensions that are not related to technology, e.g., the social and political ones.

Many cities are working on installing municipal wireless networks, implementing e-government initiatives by providing access to city departments and initiatives through websites, integrating public transportation with intelligent transportation systems, or developing ways to cut their carbon footprints and reduce the amount of recyclables consigned to the trash heap.

For more information on the Arab Future Cities Summit, visit http://www.arabfuturecities.com or call Expotrade on +9714-4542135