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 

Storm Water and Waste Water and Resilience Forum

Join local municipalities, environmental agencies, consultants, contractors and solution providers to discuss upcoming projects and plans in the region for water infrastructure resilience, water reuse concepts, sewer processes and controls and revisions to regulatory updates. 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      Regional insights: Measures for increasing the economic use of Effluent
                 Dr. Ibrahim Elwan, The Executive Chairman, Tanqia

12:15       Project spotlight: The Deep Tunnel StormWater Project for flood control now and for the next century
                Eng. Fahed AlAwadhi, Director of Drainage and Irrigation Department, Dubai Municipality

12:45      InfraX talk: Fiberglass Pipe Systems: The material of the future

Mr. Mounib Hatab, Vice President - Commercial, Future Pipe Industries 

12:55      International case study: Partnering for success - Sydney Water’s Urban Stormwater Naturalisation
                Mark Simister, Head of Delivery Management, Sydney Water

13:05      InfraX talk: Green urban infrastructure: Enabling the sustainable and resilient built environment

Adam Smith, Sales Director, Polypipe Middle East

13:25      Networking lunch


14:25       Panel discussion: Exploring partnership opportunities and contractual relationships between contractors, developers and end users
                  Mr. Ilias Abdo, CEO, WEPCO

14:55      Regional insights: The current challenges facing storm water and waste water infrastructure and suggested recommendations
                Dr. Ayad Y. Aldaijy, Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Minister of Environment, Water & Agriculture, Ministry of Environment Water & Agriculture, Saudi Arabia

15:25      Regional insights: Abu Dhabi’s vision for reusing treated waste water - Infrastructure and resilience aspects
                Dr. Mohammed Dawoud, Water Resources Advisor to Environment Quality Executive Director, Environmental Agency - Abu Dhabi

15:55       Regional insights: Success story of the ongoing $3.5billion wastewater infrastructure developments throughout Egypt
                Atef E.Y. Abdel Sayed, Water and Waste Water Utilities Development Expert, USAID

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      Regional Insights: The comprehensive solution for dams and storm water network in UAE with a case study in Fujairah city
                 Eng. Asdam Alghezawi, Senior Projects Manager /Consultant, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

11:45      Regional InsightsStorm water projects and challenges for the future of Bahrain
                 Zainab Mahdi Hassan, Office of the Undersecretary, Ministry of Public Works Bahrain


12:15       Industry insights: How to avoid unexpected costs and network delays – Technologies and solution for leak detection
                Dr. Ala Eldin Idris, Head of Research Section, Research & Studies Department, Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA)

12:45       Industry insights: The importance of applying GIS in urban infrastructure to ensure proper planning and construction
                Fatmah Ahmed Alabdouli, Head of GIS Section Urban Planning Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

13:15       Industry insights: Aiming for 100% reuse: The future of waste water management
                Eng. Rashed Karkain, Head of Outstations Support Section Sewage Treatment Plant Department, Dubai Municipality

13:45       Networking lunch


14:45       This exclusive masterclass will cover:

  • Exploring innovations and technologies for improved operations of water networks
  • Delving deep on improving the financial and environmental implications of innovating and modernising as well as increasing the efficiency of the operations

                Mark Simister, Head of Delivery Management, Sydney Water

16:00     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.