Day One: Smart Mobility


Opening Address: The UAE’s Transport & Infrastructure Vision

Eng. Hassan Al Mansouri, Undersecretary, Ministry of Infrastructure Development, UAE


Easy Travels: Creating efficient transport for a region of smart cities and smart nations

Emerging data-driven economies can make transport infrastructure requirements easier to forecast; multi-modal transport more user-friendly; and heavy traffic routes less congested. Hear what local municipal leaders are doing to meet new and future transport needs.


Accident Analysis: Forecasts, reductions and management of road-based accidents

What accounts for the region’s falling road-accident fatality rates? Once an embarrassment, Middle Eastern accident rates are now on the decline. Hear what innovative science is behind these numbers – everything from the initial accident investigation through to the forecasting of potential accident sites.


Global lessons: Key success factors in building a successful PPP programme

The Middle East has begun to embrace public private partnerships (PPP) to fund infrastructure projects once left only to either private developers or municipalities. Driving this trend are lower oil prices, a need for strategic infrastructure planning, and the continuous demand for more infrastructure of all kinds. However, PPPs require more than simply sharing the bill. Participants must also share responsibilities and timelines, which require careful strategic and operational coordination, as well as the combining of coffers.

Hear what international lessons localities should consider adopting to assure successful completion and management of projects.

Magid Elabyad, VP – International Programme, International Road Federation


End of Official Opening of Gulf Traffic 2017


Chairman's opening address

Nabeel Alzaka, CEO, Surface Mobility Consultants

Laying the Groundwork for Smart Mobility


Applying fractal design, autonomous vehicles & e-mobility in planning last-mile transportation

Fractals have traditionally been used to model behaviours, in order to predict how and where cities will grow. Design using fractal dimensions makes it easier to understand urban growth patterns to thereby allow public transport systems scale better over time.

In this presentation, Dr. Bourquin gives a brief overview how e-mobility and autonomous vehicles tie into such thinking.

Dr Vincent Bourquin, Professor, University of Applied Sciences, West Switzerland


Comparing Dubai & Greenwich: Seeking convergence in mobility as a service (MaaS)

What can Greenwich and Dubai learn from each other’s pilot projects for the safe and efficient integration of automated transport systems into complex, real-world smart city environments? Will the same business cases be replicable internationally?

Mr. Copping shares his experiences from work undertaken at Digital Greenwich’s live test bed for mobility services, future 5G telecoms and other smart infrastructure for future city life.   

Paul Copping, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Greenwich


How the Middle East may best prepare for the future of smart mobility

Discussion among Dr. Bourquin, and Mr. Copping and members of the audience about the findings and how these technologies may change the way transport specialists approach their work, research methods that are working, and potential new areas of study to explore potential best practices.

Can we come to some agreement as to transport investments that may be ill advised right now?




Traffic Management 2.0 as a contributor to smarter mobility in cities

GPS-enabled, connected devices are commonplace today, and they are helping feed a wealth of harmonised services for road users and traffic managers to supplement and improve the insights from pre-existing systems. In this presentation, TomTom Maps and THTC will show how cities in the region are already becoming smarter and resolving mobility and traffic challenges through the advantages of this connected world.

Barry Tremeer, Director Product Management – Traffic and Travel Information, TomTom

Dr Saad A. AlMubayedh, Founder & CEO, THTC

Getting Smart Mobility Off the Ground


Ways to enhance multi-modal transportation with smart solutions, while managing risk

With ITS systems becoming ever more complex and interconnected, how can operators ensure that sabotage or software malfunctions do not jeopardize safety?

Topics of discussion will include cyber security for ITS transport infrastructure, as well as linking of uncommon systems, coordination across government bodies, and ways technology can assure greater use of public transportation.

Moderator: Dr. Khaled Abbas, Professor and Former Dean, Egypt National Institute of Transport

Nabeel Alzaka, CEO, Surface Mobility Consultants

Simone Vernacchia, Senior Technology Consulting Director, PwC

Chris Free, UAE Managing Director, Uber

Al Kazickas, ITS Manager, Parsons


Close of Day One

Day Two: Parking


Chairman's opening address

David C. Hill, CEO, Clayton Hill Associates


Suitability of automated car parks to the Gulf region

Automated or robotic car park systems have been in use for a number of years in different parts of the world. Recently however, there has been a surge in interest in this type of system from various clients in the region. The decision to go for an automated parking system has to be analyzed on a project by project basis. Land availability, type of land use, type of commuters and adjacent roadway system are some of the factors for considerations.

This presentation discusses the pros and cons and the overall suitability of automated car parks for different types of projects under various circumstances.

Rasin Mufti, Vice President & Technical Director, Parsons

Santosh Prasannan, Area Manager, Parsons


World-class events: How Expo Milan 2015 created efficient parking

A series of detailed case studies from the parking solution providers at the Expo 2015.

What lessons can be applied potentially to not only Expo 2020 in Dubai, but also to other large-scale events?

Moderator: David C. Hill, CEO, Clayton Hill Associates

Yann Inghilesi, Chairman, Kiunsys

Matteo Antoniola, Head of Business Development, 5T

Luigi Carrarini, Head of Unit for ITS, ANAS


Incorporating designated distance traveller “rest areas” into Middle East transportation

Creating artificial oases for distance travellers is key to encouraging safe driving the exploration of all of the region’s urban and rural regions. Hear the Ministry of Infrastructure’s plans to create new rest area infrastructure, as well as the importance of supporting existing areas.

Eng. Shafia Ali Alkheyali, Civil & Development Engineer, UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development




Assuring parking is an integrated component of transportation systems and urban planning

When parking space is part of the master development from the outset, the potential of what can be achieved is significantly increased. This session will look at some intelligent examples of good design and planning from around the world to point to the key components for creating better parking and overall urban spaces.

Moderator: David C. Hill, CEO, Clayton Hill Associates

Majid Ideisan AbuAbdoun, Sustainable & Renewable Energy Engineer, UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Rupak Chatterjee, Design Manager, InSite

Nabeel Khan, Team Leader, CH2M Halcrow

Sougata Nandi, Founder and CEO, 3e Advisory


Combining owner & end-user requirements for increased capacity and ease of use

Are there less traditional solutions for parking to improve the land usage and profitability? The panel will discuss:

  • Engineering parking facilities to improve capacity, from scratch & retrofit
  • Data-driven solutions to assure all places are found and used efficiently
  • Using virtual reality (VR) and simulation when planning transport infrastructure
  • Capacity differences based on the end-user
  • Creating parking benchmarks for good service

Moderator: David C. Hill, CEO, Clayton Hill Associates

Deon Bender, Director of Operations (MENA), Walker Parking Consultants

Morne Fourie, Vice President, DXB Entertainments

Omar Al-Battaineh, Transport Planner, Arup


Utilizing virtual reality and simulation systems in the planning process

How to set up accurate simulations to support infrastructure planning that allows for situation-based analysis, relevant data curation, and interdisciplinary interfaces with varying levels of detail (LOD). Beyond resulting in adequate parking plans, strong VR and simulation-based planning can win important stakeholder buy-in and more efficient use of resources.

Charles Dunk, Associate Director - Immersive Technologies, AECOM


Close of Day Two

Day Three: Infrastructure


Chairman's opening address

Sameer Daoud, Group Chief Development Officer and Managing Director, Drake and Scull


How can Hyperloop One become a Middle Eastern reality, woven with other transport vehicles?

The vision of Hyperloop One is to completely reinvent urban transportation to be on-demand, energy efficient, safe and move people at airline speeds for the price of a bus ticket.

How can this fit into the transport mix of the Gulf and what are the challenges to overcome to make the vision a reality?

Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director – Middle East & India, Hyperloop One


Winning contracts & securing funding for public infrastructure projects

To support future infrastructure projects, new business and financing models will be required as the Middle Eastern market place matures, as project demands increase, and as municipal coffers diminish.

Learn what public private partnerships and alternative finance models may work for parking projects, as well as new models for additional revenue sources in traffic infrastructure, and additional business opportunities in smart city services and parking solutions.

Moderator: Sachin Kerur, Head of Middle East Region, Pinsent Masons

Martin Tillman, Director of Transportation Planning, AECOM

Sameer Daoud, Group Chief Development Officer and Managing Director, Drake and Scull

George Kenich, CEO, AEI Ltd




Connectivity as an enabler for future transport systems

The Middle East’s infrastructure has helped make the UAE a global shipping and tourist capital for the world, but it must continue to foresee what these industries needs to improve efficiencies and remain competitive. It is vital to grow connectively in partnership with the industries using them, and to foresee possible safety hazards.

Akin Adamson, CEO, BPC Plus


Strategies for longevity, maintenance and safety of traffic infrastructure

The latest research when it comes to behaviour in driving and how this knowledge can be applied to see new approaches for constructing roads with different materials. The industry is coming to know travellers and transporters in much greater detail, which promises to change transportation engineering for years to come.

Moderator: Akin Adamson, CEO, BPC Plus

Thomas Edelmann, Founder & Managing Director, Road Safety UAE

David George, Road Safety Specialist, Al Ain Municipality

Stephen Lambert, Principal Traffic Engineer, Abu Dhabi Municipal Authority

Daniel Llort, Civil Engineer, Roads Department, UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development


Close of Day Three