21 - 22 October, 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day One: Monday, 21 October 2019

8:30 am - 8:55 am Registration and networking

8:55 am - 9:00 am Chairman’s opening remarks

UNLOCKING INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ISLAND AND WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO BOOST ECONOMIC REVENUE

Over the past 15 years, land reclamation has been carried out all over the world for many different purposes, besides expansion, maritime ports and airports, land has also been created for housing projects, tourism and waterfront development.

We have seen a number of island project arise from the Middle East region such as the Palm Jumeirah, Deira Islands, The world, Yas Island and many more but what is next?

Key question: What’s in store for the Middle East in terms of island and waterfront development?

In this session, we will:
  • Highlight successful island and waterfront development projects in the GCC
  • Discuss upcoming island and reclamation land projects in the Middle East and opportunities for development
  • How island development can contribute to tourism and entertainment GCC visions
  • Identify what we can learn from international countries

Panellists:
Fawaz Alharbi, Director of Master Planning at Public Investment Fund (PIF)

Fawaz Alharbi

Director of Master Planning
Public Investment Fund (PIF)

Dr. Juan Recio, Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical at AECOM

Dr. Juan Recio

Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical
AECOM

Ben Allgood, Principal Urban Design, Master Planning + Architecture at Parsons

Ben Allgood

Principal Urban Design, Master Planning + Architecture
Parsons

Benjamin Piper, Partner, Design Principal at Killa Design

Benjamin Piper

Partner, Design Principal
Killa Design

Dr. Sean O’Neil

Global Technical Lead for Coastal Infrastructure
Jacobs

9:45 am - 10:15 am PROJECT CASE STUDY: A key insight into Peninsula Creation, Artificial Islands and Marinas and lessons learnt

Dr. Juan Recio - Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical, AECOM
An exclusive insight into 3 iconic marine projects currently being developed by AECOM in the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and lessons learnt.

Senior leadership will acknowledge:
  • Challenges associated with collecting reliable data and numerical modelling
  • Key considerations in master planning and stakeholder engagement
  • Innovative design works and creative opportunities
Dr. Juan Recio, Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical at AECOM

Dr. Juan Recio

Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical
AECOM

10:15 am - 10:45 am REGIONAL INSIGHT: Master plan challenges and design considerations for the development of artificial islands

With some of the most ambitious upcoming projects being developed, the challenge remains - how do we navigate to achieve innovative designs, high quality construction and on-time delivery? In order to achieve successful island project completion it is essential a vision is established at the beginning of project to ensure all stakeholders are moving in the same direction and costly failures are avoided.

This panel discussion will bring the stakeholders involved in taking the next leap in island development to discuss their expectations and vision and what they believe should be key considerations in upcoming island development master plans

Senior leadership will:
  • Uncover master plan challenges in designing artificial islands and how to avoid a costly nightmare
  • Identify key considerations to increase the life span of islands within the design and build stage
  • Demonstrate how to meet the high quality and safety standards to design and develop artificial islands within short timeframes

10:45 am - 11:15 am Speed networking session

11:15 am - 11:30 am Coffee and networking break

BECOMING THE NUMBER ONE DESTINATION OF CHOICE: HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE
YOUR ISLAND DEVELOPMENT TO ACHIEVE MILLIONS OF VISITORS PER YEAR

11:30 am - 12:00 pm INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Islands of entertainment - Creating all inclusive destination islands to attract millions of visitors a year and boost economic revenue

Adib Moukheiber - General Manager, Zaya Nurai
Richard Brewer - Head-Projects, North25
Ben Allgood - Principal Urban Design, Master Planning + Architecture, Parsons
Ewa Juszczyk - Senior Associate Director, Benoy
Tariq Bsharat - Head of strategy, Al Marjan
Key question: What are the key considerations in developing a world-class island resort in the Middle East to attract international visitors to the region?

In this session, we will examine:
  • Why hotels partnerships are a key component of the worlds leading island resorts
  • The importance of partnering with airlines, retail outlets, entertainment and restaurants to create an all inclusive experience
  • How to create a single, integrated and unified experience across retail outlets, car parks, dining and attractions to increase ROI and visitor experience of the island
  • How to drive visitor attraction by offering a diverse range of entertainment options that ensures they never want to leave the resort

Panellists:
Adib Moukheiber, General Manager at Zaya Nurai

Adib Moukheiber

General Manager
Zaya Nurai

Richard Brewer, Head-Projects at North25

Richard Brewer

Head-Projects
North25

Ben Allgood, Principal Urban Design, Master Planning + Architecture at Parsons

Ben Allgood

Principal Urban Design, Master Planning + Architecture
Parsons

Ewa Juszczyk, Senior Associate Director at Benoy

Ewa Juszczyk

Senior Associate Director
Benoy

Tariq Bsharat, Head of strategy at Al Marjan

Tariq Bsharat

Head of strategy
Al Marjan

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm EXCLUSIVE PROJECT CASE STUDY INSIGHT: Putting your destination on the world map - Key points to drive tourism and ensure repeat visitors in a fast changing industry

Tariq Bsharat - Head of strategy, Al Marjan
This exclusive case study will demonstrate the different types of commercial islands from buzzing tourism islands to the rise of luxury resorts which feed the desires of those looking to escape the overcrowded tourist destinations and enjoy a world of their own.

Key question: How will your island business model drive tourism and repeat visitors in a fast changing industry?

Senior leadership will acknowledge:
  • Ensuring the right strategy for your island development - driving value for tourism
  • Changing trends in mid-scale resorts and island destinations
  • What are tourists looking for when they come to your island destination
Tariq Bsharat, Head of strategy at Al Marjan

Tariq Bsharat

Head of strategy
Al Marjan

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm REGIONAL TRAILBLAZER: Destination Branding - Differentiate your island attraction, ensure repeat visitors and find new ways to create lasting memories year after year

Olof Atladóttir - Strategic Destination management and Marketing, The Red Sea Development Company
Whilst the growing number of island and land reclamation projects fosters synergy and creates more choice for consumers it also means more competition for the operators. How can you ensure your island development is the destination of choice?

In this session, we will examine:
  • Strategic ideas to ensure visitors stay longer and spend more money on your island development
  • Keeping up with trends and driving repeat visitors
  • The advantage of IPs and themed entertainment in attracting visitors to your island project
  • Establishing unique loyalty programmes and family packages to drive footfall
  • Creating landmarks to ensure you have the number one ‘instagramable spot’ that visitors must see
Olof Atladóttir, Strategic Destination management and Marketing at The Red Sea Development Company

Olof Atladóttir

Strategic Destination management and Marketing
The Red Sea Development Company

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking Lunch

LETS GET TECHNICAL: BEST PRACTICES TO OVERCOME ENGINEERING CHALLENGES
AND GEOTECHNICAL RISKS IN ARTIFICIAL ISLAND CONSTRUCTION

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm REGIONAL INSIGHT: Geotechnical considerations and assessments to avoid costly delays and increased costs for your development

Dr. Ali Hossam - Head of Section, Geotechnical, Artelia Group
Dr. Imran Durrani - Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Artelia Group
Geotechnical investigations are fundamental to the construction project cycle in order to efficiently understand the geological conditions to provide recommendations and design criteria for construction. Many firms in the UAE are not accurately completing geotechnical investigations leading to unforeseen challenges, increased costs and delayed projects.

In this session, we will examine:
  • Geotechnical challenges and the engineering process of artificial islands
  • How to improve capacity in geotechnical studies, site investigation and soil conditions inspection
  • The importance of interpretation procedures in the geotechnical design

Dr. Ali Hossam

Head of Section, Geotechnical
Artelia Group

Dr. Imran Durrani, Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Artelia Group

Dr. Imran Durrani

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Artelia Group

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Analytical and FEM Evaluation of Liquefaction Potential: A case study of Pearl Jumeirah

Dr.-Ing. Marwan Alzaylaie - Senior Manager- Geotechnical, Dubai Development Authority
Dr.-Ing. Marwan Alzaylaie, Senior Manager- Geotechnical at Dubai Development Authority

Dr.-Ing. Marwan Alzaylaie

Senior Manager- Geotechnical
Dubai Development Authority

2:45 pm - 3:10 pm VIP TECH TALK: Investigate suitable methods of ground improvement to ensure strong foundations can be

Reclaimed land poses different geotechnical challenges to natural land. It is essential that geotechnical experts understand the challenges that can occur when building on this type of land to prevent costly project delays and mitigate risks.

This session will uncover suitable methods of ground improvement:
  • Discussing the issues that arise when building deep foundations on reclaimed land
  • Investigating suitable methods of ground improvement such as vibro compaction to ensure strong foundations can be built on reclaimed land
  • Acknowledging the importance of piles when building foundation to curate on reclaimed soil

ECOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF COASTAL DEVELOPMENTS: MITIGATING DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENSURING SUSTAINABILITY

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm REGIONAL INSIGHT: Islands of sustainability: A strategic approach to smart sustainable islands

Loay Ghazaleh - Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary, Ministry of Public Works, Bahrain
The call for sustainable island development is a key priority amongst government and island stakeholders. New designs, building strategies and spatial planning that integrate seascapes and landscapes are an opportunity to create “smarter” sustainable islands.

Key question: what are the key strategies and techniques for establishing environmentally sustainable islands

In this session, we will:
  • Examine challenges to achieving sustainability on reclaimed land
  • Review Middle Eastern policies to drive the sustainability of reclaimed island
  • Cost effective sustainable methods of land reclamation
  • Action points for establishing smart, sustainable, inclusive and thriving societies
Loay Ghazaleh, Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary at Ministry of Public Works, Bahrain

Loay Ghazaleh

Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary
Ministry of Public Works, Bahrain

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Debating the environmental impact of land reclamation – is your island Eco friendly?

Richard Brewer - Head-Projects, North25
Dr. Sean O’Neil - Global Technical Lead for Coastal Infrastructure, Jacobs
Craig J. Thackray - Director Civil Infrastructure MEA Ports & Maritime, AECOM
We often look to island development and costal projects as a way of making our cities more attractive to tourists and more economically successful – but at what cost?

This exclusive panel debate will discuss the impact of land reclamation on the environment and what key strategies we can put in place to avoid serious damage.

In this session, we will examine:
  • Environmental impact assessment on land reclamation projects – the untold truth
  • Best practices to monitor and assess land reclamation’s impacts on species, habitats and the marine ecosystems
  • Hydrodynamic modelling techniques to ensure water quality and plume dispersion in land reclamation projects

Panellists:
Richard Brewer, Head-Projects at North25

Richard Brewer

Head-Projects
North25

Dr. Sean O’Neil

Global Technical Lead for Coastal Infrastructure
Jacobs

Craig J. Thackray, Director Civil Infrastructure MEA Ports & Maritime at AECOM

Craig J. Thackray

Director Civil Infrastructure MEA Ports & Maritime
AECOM

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm End of conference day one