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Dubai chosen as host city for 2015 IoT World Forum

Cisco CEO John Chambers makes announcement during closing remarks at this year's edition

Dubai chosen as host city for 2015 IoT World Forum
The news comes amid Dubai's transformation into a smart city

Networking giant Cisco has chosen Dubai as the host city of its 2015 Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF), Cisco CEO John Chambers announced in his closing speech at this year's IoTWF in Chicago.

According to Cisco, IoTWF is a global event that aims to unite thought and business leaders to accelerate the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) market. The vendor said that the second IoTWF, which took place in Chicago this month, attracted more than 1,500 attendees and 49 sponsors.

The third annual IoTWF in Dubai will once again bring together the IoT community from industries including manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas, utilities, government, healthcare, sports and entertainment, education and retail, Cisco said. The vendor said it hopes that attendees will contribute first-hand to accelerating how the Internet of Things is changing industries, including cities, worldwide and its impact on the global economy.

The news comes amid plans from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the "smart city of the future. The goal for ‘Smart Dubai' is to improve the quality of life by utilising technology.

"The 2014 Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago demonstrated that IoT is already here and now," said Wim Elfrink, executive vice president of industry solutions and chief globalisation officer at Cisco.

"By selecting Dubai as the location for the 2015 annual meeting, we will focus on how to accelerate the IoT industry.  Dubai has established a proven track record in accelerating all aspects of city planning and realisation, and we expect to mirror this success in advancing the IoT industry as the basis for country, city and industry digitalisation."

His Excellency Ahmed Bin Byat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Smart Dubai Initiative and CEO of Dubai Holding, added: "It is an honour that the third annual Internet of Things World Forum will take place in Dubai in 2015. This is an exciting time for Dubai, the UAE and the entire Middle East region as a whole as we adopt sustainable technology solutions for better public safety and security, transportation, buildings, utilities, healthcare and education. 

"We look forward to welcoming and hosting the IoT community in Dubai in 2015 to once again enhance their understanding of what they can do to advance the Internet of Things, and maximise its benefit for their cities, organisations and the industry as a whole."

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