05 - 07 April, 2020 | Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

The only city infrastructure show bringing together global visionaries, city planners and key stakeholders working on major infrastructure projects 

Housing and Urban Development Forum

Meet with project owners, developers, architects, consultants, contractors and solution providers from the Middle East to discuss upcoming housing projects, requirements and topics such as project planning, sustainable and smart housing, asset management and maintenance. Take a look at the agenda to see what's planned for the event.   

Day One: Monday, 2 April 2018

09:00       National Anthem and Holy Koran


09:05       IQPC welcome address
                Ayusha Tyagi, Managing Director, IQPC Middle East

09:10       Official opening and welcome address
                H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, UAE

09:20       Keynote ministerial panel: How next-gen technologies will drive future infrastructure for it’s citizens
                His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development, UAE
                Invited ministers:
                Minister of Transport, Saudi Arabia
               Minister of Transport & Communications, Oman
               Minister of Public Works, Kuwait
               Minister of Transport, Egypt
               Minister of Transport, Bahrain

09:50       International opening keynote: Smart cities, smart citizens! How digital technologies and smart data will change the way we live in cities
                Carlo Ratti, Director, MIT Senseable City Lab, and Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati, USA

10:20       Keynote panel: The future of smart and sustainable infrastructure: Cities as living innovation labs

  • How intelligent technologies will change our cities’ mobility, livability and economy
  • The social and environmental impacts of smart technologies in future communities
  • The impact and role of smart city enablement across multiple industries

                Zaid Alqufaidi, Managing Director, ENOC, UAE
                Dr Hayan Sayed, CEO, Al Futtaim Engineering & Technologies, Al Futtaim Group
                Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO
                Dr. Ben Schouten, IOT Advisor, European Commission, Netherlands

10:50       Global infrastructure awards ceremony

11:00       Official exhibition opening, ribbon cutting & VIP tour Networking Break

11:45       Individual conference streams begin:


11:45       Future outlook: The future of housing in the UAE – Government housing projects and innovations
                Eng. Basem Al Namer, Director of Engineering Services Department, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

12:05       InfraX talk: Innovative AC solutions for Future Housing Projects
                Utpal Joshi, Regional Consulting Sales Manager, Daikin

12:25       Future outlook: Discussing the future investment opportunities and developments of the housing sector plans for the UAE
                Eng. Basem Al Namer, Director of Engineering Services Department, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme
                Ahmed Al Ansari, Acting CEO, Dubai South
                Mahmoud Al Burai, CEO –DREI, Dubai Land Department
                Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director, Sustainable Real Estate, Masdar

12:45       InfraX talk: Reserved For Midea

13:05       Future outlook: Oman housing and urban development plans
                 HE Talal Al Rahbi, Deputy Secretary General, The Supreme Council for Planning, Oman

13:25       Networking lunch


14:25       Regional insights: Attracting investment into the UAE housing market - The opportunities for private and public collaboration
                Mahmoud AlBurai, CEO –DREI, Dubai Land Department

14:45       InfraX talk: Reserved For Johnson Controls

15:05       Industry insight: The future importance of PPP housing projects in Egypt
                Atter Ezzat Hannoura, Director, PPP Central Unit, Ministry of Finance – Egypt

15:25      Regional case study: Bahrain’s social and affordable housing programme and lessons for the region (from provider to facilitator and regulator). Establishing PPP approaches, financing of social and affordable housing and industry partnerships
                Drs. Johan J.H. Beth, Advisor to H.E. The Minister, Ministry of Housing, Bahrain

15:45       Industry insight: Middle East focus on delivering affordable housing
                Engineer Abdullah Alshoaibi, Regional Manager - Operations Department, The Saudi Fund for Development

16:05       Regional insight: Closing the housing gap in the UAE – A million to go
                Eng. Yousef Alnuaimi, Project Engineer, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

16:25       End of forum day one

Day Two: Tuesday, 3 April 2018


09:00       IQPC welcome address
                Ayusha Tyagi, Managing Director, IQPC Middle East

09:05       Global Infrastructure Congress steering committee: The UAE 2021 vision for the best infrastructure network in the world

  • Insight into the 2021 vision and what that means for ports, highways, housing and water development strategies
  • Discussing the innovation agenda in design, partnerships and delivery
  • Upcoming opportunities for the industry; key projects and major goals

                H.E. Eng. Hassan Al Mansoori, Under Secretary of Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE
                H.E. Dr. Abdullah Salem Al Katheeri, Director General, Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime (FTA), UAE
                H.E. Jamila Mohamed Khalfan Al Fandi Al Shamsi, General Manager, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme
                Moderator: Eng. Basem al Namer, Director Engineering Services Department, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

09:25       International smart city opening keynote

09:45       Futurist keynote address: Reinventing the transportation ecosystem – opportunities ahead
                Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director, Middle East, Virgin Hyperloop ONE, UAE

10:05       Industry outlook keynote: Technology impact on infrastructure and approach to risk mitigation
                Ravi Suri, Global Head - Infrastructure Finance Partner, MIT Senseable City Lab, and Founding Partner, KPMG

10:25       Next-gen innovator keynote: Designing the future of urban development through playful interaction
                Dr. Ben Schouten, IOT Advisor, European Commission, Netherlands

10:45       Official exhibition opening, ribbon cutting & VIP tour Networking Break

11:15       Individual conference streams begin:


11:15       Project spotlight: Real estate developments in Oman
                Siham Alharthi, Director General for Real Estate Development, Ministry of Housing, Oman

11:35       Industry insights: Insights into Abu Dhabi Housing projects
                Afra Khalfan Salem Al Hajeri, Projects Infrastructure Section Head Projects Management, Abu Dhabi Housing Authority

11:55       Next-gen Innovator Session: The first autonomous house in the UAE
                 Khalifa Alfalasi, Senior Engineer, 
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

12:15       InfraX talk: Reserved for GIC partner         
                Eng. Mohammed Eid AlMasmari, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme


12:35       Next-gen innovator session: Innovative evaluation of security and safety in housing projects.
                 Eng. Mariam AlRayssi, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

12:55       Industry insights: Creating smart housing with smart technology – The ROI of implementing building technology
                 Mohammad Bin Moammar, CEO, National Housing Services Company

13:15       Next-gen innovator session: Housing aggregates and magnets - the new technologies and techniques being tested by the SZHP to build their housing projects
                 Eng. Amna Shahen AlAttar, Project Manager - Engineering Services Department, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

13:35       Networking lunch


14:35       Industry insight: Can we achieve houses that can maintain themselves? Or at least reduce the cost – Exploring smart maintenance
                Eng. Abdulrahman Mohammad Alharmoodi, Project Engineer, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

14:55       Project spotlight: UAE housing and urban development projects for green and sustainable building
                 Mariam Mohamed Al Ali, Architect Engineer, 
Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

15:15      Next-gen innovator session: The future of sustainable housing
                Eng. Fatima Hussain Al Hammadi, Head of Design and Technical Services Section, Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme

15:35       Project spotlight: Kuwait’s vision for urban sustainability planning
                Faisal Aljihayem, Project Director, Kuwait Municipality, The Initiative

15:55      End of forum day two

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.