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Jubail 2nd City Planning Forum Closes with Three Sessions and 15 Work Papers
Jubail 2nd City Planning Forum has concluded its ceremony on Wednesday, in Jubail Industrial City, under the slogan “City planning Future Challenges”. The forum issued a number of recommendations: The need to adopt the indicators and criteria of sustainability when developing urban areas, starting from putting forward idea, preparation of designs, implementation of infrastructure, and projects management to the last stage, and the approval of measuring mechanisms. Ensure urban design standards to meet living needs and maintain healthy behavioral practices of all age groups of the community through designs, which will lead to reducing the health and social negative impacts caused by the nature of modern life. The importance of using creative ways that are more safe to reduce and dispose of waste resulting from urban clusters. The need to be flexible in the process of making planning decisions related to legislations, organize the management of cities, and land uses in line with the disparities at city level. Among those recommendations, there was the importance of linking planning with transportation planning at the various levels of national, regional and urban areas, as well as at the level of urban areas and residential neighborhoods, taking in account social aspects that meet the expectations of the community when planning city centers and achieving the investment objectives which are in line with the principles of sustainability.
 
The second day session was opened by a work paper submitted by Saleh Al-Ommar, from Al-Ommar Group for Engineering Consultations, entitled “Transportation Planning and Its Role in the Development of Urbanization” stressed on importance of integration between planning policy in cities and sectors, with the need to link urban planning to public transportation in the city. While the second work paper submitted by Mr. Ashley Lynch, Dynamic Middle East, was about Qatar’s experience in framing the Sustainable Cities. Eng. Omar Al-Bataineh, Arup Engineering Consultants Company, submitted the third work paper, discussing the future of transportation in the cities of the Middle East. In the fourth work paper, which started with Mr. Gareth James, Halcrow Consultant Company, discussing the study of linking the transportation of Jubail Industrial City with Ras Al-Khair City's, where he spoke about the public transportation project between the two cities, the future plan for developing transportation projects, the various means and challenges facing this project and how they were overcame. Finally, Mr. Stewart Kalshirest of Euasia Ltd Consultant Company, spoke about Jubail City Center in the future.
 
After that, the second session works started with a work paper about urban development and the economic dimension by Mr. Adnan Al-Shiha, Executive Director of Prince Salman for Local Governance, which probed the impact of zoning on economic efficiency of the city. Then, Mr. Martin Cooper, Deloitte Real Estate Company, spoke about supporting economic development and investment, followed by , Eng. Sami Al-Haddad who spoke, on behalf of the Eastern Region Municipality Vice Mayor, about the future projects of Eastern Province Municipality, stages of developing tourism facilities in Eastern Region cities, and how to turn them into an attractive tourism environment. Finally, Mr. Kevin Storey, SVP consulting company, spoke about the foundations and elements of city success.
 
The conference concluded its activities through the third session, which began by a work paper entitled “Urban Design” that focused on the use of design regulations, guidelines and codes in the process of improving the quality of urban design in the Middle East, which was submitted by Mr. Daniel Palmer, Dynamix Middle East Company. The second paper is entitled “Tall Buildings” by Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Bakheet, King Saud University. Then, Mr. David Brown submitted a work paper is entitled “Architectural concept and Master Plans for Cities”, followed by Mr. Greg Yaga's work paper that tackled the future of industrial cities.