The Department of Urban Planning and Transport (DMT) will launch of the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi - the first time the gathering will be held in the Arab region.
The UN-Habitat conference aims to raise awareness on sustainable urbanisation in cities and liveability across the globe.
The forum provides a platform for decision-makers, businesses, urban experts and academics to share their expertise and create sustainable urban development and smart cities of the future.
DMT chairman Falah Al Ahbabi said: “Hosting the 10th World Urban Forum is a significant opportunity for Abu Dhabi to showcase its considerable achievements in sustainable urban development. Cities are growing and changing rapidly.
“Abu Dhabi is moving towards realising its ambition to become the sustainable Arab Emirate. Abu Dhabi is making considerable steps towards achieving its ambition to be at the forefront of smart and sustainable cities.
“This forum is a starting point for co-operation with local and global partners, will increase opportunities for people who work in the sustainable development sector and combine culture and innovation.”
WUF10 will be themed ‘Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation’ and will, for the first time, place culture, creativity and innovation at the heart of dialogue about the liveability, vitality and sustainability of cities.
Falah added: “WUF10 will aim to provide a positive impact to communities for many generations to come.
“The event is perfectly aligned with the continuing positive evolution of our Emirate’s urban environments to an ever-more sophisticated level, achieved through refining the social, economic, environmental and cultural dimensions of urban development.”
The DMT is working in close collaboration with UN-Habitat as well as the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to welcome more than 100 ministers and over 20,000 people from more than 160 countries between 8 and 13 February.