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 

Port and Marine Infrastructure Forum

Join government ministries, port authorities, private developers and marine and coastal engineering specialists from the Middle East to discuss deep sea port expansion, island development, blue urbanism, environmental and heritage conservation, as well as strategies and projects to improve the quality of this infrastructure.

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       Government keynote: The role of the Federal Transport Authority in achieving the National 2021 Vision of creating the number 1 port infrastructure in the world
                H.E. Hessa Bint Ahmed Al Malek, Marine Transport Executive Director, Federal Transport Authority

12:00       Government keynote: Overview on Dubai maritime strategic directions
                Nawfal Al Jourani, Chief Officer, Dubai Maritime Cluster Office


12:20       InfraX talk reserved for VanOord Marine Ingenuity: Value creation through building with nature

  • Van Oord sustainability programme and marine ingenuity solutions
  • The building with nature philosophy
  • Value creation through building with nature: worldwide examples
  • Building with nature opportunities in the Middle East region 

                Mr. Erik van Eekelen, Lead Engineer Environmental, Van Oord

12:40       Project spotlight: Latest developments of the King Abdullah Port in Saudi Arabia
                Rayan Qutub, CEO, King Abdullah Port, Saudi Arabia

13:00       InfraX talk: Reserved for Eiffage
                Yann LIZOT, Area Commercial Manager, EIFFAGE Génie Civil Marine

13:20       Networking lunch


14:20       Regional insights: Outlining the new developments at Suez Canal
                Eng. Moustafa El Shinawy, East Port Said Project Manager

14:40       InfraX talk: Reserved for Kongsberg

15:00       International insights: Port of Amsterdam - Digitalisation strategies for a smart, clean and efficient port
                 Arjan Kampman, Head of Digital & IT, Port of Amsterdam

15:20       International insights: The opportunities and challenges of Salalah Port’s strategic location in increasing competitiveness and expanding the port's infrastructure
                Capt Sukhdev Singh, Harbour Master and General Manager, Salalah Port, Oman

15:40       Regional insights: Insights from the busiest port in the Middle East
                Mr Shahab Al Jasmi, Director Commercial – Ports and Terminals, DP World

16:00       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       Industry insights: The integrated coastal management zones
                Mustafa Issa Elwazani, Senior Port Specialist, Federal Transport Authority, UAE

11:35       Project spotlight: Mubark Alkabeera Hup Port – The future of developing to a leading international port
                Captain Tawfiq Shehab, Assistant Marine Operations Manager, Kuwait Ports Authority

11:55       Project spotlight: The future development of the inland waters and marinas around Abu Dhabi
                Eng. Khalid Al Qubaisi, Director, Department of Transport, Abu Dhabi

12:15       InfraX talk: Reserved for GIC partner


12:35       Regional insights: Abu Dhabi Ports’ vital role in safeguarding its marine environment and coastlines
                Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, General Manager - Maqta Gateway, Abu Dhabi Ports

12:55       Regional insights: Pushing your competitiveness forward with technology
                Sharjah Ports

13:15       Regional insights: The importance of expanding and growing to keep up with the demands of the industry and remain competitive – Future plans of Sohar Port
                Mahdi Al Lawatia, Manager Assets Development, Sohar Port

13:35       Networking lunch


14:35       Project spotlight: Ensuring and implementing environmental protections whilst developing a world-class bunkering port
                Captain Tamer Masood, Harbour Master, Fujairah Port

14:55       Industry insights: Overcoming reoccurring challenges – designing and constructing sustainable infrastructure
                Hassan Alkalifah, Senior Structural Engineer, Saudi Aramco

15:15      Industry insights: Marine conservation challenges and innovations for ensured sustainability
                Eng. Amran Mohjamed Al Kamzaari, Director of Daymaniyat Islands Nature Reserve, Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs, Oman

15:15      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.