(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Total population in GCC cities will reach 45.1mn by 2020, which is 85 per cent of the total population of these countries, the United Nations (UN) has estimated.
It has also estimated that more than 226mn will be living in cities throughout the MENA “ which is 62 per cent of the region's overall population.
According to the latest revision of the World Urbanisation Prospects report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, a two per cent average annual urbanisation growth rate will exist across the MENA region until the end of the decade, as predominantly youthful population gravitate towards cities in search of improved work opportunities and better lifestyles.
A press release stated that the constant migration towards regional cities will put greater stress on already limited and underdeveloped urban infrastructure and resources, urging governments to implement strategies that create resilient and sustainable cities for the future.
Ensuring a city's well being, growth and development will be the key message at the Future Cities conference, taking place from October 8 to 10 at the Dubai World Trade Centre and running alongside the Cityscape Global exhibition.
Organised jointly by the Dubai Municipality, Environment Center for Arab Towns, the Arab Towns Organisation, and Informa Exhibitions, the summit has attracted world experts on urban planning to discuss key pillars of a prosperous city: security, water and waste management, tourism and hospitality, transport, energy management, disaster relief, and green building.
Comprising a two-day conference and a one-day urban planning workshop, Future Cities will highlight best-practice case studies that ensure cities address regional challenges in order to remain internationally competitive, while looking at future directives to maintain sustainable growth, including the adoption of green technologies.