1-2 April 2019
Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Roads, Bridges and Highways Forum

Join engineers, consultants, contractors and solution providers from the Middle East and globally managing major road, bridges and highway projects in the region to discuss best practices, share innovations, and review the latest technologies that can support a more sustainable, durable and efficient road network. 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

PLENARY SESSIONS

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:

INTERNATIONAL INSIGHTS & BEST PRACTICES REVEALED

11:45      Best practice keynote: What makes the UAE’s road infrastructure the number 1 infrastructure in the world?
                Eng. Ahmed Abdallah Ahmed Al Hammadi, Director of Road Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

12:00      International spotlight: Developing India’s smart infrastructure programme: Exploring the $15 billion flagship programme to ease traffic congestion in booming cities.
                Anil Srivastava, Director General - DMEO & Adviser (Infrastructure Connectivity), NITI - National Institution for Transforming India, Government of India

12:20      InfraX Talk: Reserved For Maurer

12:40      International spotlight: Lessons learnt from rural California infrastructure challenges
                Ahmad Marwan Alkhayyat, P.E., MBA, Director of Public Works, Public Works Department - County of Madera, CA

13:00       InfraX talk: Reserved for Bentley Systems
                Ernst Vanbaar, Senior Application Engineer - Civil Infrastructure Bentley Systems

13:20       Networking lunch

THE FUTURE OF PROJECTS: FUNDING, FINANCING AND PARTNERSHIPS POSSIBILITIES

14:20       Future foresight: Financing challenges for sustainable infrastructure development
                Cheikh Diop, Lead Research Economist - Development Policy Research Division Economic Research and Policy Department, Islamic Development Bank Group

14:40       InfraX talk: Reserved for AKS Group

                Mr. Antonino Cacace, Consultant, AKS Group

15:00      Regional insights: Delivering business process management efficiency, transparency and accountability in KSA municipality's governance
                Eng. Fahad Al-Jubair, Mayor of Eastern Province Municipality
                Dr. Imad Al Rahim, PMO Director, Hill International
                Dr. Paul J McKeown, PMO Executive Advisor, Hill International

15:20       InfraX Talk: Reserved For Lafarge
                Eugen Florescu, Road Project Manager, LafargeHolcim

15:40      Regional insights: Infrastructure PPPs in the GCC region
                Mohammed Wasel Al-Hourani, Highway Design Expert, Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime

ROAD SAFETY: ACHIEVING ZERO ROAD FATALITIES

16:00      Future foresight: Autonomous vehicle, infrastructure and legal challenges
                Michel Moutran, Road Safety Expert, Lebanese International Road Safety Academy (LIRSA)

16:20       End of conference day one

Day Two: Tuesday, 3 April 2018

PLENARY SESSIONS

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:

REGIONAL CASE STUDIES AND PROJECTS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES DISCUSSED

11:15       Regional insights: Kuwait’s road expansion projects – designing for a more durable and sustainable future
                Suha Ashkanani, Director of the Road Design Department, Public Authority for Roads and Transportation, Kuwait

11:35       Regional insights: future of transportation within the 2030 vision
                Mohammed Al Suwayed, General Manager of the Vision Realisation Office, Ministry of Transport, Saudi Arabia

11:55       Regional insights: Value engineering – Abu Dhabi City Municipality's approach
                Mohammad Najam Khan, Advisor – Bridge and Road Structures, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, Abu Dhabi City Municipality

12:15       InfraX Talk reserved for Viacon

2018 REGION’S TOP PRIORITY: THE RISE OF ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE

12:35       InfraX Talk reserved for Cemex
                Jesus Angel Perez Galnares, AMEA Regional Infrastructure Manager,CEMEX

12:45      Future Outlook: Asset management future outlook
                Alan Roland, Network Inventory & RAMS Specialist, Department of Transport Abu Dhabi

13:05       Industry insights: The BIM compliance during the lifecycle of infrastructure assets
                Wajdi Mereb, BIM Projects Manager – Chief Specialist, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai

13:25       Industry insights: Use of polymer-modified bitumen in the UAE
                Eng. Maryam Karam AlKaabi, Civil and Environmental Engineer, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

13:45       Networking lunch

GREEN ROADS: CREATING ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

14:45       Regional insights: Towards a greener UAE - The sustainability KPI’s in MoID infrastructure projects
                Eng. Aishah Hassan Obaid Al Shehhi, Deputy Director Projects, Planning Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE
                Eng. Ghada A. Moniem Ahmed, Senior Structural Engineer, Planning Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

15:05       Industry insights: Solar Roads - The advantage of renewable energy in road innovation
                Architect Aileen Llagas, Director Planning Services Division - Urban Planning Section Technical and Lands Department, Fujairah Municipality

SMART ROADS: THE FUTURE OF ITS AND SMART INFRASTRUCTURE

15:25       Future foresight: Future readiness – Preparing our roads for the future of smart integrated mobility
                Eur. Ing. Abdul Ghaffar Chaudhry, Senior Specialist - Planning & Business Development, Public Transport Agency, Roads Transport Authority, UAE

15:45       Roads in space: The future of infrastructure development unhinged
                Eng. Shafia Ali Alkheyaili, Civil Engineer- Consultants, Roads Department, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE

16:05       End of conference 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.