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Podcast: Drees & Sommer on smart city-building in the Middle East

Abdulmajid Karanouh talks to CW Viewpoint about tech that could benefit regional smart cities such as Neom

Drees & Sommer outlines the technologies that smart cities in the Middle East could benefit from.
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Drees & Sommer outlines the technologies that smart cities in the Middle East could benefit from.

Abdulmajid Karanouh, head of advanced interdisciplinary design and innovation at consultancy Drees & Sommer, joined Construction Week Viewpoint to discuss the technologies that could help shape the future of Middle East construction.

Karanouh, who joined the German outfit in 2018, spoke about the attractiveness of Saudi Arabia’s $500bn (SAR1.9tn) gigaproject Neom, artificial intelligence in construction, and how sustainable and energy-efficient buildings can be developed using advanced construction materials.

Abdulmajid Karanouh, Drees & Sommer.

“I am personally very interested in [Neom], and so is Drees & Sommer,” he said.

“There is a lot of room and opportunities for research and development, and innovation [with projects like Neom].”

Listen to the full interview with Karanouh to hear his thoughts on sustainability, smart cities, and Saudi Arabia's gigaprojects.

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly podcast show that features business leaders and commentators to discuss construction, real estate development, and related sectors in the Middle East. The podcast also reviews some of the biggest and the most talked about topics in the industry.

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