A wave of new futuristic homes will be built in Qatar as the country continues to plough investment into infrastructure projects of all shapes and sizes. Ooredoo and Alfardan Properties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the next generation of “smart living houses” for Qatar. The MoU, which was signed by Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar and Omar Hussain Alfardan, President & CEO, Alfardan Group, outlined the companies’ intent to develop smart homes for the general public over the next few months. This is the first partnership for innovative smart home solutions in Qatar, and the agreement states that the first smart home will be available to view by the end of June 2015. The new smart homes will include appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio and video systems and security that are capable of communicating with each other and can be controlled from any room in the house, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or Internet. Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “With technology moving forward daily, our lifestyles are rapidly integrating with our smart devices. Smart living development is the future, and we are excited to be able to work on such a truly innovative project with Alfardan Properties.” Omar Hussain Alfardan, President & CEO, Alfardan Group, added: “The MoU with Ooredoo marks another milestone for Alfardan Properties. It demonstrates our commitment to offer the latest advanced technological services to our tenants, in order to consistently provide them with luxury living solutions and we are confident that Ooredoo’s ‘Smart Home’ solution will add value to their experience.” “We are thrilled to be working with one of the leading telecommunications companies in the region. In implementing the project, both parties have consented on the important aspects thoroughly to ensure seamless execution of the solution in our residential communities. We are looking forward to offering this highly innovative service to our residents,” he added. In line with the agreement, Alfardan properties will provide a suitable property for the smart home, whilst Ooredoo will provide top-tier technology and connectivity on its bigger, faster network from within their range of smart solutions for the home, enabling businesses and the public to view their portfolio and strengthen their position as a top ICT solutions provider.