Conference Day One: Tuesday, 25 May 2017

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and welcome refreshments

8:50 AM - 9:20 AM Opening remarks from the chair

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Keynote opening session: The State of Bahrain

Reserved for Ministry Representative

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Top ten marine and coastal projects around the Arabian Gulf: Best practices and major lessons learnt for 2017

H.E. Nayef Omar Al Kalali, Managing Director, NASCOM Projects, Bahrain
  • Overview of coastal developments in the Gulf
  • Explore coastal development guidelines
  • Gain exclusively from Nayef’s unparalleled knowledge on the region’s largest and most successful projects

H.E. Nayef Omar Al Kalali

Managing Director
NASCOM Projects, Bahrain
Bahrain, the third smallest nation in the region but boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the Arab world. With some of the most ambitious upcoming projects in the region, the challenge remains - how do we navigate to achieve innovative designs, high-quality construction and on-time delivery.

H.E. Nayef Omar Al Kalali

Managing Director
NASCOM Projects, Bahrain

Ahmad Khalil

Middle East Ports and Marine Sector Leader

Andrea Caricato

Senior Marine Engineer
Byrne Looby, UAE

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Networking break and morning refreshments

Designing the urban and marine interface: Coastal developments, marine structures and inland waterways

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Benchmark places: Dubai – Singapore: What is a waterfront city?

Amin Rasidi, Senior Manager Master Planning , Aldar Properties & PJSC and Author of Benchmark Places: Dubai – Singapore
There are interesting similarities between Dubai and Singapore in how they chart not only their economic progress, but also how they plan, design and brand places in the two cities. Various places and projects in the two cities have become destinations for tourists and investors, and are the pride of local citizens and residents. This presentation will discuss what it is meant by a waterfront city, in addition to the ports and shipyards, a waterfront city you should also have:
  • A heritage waterway – like Dubai Creek and Singapore River
  • A wetland sanctuary – like Ras Al Khor and Sungei Buloh in Singapore
  • A waterfront retail – like Festival City and Singapore’s Vivo City
  • A waterfront park – like Mamzar Park and Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay
  • A resort island near urban centre – like Palm Jumeirah and Sentosa
  • A mega marina – like Dubai Marina and Singapore’s Marina Bay
  • A waterfront housing – like Palm Jumeirah, Sentosa, Dubai Marina and Marina Bay

Amin Rasidi

Senior Manager Master Planning
Aldar Properties & PJSC and Author of Benchmark Places: Dubai – Singapore

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sustainability and climate adaptation of waterfront developments

Dr. Ida Broker, Business Development Manager – Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics Department, DHI Denmark
· Design of artificial beaches – stability and quality
· Climate adaptation in water front developments
· Examples of best practice

Dr. Ida Broker

Business Development Manager – Coastal and Estuarine Dynamics Department
DHI Denmark
The challenge? The groups will be given a blank marine environment to develop into an urban coastal city using appropriate typologies such as:
  • Riverfront and canalfront development
  • Waterfront and lakefront development
  • Island development

To ensure the protection of the environment and balance the requirements of development, social and economic aspects.

What is a hackathon? An exercise in problem solving, a hackathon provides an opportunity to explore thoughtprovoking solutions in multidisciplinary teams through a mock project. Split up into 4 teams, you will have 30 minutes to brain storm and draw up your solutions and ideas before presenting your findings to the other teams.

Amin Rasidi

Senior Manager Master Planning
Aldar Properties & PJSC and Author of Benchmark Places: Dubai – Singapore

Craig Thackray

Country Manager
AECOM Bahrain

Loay Ghazaleh

Advisor - Office of the Undersecretary - Works Affairs
Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Bahrain

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Networking lunch

The new wave of marine and coastal projects: Exploring best practice across the Arabian Gulf

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Artificial islands in the Arabian Gulf: Industrial application in oil & gas

Dr. Mootaz Khaled, Coastal and Marine Specialist, Senior Marine Engineer, ADNOC, UAE
  • Exploring function-specific criteria to plan correctly
  • Engineering, procurement, and construction challenges of oil and gas artificial islands
  • Case studies of past and current artificial island projects

Dr. Mootaz Khaled

Coastal and Marine Specialist, Senior Marine Engineer

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM King Abdullah Port: The first Saudi port developed and managed by the private sector with a local vision to achieve a global mission

Saeed Al Ghamdi, Director Ports, Economic Cities Authority, Saudi Arabia
As King Abdullah Port is set to become one of the most advanced port facilities regionally and globally, this presentation will explore strategies to achieve:
  • An advantageous, sustainable and world-class port that delivers long-term value to its stakeholders
  • A leading example of a complementary module between the private and government sectors
  • Enhancing the competitive position of King Abdullah Port as a new logistical hub

Saeed Al Ghamdi

Director Ports
Economic Cities Authority, Saudi Arabia

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Inspection and maintenance of coastal structures in the Gulf

Andrea Caricato, Senior Marine Engineer, Byrne Looby, UAE
During the past decades, the Gulf coastline has undergone significant changes, with hundreds of new marine projects being constructed including reclamation of artificial islands, shoreline stabilisations, waterfront developments, ports and marinas and artificial beaches. The speed at which these projects have been conceived and constructed under the lead of the local governments is unprecedented. Due to the fact that coastal structures are exposed to the unpredictable 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

Andrea Caricato

Senior Marine Engineer
Byrne Looby, UAE

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Closing remarks from the chair and end of day one