8th Ajman International Urban Planning Conference

Ajman - United Arab Emirates,24- 26 April 2017

Chairman message

The orientations and vision of His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid al-Nuaimi, Member of Supreme Council, The Ruler of Emirate of Ajman, which is aligned with “Ajman 2021 Vision”, is testifying the geniality of the human intervention in creating a happy society with green and sustainable urban growth marked by an extraordinary changes brought by the urbanization of Ajman and UAE. The conference will have a special focus on The cities of the United Arab Emirates as happy cities . It sheds light on the possible opportunities of how to develop and manage the happy city. AIUPC 8 aims to address the various aspects of urban development of as an tool to achieve The Happy City. World renowned scholars, Theorist, Practitioners, Star Architects and Planning experts, developers, as well as decision makers are to examine and discuss plans, opportunities, and practical methods for planning for Happy City through talks, debates, as well as designed workshops. I wish every delegate a very successful conference

Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi

The Chairman of Municipality and Planning Department of Ajman

About Conference

Ajman 8th Conference
"Towards Happy Cities for Tolerant Citizens"
"24-26 April 2017"
Ajman - UAE
The way we design buildings, neighbourhoods and cities has a profound effect on health and happiness. The conference will draw on the research to make sense of that relationship.
Also offer evidence and examples to inspire designers, decision-makers and city-dwellers to embrace happy design. empower them to take action.
Policymakers around the world will embracing wellbeing as a legitimate and necessary goal. Jurisdictions from different cities and organization have adopted happiness indices to help guide development and economic policy. Cities need to catch up.
The conference will discuss how we can you bring happiness into our own urban work? In the conference discuss the role of the participants master for a new framework for incorporating wellbeing principles into design, policy.

Conference Topics

The City as a Happiness Project
Citizen of the Happy cities
Plurality and Tolerance
Healthy and Wellbeing Cities
Green Cities, Happy Cities
Quality of Urban life
Indicators of Happy cities
Mobility and Connectivity
Public art and Public Places for Happy Cities
Space for Creativity in Happy Cities
Designing the Happy city.

Conference Agenda

The conference lasts for three days according to the following table


H.E. Ossama Al-Bar
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H.E. Ossama Al-Bar

Makkah Mayor, Kingdom of  Saudi Arabia

Academic Certificates :

1- Bachelors degree in Science Major of Physics with 2nd honorary excellence degree, College of Science, KAAU.

2- Masters degree in Meteorology Physics, College of Meteorology, KAAU.

3- PhD degree in Philosophy of Environmental Physics, Nottingham, UK.

Positions and Experiences :

1- 1991 Assistant professor, Physics department , college of applied science UMAU.

2-1993Chairman of environmental research department ,Hajj Research Center , UMAU.

3- 1994 Deputy director general of Hajj Research Center ,UMAU.

4- 1995 Director general designate of Hajj Research Center ,UMAU.

5- 2006 Dean of institute of the Custodian of the Two Holly Mosques for Hajj researches.

6- 2007 Mayor of the Holy City of Makkah .

Memberships :

Scientific and Vocational :

1- 1992 Institute of Physics , London.

2- 1984 Solar Energy Organization.

3- 2003 Saudi Physical Science Organization.

Public and Civil :

1- Makkah Beneficence Organization.

2- Makkah Orphan Guardiance Organization.

3- Establishing Council of The Islamic World for Education .


1- Oblation Meat Committee ,1993.

2- Vice President of Hajj Media council,1995.

3- Hajj Central Committee,1995 ;2000.

4- Had of Makkah Roads Congestion Studies Committee.

5- Hajj and Omrah Committee , Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

6- Higher Board of Makkah Development.

7- Execution Committee of the Higher Board of Makkah Development.

8- Legitimate Committee of Islamic Law of the Higher Board of Makkah Development.

9- Technical team work assigned for Makkah projects.

Cultural Participation :

1- A lecture about the achievement and miraculous of the expansion of two Holy Mosques, cultural week in King Fahad Center, Sariavo.

2- A lecture about the actuality of education , national dialogue KSA.

Arnaud Collery
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Arnaud Collery

Chief Happiness Officer

Goal is to create happiness in any shape or form

Arnaud Collery is Founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Kikai Mining a Happiness Agency whose goal is to create happiness in any shape or form.

Arnaud is a public speaker & trainer on happiness, passion and purpose.

He has spoken twice at TEDx conference on storytelling and happiness.

He is a former stand up comedian (MTV, E!, NBC...) with a background in tech startups, acting, directing, screenwriting & community building. He is the director and founder of a movement called Stand Up For Passion

“TED with an heart,” as participants have described it. Each month he personally curates and trains speakers on storytelling based on their own search for truth. He then hosts the show in front of 200+ leaders in NY each month. He brought his event to London and Tokyo as well.

He is also the co-creator, host, and trainer of Happy Hacking Days the first hackathon on happiness. These two movements have impacted over 3000 people in the US and France and will soon come to Tokyo and Shanghai (summer 2015).

He is passionate by all aspects of happiness: joy, goals, searching for truth, depth, self-knowledge. He has spoken and given workshops on happiness since 2014 in Los Angeles, New York, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, France, Germany and Holland. He has given keynotes in Dubai in 2015 for the Ministry of Economy on happiness and innovation and has worked on well-being for Dubai-based Careem.

He is a French native who speaks English and Japanese.
My Vision for Stand Up for Passion Watch this Video
He is a graduate of IESE business school and innovative creative leadership program thnk.org.
Sylvia Weber
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Sylvia Weber

Deputy Mayor, Frankfurt, Germany

09.09.1963 in Stuttgart/Germany

Master-Degree in Business Administration

15.10.1986 – 31.03.1989

Flight Attendant with Deutsche Lufthansa AG

01.07.1992 - 31.12.1994

Scientific Officer at Department of Business Informatics, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main/Germany

01.07.1992 – 31.12.1994

Project Manager at Academic Library, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main/Germany

01.01.1995 – 31.01.2007

Head of Division Ministry for Science and Art of the State of Hesse,  Wiesbaden

01.02.2007 – Inauguration

Director of the Library-Consortium at University Library, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main/Germany

since 15.07.2016 City-Councilor, Head of Department, City Department of Integration and Education

Jan Pasternack
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Jan Pasternack

Political-Scientist (Master degree) - International Relations

Scientific Officer at Parliament of the State of Hesse
Since 2016
Personal Advisor at City Department of Integration
H.E Omar Kadi
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H.E Eng. Omar Abdullah AbduIrahim Kadi

Secretary-General of Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities (01CC) Saudi National

Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1965

Master degree in City Planning, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, 1971

Former Member of Saudi Shura Council, 2001

Former Mayor of Makkah Al Mukarramah, 1988

Former Mayor of Al Madinah Al Munawarah, 1982


Books and Researches:

City Planning in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

History of Expansion of the Prophet Mosque in Al Madinah Al Munawarah.

Technical studies on norms and criteria of city and regional planning as well as for mosques and trading centers.

Dr. Selim Jahan
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Dr. Selim Jahan

Director, United Nations Development Programme.

Dr. Selim Jahan is the Director of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York. Prior to his appointment to this position, he served as the Director of the Poverty Division of UNDP (2007-2014). Dr. Jahan holds a Ph.D. with distinction in Economics from McGill University. He is the author of 10 books and more than 150 articles published in various national and international academic journals.
Mr. Tamio Mori
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Mr. Tamio Mori

The Former President of Japan Association of City Mayors

The Former Mayor of Nagaoka city

The former Mayor of Nagaoka city from 1999 to 2016 and the former President of Japan Association of City Mayors, which consists of 813 Mayors of Japanese incorporated municipalities. Mori served as President for 8 years, which is the longest among the successive Presidents.

Mori graduated from the Department of Architecture, the University of Tokyo and is qualified as a First-Class Architect.

In April 2017, Mori will become the Visiting Professor at University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture and Adjunct Lecturer at Department of Urban Engineering, the University of Tokyo

Omar Al Rawi
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Omar Al Rawi

Member of the Provencial Parliament & Member of the Vienna City Council

Academic qualifications:

Vienna University of Technology (civil engineering degree)

Political functions:

Since 2001:Member of the Vienna Provincial Parliament and City Council

Member of the City Council Committee on Urban Development, Traffic and Transport, Climate Protection, Energy Planning and Public Participation; Expert Spokesperson of the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) on Urban Development

Member of the City Council Committee on European and International Affairs

Substitute Member of the City Council Committee on Housing, Housing Construction and Urban Renewal

Chairman of City Council Committee for Incompatibility Matters
Prof. George Kunihiro
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Prof. George Kunihiro

Kokushikan University, Japan

A noted American architect/educator. He is a Professor of Architecture at Kokushikan University in Tokyo and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Received A.B. from the University of California/Berkeley and M. Arch from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Among many leadership positions he has held, Professor Kunihiro served as a President of the Architectural Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) and was on the National Board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) where he is a Member of the College of Fellows. His practice is based in Japan and has projects throughout Asia and in the USA
Dr. Samir Farag
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Dr. Samir Farag

Former Governor of Luxor
Dr. Samir Farag is the former Governor of Luxor, Egypt, from 2004-2011. Prior to this position, he was the Chairman of Cairo Opera House for four years. From 1993-2000 he was the Manager of "Moral Affairs" of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

He graduated from the Egyptian Military Academy. Then got a Bachelor degree in History, Ain-Shams University, a Diploma in Business Administration, USA, and the PhD in Media.

Dr. Farag is a highly ranked Egyptian in his profession. By combining academic and professional practice, alongside his outstanding communication talents, he built a rich diversity of experience in military and civilian environments.

Prof. Mohamed Larbi Belcaid
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Prof. Mohamed Larbi Belcaid

Mayor of Marrakesh, Member of The Moroccan Parliament

Professor of Mathematics and Planning Inspector at the Academy of Marrakech

1st Regional Coordinator of the PJD Party Justice and Development in Marrakech

Since 2003, municipal councilor

Since 2011, member of the Committee on Legislation and Laws of Parliament

Mayor of Marrakech, since September 2016
Prof. Salim Al-Hassani
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Prof Salim T S Al-Hassani

President ,Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation, UK

The concept of Balance (Mizan) for Happy Cities: Lessons from Muslim Civilisation

The main thrust of the presentation is on the concept of balance (Mizan - Justice) in the city, and its population, as major contributing factors governing the happiness of citizens.

The quality of life in a city would be influenced by several closely linked factors. Thus, a change in one factor impinges on all others. Some of these factors include: built environment and ecosystems; health and wellbeing; food and agriculture; business and trade; energy and earth resources; water and quality of air; habitat and infrastructure; economy and wealth; governance and institutions; community and social interaction; and significantly moral and traditional values. Not only is there a need for a balanced performance of each of these factors, but the resultant interactions of all of them must also be balanced.

The concept of balance (MIZAN & Adl) had influenced much of the life of citizens in some newly built cities during Muslim Civilisation. It was recognized that a pleasant, quiet and beautiful urban setting produces people with similar appreciations, hence results in unhappiness.

The presentation will explore the role of the educational system in creating a balanced attitude and behavior. Reference will be made to the imbalances found in many schools’ curricula that subtly produce superiority or inferiority complex mindsets. It will examine narratives and perceptions that influence the mindset of citizens and consequently, govern their belief systems concerning world view, purpose of life and role of an individual in creating a positive and happy environment.

A question will be posed as to whether there is a requirement in upbringing the new generation for balance in their character between Selfish v. Selfless; Competitive v. Compassionate; Spendthrift v. wasteful; individualistic v. cooperative, Sensitive v. callous to environment…etc.

Reference will also be made to the World Happiness Report 2016.

A cursory mention of how Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) might be used to assist in recreating ancient extinct sites. More importantly, to show how they can assist the edutainment industry in creating interactive environments to experience how towns, villages and dwellings contributed to balanced living in Muslim Civilisation.

Dr. Salim T S Al-Hassani BIO

Salim T S Al-Hassani is Chairman of the Foundation of Science, Technology and Civilisation (UK) and Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Professorial Fellow in Humanities at Manchester University. Recent expertise in Cultural Roots of Science and Engineering, and in socio-genetic factors in planning university campuses and discovery centres. Founder of www.Muslimheritage.com. He authored and edited 300 publications and given around 150 lectures. Recipient of the British Science Association prestigious Fellowship for his work to promote the scientific and technological achievements within Muslim cultures. In 2010, New York Hall of Science awarded him the Global Science Award. A gallop, named him amongst the 500 most influential Muslims in the caregory of science and technology for the years 2012 till 2016
Mr.Charles Montgomery
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Mr.Charles Montgomery

Principal and author of Happy City

Charles Montgomery, Happy City’s founder and principal, is an award-winning author, urbanist and leader of transformative experiments and design projects to improve wellbeing in cities. His acclaimed book, Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, examines the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness. Collaborating with governments, property developers and scientists, Montgomery has created design methods that are improving social trust, resilience and happiness in cities on three continents. Among his numerous awards is a Citation of Merit from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for outstanding contribution towards the public’s understanding of climate change science.
Dr. Maher Stino
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Dr. Maher Stino

Principal/ Founder of Sites International – Professor at Cairo University

Dr. Maher Stino is principal/ partner of Sites International, a multidisciplinary consultancy firm with projects ranging across two continents.

After earning his Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis on Environmental Planning and Urban Design, he served as a registered landscape architect in the State of Michigan, U.S.A. He worked as a United Nations Town Planning Expert at the Dubai Municipality in the United Arab Emirates from 1992-2000.

Dr. Stino held various academic positions at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, King Saud University in Riyadh, American University in Dubai, American University in Cairo and at the College of Urban and Regional Planning at Cairo University, including Chair and Dean.

Mr.Mostefa Kamel Louafi
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Mr.Mostefa Kamel Louafi

Director, Office Louafi Landscape architects, Germany

Algerian-German landscape architect, born in Batna, Algeria.

Study of topography in Algeria and France.

Employee at the Ministry of Forest Inventory and Landscape Development in Algeria, draughtsman at his older brother’s architecture office from 1980 to 1986.

Study of landscape planning at the Technical University of Berlin.

Freelance work on projects in Luxemburg and Berlin. 1996 founding of Kamel Louafi landscape architecture and land art in Berlin.

Since 2000 curator member at the architecture gallery AEDES in Berlin.

Jury member for national and international landscape design competitions, teaching at the German Foundation for International Development in Bonn as well as at Universities in Berlin, Barcelona, Batna, Paris, Oslo, and Lüneburg.

Numerous lectures and publications on the subject of landscape architecture and landscape art.
Dr.Lila ElMasry
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Dr.Lila ElMasry

Principal/ Founder of Sites International – Professor at Cairo University

Dr.Laila ElMasry Stino is principal and co-founder of Sites International, a multidisciplinary consultancy firm specialized in designing integrated environments. She recently published a 2-volume book titled: “Landscape Architecture in Egypt: 1- “Landscape Architecture and The Design of Al-Azhar Park", and 2- “A Plant Guidebook for A-Azhar Park and The City of Cairo”. Dr. Stino held various academic positions at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, King Saud University in Riyadh, American University in Dubai, and at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Cairo University, including Dean of graduate studies. She participate and presented papers in many conferences and workshops in Egypt, Canada, France, Chile, Jordan, Thailand Tunisia and Turkey. Dr. Stino earned her Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan, Master's degree from University of Georgia school of Environmental Design and her Bachelor degrees in Architecture and then City Planning from Cairo University.
Dr.Howayda Al Harithy
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Dr.Howayda Al Harithy

Professor of Architecture at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon.

Howayda Al-Harithy is Professor of Architecture at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. She obtained a Bachelor of Architecture from the Oregon School of Design (1985), a Master of Science in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987) and a PhD in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University (1992). She was a visiting professor at Harvard University in 1994, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1993 and in 2000, and at Georgetown University in 2006. Her professional engagements has recently focused on two projects in which she was the lead designer: the Urban Sustainable Development Strategy for Saida in Lebanon and the Central Area Plan for al-Madina al-Munawara in Saudi Arabia. She serves on boards and scientific committees. She served as a member of the master jury for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the 2013 cycle. She was also the Head of the Holcim Awards jury for Africa Middle East in 2014.
Prof. Sabah Mushatat
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Professor. Sabah A. Mushatat

University of Wolverhampton, UK AIUPC Organiser ,Chair The Scientific Committee

I has taught architecture for 30 years, overseas and now in the UK as Professor of Architecture at The University of Wolverhampton and Heriot - Watt University, through them I conducting the post of the Head and Director of Schools of Architecture and Design .

My published outputs are books of my research and publications are on Architecture, Environmental and Sustainable Design, and Construction, management aspects, construction and architectural education, I have 8 books published, as well 2 textbooks, and about 80 research papers in refereed journals and conferences.

I have managed several research contracts, and have generated income through the award of research grants and contracts with value of £4.2M. I initiated and managed a range of innovative courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These awards are fully accredited by national, regional and international bodies and authorities.

I have conducted consultancies and advisory services for several national and international scientific bodies, such as the United Nations Environment Program UNEP, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO,as well as the governments of Hollands, Germany, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq ,I served as a member of seven Editorial Boards of International Journals.

I am the organiser of the prestigious Ajman International Urban Planning Conference (AIUPC), which is held since 2007 in UAE, also the prestigious Qatar Urbanism Forum in MIPIM (The World's Leading Real Estate Exhibition and conference), that been held in Palais de Fastivals –Cannes, France.

I have supervised numerous postgraduate dissertations and Doctoral thesis in my field of expertise. I have strong track record of PhD supervision with 19 PhD completions. In addition, I have been invited to examine 6 Masters and 32 PhD dissertations in the UK, Middle East, Asia, Europe and Australia.
Dr.Subashini Suresh
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Dr.Subashini Suresh

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Subashini Suresh has over 19 years’ experience in research, teaching and practice in the area of Project Management and has worked in the area of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector in UK, USA, UAE, Nigeria, Ghana, Italy, Netherland, Dominican Republic, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Scotland and India. She holds a PhD in knowledge management.  She received Rewarding Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching and also for Blended Learning Tutor. She has published over 100 academic publications. She is a scientific committee member for several prestigious conferences and review papers for 11 International reputed Journals. She also chaired sessions in the international conferences and presented her work to industry and academia in the international arena. 

Her key areas of interest are:  Construction Project management, Knowledge management, Building Information Modelling, Health and Safety, Sustainability/Green construction, Emerging technologies, Quality management, Leadership in change management initiatives, Organisational competitiveness, Business process improvement, Lean construction and Six Sigma leadership.

Mr.Omar Dominguez
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Mr.Omar Dominguez Flores

Director of Operations and Sustainability, Happy City, Vancouver, Canada

Building Happier Cities
How can we be happier in cities?

Happy City, a Canadian urban consultancy, has found answers at the intersection of urban design and the new science of happiness.

In psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural economics, and in cityscapes from Disneyland to Dubai, they explore the link between the ways we design our cities and the ways people think, feel, and act.

They demonstrate through surprising experiments and pragmatic actions that the wealthy city, the low carbon city and the happier city can all be same place. And all of us have a role to play in shaping it.

Mr. Omar Dominguez Flores BIO

Omar Dominguez, Happy City’s director of operations and sustainability, combines business, sustainability and planning expertise to develop and deliver cutting edge, value-creating strategies across Happy City’s portfolio of activities.

Omar has engaged corporate executives, standard-setting bodies, and regulators to mitigate risks to investors, society and the environment, while nurturing healthy, happy urban systems.

He holds a degree on International Business from the Technological Institute of Monterrey in Mexico City and an MA in Community Development and Social Planning from the University of British Columbia.
Mr.Husam Elokda
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Mr.Husam Elokda

Research and Middle East operations lead, Happy City

 Houssam is a charismatic advocate for the use of urban planning as a tool to improve people’s lives. At Happy City and elsewhere, he leads collaborative urban experiments and master planning projects. Houssam co-founded Transport For Cairo, where they pioneered crowd-sourced tools for mapping Cairo’s massive transportation network. Houssam received his Master’s Degree in City Planning and Regeneration from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. There, his prize-winning work won recognition from the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Scottish Head of Placemaking and Housing.

Dr.M. Nabyl Chenaf
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Dr.M. Nabyl Chenaf

Dean, College of Architecture, Art & Design, The American University in Dubai (UAE)

 Dr. M. Nabyl Chenaf is the dean of Architecture, Art & Design and a professor of Architecture at the American University in Dubai (UAE). Before joining AUD, he worked as the Editor in Chief of the Arabic/English edition of l’ARCA magazine of Architecture, Design and Visual Communication. He designed several buildings, but mainly urban settlements including new neighborhoods, rehabilitation of squatters and restoration of a seven-century old Medina. He also offers workshops on urban planning and town management to senior officials and decision makers. Finally, he has been regularly involved in research supervision as well as juries for international competitions in Architecture and Urban Design.

Urban Welfare, an Integration Process

Happiness in cities is often perceived in terms of irritants versus comfort, including better services, appealing physical and sociocultural environments as well as financial ease and stability.

This paper is an attempt to point out the difference between citizens’ satisfaction and the concept of happiness, which is presented here as mainly a process of integration of different layers, such as cultural differences, age groups, socioeconomic classes and “domestic” technology.

This study will discuss tolerance in three different manners. The first one is related to age groups and genders, as in the extent to which children, the elderly and women are integrated in the city.

The second looks at different users profiles, namely, students, businesspersons and tourists. The third section looks at how machines are tolerated in people’s lives and how they contribute or not to their happiness.
Prof.Mashari Al Naim
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Prof. Mashari Al Naim

Director General of the National Built Heritage Center

professor of architectural criticism at the faculty of architecture at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University

Mashary AlNaim is the Director General of the National Built Heritage Center at the Saudi Commission of Tourism and National Heritage and a full professor of architectural criticism at the faculty of architecture at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University (former Dammam University), Saudi Arabia.  Prof. Al Naim has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

AlNaim is an active researcher, a prolific journalist, and practicing architect.  He served as a senior editor of Albenaa magazine (the oldest, widely distributed architectural journal in the Arabic World) from 2000 to 2013, and writes a weekly column in Al-Riyadh Newspaper (major local Newspaper) since 1996. He reviewed two projects for the Aga Khan Award in architecture in 2007 (Karachi and Algeria). He served in the editorial board of a number of international magazines and was a member of many scientific committees in many international conferences.

He is also the founder (with Dr. Waleed AlSayed) of the LONAARD center and journal in London since 2010.

Prof. Al-Naim has published in both English and Arabic on topics related to sustainability, environmental behavior studies, identity and symbolism in the built environment, traditional and contemporary architecture in the Arab countries and architectural  education and practice.

Dr.Suresh Renukappa
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Dr.Suresh Renukappa

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Dr Suresh Renukappa currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton. He holds a PhD in managing change and knowledge associated with sustainability initiatives for improved competitiveness. He has over 20 years of research, consultancy, project management and teaching experience in a wide range of business and management areas across industrial sectors in both developed and emerging economies. His research interests cover, but not limited to: sustainability strategies for  competitive advantage; carbon reduction strategies; corporate social responsibility; leading change toward sustainability; knowledge management; public private partnerships; cloud computing; infrastructure asset management; and sustainable infrastructure investment and development. He has successfully executed more than 30 large projects and authored over 70 papers which have been published in journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

Dr.Bouzid Boudiaf
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Dr. Bouzid Boudiaf

Ajman University,UAE

Bouzid BOUDIAF graduated in architecture from the Ecole Polytechnique d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme d’Alger ( E.P.A.U.), in 1984 with first class honors. He has a degree of master of science in urban - design and a Ph.D in Architectural Design from the University of Wolverhampton. He was the course director at the E.P.A.U. In 1996, he was designated by the ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to coordinate the pedagogical programs of technology and architecture. He was a visiting Associate Professor at the Institute of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sciences and Technology (U.S.T.H.B.), Bab- Ezzouar. He is an associate researcher at the laboratory of town planning (LGAT: Laboratory of Geography and Town Planning) at the U.S.T.H.B. He published more than forty papers and chapters’ books. In 2005, he joined Ajman University of Science and Technology. He is also a member of editing board of some architectural magazines.
Dr. Mona Helmy
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Dr. Mona Helmy

Chair, Architecture Department, Dar Al-Hekma University, Saudi Arabia
The Corniche: Urban Happiness in the Gulf Public Places

Urban Happiness can be introduced as a concept defined through tangible and intangible characteristics of a public place and activities carried out by the people who use it.

The tangible elements are related to the ur¬ban fabric, natural, and the life of the city and its inhabitants, and also to the perception of that place. Colours, materials, sounds, light, smells, feelings, actions, well-being, mood, etc. become an inseparable part of any one spot in the public place, and thus components of the urban hap¬piness. Obviously, the concept manifests the relationship between people, places, natural and built environments, activities and human behaviour. It denotes a set of attributes of a public place which provides a perception of well-being and pleasure to users and their desire to stay there for a longer time.

Through the introduction of the Corniche as one of the most popular public places in the Gulf urban culture, the intention of this presentation is to address a number of inquiries such as; What are the factors that influence happiness from an urban point of view? Can a public place influence the perception of happiness? What are the best practices where happiness can be recognized? and How urban happiness can be managed? It is anticipated that the attempting to answer those and other related research inquires will contribute to the recent discourse of urban happiness in the Gulf cities and the contemporary Arab cities at large.

Key words: Urban Happiness, the Corniche, human behaviour, well–being

Dr. Mona Helmy BIO

Mona Helmy is an architect, urban designer, and educator.

She has received her Doctoral degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Städtebau-Institut “SI” at the University of Stuttgart.

She is the founding Chair of the Architecture Department at Dar Al-Hekma University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her research focus is “Sustainable Urbanism”, “City Festivalization and Eventification”, and “Creative Spaces”

She has contributed to a number of design magazines and books on the Arab City, Public Spaces, as well as Residential projects in Germany and urban projects in the Middle East.

She is a member of a number of scientific committees in international conferences, symposia, and refereed journals.

Prof. Lamine Mahdjoubi
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Prof. Lamine Mahdjoubi

Director of Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research, UWE,UK

Professor Lamine Mahdjoubi is Director of the Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research. He is an Architect and Urban designer with a keen interest the public spaces accessible for all. He is a Board Member of the International Making Cities Livable. His research is centered on recent rising public health challenges that have placed new demands on the criteria for people’s friendly environments – how well they provide for active living and sustainably healthy lifestyles. His work sought to provide a holistic approach to determining the characteristics of urban environments that are conducive to sustainable outdoor engagement, within reach of diverse communities.
Dr. Waleed Al Sayed
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Dr. Waleed Al Sayed

Director, Lonaard and Dar Mimar Group,London,UK

Dr Waleed Al Sayed is an academic, scholar, and urban designer.

He is the Director of Lonaard and Dar Mimar Group in London, and Editor and principal founder of Lonaard Architectural Journal.

He works as a consultant and expert advisor for a number of important international organizations on urban development projects, regional planning, housing & conservation schemes.

He has participated, as a lead designer, in the development of key projects across the Gulf and the Middle East.

He is appointed by the Aga Khan Award for Islamic Architecture in Geneva as a ‘Nominator’ since the 12th cycle 2011-2013. He has been working as a special consultant to the Ministry of Tourism in Saudi Arabia.

He is the co-founder of Arab Architect’s Critics Association (AACA) in 2010 in London, a Pan-Arab-International platform and think tank for scholars, critics and academics.

Dr Al Sayed is a prolific writer and critic on architecture within socio-cultural context.

He is the author and co-author of books on Architecture, urban design, and conservation.

He has been active in International symposia for the past two decades, and has published over 30 refereed papers, and has participated as keynote speaker, speaker and member of International committees.

As a writer,he published since 2000 over 300 critical articles (1500-2500 words) in international journals. As senior lecturer and visiting Professor at universities in the UK and the Middle East (The American University of Madaba),he lectures mainly on theory and history of architecture, conservation, and urban design, and he is often called as external supervisor and examiner.
Dr.Nada Al Nafea
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Dr.Nada Al Nafea

Dean, College of Arts and Design, Princess Norah Bint Abdulrahman University, KSA

Architect and designer.

She is the Dean of the Arts and Design collage at Princess Norah University and was Vice Rector of quality and development at Dar Aluloom University.

She got her PhD in 2006 from London South Bank University.

Her thesis title is: “Home Environment in Transition; Women and House Design in the City of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia”. It is a study about the changes that happened to Saudi women in the last 50 years of the previous century and the social and economic effects of these changes on house design and the home environment.

Al Nafea has lectured on this issue in many conferences and symposiums and published articles in both languages Arabic and English.

She has a wide experience on traditional home environment and the traditional mud brick courtyard house in Saudi Arabia and worked on many studies and scientific research related to urban public spaces and social and behavioral interaction in these spaces and the importance of developing planning policies that support the role of all social groups in the city.

Dr.Gehan Selim
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Dr.Gehan Selim

University of Wolverhampton,UK

Gehan Selim is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Fellow of the Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. She holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and held permanent posts in international schools of Architecture in the Middle East and UK. Her research engages with interdisciplinary methods working closely with NGOs and international stakeholders bridging between Architecture, Politics and Visual analysis. Her writings include a new book ‘ Unfinished Places: The Politics of (Re)making old quarters, Routledge (2017); ‘ The landscapes of Difference’ Cities (2015), and ‘Instituting Order: Post-colonial planning visions for Cairo’, Planning Perspectives (2014).
Dr. Galal Abada
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Dr. Galal Abada

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Ain Shams University, Cairo

Design for Diversity and Tolerance in the New Arab Urbanism

Diversity and Multi culturalism refers to a society consisting of multiple different cultural and ethno-cultural backgrounds and practices, such as origins, ethnicity, race, religion or language. The debates on diversity and multiculturalism, usually refers to the immigrant and Expats groups, can be found the contemporary urban, politics, social, education, and business discourses in many ways and targeting various objectives. In the context of the contemporary Arab city, the concept appears to be of vague, confusing and has several meanings and implications, a varied physical design, heterogeneity of uses and activities, a manifold public realm, and multiple spaces for social groups, etc. It is seen as issues to be solved in urban areas, workplaces or housing, or addressed as challenges, as potentials for development and growth in culture and public places.

This paper suggests that recent developments in the region not only represent a showcase of unprecedented urban experience by which its built environment has transformed, but also, traditions of plurality and tolerance in the city has been challenging the multiplicity of urban culture in the contemporary city. The intention of this paper is to (re)explore the design aspects for diversity and multiculturalism and to assess the impact it has in the contemporary Arab urbanism. The paper will investigate the state of design in an increasingly multicultural Arab communities, and how multiculturalism reflect on social and spatial issues in the emerging paradigm of urban development. The paper questions whether social diversity can actually be planned and able to recognize cultural differences in today’s design practices.

Keywords: Design, Diversity, Multiculturalism, Tolerance, New Arab Urbanism.

Dr.Galal Abada BIO

Galal Abada is an urban design, conservation and planning advisor, consultant and educator.

He is currently the senior advisor for studies, planning and Development for the Madinah Development Authority MDA, Madinah, KSA (2017-todate).

He is also an associate professor of architecture and urban design at Ain Shams University in Cairo ASU since 2004 (on leave).

Dr. Abada was trained at Ain Shams University ASU, the School of Architecture Paris-Belleville, France, and the University of Leuven KUL, Belgium.

He received a Ph.D. in City Design and Development from the SI, Stuttgart University in Germany.

His vision to the urban landscape is based on continuous dialogue between contemporary needs, cultural values and environmental setting.

Dr. Abada is specialized in the linkage between the urbanism, historical, cultural and environmental, institutional development, and its relationship to the multidimensional design activities of various development challenges.

Dr.Abada has been leading of, and provided outstanding technical contribution to a wide range of multidisciplinary urban development and conservation projects of various scales; from historical city and development; to urban design and heritage sites conservation and design projects in Germany and Belgium, the Middle East, North Africa Saudi Arabia and UAE. 

Dr. Abada has published more than 80 articles, research papers, critical reports and technical reviews in international conferences, refereed journals and professional magazines. He also contributed to a number of books on the Arab contemporary urbanism, conservation of historical cities and heritage sites.

Prof. M.Gamal Abdelmonem
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Prof. Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Happiness in the Urban Spaces: Redesigning urban spaces for sustainable walkability in European cities

 Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem is Chair in Architecture at the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University. He is co-Founder of the University Innovative ‘Global Centre on Heritage Sciences and Management Research’. He led design studios and Architecture Courses at Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield School of Architecture, and the University of Wolverhampton. He has practiced architecture on the global level for over 20 years with his designs features across Africa, Asia and Europe. Professor Abdelmonem was Visiting professor at prestigious Universities, including Royal Academy of Arts in London and the University of California at Berkeley. He received the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) Biennale’s Jeffrey Cook Award (2014) for his scholarly research on traditional urban environments. His books include ‘Peripheries: Edge Conditions in Architecture’ (Routledge 2012), “The Architecture of Home in Cairo: Social-spatial practice of the Hawari’s everyday life” (Routledge, 2015; HB, 2016) and the forthcoming title “Architecture, Space and Memory of Resurrection in Northern Ireland” (Routledge 2016). He advises several governments and international organisations. Professor Abdelmonem has led several International Consortium on research projects funded by The European Union, European Research Council (FP7), The Government of the Republic of Ireland, Japan Foundation, Research Councils UK (RCUK), including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Societies.

Dr. Hoshiar Noordin
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Dr. Hoshiar Nooraddin

Canadian University Dubai

Dr. Hoshiar Nooraddin holds a Ph.D. in Urban Design from the Department of Urban Design and Planning, Faculty of Architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.

In the present Dr. Nooraddin is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Interior Design, Canadian University Dubai. Board member in Green Universities Council. Representative of Aga Khan Award for Architecture in UAE.

Dr. Nooraddin has long and various international experiences in education, practice and research. He has taught urban design, architectural design and sustainability.

He is also an active faculty member in developing international collaborations, developing the School’s program and strategies. He has arranged and attended several international conferences, workshops, forums and training courses.

He has written numerous published articles and books.

He has designed and directed various architectural design and urban design, and facilities along with conducting detailed architectural specifications related to these projects.

His works are based on the multidisciplinary perspective, understanding local needs and sustainability.

Dr. Nooraddin is an active professional player in developing the local awareness towards sustainable urban development in Dubai through his collaborations with local authorities, universities and non-profit organizations.
Prof. Khaled A. Al-Sallal
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Professor Khaled A. Al-Sallal

Professor of architectural engineering and the director of the Daylighting Simulation Laboratory at UAE University.

His area of expertise is sustainable design with emphasis on building energy. He has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree from Arizona State University

His teaching and research has focused on building performance and simulation, carbon-neutral design, daylighting, and climatic responsive architecture. In 2011, he established the state-of-the-art Daylighting Simulation Laboratory at UAE University that runs under his technical management.

He has taken major roles in many research and design/consulting projects that introduced new sustainable building design ideas and technologies to the Middle East.

He has been very active in soliciting research funds; a total value of U.S. $952,000 has been granted in 16 different research projects in the last decade. Among his innovations, he developed a novel methodology to measure and simulate trees interception of natural lighting in architectural spaces useful for sustainable design applications; and he created a new concept of high performance cool skylights for hot climates; which is currently being investigated.

He has supervised several Ph.D. and M.Sc. students and helped them to complete their dissertations/theses and publish from their work in reputable journals. He has produced numerous publications in international refereed journals and scientific conference proceedings, and wrote several chapters in edited books by reputable scientific publishers (Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, Hogrefe & Huber).

He has given numerous lectures and presentations in various conferences, meetings, and scientific forums. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the EJER and served in the editorial board of four scientific journals.

He has been active in professional and scientific societies. He is a member of the IBPSA Board of Directors and founder and president of IBPSA-UAE Affiliate (IBPSA-UAE) since 2005.

He is the WSSET Vice President, Middle East since 2009. He is an active full member of ASHRAE, Vice President of ASHRAE Falcon Chapter: since 2011, and a Member of Board of Governors since 2009.

He received several awards including: Best research project award of Engineering for 2007; Award of Excellence in Teaching 2000, UAEU.

Eng.Aisha Hassan Obaid Alshehhi
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Eng.Aisha Hassan Obaid Alshehhi

نائب مدير إدارة تخطيط المشاريع - وزارة تطوير البنية التحتية

اسم ورقة العمل : مدينة محمد بن زايد

المؤهلات التعليمية:

بكالوريس هندسة معمارية من جامعة الامارات دبلوم إدارة مشاريع هندسية من كلية التقنية العليا – فرع دبي دبلوم الاستدامة ضمن برنامج رواد من جامعة روشستر الامريكية حاليا أدرس ماجستير في استدامة البيئة العمرانية من الجامعة البريطانية بدبي

تم أنضمامي لوزارة تطوير البنية التحتية في 2009 كمهندس تخطيط بنية تحتية في إدارة التخطيط الحضري حيث تم المشاركة في إنجاز الانشطة والمبادرات المرتبطة بالخطة الاستراتيجية 2008-2010 على سبيل المثال لا الحصر : إعداد الخطة الشمولية لتطوير المباني الاتحادية في الامارات الشمالية و في المناطق النامية خاصة , إعداد دليل بمؤشرات العمران .

ومن ثم تم تكليفي بمهام رئيس قسم الدعم الفني في 2010 من خلال المشاركة في إعداد قواعد البيانات المكانية لمشاريع الوزارة بمختلف تصنيفاتها من مشاريع أمنية و تعليمية و صحية و غيرها على نظام جغرافي مكاني (GIS).

و في 2013 تم إسناد رئاسة قسم تخطيط البنية التحتية والذي يعني بمراجعة مخرجات المخطط الشمولي و عكسها ضمن أنشطة و مبادرات تشغيلية على سبيل المثال : إعداد دراسات الاحتياج من المخطط الشمولي , إعداد دراسات المشاريع التخصصية على سبيل المثال : دراسة تخطيطية لمركز علاج الامراض المزمنة , دراسة تخطيطية لأكاديمية النقل البحري ضمن معايير تخطيطية و باستخدام الاسلوب الكمي , بالاضافة إلى دراسة نسبة اتصال المجتمعات السكنية بشبكة الطرق ضمن المعايير التخطيطية 50 مسكن و 500 نسمة و دراسة مدى تنفيذ المخطط الشمولي في الابعاد الثلاث لاختصاصات الوزارة من الاسكان والمباني الاتحادية و الطرق الاتحادية بشكل عام , و بشكل خاص لمراكز المدن النامية بتصنيفات مراكز المدن وبتصنيفات الخدمات من تعليمية و أمنية و صحية وغيرها .

وأما عن 2017 , فقد تم انضمامي لفريق عمل إدارة تخطيط المشاريع بمنصب نائب مدير , حيث يتم المشاركة في إعداد ميزانيات المشاريع من المباني و الطرق الاتحادية ضمن خطط تشغيلية لضمان تنفيذها ضمن الوقت المحدد , بالاضافة إلى متابعة خدمة التأهيل الالكتروني و خدمة طلب مشروع جديد .

أما عن أهم المشاريع التي تم العمل على انجازها فهي كالتالي :

المشاركة في إعداد و تحديث الخطة الشمولية لتطوير المباني الاتحادية في الامارات الشمالية المناطق النامية خاصة , حيث يعد المشروع من أهم مشاريع الوزارة على صعيد الحد من عشوائية تنفيذ المشاريع , حيث من خلال هذا المشروع تم اكتساب معارف ومهارات و خبرات على سبيل المثال لا الحصر : التخطيط العمراني المستدام من خلال المعايير التخطيطية التي تناسب طبيعة دولة الامارات , تعزيز الترابط و التكامل مع توجهات التنمية و التوجهات الاستراتيجية و رؤية الامارات 2021 .

المشاركة في عدد من فرق العمل على سبيل المثال : التميز و العمليات , الابتكار , تطوير المشاريع و غيرها و التي عززت مهارة العمل بروح الفريق و المسؤولية و الانجاز بجودة عالية و التفكير الابتكاري حيث تم العمل على انجاز المهام المناطة لفرق العمل ضمن مؤشرات قياس تقيس مدى إنجازها .

تمثيل الوزارة في المؤتمرات و الملتقيات بأوراق العمل على سبيل المثال في مؤتمر عجمان السادس للتخطيط العمراني , ملتقى الاستدامة مع مؤسسة الليم , نظم المعلومات الجغرافية مع شركة


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Dr. Amer Moustafa
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Dr. Amer Moustafa

Educator and consultant in architecture urban design and planning

He holds a Master’s degree in architecture and a Ph.D. in urban planning from the United States where, over fifteen years

He engaged in teaching, research, and practice in urbanism and design.

Since he relocated to the UAE in 2000, he continued his professional activities with a special focus on university teaching and scholarship.

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