Conference Chairperson and Moderator: Richard Jones, Ventura Team Cambridge

8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Welcome Reception
9:00 – 9:45 Opening Ceremony: Under the Patronage of His Excellency Alfadhel Mohamed Al-Harthy, Secretary General to the Cabinet
Opening Keynote speech by Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO, Information Technology Authority – ITA

Keynotes: The regional & global vision of Smart Cities:

  • Said Al-Mandhari, CEO, Oman Broadband
  • Graham Colclough, Chairman, Smart Cities Council Europe
9:45 – 10:45
Session 1
How to build a successful smart city?
Trying to create a smart city around an existing city is not simple. Resources are not optimally designed and ownership may be shared across multiple stakeholders in the public and private sector. This section will consider how you work with the challenges of modifying and evolving infrastructures to develop a smart approach for the city.


  • Ghazi Atallah, NexGen
  • Ammar Sabbagh, Smart Sustainable City
  • Ahmed Raafat, Microsoft
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break & Networking
11:00 – 12:00
Session 2
The initiatives to enhance smart capabilities in Oman
This session will examine concepts for supporting smart city initiatives in the Sultanate including the role of the NBN and the mobile operators and specific programmes for cities, e-education etc.


  • Ammar Al Kharusi, Omran
  • Dr. Ali Al Shehdhani, Research Council
  • Talib Al Rashidi, Oman Broadband
12:00 – 13:15
Session 3
How telecom operators play a key role in the vision of Smart Cities
Mobile and fixed line services need to be coordinated to provide the nervous system that underpins and powers a smart city. This section will look at how existing networks can be coordinated and how new fibre infrastructures will be needed to facilitate communication between resources, sensors and systems that control a smart city.


  • Ali Kashoob, Omantel
  • Mohammed Najwani, Ooredoo
  • Paul W. France, Oman Broadband
  • Richard Jones, VenturaNext
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch Break
14:15 – 15:30
Session 4
Smart Cities Readiness Guide and Consumers benefits – Roundtable session
This roundtable mini-workshop session will first introduce the Smart Cities Readiness Guide from a global perspective on how it supports cities kick start their efforts and capture the right ways to proceed.

It will also showcase consumer benefits through the applications and services provided by smart cities to enhance the daily life of citizens.

This is an interactive session with the audience to share and answer the related questions and get to know the real challenges, solutions and benefits of building smart cities.


  • Graham Colclough, Smart Cities Council Europe
  • Ahmed Raafat, Microsoft
15:30 – 16:00 Networking and closing of Day One

Conference Chairperson: Richard Jones, Ventura Team Cambridge

9:30 – 10:30
CEO Panel: Smart City and the major role a nation digital vision can play in the economy development.


  • Dr. Salim Al Ruzaiqi, ITA
  • Mr Said Al-Mandhari, Oman Broadband
  • Sheikh. Talal Said Marhoon Al Mamari, Omantel
  • Sheikh Saif Bin Hilal Al Hosni, Microsoft
  • Mr. Ian Charles Dench, Ooredoo

Moderator: Christine Beylouni, FTTH Council MENA

10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break & Networking
10:50 – 11:50
Session 6
The regional overview of the importance of a solid ICT infrastructure in Smart Cities
This session will show how infrastructure, specifically fibre networks provide the nervous system that enables cutting edge sensors, services and applications for building smart services.


  • Christine Beylouni, FTTH Council MENA
  • Mohammed Shamsher Ali, Restart
11:50 -12:50
Session 7
Internet of things and smart cities: Platforms for Innovation
We hear a lot about the ‘Internet of Things’ but what does that phrase really mean? What are the devices, sensors and end points that will support a smart city? Which ones will have the biggest impact in the short term and how must we design the networks in the city to support the explosive growth of such devices?


  • Keith James Miller, Salience
  • Dr. Oualid Ali, GUtech and Future Cities Council
  • Caesar Moussalli, Ministry of Manpower
12:50 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00
Session 8
Smart Cities – What are the big wins that cities can achieve?
Not every smart city approach is visible to citizens and the benefits of individual smart projects can be hidden. This section will consider the smart city concepts that can provide the biggest improvements for citizens lives and the health of the city. It will look at the balance between benefits, costs, time to implement and the potential popularity of key measures.


  • Bill Nelson, Rose Associates
  • Saud Al Nofali, NCSI
  • Naoufel Kraiem, Sultan Qaboos University
15:00 – 15:45
Session 9
Roundtable Discussions
This session will be a chance to discuss particular aspects of smart cities and the digital vision within groups moderated by industry experts. We will have tables where attendees can find topics relating to global best practices, the challenges in the Sultanate and how to accrue the benefits from their future focused technologies, applications and services.

The session will conclude with presentations of the different findings of each group and these will be captured and shared with attendees.


  • Richard Jones, VenturaNext
15:45 – 16:00 Closing Day Two – End of Conference