Smart Cities, Inclusively Innovative




Under the patronage of
HRH Prince Fasial bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Governor of Madinah Region


King Salman International Convention Center, Madinah

SMF 2024 is an Organized forum by Madinah Region Development, to discuss how smart cities can improve quality of life and ensure sustainability, and the role of innovation in promoting inclusive development, Empower Resilience Society under the Title


Thought Leaders Live on Stage

Discussion Panels

countries around the world

Smart City Kid's Discussion Panel

From all over the world

The forum attracts international thought leaders, such as

Ms. Maimouna Mohd Sharif
Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat)

Christy Mitchell
Lead for the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance, World Economic

In addition, a group of subject matter experts from different countries join the forum from Singapore, Europe, and the United States of America, altogether with representatives from national entities, consultancy firms, and multinational technology companies.


Madinah Smart City Forum 2023 is held over three days and gathers global thought leaders and technology partners to share knowledge and expertise within the context of Smart and Sustainable Cities .

Day 1

Sunday 19 FEB 

13:00 – 14:00

  • Opening Ceremony

  • Opening Speach - H.E. Fahad Albuliheahi, CEO Madinah Region Development Authority Authority

  • Keynote - 1 -Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat

  • Keynote - 2 -Christy Mitchell , Lead for the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance, World Economic Forum

  • Partners Recognition

14:00 – 14:45

  • SDG - DP1- People-Centered Smart Cities: Enabling Inclusive and Resilient Cities

14:45 – 15:15

  • Human-Centric Smart Madinah: From Theory to Practice

15:15 – 16:00

  • Lunch

16:15 – 17:00

  • Vernissage of RHYTHMS Exhibition

Day 2

Munday 20 FEB 

9:00 – 9:45

  • SDG - DP2 - People-Centered Smart Mobility

10:00 – 10:45

  • SCP - DP3 - Smart City Platform for Sustainability

11:00 – 11:45

  • SDG - DP4 - Housing and Neighborhoods in Smart Cities

12:00 – 12:30

  • Raseel Smart City Platform


13:30 – 14:15

  • SCP - DP5 - City Digital Twin

14:30 – 15:15

  • SDG - DP6 - Smart and Green Public Spaces

Day 3

Thursday 21 FEB 

9:00 – 9:45

  • SCP - DP7 - City Platform Analytics Capabilities

10:00 – 10:45

  • SDG - DP8 - Inclusive Spatial planning

11:00 – 11:45

  • SCP - DP9 - Open-source Orientation and Fiware Standardization

12:00 – 12:20

  • Madinah SDGs: Engaged Community

12:20 – 12:30

  • Closing Remarks

Side Events

Madinah SDGs: Engaged Community

Run by:

Through KESHO, SMF2023 engages Madinah citizens with SDGs. KESHO is a learning game that makes learning sustainable development goals easy and fun. WonderLearn has developed KESHO in 2019 as a multiplayer based educational game about SDGs and strategic thinking. It takes the participants in an overwhelming learning experience about the SDGs from awareness to understanding to the very top stone, applying. WonderLearn conducts parallel three KESHO workshops during SMF2023. The participants present the final outcome to SMF2023 audience as a document titled “The City we Need”

RHYTHMS Exhibition by Catherine Gfeller

19 February – 12 March, 2023

Madinah Region Development Authority has commissioned Catherine Gfeller, the world renowned Franco-Swiss contemporary artist, and her partner and project initiator, Aline Garibian to interpret the holy city of Madinah through Catherine’s vision. The multidisciplinary project includes large-scale photographs, videos, night monumental projections, and NFTs. “Madinah RHYTHMS will act, I sincerely hope, as a poetical bridge between cultures, open to the plurality of worlds”, says Catherine Gfeller.

About the Artist:
Catherine Gfeller is a Franco-Swiss artist. She started her career by capturing desert landscapes, travelling to all continents. She pursued her research in New York until 1999 with a national grant. Fascinated by the megalopolis, she pictures urban landscapes. Thanks to the HSBC Foundation Prize for Photography (France, Paris), the human figure inhabits her compositions through female protagonists.

Since 2010, Catherine Gfeller is regularly invited abroad to create subjective city portraits which are then exhibited in national museums (Johannesburg, Kyiv, Guangzhou, Bogota, New York, Los Angeles). Testimonies of the inhabitants are freely interpreted through a dialogue between photography, video, sound and text installation.

Catherine Gfeller


Side Events

Are NFTs in Art a Reality or Myth?

 Sideline Panel Discussion:

 Vernissage of RHYTHMS Exhibition by Catherine Gfeller

 19 February, 2023 | 16:15 – 17:00

Moderator: Dr. Effat Fadag

Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Artist, and Curator

Pascal Beausse

Pascal Beausse

Head of Photography Collections, National Centre of Visual Arts, Cnap, Paris

Catherine Gfeller

Catherine Gfeller

Visual Artist, France and Switzerland

Abdulrahman Ibrahim

Abdulrahman Ibrahim

Chief Data and Innovation Officer, Madinah Region Development Authority

Dr. Fouad Taha Mougharbel

Dr. Fouad Taha Mougharbel

Artist, Saudi Arabia

Sideline Panel Discussion:

Art on Blockchain: Unlocking the Global Access

20 February, 2023 | 10:30 – 11:15

Moderator: Aline Garibian

Entrepreneur and Board Member, Geneva

Catherine Gfeller

Catherine Gfeller

Visual Artist, France and Switzerland

Abdulrahman Ibrahim

Abdulrahman Ibrahim

Chief Data and Innovation Officer, Madinah Region Development Authority

Fatmire Bekiri

Fatmire Bekiri

Head of Tokenization, Sygnum Bank, Zurich

Michèle Sandoz

Michèle Sandoz

Head of Art Initiative at the Foundation for the ICRC, Switzerland

Salwa Radwi

Salwa Radwi

Founder and CEO, Nuqtah NFT Marketplace, Jeddah

Smart City Kids Corner

Run by: SMARTIE, a Saudi Startup

As Madinah Smart City is human-centered, it’s meaningless not to engage the future youth in our dialogue on smart and sustainable cities. That’s why SMF2023 engages the children of Madinah through the Kids Corner.

Through a journey of four stations, the kids witness the evolution of cities. Then, they explore the concepts of smart cities and SDGs. Afterwards, they design models of their future city from their own perspective. Finally, they play a game that connects all the previous dots.