Future Urbanism, one of the region’s largest sustainable smart city expo, will open its doors on October 16, bringing together mega projects and the world’s most influential urbanists.

The global forum, which runs until October 20, will see URB, a global leader in developing sustainable cities, work along with Dubai World Trade Centre, to deliver pioneering content, roundtables, experiences, case studies, summits and exhibitions to create the next generation of sustainable cities. It will exhibit blueprints of sustainable cities on the show floor during the five days of high-level engagement, networking and knowledge exchange.

Hosted at Gitex Global, the largest tech show in the world, Future Urbanism will be the region’s largest sustainable smart city expo co-located with Gitex Impact, the region’s largest event for sustainability tech innovation, ESG strategies and services.

It will bring together thought leaders across all industries to create sustainable cities of tomorrow, said the organisers. Winners of the second edition of the incubator for sustainable cities will also be announced during the event, as well as the winners of its Urban Innovation Awards.

URB Chief Executive Baharash Bagherian, who has designed various sustainable cities currently under construction, highlights the significance of the partnership in its mission to accelerate the world’s developments towards sustainability.

“Rapid urbanisation and the increase rate of climate change is fuelling new thinking in the planning of the next generation of sustainable cities. As such, it has become a necessity to promote a culture of innovation in urban planning,” stated Bagherian.

“Future Urbanism Expo is a unique platform for us to showcase our initiatives and projects. Our aim at the expo is to transfer our unique knowledge and experiences, whilst celebrating the next generation of urban innovators from our incubator and awards programme,” he added.

Abhishek Ganapathy, Commercial Director (Exhibitions) at DWTC, said: “We’re bringing together experts and innovators in sustainable urban development to pave the way for a smarter future. With a focus on mega city transformations and net zero goals, we’re excited to partner with URB to shape the next generation of urban landscapes and deliver best practices through content, knowledge and experience.”