31 March 2021 - 1 April 2021
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE

Summit Agenda

DAY 1 - 31st March 2021

08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00

Light Years Ahead – Exploring Latest Lighting Strategies for the Middle East

  • Energy consumption in the Middle East is estimated to increase in the upcoming years – where is the future of efficient lighting headed?
  • Adoption of international energy efficient standards – promoting the use of smart lighting systems in the public realm
  • The evolution of efficient lighting strategies - infusing design and energy efficient technology

10:00 - 10:20

Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 – Towards Sustainable Development

  • Dubai’s vision of pioneering in energy security and efficiency making it a leading example of sustainable cities in the world
  • Demand side management strategy reducing the consumption per capita since its implementation in 2010
  • Case study of how DEWA over exceeded their conservation of energy targets thereby ensuring cost efficiency

10:20 - 10:40

Intelligent Lighting Creating Data Driven Smart Infrastructures

  • IoT systems developing  a network to facilitate smart and adaptable integrated lighting platforms -  fast becoming an integral part of urban infrastructure
  • Analyzing captured data – will this bring about changes to the current lighting business models to be more data driven?
  • Streetlights generate enormous amount of data – What are the challenges in establishing a connected smart city system?

10:40 - 11:20

Panel Discussion: Lighting Future Cities – Government’s Role in Efficiently Lighting the Public Realm

  • Intelligent lighting design for the public realm – What are the strategies that best fit smart cities in the region?
  • How do upcoming innovative technologies ensure urban landscape areas are well-lit without incurring high energy costs?
  • Challenges in implementing policies that help achieve the vision of a green economy

11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Smart Streetlights Integral to Creating Connected Cities – The Role IoT Plays

  • IoT is perpetually changing day to day functions. How are streetlights changing the way cities are connected?
  • What are the challenges in implementing IoT connected streetlights in the Middle East?
  • Smart poles with sensors and wireless technology to create smart networks  – where is the future headed?

12:10 - 12:30

Façade Lighting – Creating an Urban Experience with Aesthetic Sensibility

  • Artistic lighting systems changing the way buildings appear – Use of innovatively designed façade lighting to highlight building appearances
  • What are the factors transforming the cityscape? Interactive urban artistic lighting installations gaining momentum in the Middle East
  • How urban lighting experts are controlling the risk of over illuminating iconic structures?

12:30 - 13:10

Panel Discussion: Role of MEPs in Building Cities of the Future

  • Strategies that MEP professionals need to follow in order to maximize the potential of integrated systems while maintaining budgets and monitoring energy consumption
  • MEP leads play a key role in developing smart infrastructures – examples of upcoming/completed energy efficient projects that have integrated connected lighting
  • Challenges in adopting new sustainable technologies for monitoring and managing the distribution of power in public realm projects

13:10 - 13:30

Autonomous Lighting Control Systems – A fast-paced Reality in the UAE

  • Rise in the use of sensors in public lighting across the city to monitor people movement and controlling the intensity of light is already a reality. How quickly are government officials adopting this wave of innovation and what are the challenges in the implementation process?
  • With sensor-installed public light infrastructures, monitoring and managing the light infrastructures is easier – the requirement of a manual checkup for every light installation is eliminated
  • Autonomous lighting controls also help residents find faster public parking – better regulation of traffic

13:30 - 13:50

Smart Lighting Intelligently Managing Traffic Flow – Creating Seamless Cities

  • Street lights gather a lot of city data. How can it effectively be analyzed to help managing people movement within cities?
  • Real time data updates of accidents or congestion can help in re-routing traffic and creating seamless flow
  • Intelligent lighting in cities connects all public services and hence reducing response time. What are challenges in maintaining these technologically advanced infrastructures in cities?

13:50 - 14:30

Panel Discussion: Placemaking & Lighting Design – Changing Urban Life for the Better

  • The role of lighting in creating a lively urban space has taken much importance in urban life
  • The right choice of sustainable lighting and design will help change the perception of a place as night light not only makes an area vibrant, but also safe
  • Challenges lighting experts face when lighting up the public realm, techniques one can learn from other cities

14:30 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:40


DAY 2 - 1st April 2021

09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Smart City Lighting – Demand based Efficient Lighting

  • By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas – strategies to reduce the overall urban energy consumption
  • Leveraging smart public lighting to better the quality of urban life – opportunities and challenges
  • How are cities embracing technology imbedded public lighting strategies?

10:20 - 10:40

Energy Efficient Lighting Retrofits – Cities Rewriting Their Lighting Legacy

  • Retrofitting is the game changer to energy efficiency. Are LED lighting fixtures reducing energy consumption in cities?
  • Tackling the challenges in retrofitting existing infrastructures
  • How are government organizations in the UAE setting examples with heading retrofitting projects and ensuring energy efficiency is practically on the rise?

10:40 - 11:00

Government Regulations in Energy Efficiently Retrofitting Streetlights

  • Etihad ESCO on the path to create energy efficient market – making the sustainability dream a reality 
  • Etihad ESCO has become the front runner in implementing lighting retrofit projects across the UAE. What are the challenges faced in such retrofitting projects?
  • Mega lighting retrofit projects save energy and reduce carbon emissions. What are the best practices lighting experts have to keep in mind going forward?

11:00 - 11:20

Night Urban Lighting – Creating Safe and Aesthetic Cities

  • Perceptions of a place at night can vary drastically in daylight – What are the factors for effective night time lighting?
  • Best urban lighting concepts followed in the region. How does interactive urban lighting change public spaces?
  • Case Study: Meraas’ projects that focus on urban night lighting to change the ambiance once the sun goes down

11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:30

Panel Discussion: Lighting the Public Realm – Integrating Retrofits & Technology

  • The rise of technological innovation in smart cities has changed the modus operandi in public lighting strategies
  • AI and IoT are transforming the management of outdoor lights – best practices in cost management and energy efficiency
  • Upgrades and retrofits to make energy efficient cities – what are the challenges MEP managers should be ready for?

12:30 - 12:50

Sustainable Lighting: LEED-ing the Way for Efficient Lighting

  • Lighting up a city or a building results in massive usage of electricity. What are the challenges in ensuring LEED standards are followed?
  • How are lighting experts following LEED certifications when designing energy efficient buildings?
  • A case study of platinum certified DEWA’s Sustainable building in Al Quoz and its journey

12:50 - 13:10

Nutritional Light – Prompting Wellbeing of People

  • It is crucial people get enough light every day and a lot of time is being spent indoors - electric light will need to provide the same benefits with monitored nutritional light
  • Understanding the importance of nutritional light - Are such concepts being applied practically?
  • Challenges in implementing nutritional light focused strategies within office & residential spaces
  • Light pollution or misdirected night light can have drastic effect on biodiversity as well as humans. How is UAE combating light pollution in its smart city drive?

13:10 - 13:30

UAE’s Light Pollution on the Rise

  • UAE is pioneering in technology and is facing environmental concerns, of which, light pollution is one among them
  • Light pollution or misdirected night light can have drastic effect on biodiversity as well as humans
  • What can be best practices that can be adopted by regulators in order to curb this disruption in circadian rhythms?

13:30 - 13:50

Solar Energy Boosting Sustainability in UAE

  • Solar powered LED lighting in urban spaces – Achieving reduction in energy consumption
  • Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 is coming to a reality with world’s largest solar power project in UAE - will green projects such as Dubai Airports solar hub and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park become mainstream?
  • Countering the challenges in maintaining the long term operational cost of solar powered street lights

13:50 - 14:30

Panel Discussion: Operation & Maintenance (O&M) for Mega Infrastructure Projects – Safeguarding the Upkeep of City Icons

  • Overview of best practices to support the energy requirements of mega projects – are there particular O&M requirements for the lighting component?
  • Intelligent lighting solutions for large-scale infrastructure projects – what does the future hold? Is retrofit always the right answer when it comes to large projects completed 10+ years ago?
  • Striking the balance between energy efficiency & maintaining the aesthetic ambience – how do project consultants help avoid compromises?

14:30 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:40


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