11 - 12 December, 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day One: Monday, 11 December 2018

8:30 am - 8:55 am Registration and welcome refreshments

8:55 am - 9:00 am Opening remarks by the conference chair

Creating Successful Commercial Strategies For Your Island Projects

9:00 am - 9:20 am LEADERS EXCHANGE: Insight into the role of island developments within GCC vision plans

Stuart Ingram - Executive Director, Sultan Al Qaboos Waterfront, OMRAN
Eng. Faisal Aljihhayem - Project Director, KOC
  • Highlighting the boom in island projects and their role in achieving 2030 visions
  • Exploring artificial islands as luxury destinations and beyond
  • How to become the No.1 development in your region?

Stuart Ingram

Executive Director, Sultan Al Qaboos Waterfront


Eng. Faisal Aljihhayem

Project Director

9:20 am - 9:50 am Envisioning the urban regeneration and strategic plans for island and marine developments

  • Outlining the strategic vision of developers with technical and maritime coastal engineering
  • Bringing the marina developers and investors together for project funding and risk management
  • Developing a long-term approach to asset performance

9:50 am - 10:20 am Financing models: Driving investment opportunities to secure future developments

Loay Ghazaleh - Advisor, Ministry of Works, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Successfully attracting investment and funding to offset risk
  • Creating global investment hubs for effective returns
  • Discussing PPP and private financing models

Loay Ghazaleh

Ministry of Works, Kingdom of Bahrain

  • Reviewing the optimum mix of entertainment, retail and leisure attractions to establish a strong Island brand identity
  • Branding and brand vision - how hospitality offerings are modelled to commercial success for the island property
  • Engaging USPs and need for hospitality and luxury driving visitors and tourism influx
  • Maximising your island brand through successful visitor marketing and hosting big events e.g. F1 Abu Dhabi

Sameh Gomaa

Director Special Projects
Roda Hotels


Claudio Roscigno

Director Commercials
Caesars Entertainment Caesars Bluewater Dubai


Ramy Zaghloul

Executive Director, Development
Aldar Properties

10:50 am - 11:20 am Networking break and refreshments

Master Planning & Designing Iconic Island Projects

11:20 am - 12:20 pm MEGA PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Exploring Saudi Arabia’s mega island development plans & strategy frameworks

  • Highlighting the Vision 2030 and the role of Red Sea Project in Kingdoms 50 Island Project
  • Reviewing investment and partnership opportunities for the project
  • Reviewing the design strategy and engineering requirements for this mega project

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm PROJECT SHOWCASE: Implementing innovative engineering solutions to fulfil project vision within budget!

Dr. Juan Recio - Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical, AECOM
  • Case studies of UAE, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain and KSA where non-conventional designs have been implemented to match developers vision and available budgets
  • Key lessons and considerations for upcoming projects
  • Overview of engineering and budgetary challenges for future artificial islands and waterfront developments

Dr. Juan Recio

Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Networking lunch break

Technical Talks: Overcoming Geotechnical & Engineering Challenges

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Land reclamation and dredging key highlights to keep in mind for artificial islands

  • Dredging and reclamation make upto 20% of the project size
  • Latest innovation to economise your project and deliverable excellence
  • Illustrating the challenges with success stories

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm TECHNICAL TRAILBLAZERS PANEL: Geotechnical risk assessment for balancing creation of artificial islands and marine environment through best practices

Dr. Juan Recio - Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical, AECOM
Ahmed Khalil - Technical Director Marine, Arcadis
Mootaz Khaled - Senior Engineer, Planning, Undeveloped Reservoirs Project Unit, ADNOC
  • Artificial island development focusing on conserving biodiversity rich recreation and commercial hubs
  • Understanding weather and climate change risks and the long term effects
  • Developing proactive maintenance strategies to predict and prevent failures before they happen
  • Mitigating the impact of coastal erosion to increase island life span

Dr. Juan Recio

Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical


Ahmed Khalil

Technical Director Marine


Mootaz Khaled

Senior Engineer, Planning, Undeveloped Reservoirs Project Unit

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Artificial Island Safety – Exploring soil improvement techniques

  • Increasing the load-bearing capacity and/or the shear strength
  • Reduce both absolute and differential settlements or in certain cases, accelerate them
  • To mitigate or remove the risk of liquefaction in the event of an earthquake or major vibrations

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Closing remarks by event chair

4:00 pm - 4:00 pm End of conference day one

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.