Day One: Smart Mobility


Opening Ministerial Programme



Chairman's opening remarks

Nabeel Alzaka, Chief Executive Officer, Surface Mobility Solutions


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


Middle East research & pilot projects introducing e-mobility & autonomous vehicles

Hear Mr. Machen’s insights from an e-mobility research project he led for a Middle Eastern transportation authority.The project was on the concept’s feasibility in the Middle East, as well as potential strategies to promote e-mobility.

Additionally, an upcoming initiative is in place to boost research on autonomous vehicles in the region.

Ian Machen, Head of Intelligent Mobility Middle East, Atkins


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, Mr. Machen, 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?




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, Chief Executive Officer, Surface Mobility Consultants

Simone Vernacchia, Senior Technology Consulting Director, PwC

Chris Free, UAE Managing Director, Uber



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Day Two: Parking

Chairman's opening remarks

David Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Clayton & Hill Associates


Global Perspective: What’s working in parking?

This is a panel discussion featuring regional parking associations who will share what is working in their regions including Italy, Europe, the US and the Middle East.

Each association head will open with an overview of trends they are seeing, and then the discussion will be opened to the audience to ask questions regarding those findings.


World-class Event Perspective: How Expo Milan 2015 created efficient parking for millions of visitors

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

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

Paolo Lanari, CEO, Kiunsys

Matteo Antoniola, Head of Business
Development, 5T


How the UAE’s largest emirate is adapting its parking to changing economies

As Abu Dhabi prepares to open world class museums, as well as growing numbers of visitors who appreciate its sports and Halal tourism attractions, ways to ease mobility.

How can parking become a stellar part of experiencing the capital?




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 areas.

Hear the Ministry of Infrastructure’s on-going initiatives and future plans to create new rest area infrastructure, as well as the importance of supporting existing areas. 

Eng. Shafia Ali Alkheyali, Civil Engineer / Consultant – Roads Department, UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development


Panel Framer: Maximizing the Value of Parking Facilities in 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 panel framer 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.

Rupak Chatterjee, Design Manager, InSite


Parking as an integrated component of transport systems and a benefit in real estate developments

This session will look at parking beyond its function to see what positive spin-off effects can be had from doing parking differently and improve land usage, pedestrian walkways and overall mobility.

  • Engineering parking facilities to improve capacity, from scratch & retrofit
  • Data-driven solutions to assure all places are found and used efficiently
  • Capacity differences based on the end-user

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

Majid Abuabdoun, Energy Engineer, UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Rupak Chatterjee, Design Manager, InSite

Nabeel Khan, Team Leader, Halcrow

Sougata Nandi, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, 3e Advisory


Panel Discussion: Creating an enjoyable parking experience

This session will look at best practice and the latest philosophies for increasing efficiency in parking systems. How can technology like mobile apps best be used to increase efficiency in a region alongside innovative design and infrastructure solutions?

  • Easy-to-use payment systems
  • Good signage, communication systems with end-users
  • Creating parking benchmarks for good service


Presentation on Utilising VR and Simulation in the Planning Process of Transport Infrastructure

Charles Dunk, Associate Director, Immersive Technologies, Aecom


Q&AUnderstanding where user and owner interests intersect and how to best achieve them



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Day Three: Infrastructure


Chairman's opening remarks

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




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, Previous Regional Director, TRL

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


Infrastructure requirements for the world’s fastest growing logistics hub

The Middle East’s infrastructure has made the UAE a global shipping capital for the world, but to keep the title, it must continue to foresee what the logistics industry needs to improve efficiencies and remain competitive. Automation and multimodal transportation have the power to improve shipping returns, but only as long as they are grown in partnership with the logistical firms using them.

Speakers, To be confirmed



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