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Packed agenda for CW infrastructure conference

Public Infrastructure UAE Conference to cover key topics

The Construction Week UAE Infrastructure Conference 2013 attracted 16 high profile speakers.
The Construction Week UAE Infrastructure Conference 2013 attracted 16 high profile speakers.

The agenda overview and key topics for Construction Week’s 2014 Public Infrastructure UAE Conference have been announced, with Dubai’s Expo2020 requirements unsurprisingly pushing its way to the top of the agenda.

In addition to discussions on what the win means for contractors, the conference will cover other key topics such as transport infrastructure, including roads, airports, ports, and the UAE’s new rail infrastructure.

The Construction Week Public Infrastructure UAE Conference takes place on 5 March 2014 at the Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, Dubai.

Sessions already locked into the agenda include ‘The Current State of Infrastructure in UAE’, ‘The Expo 2020 Site Master Plan & The Infrastructure Requirements’, and ‘Transport Infrastructure: Roads, Abu Dhabi and Dubai Airport Expansion, and Jebel Ali Port Expansion’. Additional sessions will cover new sustainability codes and regulations, and adapting existing infrastructure to these codes and regulations.

“The Construction Week editorial and conferences team work hard to ensure topics are pertinent to today’s contractors and decisions makers,” said Ian Stokes, Construction Week’s group publishing director. “The objective of Construction Week’s 2014 Public Infrastructure UAE Conference – and all of our conferences – is to ensure our qualified delegates leave with a better understanding of the issues and opportunities impacted on their businesses,” he added.

Last year’s Construction Week UAE Infrastructure Conference tackled the twin challenges of transport infrastructure and affordable housing, among other topics. Housing was a particularly pertinent topic given the large number of announcements from government’s across the region, and the conference’s opening keynote address was given by the Director of the Urban Planning Department at the UAE's Ministry of Public Works, Tahani Yousuf, who outlined the department’s affordable housing programme and revealed the ministry’s master plan for the Northern Emirates in the run-up to Vision 2030.

This was followed by a ‘state-of-play’ and future infrastructure project pipeline report from EC Harris, and several focus session on transport infrastructure, including a presentation on the just-opened Khalifa Port by head of project development at Kizad Charles Acworth and a session on holistic commissioning for transport infrastructure by Kirk Rosenbaum, senior commissioning manager at KEO.

“The event was very enjoyable and useful for a number of reasons,” said Nidal Odeh, head of bridges and tunnels at WSP Middle East. “The event was a very good opportunity to get an update on the status of the construction market including major projects such as KIZAD and the case for affordable housing prospects.”

“As usual, the conference offered an interesting way to be kept posted on the visions related to the major projects; providing a good indication on the expected trends and expectations for the near future as our industry is rebounding,” added Frame & Associates’ Marilou M. Ocampo.

The Construction Week UAE Infrastructure Conference 2013 attracted 16 high profile speakers and 130-plus government representatives, contractors, engineers, consultants, developers and urban planners. This year’s conference is expected to attract 150+ decision makers and purchasing influencers. Company’s wishing to get involved in the event should contact mark.palmer@itp.com.


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