16 - 17 April, 2019

Housing & Residential Development Forum Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 17 April 2019



This session will speak about how complex, multi-faceted problems can be resolved and decisions be made towards sustainable and evidence based design, construction and management of cities.
  • Advantages of using data to predict intervention needs and prevent critical failures that impact lives and livelihoods of all
  • Data-driven decision-making
  • Hawkesbury residential development strategy

Dr. Arvind Varshney

Head of Smart Cities Mission Management Unit
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India

This session will focus on how real estate and the construction industry focus on latest technologies like AI and robotics to facilitate faster and safer construction methods.

  • How is future tech impacting real estate construction processes
  • Insight into how investment today on technologies can deliver strong ROI for the future
  • The international angle - What UK PLC is doing regarding housing and the potential for Modern Methods of Construction to improve productivity, safety, whole life value, efficiency?

Benjamin Piper

Principal and Partner
Killa Design


Huda Asad

Head of Performance, Infrastructure and Projects - Cabinet Office
Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA)


Fawaz Alharbi

Director of Urban Planning
Public Investment Fund

10:30 am - 10:50 am InfraGreen – SMART Cities Enabling Healthy and Resilient Urban Environment

Adam Smith - Sales Director, Polypipe Middle East FZE
This session will focus on intelligent water management solutions in urban areas and discuss how incorporating Green Infrastructure can build resilience, have a cooling effect on the urban environment, reduce the Heat Island Effect, and  help communities better prepare for extreme weather events, such as droughts or floods. 
-       How Green Roofs can save potable water, provide a zero energy irrigation system, deliver multifunctional benefits such as rooftop amenity, build resilience and reduce the carbon footprint. 
-       How to create green urban landscapes using natural irrigation without using pumps, hoses, or energy; just like nature. 
-       Smart solutions to capture and manage the stormwater run-off for re-use to create amenity, attract biodiversity and help with sustainability and wellbeing.
-       How clean “wasted water” from condensate drains, wash-down and irrigation areas can be collected and re-used in a more efficient and practical way.


Adam Smith

Sales Director
Polypipe Middle East FZE


10:50 am - 11:10 am Parametric optimisation of housing in healthy cities

Matthew Kitson - Middle East Director, Hilson Moran, UAE
In this session Matthew shares his experience on identifying a parameterization method that considers existing connections and relationships between traditional indicators of environmental sustainability as a step in combating climate change via urban strategies.              

Matthew Kitson

Middle East Director
Hilson Moran, UAE

11:10 am - 11:40 am COFFEE BREAK

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Protection of the environment – the need for good waste management systems

Dr. Mohamed Ayoub - Chief Executive Officer, Gecat Plastic Factory
Domestic and Industrial wastes are representing a big problem to any country in the world. Garbage and wastes are the only products in the world which can be created easily in less than a second, and a good waste management system is needed by each country and community to manage getting rid of these wastes to prevent any contamination to the surrounding environment and to safeguard the human health of all the citizens.
Thousands of researches and technical paper works had been presented to explain several things and procedures in the waste management passing by:
Collection | Transportation | Segregation| Recycling | Incineration | Landfills | Energy Recovery
Gecat  will focus only on the landfill which is one of the main applications of using the HDPE Geomembrane as a liner of the whole landfill cell. A main and major task of using the HDPE Geomembrane is to protect the underground layers and the surrounding environment in addition to being able to recover some energy by using the Methane Gas which is created by the biological reaction of the wastes.


Dr. Mohamed Ayoub

Chief Executive Officer
Gecat Plastic Factory


Energy supply and consumption have a tremendous impact on building sustainable, inclusive and environmentally responsible cities. Smart technology has the ability to provide various service  benefits to improve citizen quality of life but how can cities utilise data and smart technology to  conserve energy and reduce CO2 emission?
·         How can technology help achieve clean energy transition in cities
·         Overcoming  smart grid challenges
·         Smart grid tech for connected cities 
·         How to make cities  carbon-neurtal?  

Oualid Ali

President and Director at the Training and Smart Solutions Center
Future Cities Council and The German University of Technology (GuTech Oman)

12:25 pm - 12:50 pm Building the communities’ third place – going beyond the social environments of home and workplace

Dr. Hanan Aljabri - Director of Strategic Planning Directorate, Muscat Municipality
Bringing out the connection between people, is a very important aspect of growth. The third place refers to the places of total retreat that drive one from isolation. In the world we live in, residential complexes as well want to offer more than just homes, they offer a living. Hanan is working towards creating the third places in Muscat as a part of the connected lifestyle, a home away from home. She shares her views stressing on how the importance, need and benefits drive across the city and people with such inclusions.

Dr. Hanan Aljabri

Director of Strategic Planning Directorate
Muscat Municipality

Buildings are said to consume 30-40% of the physical resources, according to their environment. With the increased focus and need to improve the environments we live in, green building materials and new technologies have become popular within construction of buildings and specifying the right components at planning stage can have significant consequences for your carbon emissions.
Key question. What are the latest innovations in building materials that can impact your energy scoring?

  • Reviewing the LEED certification standards and how material selection and their components have an impact on human health and the environment
  • What can contractors do to facilitate the efficiency within buildings?

Eng. Ahmad F. Alsharif

Director General (A), Real Estate & Municipal Affairs
Economic Cities Authority


Dr. Arvind Varshney

Head of Smart Cities Mission Management Unit
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India


Sarfraz Dairkee

Secretary to the Board
Emirates Green Building Council

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK



Mark Versteyhe

Head of Mechanical Engineering Technology TC • Mechatronics Research Group (M-Group)
KU Leuven - Belgium


Keivan Shariatmadar

Senior researcher at KU Leuven – Campus Bruges Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Technology TC Mechatronics Research Group (M-Group)
KU Leuven - Belgium


2:00 pm - 2:40 pm EXPERIENTIAL SESSION: RoadBotics: The future of maintenance and analytics is here
Mark DeSantis - Chief Executive Officer, RoadBotics, Inc, Pittsburgh
With a mission of revolutionizing the way road infrastructure is maintained and managed throughout the world; the RoadBotics team use smartphone and machine learning to provide automated road conditions.

With over 75+ communities accessed in 14 states in the US, they claim to have impacted 2,134,544 citizens! Director of Engineering of Bethel Park from Allegheny County PA vouches for major savings on staff time with their software.
Find out:
·         How to organize maintenance decisions with the use of data
  • How does RoadBotics facilitate better visual communication


Mark DeSantis

Chief Executive Officer
RoadBotics, Inc, Pittsburgh


As per the new knowledge economy policy, Dh300 billion is available in the adoption of science, technology and innovation out of which 6 billion is available for innovation incubators.
Mega City Student will be a benchmark for innovation acceleration for city planners. It will be the grass root innovation incubator and accelerator for mega city developments. It will leverage from Mega City Infrastructure World’s powerful government and business partnerships to enable innovative millennials connect and find an execution path for their ideas. 

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm CLOSE OF CONFERENCE