DIPMF to be co-hosted by Dubai’s RTA, DEWA, DP World, Emaar and PMI

Themed on Building Nations the project management forum returns in December

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is co-organising the 5th Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF) with DEWA, DP World, Emaar Properties and Projects Management Institute (PMI) between 8-11 December 2018.

This year’s forum is themed on ‘Building Nations’ and is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council, said the RTA.

HE Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, says he is delighted that the RTA can partner with DEWA, DP World, Emaar and PMI; praising the “rich knowledge of these reputed entities and their extensive experience” in project management.

“This partnership will definitely contribute to the realisation of the objectives of the Forum through spotlighting the pioneering development experience of Dubai, which is ranking among the top metropolitan cities in Project Management,” he said. “The Emirate is adopting the latest international standards in the construction of strategic projects such as airports, giant ports and iconic projects such as Burj Khalifa, Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park, Dubai Metro & Tram, and other landmark projects. Dubai is also benefiting from the deliverables of this Forum in projects associated with Expo 2020.

He added: “The past editions of the DIPMF were all success in terms of good organisation, and the huge turnout exceeding 1500 participants in each edition as well as the diversity of topics, events and projects covered. The Forum debated PM in engineering, construction, technical, sports, energy, environmental sustainability fields in addition to topics related to envisioning the future and smart cities among others. The success of the Forum culminated in the launch of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management. Winners will honoured as part of events of the Forum.

“This Forum sets an ideal platform for highlighting the importance of project innovation in driving the growth. Dubai is a live example in running mega innovative projects, which have elevated the global profile of the city. The Emirate has turned into an attractive business, investment and tourism hub, thanks to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, of building a knowledge-based sustainable economy,” added Al Tayer.

DP World Group CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman noted that successful partnerships have been one of the keys to Dubai’s evolution into a global hub for trade, finance and tourism serving a densely populated region in such a remarkable short span of time.

“The infrastructure that has made all this remarkable development possible over the last 30 years depended on collaboration between government agencies such as the Dubai Road and Transport Authority and operators such as DP World,” he commented. “We are proud to continue collaborating with RTA to host this prestigious event.  Professional project management delivered to world class standards helped create our past, our present and will be of vital importance in our future as we build a knowledge sustainable economy and further invest in a smart digital society that makes life easier for all of us in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.”

Mohammed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties described the DIPMF as a premier platform for showcasing the exceptional projects accomplished by Dubai through adopting the highest global practices: “Dubai has established a robust knowledge base for developing and delivering giant projects. The organisation of this Forum echoes the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for raising the status of Dubai as a global hub of innovative infrastructure projects that shape the future of smart cities.

“In line with its 2021 Plan and Smart vision, Dubai has succeeded in accomplishing pioneering projects that have become a source of pride and reflect the values of ambition and positivity. Through sponsoring the Forum as a co-organiser, Emaar will illustrate its huge resources in carrying out giant projects that have become a key ingredient of the economic growth and shaping a more prosperous future for the upcoming generations,” he added.

“We are pleased to co-organise this forum once again,” continued Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA): “We work to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Our strategies, initiatives, and programmes are aligned with federal and local strategies. These include the UAE Centennial 2071; the UAE Vision 2021; and the Dubai Plan 2021. We have a holistic approach to the energy sector that supports the efforts to make Dubai a global role model for clean energy and green economy. This is done by using technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, energy storage, blockchain, and the Internet of Things among other.

“Earlier this year, we launched an initiative to redefine the concept of utilities and contribute to creating a new digital future for Dubai. Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA will implement a pioneering model for utilities that uses innovation in renewable energy, energy storage, artificial intelligence and digital services. This model will disrupt the entire business of public utilities by becoming the world’s first digital utility using autonomous systems for renewable-energy and its storage, expansion in AI adoption, and providing digital services,” he remarked. “By co-organising the forum which is held this year under the theme ‘Building Nations,’ we aim to highlight  DEWA’s key achievements, initiatives, and experiences in anticipating and shaping the future of energy, and innovating a futuristic model for utilities in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and water. We also aim to highlight our efforts to achieve a happier and better future for the next generation, and make the UAE the best country in the world, and always number one,” concluded Al Tayer.

Mark A. Langley, PMI President and CEO, said, that PMI continues to pursue its mission helping governments and organisations around the globe to recognize the critical value of project management excellence in shaping a sustainable future.

“PMI is engaging to deliver value for more than three million professionals who are working in nearly every country in the world – through advocacy, collaboration, education, research, and more,” he said. “Our mission partnering with RTA our Global Executive Council member and DIPMF Co-organisers is to empower DIPMF’s large community to transform ideas into reality and enable UAE to achieve its strategic plans for a sustainable future and better nations.


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