Conference Day One: Monday, 26 March 2018

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM Registration, refreshments and networking

9:20 AM - 9:30 AM Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM Keynote address: Dubai Municipality’s 2020 vision and strategic roadmap for sustainability in the public realm

Mohammed Alrayees, Head of Execution Section Drainage & Irrigation Department, Dubai Municipality - UAE
The keynote will cover Dubai Municipality’s continuous efforts to champion sustainability and reduce environmental footprints. It will also highlight the strategic roadmap to achieve the national vision set in relation to irrigation and landscaping in order to meet future city expansion requirements and big events being hosted by Dubai, like Expo 2020.


Mohammed Alrayees

Head of Execution Section Drainage & Irrigation Department
Dubai Municipality - UAE

GCC Vision: Institutional updates on the future of landscape in the region

9:40 AM - 9:55 AM Update from the Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning on the upcoming projects in the Kingdom of Bahrain

This session will showcase the plans of the Ministry with regards to the upcoming projects in the country and current sustainability programmes implemented in the public realm.

The Dh3.5 billion plan entails that all landscape and streetscape irrigation and fountain systems will be replaced by treated sewage effluent (TSE) by the year 2030. As part of the capital’s vision of a sustainable, eco-friendly and green city, the masterplan will help save clean water that is currently being washed away.


Eng Husain Al Saeedi

Head of Studies & Standards Section-Infrastructure Support Group
Abu Dhabi Municipality

Dr Ammar M. K. Jarrar

Irrigation Expert
Abu Dhabi Municipality - UAE

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM Overview of Muscat Municipality’s strategic roadmap for landscape and irrigation networks

Issa Ali Abdulla Aluwaisi, Irrigation Engineer, Muscat Municipality - Oman
This session will showcase the plans of Muscat Municipality with regards to the expansion of sewer lines and the irrigation network, which will bolster sustainable landscaping projects. A showcase of current and upcoming mega-projects will highlight the urgent requirements and challenges to be tackled in the next 6 months.

Issa Ali Abdulla Aluwaisi

Irrigation Engineer
Muscat Municipality - Oman

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Coffee break and networking

Designing cities of the future: The evolving face of landscaping in the region

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Technical session

Adam Smith , Sales Director, Polypipe Middle East.
Polypipe Middle East

Adam Smith

Sales Director
Polypipe Middle East.

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Dubai Sustainable City: Setting examples in smart irrigation systems for indigenous plants

Phil Dunn, Design and Planning Manager, Dubai Sustainable City
The Sustainable City has broadened its spectrum to utilise integrated and sustainable solution concepts, including separating gray and black water, and re-refining grey water for community irrigation.


Phil Dunn

Design and Planning Manager
Dubai Sustainable City

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM Dubai Creek Harbour’s masterplan: Creating innovative landscapes

Ibrahima Gaye, Corporate Director of Engineering, EMAAR
Inspired by major European cities such as Paris, Vienna and Barcelona with their boulevards, streets and parks, DCH’s green structure is conceived to have access to a central park which will be the core of the district.


Ibrahima Gaye

Corporate Director of Engineering

Landscaping and irrigation challenges in the region

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Showcase of latest smart irrigation system technologies

This panel discussion will involve municipalities and consultants to address the challenges of stakeholder collaboration in masterplanning and seek solutions to successfully delivery projects on time and on budget.


Benjamin Heydon

Public Realm Consultant
Abu Dhabi Municipality - UAE

Peter Scott

Director Landscape Architecture
Khatib & Alami

Steven Velegrinis

Associate Principal

Ian Rose


Manikath Narendran

Leader - Water for Industry

12:50 PM - 1:00 PM Chairman’s closing remarks

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Networking lunch

2:00 PM - 2:00 PM Close of conference day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.