Leaders in Construction UAE Summit returns in Sept 2019

Dubai conference to see top officials discuss the people, trends, and challenges that will power the sector ahead of Expo 2020

L-R: ALEC's Kez Taylor and Arabtec's Boyd Merritt attended the UAE conference in 2018.
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L-R: ALEC's Kez Taylor and Arabtec's Boyd Merritt attended the UAE conference in 2018.

Despite challenges related to cash flow, disputes, and new legislation, the UAE's construction sector remains a positive, people-driven industry, and it is against this backdrop that the Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit offers a platform for frank and honest discussion, giving a transparent view on the challenges faced, offering solutions, and insights into the opportunities that lie ahead as the UAE pushes forward towards Expo 2020 Dubai.

Business titans from the seven emirates of the UAE will flock to Dubai in less than six months’ time to participate in a critical debate about the future of the industry.

Construction Week’s Leaders in Construction UAE Summit is slated to kick off a busy period of conferences, events, and award ceremonies for some of the most high-profile building firms in the GCC.

More than 200 people are expected to participate in the Leaders UAE conference on 17 September, as the legal framework governing smart-city construction is once again in the spotlight. At last year’s event, which was held at Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers, experts called for a government mandate to protect and accelerate the development of futuristic smart cities.

In light of the trend for modern metropolises to be equipped with thousands of sensors collecting and analysing data on everything from traffic flow to energy use, managing director of Mott MacDonald’s Middle East operation, Chris Seymour, asked if a Helsinki-style open-source data model could be created in the Gulf, in order to make building cities with interconnected data a more straightforward prospect for urban planners.

Meanwhile, Aecom Middle East’s chief executive officer, Hamed Zaghw, called for a government framework to integrate the web of data streams that the smart city model creates.

“Smart cities are an evolution. If you do not have the right governing framework, the micro level might be smart, but if you try to integrate it, [it will not work],” he said.

Visit Leaders in Construction UAE Summit's website here for more information about the event. 

For a comprehensive list of upcoming industry conferences and events, visit www.constructionweekonline.com/events. 

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