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The Cityquest

KAEC Forum, organized by King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), in partnership with the New Cities Foundation, is the first ever global leadership exchange among key visionaries, partners and builders of the world’s largest and most innovative new city projects. The Forum’s chief objective is to generate cohesive strategies for making these cities of the future a sustainable success.

Our Mission

As the world enters the most rapid phase of urbanization in its history, new cities are being envisioned and built to meet the demand for urban lifestyles and accelerate the growth of the global economy.

These urban utopias not only represent hundreds of billions of dollars of investments, thousands of potential employment opportunities, but also help break ground for innovation and technology to become intrinsic to urban lifestyles. The forum will generate the vision for the future of these built-from-scratch cities.

The Cityquest – KAEC Forum will create a dialogue about the opportunities as well as the challenges facing these mega projects and generate more efficient solutions to ensure their success.

Key Topics To Be Addressed

  • Why are these cities being built?
  • What strategies are being implemented to attract business and people?
  • What are the models of success?
  • What are the ecosystems of builders and the partners involved in these cities of tomorrow?
  • How are these projects financed?
  • Who calculates and bears the risks involved?
  • What can all cities – old and new – learn from these future urban laboratories?

Chatham House Rule/Format

To encourage openness and the sharing of information, this program will be held under the Chatham House Rule. As such, participants are free to use the information obtained during the program, however, the identity or the affiliation of the speaker(s) and participants, may not be revealed.

This protocol originated at Chatham House with the aim of providing anonymity to speakers and to encourage openness and the sharing of information. It is now used throughout the world as an aid to free discussion.

Please visit the Chatham House website for more
information: http://www.chathamhouse.org/.

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    The  Chatham House Rule allows people to speak as individuals, and to express views that may not be those of their organizations, therefore encouraging free discussion.

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    Chatham House Rule protects the anonymity of participants. Information shared after the event will not identify, either explicitly or implicitly, who expressed what views.


    We have put forth this format to generate a frank interchange of ideas. This will allow for open conversation amongst high-level peers to focus on problem-solving and real world solutions.