Elevating the Region’s Housing and Quality of Life Through
Innovation and Sustainability

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Event Overview

At the heart of the Arab housing and community development is a commitment to leveraging innovation and technology to drive positive transformations in in urban living and infrastructure and increase the quality of life. Governments across the region are readily investing in their infrastructure aiming to develop cities that are not only more advanced, but also more sustainable and efficient in their operations, while promoting inclusive and equitable community growth strategies that has become increasingly imperative.

From advancements in technology to the changing landscape of market dynamics, the housing and community development sector in the region is witnessing a diverse array of trends which bring forth opportunities, including better urban mobility, quality of public spaces, and housing accessibility. However, the sector also faces some key challenges, including the escalating risks posed by climate change, evolving demographic patterns, and the need for sustainable development practices amidst rapid urbanization.

The 2nd Arab Housing and Community Development Forum serves as a pivotal platform focusing on fostering sustainable and innovative approaches and solutions in architecture and construction techniques to create more vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable communities across the Arab region. By highlighting best practices and success stories the event serves as a pivotal platform for fostering partnerships between governmental agencies, private sector entities, and international organizations to advance collective efforts in addressing housing challenges and designing urban cities for tomorrow.

WHAT TO EXPECT THIS YEAR?

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Key Themes

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Conference Speakers

Yahya Alhassan Siraj

Chief Project Development Officer

National Housing Company (NHC)
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hossam Samir Ibrahim

Head of Municipality Master & Urban Planning

Ministry of Municipality
Qatar

Qasim Al Harasi

Head of Planning

Ministry of Housing & Urban Planning
Oman

Dr. Waleed A. Sultan

General Supervisor for Classification Development

Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing
Saudi Arabia

Dr. Hooriah AL Balooshi

Infrastructure Development Sector Planning Advisor

Ajman Municipality & Planning Department
United Arab Emirates

Ahmed Riad

Board Member of Private Sector Alliance for Resilient Societies

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
United Arab Emirates

Faiek Haddadin

Senior Director Projects

Emaar
United Arab Emirates

Osama Al Hasan

Senior Director - Head of Landscape Department

Public Investment Fund (PIF) - Ardara
Saudi Arabia

Yaseer Baaqeel

Director Project Delivery

New Murabba
Saudi Arabia

Sadiq Jaffer Sulaiman

Chief Executive Officer

Maysan Properties
Oman

Yusuf Abu Sadaa

Chief Civil Engineer - Engineering Materials

Ras Al Khaimah Municipality Department
United Arab Emirates

Mohannad Salam

Regional Head of Smart Sustainable Cities

AtkinsRéalis

Jon Williams

Development Director

Qiddiya,
Saudi Arabia

Darryl Custer

Managing Director, Design Division

KEO International Consultants
United Arab Emirates

Fahd Aljabr

Senior Director of Project Delivery

King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD)
Saudi Arabia

Steven Velegrinis

Design Director Urbanism Landscape Architecture

Gensler
United Arab Emirates

Alaa Elayyan

AVP of Information Technology

Deyaar Development
United Arab Emirates

Eng. Abdulrhman Aljohani

Chairman of Housing Sector

The Saudi Umran Society

Andy Shaw

Managing Partner

AMA

Ahmed Elbanawy

Associate Director of Development

UAE’s Leading Real Estate Developer

Amjad Abou Said

Associate Director

Meydan Group
United Arab Emirates

Mohammed Al Hashimi

Director of Projects

Wasl Group

Mithun Varghese

Director

LWK + PARTNERS
MENA

Mostafa Saber

Design Innovation Manager

Diamond Developers
United Arab Emirates

Farah Yassine

Senior Manager - Sustainability and ESG

PwC
Middle East 

Agenda

08:00 – 09:00

Registration and networking

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome Message by Great Minds Events Management

09:05 – 09:15

Welcome Remarks by Conference Chairperson

09:15 – 09:30

Opening Keynote Address

09:30 – 10:15

Panel Discussion:

Advancing towards the Next Frontier of Housing in the Region through Community-Centric Planning

Panellists:

10:15 – 10:25

Keynote Presentation Session - Precast Solution

This session consists of a 10-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of Precast solution. 

10:25 – 11:10

Panel Discussion:

Crisis to Opportunity: Rethinking Affordable Housing in the Urban Landscape

Panellists:

Moderator:

DARRYL CUSTER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, DESIGN DIVISION, KEO INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS​​

11:10 – 11:55

VIP Exhibition Tour & Networking Coffee Break

11:55 – 12:05

Case Study: Cement Industry - Towards Net Zero

12:05 – 12:50

Panel Discussion:

Towards Net-Zero Homes: Renewable Energy Integration in Design

12:50 – 13:20

Industry Innovation Showcase Session

This session will highlight the latest solutions in driving housing and community development in the region. The session consists of back-to-back 10-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of solutions.

13:20 – 14:05

Panel Discussion:

Resilient Buildings for Climate-Resilient Arab Cities

Panellists:

14:05 – 14:15

Project Spotlight Session – The DIFC Living Project

Speaker:

14:15 – 14:20

Closing Remarks by Conference Chairperson

14:20

Networking Lunch and End of Day 1

08:00 – 09:00

Registration and Networking

09:00 – 09:10

Opening Remarks by Conference Chairperson

09:10 – 09:25

Keynote Address

09:25 – 10:15

Panel Discussion

The Role of Green Finance in Building Inclusive Communities in the Region

10:15 – 10:25

Keynote Presentation Session - Bathroom Fittings & Ceramics Solution

This session consists of a 10-minute presentation from an expert in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of Bathroom Fittings & Ceramics Solutions. 

10:25 – 11:10

Panel Discussion: Creating Exceptional Destinations and Lifestyles with the Collaboration of the Public Realm and Real Estate Landscaping

Panellists:

11:10 – 11:20

Project Spotlight Session

SPEAKER​

11:20 – 12:00

Networking Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:45

Panel Discussion:

Customization and Innovation: Exploring the Possibilities of 3D-Printed Homes

Panellists

13:00 – 13:30

Industry Innovation Showcase Session

This session will highlight the latest solutions in driving housing and community development in the region. The session consists of back-to-back 10-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of a variety of solutions. 

13:30 – 14:15

Panel Discussion:

The Intersection of Connectivity, Convenience, and Comfort in Smart Homes

Panellists

14:15 – 14:20

Closing Remarks by Conference Chairperson

14:20

Networking Lunch and End of Conference

WHY ATTEND?

Be an active participant

in shaping the evolving trends in housing and community development in the Arab World.

Stay
informed

about the latest regulatory changes, government policies, and incentives impacting the housing market in the region

Learn from successful case studies

showcasing best practices, innovative strategies, cutting-edge design concepts and sustainable new building technologies and inspire your own projects.

Connect with key decision makers

and professionals like yourself who are at the forefront of the Arab housing and community development sector under one platform.

Explore new business opportunities

forge strategic alliances, and expand your professional network with potential collaborators, partners, and clients.

Who should attend?

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