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Circular Cities Summit 2.0

11 - 12 September 2024

Conrad Dubai | UAE

Building upon the resounding success of its inaugural edition in Singapore, the Circular Cities Summit 2.0 is poised to emerge as a beacon of innovation and collaboration in the pursuit of sustainable urban futures. Conceived by eminent vanguards of international professional organizations, including the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), alongside other distinguished entities, this summit stands as a resolute clarion call.

Join us for comprehensive discussions on waste management and recycling at our upcoming conference, where industry leaders share best practices.

 Follow our detailed roadmap for circular city innovation, outlining the steps to transform urban areas into sustainable, zero-waste environments.


We aim to inspire change, one city at a time.

Hear from our Host and the Circular Cities Network President in this special welcome message. 

Dr Ali Al Jassim

Welcome Message from the Host of CCS 2.0

and Circular Cities Network President

Dear Colleagues,

It is my great honour and pleasure to extend a warm invitation to participate at the Circular Cities Summit 2.0. to be held in Dubai from 11-12 September 2024.


Join us as we convene again, after a highly successful inaugural Circular Cities Network (CCN) 1.0 in Singapore, to celebrate and acknowledge the remarkable strides we have made in propelling us towards a sustainable future and building circular cities. At Circular Cities Network, our commitment to fostering sustainability knows no bounds. 


With COP28 taking place in the UAE, the MENA region stands poised to lead the global discourse and action on sustainability. Achieving net zero carbon emissions remains paramount on our agenda, requiring collaborative efforts from governments, the private sector, organizations, and individuals alike. CCN aims to recognize and applaud those leading the charge in transforming cities for the better, setting exemplary standards for all to follow.


We are humbled by the support and contributions received thus far, setting the stage for what promises to be an impactful event. During the Summit, we will showcase best practices in urban planning, architecture, engineering, design, and sustainability, highlighting creativity, innovation, and excellence in these fields.


We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our partners, sponsors, stakeholders, and supporters across the globe. We especially thank the founding organisations and the dedicated teams at the core of CCN's inception and execution. Your unwavering support has been instrumental in bringing CCN and CCS 2.0 to life.


We eagerly anticipate your presence at this momentous occasion.


Warm regards,

HE Dr. Ali Al Jassim

President of CCN

Chairman, Society of Sustainability and Green Materials

Circular Design and Planning Integration

This year, we emphasise the integration of circular design principles into urban planning to tackle urgent environmental challenges, including extreme weather, severe traffic congestion, critical air pollution, and issues with thermal comfort. Taking place in Dubai, the summit will explore how concepts from the circular economy can be utilised to boost urban sustainability and resilience.


The summit will serve as a platform for thought leaders, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world to exchange ideas, case studies, and technologies. It aims to inspire the implementation of innovative, sustainable urban planning strategies that adhere to circular economy principles, leading to more resilient, efficient, and clean cities. Participants will depart with actionable insights and strategies, equipped to implement these ideas in their own urban settings to drive significant environmental and infrastructural change.

Who Should Attend?

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Target Sector

Urban Planning and Development encompasses the design, management, and development of cities and communities to ensure they are sustainable, efficient and liveable.


Target Industry

City Planning, Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Construction, Environmental Sustainability, Materials Suppliers, Solutions Providers.


Target Audience

Developers, urban planners, architects, civil engineers, ESG consultants, environmentalists, landscape architects, policymakers, researchers and professionals involved in sustainable city development.

Thought Leaders and Speakers

Our Location

CCS 2.0 will be held at Conrad Dubai, which is located across the World Trade Centre and a metro stop with links to Burj Khalifa, Museum of the Future, and Dubai Frame, the five-star is centrally located in Dubai's commercial business district. Its rooms and suites across its 52 stories offer panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline. Conrad also has 4,417sqm of flexible meeting space with exceptional catering options.

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High Impact Sessions

  • Welcome remarks by Chairman, CCS

  • Opening Address by Minister

  • Keynote Address by Ar Peter Kindel, SOM Cities & Climate Lead

  • Speakers include technical advisors, developers, architects and climate engineers, and change-makers from United Nations agency, Gehl, Brookfield Properties, Consulus, Masdar City, Red Sea Global,  and more.


09:00 - 10:30

Urban Assets and Resilient Infrastructure

This session explores the essential elements of circular city planning, emphasising urban planning, data insights, economics, and sustainability. Inspired by insights from the U4SSC (United for Smart Sustainable Cities), the session aims to weave resilient infrastructure into the fabric of urban development, enhancing city-wide sustainability and ensuring robust urban assets with circular actions for the future. It will explore challenges faced in the Gulf and discuss innovative design solutions and city management systems that respond to extreme weather events, such as the recent unprecedented rainfall and flooding in Dubai. The goal is to integrate resilient structures within the broader urban development framework to bolster city-wide sustainability.


11:00 - 12:30

Regenerating Nature for Urban Health:

This session will explore comprehensive strategies to harness nature for enhancing urban health and wellbeing. Emphasis will be placed on mitigating environmental stressors and improving comfort in urban landscapes, including addressing the urban heat island effect. Discussions will center on deploying natural systems, strategically expanding urban forestry, and optimising green spaces to elevate air quality and thermal comfort. Furthermore, the session will cover sustainable construction practices and technological advancements in operational systems to reduce emissions and enhance living conditions, fostering healthier and more sustainable urban environments.


13:30 - 15:30

Optimising Building Performance through Circular Solutions:

This session will explore how building performance can be enhanced by incorporating advance technology, focusing on the use of recycled and sustainable building materials, as well as innovative systems engineering. Discussions will cover strategies for retrofitting buildings, repurposing materials in infrastructure development, enhancing energy efficiency, and promoting renewable energy systems in buildings. The aim is to create high-performing, energy-efficient buildings that contribute to less congested and more sustainable urban environments.


16:00 - 18:00

Collective Roadmap for Circular City Innovation Advocacy

The summit culminates in this panel session, where "collective advocacy" and "prioritising innovation" take center stage. Founding organisations will lead discussions on creating a collective roadmap to prioritise and advocate for circular city innovations and frameworks across professions. This session aims to foster a unified commitment to circularity in urban planning and design, promoting sustainable practices.


  • MOU Signing Ceremony between AIPH, ISUH, WGIN, SSGM and CCN​

Collective Roadmap Towards Circular Cities

  • Panel Discussion / Focus Group & Delegates Engagements  led by the founding organisations

Circular Cities Enabler Showcase @ Gala Dinner

  • Pre-launch to Circular Cities Enabler Award

Please kindly note that programme and speakers are tentative and subjected to changes.

Gala Dinner

11 September 2024 | 7pm


Launching Circular Cities Enabler's Award 2025

Our Global Outreach


Online audience


International high profile delegates


International Media Coverage


Country Ambassadors & Excellencies


International Thought Leaders and Speakers

Our inaugural Summit has garnered the tremendous support from the international communities.

All thanks to the partners and sponsors who supported us.

Our Patron Sponsor

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About Dubai

Dubai, a dazzling city in the United Arab Emirates, is globally renowned for its breathtaking architecture, luxurious lifestyle, and vibrant business environment. Nestled on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai has transformed from a quiet trading town into one of the most opulent and futuristic cities in the world. This city is home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and the stunning Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago.


Dubai's economy thrives on tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services. The city's innovative projects, such as the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates, attract millions of visitors each year, drawn by high-end shopping, entertainment, and dining experiences. Dubai also hosts the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, which offers a month-long celebration of fireworks, concerts, and sales.


Culturally diverse and technologically advanced, Dubai offers a unique blend of traditional Arabian culture with a luxurious cosmopolitan lifestyle. Visitors can explore cultural heritage in the Al Fahidi Historic District or experience the traditional Bedouin lifestyle in the desert surrounding the city.


Dubai's commitment to sustainability and innovation is evident in its initiatives like the Dubai Smart City project, which aims to transform the city into a leading example of efficiency, safety, and environmental responsibility. This vision is also showcased in ambitious plans like the development of a hyperloop system and renewable energy projects.


With its warm climate, world-class amenities, and a stable political climate, Dubai remains a top destination for tourists and expatriates alike, offering something for everyone in its dazzling urban landscape. Whether you're exploring its skyscraper-filled skyline, shopping in its luxurious malls, or relaxing on its beautiful beaches, Dubai promises a memorable and exhilarating experience.

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