With major events on the horizon for the GCC, the regional hospitality and tourism industries are expected to have a significant impact on the construction and real estate development sector. Data has shown that the retail and hospitality sector have been the UAE’s fastest growing industries over the last 15 years.
According to analysts, the value of the GCC hotel projects market is forecasted to increase from $11.15 billion in 2018 to $11.61 billion in 2019, while the UAE’s own hospitality market is expected to reach $7.6 billion by 2022, growing at a five-year CAGR of 8.5% between 2017 and 2022. In 2019 alone, Dubai’s hotel supply is expected to reach 132,000.
Meanwhile, the retail sector has been projected to grow by 5.6% from 2018 to 2021, with retail sales predicted to reach $43.75 billion by 2021. In the UAE, Dubai alone accounts for 49% of all shopping malls in the country, followed by Abu Dhabi with 36%, and these figures show no signs of dropping, with retail construction continuing at pace.
As such, regional developers are showing increased interest in developing mixed-use projects that combine hospitality, entertainment, retail and residential elements, thereby allowing for the diversification of economies away from oil revenues.
With investment in tourism infrastructure on the rise, developers are now looking to create destinations that will attract international tourists, local visitors and residential tenants. Therefore, Big Project ME is looking to host a summit that will focus on the key issues and topics around retail and hospitality construction and development.
Through a series of presentations and panel discussions, the 2019 Retail and Hospitality Summit will offer construction professionals an opportunity to discuss, debate and define the key issues and challenges facing the construction industry as it works to meet the demands placed upon it.
The 2019 Retail and Hospitality Summit will provide professionals with the opportunity to network with industry experts, regional thought leaders and decision makers from a variety of fields, sectors and countries.
Listen and learn from the regions foremost experts as they explain how the construction industry can answer the demands and needs of the ever-expanding tourism and hospitality sectors in the GCC.
Learn from industry leaders how your company can position itself as a leader in hospitality and tourism construction. Hear about and see real examples of how iconic projects are being built, keeping in mind the needs of visitors – both local and international.
The RHC Summit presents you with an opportunity to interact and discuss how RHC Summit can benefit your company with the region’s leading experts. With several breaks scheduled for networking, you’ll be able to get one-on-one time with panellists and presenters, following on from interactive Q&A sessions and a CPD workshop.
Designing and building retail and hospitality projects
Development trends in the GCC
Developing destination projects for generations to come
Creating mixed-use projects that combine residential, retail and hospitality elements
Sustainable practices and utilising technology to design destinations
Designing experiences and creating memories
Investing in retail and hospitality
The 2019 Retail and Hospitality Summit will play host to a veritable who’s who of the regional construction industry. Through the summit’s focused panel discussions, presentations and workshops, delegates will be able to hear from, and engage in thought-provoking discussions with experts working in the top consultants, contractors and software vendors.
In addition, the Retail and Hospitality Summit will also bring together senior government officials and executives from some of the region’s most well-known developers. Through this diverse mix of speakers, delegates will be given a comprehensive view and insights into one of the most divisive issues in the Middle East construction industry today.
In her role as a Director with CBRE’s Consulting team in the region, Gabriella has a wealth of experience providing real estate development advice to Government entities, developers and investors across the Middle East. As part of her responsibilities, she leads a wide range of consulting and advisory assignments, from single-use developments to large-scale master plans.
She has executed numerous high-profile and complex assignments in various geographies, including the UAE, KSA, Oman, Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has advised on a range of developments including master planned communities; mixed-use towers; as well as residential, retail and hospitality projects. In the UAE specifically, she has worked closely with government entities and major developers in determining project feasibilities and defining wider development strategies.
Gabriella holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California (USC) and an MBA from ESSEC Business School in France.
Vladimir is an Architect with 20 years’ international experience in design practicing and design management roles gained on a diverse range of projects in all phases.
He is currently leading front-end design at AECOM Middle East as an Associate Director of Architecture. Formerly, as a Head of Architecture at Meraas Vladimir designed concepts and managed design delivery from conception to completion on some of the most prestigious large-scale developments in Dubai. Before moving to Middle-East in 2014, Vladimir spent more than five years in Foster+Partners London office where he was responsible for the design of numerous international projects and competitions. Prior to this he received several design awards for his independent projects. In 2006 Vladimir was a co-author of “Project Belgrade Transition:ism”, a masterplan vison presented at 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture.
His progression throughout the career in various roles has greatly influenced his holistic approach to design. Vladimir’s strengths in front-end design stages, combined with his construction and development management knowledge allows him to deliver design excellence tailored to the particular client, location, brief and budget requirements.
An architect with an MBA from London Business School & Columbia University in New York. From working on the world’s tallest tower to winning a 512 million dollar bid from Mubadala, Abdoullah has consistently focused on delivering great results.
Abdoullah is a thought leader, regular key speaker and panellist including Index (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), Big5 2018 & 2019, Interior design and development forum (2016 & 2017), London Business School consulting club forum.
He has also published an article in the Fit Out Magazine – October 2016 Issue. and been featured in Construction Week Magazine, Corporate Interior Design Magazine, Middle East Architects Magazine, Design ME, Construction Business News ME and The Leader Magazine by CoreNet Global.
Throughout these years he has been instrumental in developing some of the world’s most challenging projects such as Nakheel Harbor and Tower (the world’s tallest designed tower), the multi award winning building Ferrari World, The Adelaide City Central Tower (the first five star rated building in Australia), The Index Building in Association with Norman Foster and the St. Regis Hotel.
Dr. Rusty Brainard joined The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) as Chief Environment Officer in July 2019 and is responsible for ensuring the environmental sustainability of all aspects of the Red Sea Project (https://www.theredsea.sa/en), including the ambitious vision to increase environmental conservation value by 30% across the Special Economic Zone.
Prior to joining TRSDC, Dr. Brainard spent more than 38 years as a commissioned officer and then supervisory oceanographer with the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including 18 years serving as founding Chief of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division in Hawaii, where he led an interdisciplinary team of ~65 marine ecologists and oceanographers in conducting integrated habitat mapping, coral reef ecosystem assessment and long-term monitoring, applied research and modeling to inform sustainable management and conservation of coral reef ecosystems across the Pacific Islands.
Internationally, Dr. Brainard has served as: NOAA’s technical lead for the 6-country Coral Triangle Initiative and 8-country Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project; co-principal investigator for the International Census of Marine Life; and as Steering Committee member for the U.N. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s (IOC) efforts to establish an ocean acidification observing network in the Western Pacific.
Dr. Brainard holds a BSc in Marine Science from Texas A&M University, a MS and PhD in oceanography and physical oceanography, respectively, from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He has co-authored 133 scientific papers and reports on various aspects of marine biology and oceanography.
Australian-born Nathan has more than 20 years’ experience working in the construction industry in Australia, Europe and for the past 12 years in the Middle East.
Following a more practical path to start his career Nathan is dual traded completing electrical & instrumentation apprenticeships with BHP Australia before moving into Building Services Engineering in the UK. In 2007 Nathan relocated to the UAE with international consulting firm Scott Wilson (now AECOM) to build a regional MEP team. He successfully carried out the role as Head of MEP until 2012 when the opportunity arose to join Godwin Austen Johnson where he made Partner as Commercial & Operations Director. In 2019 Nathan joined the multi award winning international engineering firm NV5 as Executive Director with a goal of developing their footprint across the EMEA region.
He has been involved with projects across nearly all sectors including Education, Hospitality, Retail, Residential, Commercial, Healthcare and large-scale Mixed Use and Transportation projects. Across all of these has been a focus on sustainability that includes award winning design (Sustainable Project of the Year 2016 MEP Awards) and latterly an interest in the application of ESCO models for post operation improvements of existing stock.
“Under his current title of Technical Manager, Majd leads the Technical Programs and team of Emirates Green Building Council. The Council’s technical programs include Green Key, Net Zero Centre of Excellence Benchmarking program, Hospitality Program and the Energy Efficiency Program. Majd’s main role is to create new programs and manage existing ones as a means to drive the Council’s mission of promoting sustainability of the built environment in the UAE.
His achievements at EmiratesGBC include : Leading the first three research studies of their kind in the region regarding the energy efficiency of existing buildings and zero energy buildings; Establishing the first industry benchmarks for energy and water performance of hotels, schools and malls; Offering the first definition for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in the MENA which has proven to be a stepping stone to drive policy towards de-carbonization in the Country.
Majd also takes a lead role in advocacy where he has participated as a speaker in more than 20 events in the UAE and region. He has developed local and international partnerships with various stakeholders including government, NGOs, developers and industry players. Majd sits on the official committee for the development of the UAE’s green building regulation.
Prior to working with EmiratesGBC, Majd managed the National CDM Project for Solar Energy in Lebanon, a complex and multi-stakeholder project registered under UNFCCC.
Majd holds a master’s degree in Renewable Energy and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a CEM, LEED AP(O&M) and TRUE Advisor credentials.”
Mr. Krishna Murthy is an Energy and Water sector professional with a sound experience of around 40 years rendering his services in the fields of Installation, Commissioning, Maintenance, and Consultancy by serving reputed organizations such as Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority and Keltron Controls in India.
He is presently heading the Energy Efficiency Team in ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS AND CONSULTANCY (ESC – a registered ESCO). The Energy division of ESC consists of leading professionals, specialized in Energy efficiency studies and solutions for Industrial and Commercial Sectors. Under the Industrial sector, his experience involves projects related to Energy Efficiency Audits and ECM implementations for Industries such as Large Utilities, Water Pumping Stations, Cement, Ceramics, etc. Under the commercial and Buildings sector, his ESCO activity involves implementation of End-to-End Solutions for Energy Management Systems, Solar Solutions, Comprehensive Energy Audits, Commissioning and M&V with specialties in data driven recommissioning, retro-commissioning, continuous commissioning, chiller optimization, etc.
He is a trainer, speaker and a Lead Auditor for ISO 14001 and holds the NEBOSH certification. He has been a speaker/panelist in prestigious events such as WETEX, Alleem Business Congress, HSE Forum, etc.
Martin has managed the development of a number of retail and hospitality projects in Australia, Singapore and China, before taking up a project management role in Dubai where he consulted to Nakheel Shopping Malls and later, Emirates Leisure Retail.
Along with his Partners, Martin co-founded multi-award-winning Compass Project Consulting in 2014. To date, the Team has successfully delivered over 250 projects throughout the region, representing respected owners, operators, designers and landlords to deliver memorable destinations. The company boasts a project portfolio spanning new hotel brands sitting alongside reputed operators, as well as the world’s largest vertical farm at 130,000 sqft; a 200,000sqft production kitchen, leisure activities such as golf simulators, the first roll-out of cinemas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a variety of retail developments, Dubai Expo 2020 pavilions and many esteemed F&B concepts.
With a growing Team of 65 Project, Planning and Cost Management professionals, across regional offices, Martin and his three Partners continuously maintain a keen eye on trends, opportunities, and challenges associated with the industry, ensuring an innovative hands-on insight is applied to each and every project.
Martin ‘s design awareness, client focus, commercial acumen and attention to detail further fine-tunes his role at Compass, where he is responsible for Business Development of the company’s operations in the UAE & KSA, with a specific interest in the evolving F&B market in the Kingdom… which coincidently complements one of his favorite pastimes: exploring the effervescent foodie scene and appreciating talent within the retail, hospitality and F&B-sphere, with great clients, colleagues and friends.
8:00AM - 8:55AM
9:15AM - 09:30AM
09:30AM - 10:15AM
As technology continues to change the rules of engagement in both the retail and hospitality sectors, how are the region’s developers, consultants and contractors keeping up with the changing demands of consumers? Can the construction industry help keep these key sectors for the GCC competitive and up to the challenge?
10:20AM - 10:35AM
10:35AM - 10:45AM
10:50AM - 11:35AM
What does a sustainable retail space look like in 2019? How can effective environmental measures be embedded into a large-scale hospitality project? Can intuitive design help move guests and customers towards green practices without forcing it upon them? What can the construction industry do to help improve the efficiency and green rating of retail and hospitality spaces in the GCC?
11:40AM - 11:55AM
11:55AM - 12:05PM
12:10PM - 12:55PM
How is modern technology shaping the way retail and hospitality spaces are designed and built? Can data analysis help developers create spaces that are responsive to consumer needs? Will Artificial Intelligence revolutionise the way consumers interact with physical spaces? What is being done by the regional construction and real estate development industries to prepare for a digitally enabled future?
01:00PM - 01:15PM
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