11 - 12 December, 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 11 December 2018

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

9:15 am - 9:30 am Opening remarks by the conference chair

Ben Allgood - Principal Urban Design, Master Planning + Architecture, Parsons
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Ben Allgood

Principal Urban Design, Master Planning + Architecture
Parsons

Creating Successful Commercial Strategies For Your Island Projects

9:30 am - 10:00 am STRATEGIC INSIGHT: Hotel projects between islands and marinas – reviewing challenges and benefits

Sameh Gomaa - Director Special Projects, Roda Hotels

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Sameh Gomaa

Director Special Projects
Roda Hotels

10:00 am - 10:30 am Project Insight

Eng. Faisal Aljihhayem - Project Director, KOC

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Eng. Faisal Aljihhayem

Project Director
KOC

10:30 am - 11:00 am PROJECT SHOWCASE: Thinking big - Future ready marine developments

Yasser Tufail - Project Director, WSP
Project case study 1:  Multi-modal ports - Port of Salford
Project case study 2:  Integrated marine developments - Yas Bay
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Yasser Tufail

Project Director
WSP

11:00 am - 11:40 am Networking break and refreshments

Master Planning & Designing Iconic Island Projects

11:40 am - 12:10 pm Case study insight: Deep Compaction Quality Assessment

Dr. Mohamed Ayeldeen - Technical Manager Middle East, Keller
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Dr. Mohamed Ayeldeen

Technical Manager Middle East
Keller

12:10 pm - 12:40 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
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Dr. Juan Recio

Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical
AECOM

12:40 pm - 1:10 pm CASE STUDY INSIGHT: Ground Improvement Works for reclamation: Dunkirk LNG Terminal, France

Yasser Hakam - Technical and Business Development Manager, Menard Middle East

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Yasser Hakam

Technical and Business Development Manager
Menard Middle East

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm Networking lunch break

Technical Talks: Overcoming Geotechnical & Engineering Challenges

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm TECHNICAL INSIGHT: Inspection and maintenance of coastal structures

Andrea Caricato - Technical Principal & Practice Lead – Ports, Coastal and Offshore, Mott MacDonald
During the past decades the Gulf coastline has undergone significant changes with a hundreds of new marine projects being constructed including reclamation of artificial islands, shoreline stabilizations, waterfront developments, ports and marinas and artificial beaches.

Due to the fact that coastal structures are exposed to the unpredictable (or not accurately quantifiable) nature of the sea and other elements, great focus is required in order to ensure that the structures are able to perform their duty satisfactorily during the intended life cycle. Some considerations are here presented on the importance of implementing an adequate inspection and maintenance regime for coastal structures in the Gulf area, with specific reference to rock armoured structures.
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Andrea Caricato

Technical Principal & Practice Lead – Ports, Coastal and Offshore
Mott MacDonald

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Exclusive insight: De-risking Island Developments through Geo-Intelligence

Chris Arnott - Project Delivery Manager, Fugro
Presented by Fugro
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Chris Arnott

Project Delivery Manager
Fugro

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm PROJECT INSIGHT: A sustainable tourism resort emerging from beneath the sea of Maldives

Nicholas Grunnet MSc, PhD - Head of Department Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics, DHI
The success of a project lies in engaging a hydraulic specialist from the very early conceptual stages and collaborating closely all the way to tender design stage. The close collaboration is key in optimizing the recreational potential of artificial islands to satisfy all aspects of high-end resort tourism.

Nicholas Grunnet MSc, PhD

Head of Department Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics
DHI

  • 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
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Dr. Juan Recio

Associate Director, Ports, Marine and Geotechnical
AECOM

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Ahmed Khalil

Technical Director Marine
Arcadis

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Mootaz Khaled

Senior Engineer, Planning, Undeveloped Reservoirs Project Unit
ADNOC

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Ben Allgood

Principal Urban Design, Master Planning + Architecture
Parsons

4:10 pm - 4:15 pm Closing remarks by event chair

4:15 pm - 4:15 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.