Dubai has succeeded in transforming itself into a global city in a remarkable digital and sustainable transformation. Digital transformation presents a $4.9bn worth of opportunity for Dubai over the next five years, according to latest statistics. With the government undertaking numerous ‘smart’ initiatives, the benefits of digitalisation are expected to percolate to every sector in the economy. And in order to support that, the government is also focussing on meeting its sustainability goals and reduce the carbon footprints.
The second Construction Innovation Conference 2017 will focus on the current topics of sustainable architecture, digital transformation techniques like augmented reality, alternative project funding, affordable housing ahead of Expo 2020, and other relevant ones to give our attendees an overall outlook of the sector in 2017.
Despite various challenges and a change in trends, the momentum is strong for the GCC construction sector. A favourable macroeconomic environment, a growing tourism sector and government support will ensure that the construction sector will continue to play a critical role in transforming the GCC’s landscape.
9:00 – 9:30 – Registration
9:30 – 9:45 – Keynote speech by our distinguished guest
9:45 – 10:30 – Panel One: Affordable housing ahead of Expo 2020
A low-income housing policy aiming to provide apartments for low-income people have been approved by the Dubai Government. The government have been taking initiatives to expand affordable housing ahead of Expo 2020 for the middle and the low-income groups. Real estate developers have constantly been promoting their projects under the name of affordable luxury.
- How sustainable is this model once the Expo 2020 is over?
- Will luxury take a backseat when it comes to current real estate portfolio?
- Strategies for developers for affordable housing
10:30 -11:15 – Presentation: Alternate project funding in the GCC
Dwindling government revenues in the GCC mean that funding from the private sector will be critical for large-scale projects to go ahead. Tighter government budgets and growing infrastructure needs mean GCC countries are now seeking private investment for sectors that were once exclusively state-funded. Infrastructure is at the forefront of each country’s development plans and sectors such as water, power, transport, education, telecommunications and healthcare are ripe for transformation, with alternate project funding providing a potential solution.
11:15 – 12:00 – Panel Two: Sustainable architecture in the GCC
Sustainability is an area that is becoming increasingly important for everybody who is involved in the construction process – for the owners, for the architects and engineers, for the contractors as well as for the developers. There is huge interest in the region in promoting and pushing sustainability into the development culture to conform to each country’s vision.
- Scope for sustainable architecture in the GCC
- Sustainable building materials options for the development
- Trends for sustainable architecture in the next five years
12:15 – 12:30 – Coffee and networking break
12:30 – 1:15 – Panel Three: Augmented reality technology
A large part of real estate and property purchase involves consumer expectation that the property will promise a specific experience, as displayed by (in most cases) proposed digital imagery. Until recently, meeting that expectation has always proved to be a bit of a gamble. Many a times, a consumer might find a property not quite as spacious as the one the photo boasted of. On other occasions, the entire layout may seem off. Here’s where augmented and virtual reality come into play.
- Does it help in boosting customer experiences?
- How does it help in creating sophisticated marketing experiences?
- Catering to tech-savvy homebuyers can lead to sustainable profits
1:15 – Lunch