21 - 22 October, 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

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

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


9:00 am - 10:00 am REGIONAL PRESENTATION: Overcoming land reclamation challenges to expand the Middle East’s port and shipping channels

In order to facilitate the growing demand of shipping lines, Middle East port operators and authorities are expanding their terminals to develop mega ports and ultimately become the port hub of choice in the region.

To maximise the use of available land, typically port expansion projects involve land reclamation however this does not come without its challenges.

This exclusive session will demonstrate the key opportunities of port expansion and how to overcome the challenges of land reclamation

Senior leadership will acknowledge:
  • Key considerations in dredging and land reclamation for port development and considerations on port traffic
  • Ground improvement methods for port infrastructure expansion
  • Overcoming the operational barriers to achieving the desired efficiency of mega vessels
  • Using automation to optimise quay crane and yard productivity
  • Common difficulties in landside activities and yard activities to handle mega vessels
Ahmad Khalil, Ports and Marine Director and Regional Sector Leader, Middle East at ARCADIS

Ahmad Khalil

Ports and Marine Director and Regional Sector Leader, Middle East

10:00 am - 10:20 am REGIONAL PRESENTATION: Project case study insight - How artificial islands drive new experiences for tourists: A unique opportunity to experience Miami-beach style living in Dubai

This exclusive onstage interview will give a sneak peek of the upcoming project and how it aims to deliver an experience residents and tourists have not yet experienced in Dubai

Senior leadership will acknowledge:
  • An exclusive close up of the new island project
  • How artificial island developments can create unique and innovative new additions to the regions tourism landscape
  • Why marine waterfronts can contribute to Dubai’s goal of becoming a global capital for luxury yacht marinas
  • This project is creating a unique island development that is accessible by land sea and air
Janus Rostock, Vice President, Practice Lead, Design + Planning & Economics, Head of Concept Architecture at AECOM

Janus Rostock

Vice President, Practice Lead, Design + Planning & Economics, Head of Concept Architecture

10:20 am - 10:40 am REGIONAL PRESENTATION: Project case study insight - Revitalising the waterfront - Top 7 rules of a great waterfront destination

Waterfront developments if designed effectively can revitalise a city and become a great hotspot for visitors and tourists alike. This exclusive presentation will give a sneak peak of the regional and international waterfront projects as well as highlight upcoming projects in the Middle East.

Senior leadership will:
  • Explore the pros and cons of a waterside developments
  • Highlight a strategic waterfront development planning approach
  • Identifying the top 7 rules of a great waterfront destination and how this can impact the region
Ben Allgood, Principal Urban Design, Master Planning + Architecture at Parsons

Ben Allgood

Principal Urban Design, Master Planning + Architecture

10:40 am - 11:10 am REGIONAL PRESENTATION: Analytical and FEM Evaluation of Liquefaction Potential: A case study of Pearl Jumeirah

Dubai is becoming an engineering hub for complex civil structures with considerable geotechnical considerations. Recently, sands from the Dubai waters are being dredged to form new artificial offshore structures. One such structures is the Pearl Jumeira extending from Jumeira Beach into the Arabian Gulf. Pearl Jumeira is approximately 8.3 million square feet of land with 3.0 million square feet of residential plots. The thickness of the reclamation fill varies across the site but is typically in the order of 10 m to 15 m and consists primarily of clean sand with lenses of silty materials followed by pre-reclamation seabed sand and silty materials of varying thicknesses underlain by rock formation. Potential for liquefaction is considered one of the most significant characteristics of reclaimed lands. This paper will discuss and compare the two common procedures adopted in the calculation of liquefaction potential: The Finite Element Method (FEM) and the analytical solution using the Seed & Idriss NCEER approach. The FEM method used will employ the use of MIDAS software with earthquake time-history. While the analytical approach will utilise the in-situ CPT and SPT test carried out pre- and post-improvement. Analytical solutions will be analysed using Cliq. 
Dr.-Ing. Marwan Alzaylaie, Senior Manager- Geotechnical at Dubai Development Authority

Dr.-Ing. Marwan Alzaylaie

Senior Manager- Geotechnical
Dubai Development Authority

11:10 am - 11:40 am Coffee and networking break


11:40 am - 12:15 pm Geotechnical Hazards and Risks associated with New Island Development in the Gulf Region

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. Hossam E. Ali, Head of Section - Geotechnical at Sogreah Gulf – Artelia Group

Dr. Hossam E. Ali

Head of Section - Geotechnical
Sogreah Gulf – Artelia Group

Dr. Imran Durrani, Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Sogreah Gulf – Artelia Group

Dr. Imran Durrani

Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Sogreah Gulf – Artelia Group

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm Challenges in Oil & Gas artificial islands

Dr. Mootaz Khaled, Coastal/Maritime Expert at UAE, Egypt.

Dr. Mootaz Khaled

Coastal/Maritime Expert
UAE, Egypt.

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch and networking break


1:45 pm - 2:15 pm INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Shoreline management to ensure the sustainable development and protection of Middle Eastern coasts

The coastlines of Dubai have undergone rapid transformation over the last 20 years due to significant infrastructural development along its shores. However we can no longer ignore that the climate is changing and the rising sea levels are a threat to our coasts.

As a result coastal structures are exposed to the unpredictable nature of the sea and other elements. This exclusive session will identify critical components of shoreline management to ensure the protection of Middle Eastern coasts.

Senior management will acknowledgement:
  • Monitoring and predicting coastal and environmental changes in the Middle East
  • Inspection and maintenance of coastal structures
  • Geotechnical considerations in shoreline protection and lad reclamation
  • How to use waves and tides as external opportunities in sustainable coastal design rather than perceiving them as problem generators


Dr. Sean O’Neil

Global Technical Lead for Coastal Infrastructure

Dr. Asadullah Khan, Principal Engineer at WSP

Dr. Asadullah Khan

Principal Engineer

Lee French, Operations Director at Cundall

Lee French

Operations Director

AbdelMonem Refaat, Principal Architect at SSH

AbdelMonem Refaat

Principal Architect

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm TECH INSIGHT: Exploring beach nourishment and protection to attract more visitors to your island

Beach nourishment is a soft alternative to hard coastal defences and creates a lucrative environment for developing tourism and attracting residents to the island. Compared with other methodologies to combat coastal problems, beach nourishment offers multiple benefits such as its flexibility and its ability to improve the aesthetics of beach and leisure

Senior management will acknowledge:
  • How to Overcome sand sourcing challenges in the Middle East
  • Debate best practices in beach nourishment and strategies in determining site suitability, maintenance and material sourcing
  • The consequences of beach nourishment and acknowledging the environmental impact


2:45 pm - 3:15 pm INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION: Conquering the sea - Why do land reclamation projects fail and what can we do to mitigate risk?

Artificial islands are an expensive and risky undertaking that can span decades. With billions of dollars being invested in island and waterfront projects It is essential to have an effective risk management strategy in place to avoid a costly nightmare.

Senior management will :
  • Consider the consequences of artificial island projects that lack appropriate designs
  • Identify flaws that can appear in the early stages of development to prevent redesign, reconstruction and safety issues
  • Weather and climate change risks and the long-term effects
  • Proactive maintenance strategies to predict and prevent failures before they happen

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

Craig J. Thackray

Director Civil Infrastructure MEA Ports & Maritime

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Chairman’s closing remarks

3:30 pm - 3:30 pm End of conference day two