21 - 22 October, 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Sean O’Neil

Global Technical Lead for Coastal Infrastructure

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Conference Day One: Monday, 21 October 2019

Monday, October 21st, 2019

9:00 AM VISONARY PANEL: Reclaiming lost land: Identifying unique opportunities for island development to boost Middle East tourism and drive 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


Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

1:45 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