Housing the Growing Population, the theme of the 2013 Jeddah Economic Forum, encapsulates two powerful trends reshaping Middle East and North African (MENA) cities and societies: national economic competitiveness and social justice for all citizens. Over three days, from 16–18 March 2013, more than 2000 people heard more than sixty presentations covering experience from a dozen countries with two overarching themes :
- Sustainable, attractive cities are the core of national prosperity and global competitiveness
- Affordable housing lies at the heart of both urban success and the social bond in society.
Source : Ernst & Young