Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia
to lead the region’s construction
sector into a new dawn

21 – 23 June 2021, Online
JUN 21

Day 1

10:00 (UAE TIME)
10:00 (UAE TIME)

Panel Discussion: The Future of Transportation in the Kingdom

As Saudi Arabia looks to diversify its economy, how will it look to develop its transport infrastructure in line with current realities and challenges?

Key Themes:

  • Given the scale of future planned transportation projects what delivery models, funding routes and opportunities are there (and given the Kingdom’s push towards PPP, how attractive are these schemes for foreign engagement)?
  • Will the Riyadh Metro offer a new direction for public transport in the Kingdom?
  • What more needs to be done to support the massive tourism megaprojects being developed in the country?
  • How will ambitious projects like The Line in NEOM change perceptions around urban development – not just in Saudi Arabia, but across the world?
  • What needs to be introduced to the transport eco system to make the development and operation of these enormous schemes sustainable in line with the environmental goals of the Kingdom and also operationally cost effective?

Moderator: David Kinniburgh – General Manager – UAE, GHD

Confirmed panellists:

  • Said Mneimne, P. Eng. – Senior Vice President – Hill International
  • Jacques Khoriaty – Chief Commercial Officer, Strategy and Growth Middle East – Egis
  • Roger Cruickshank – Senior Director & Atkins Acuity Lead, Middle East – Atkins Acuity
  • Paul Wallett – Regional Director India & Middle East – Trimble Inc. (Trimble Solutions Middle East)

JUN 22

Day 2

10:00 (UAE TIME)
10:00 (UAE TIME)

Panel Discussion: Building a Destination

With the Kingdom keen to exploit the untapped potential of its natural beauty, tourism and hospitality is a major part of Vision 2030.

Consequently, several megaprojects have been launched across the Kingdom, with each catering to different sectors of society.
However, these will come with their own challenges and opportunities and our experts will discuss how to best build and deliver these megaprojects, and what the regional construction industry needs to do to meet the demands of extremely ambitious developers.

Moderator: David Clifton – Vice President – Business Development, UAE & Northern Gulf – Hill International

Confirmed panellists:

  • David Watkins – Chief of Project Delivery – AMAALA
  • Christopher Fannin – Senior Principal/Managing Director – InSite
  • Bradley Caruk – Project Director, Creative, Theming and Show Design, KSA – Atkins
  • Simon Trafford – Director – KSA Country Manager – Turner & Townsend

Key Themes:

  • What is required to attract international major players to the Kingdom to deliver these large and complex schemes?
  • How are KSA developers working with the contractor and supply chains to ensure consistency of development?
  • With so many schemes in competition with each other for resources and investor attention, what strategies are required to ensure successful delivery of them?

12:00 (UAE TIME)

Virtual Presentation

How Platform Technology Helps KSA Developers Build Better

The development of mega projects involves multiple stakeholders and complex processes. Learn from this keynote how platform technology can help developers manage all stakeholders along with their process in one platform to achieve better project outcome.

Speaker: James Frampton – Business Development Director – Middle East – SoftwareONE | MTWO Construction Cloud

JUN 23

Day 3

10:00 (UAE TIME)
10:00 (UAE TIME)

Panel Discussion: Powering the Vision

With Saudi Arabia aiming to generate 50% of its energy needs using renewables by 2030 (with the remainder provided by gas) there is huge potential for growth in a sustainable renewable energy sector that will require the development of industries, services, and the localisation of technologies, as well as the development of human resources.

Key Themes:

  • Identifying the main frameworks required to build this sector and how the Kingdom can transform its oil-based energy sector into a sustainable powerhouse on par with the likes of Germany and Spain.
  • Given the established financing models for renewables, how can the delivery of these schemes be successfully implemented?
  • What mix of renewables does the panel believe is most appropriate for the Kingdom and how and when should these differing options be rolled out?

Moderator: Sachin Kerur – Head of Middle East Region – Reed Smith

Confirmed panellists:

  • Catherine Cone – Associate Director, Head of Environment – AECOM
  • Norman McComb – Associate Environmental Director – AESG
  • Ralf Steinhauer – Director – RSP
  • Sam Mitchelle – Market Leader – Energy & Resources – GHD