Discover the US$122.6 bn worth of transport infrastructure projects in the MENA region

Supporting Partners

Ministry of Transport (Tunisia)

National Authority of Tunnels (Egypt)

Land transport development projects continue to be among the largest infrastructure investments across the Arab region and remain a top priority for governments in line with their ambitious urban planning and developments despite the disruption and delays caused by the pandemic.

As countries begins to open and ease the restrictions, pending projects are being re-activated and new ones announced. The total value of active infrastructure projects in the GCC has reached to US$1.14 trillion with roads, highways, and bridges among the highest number of projects. There is a total of 1,309 road projects in the region, the highest number among all infrastructure projects, with a combined value of US$122.6bn.

The Arab Transport Development and Integration Conference is a regional gathering of government officials, project owners, contractors, consultants, private investors and solution providers from across the transport sector to discuss transport planning and masterplans, latest design and engineering strategies, future transportation demand planning, project investment models for the development of the regional land transport ecosystem including roads and bridges, rail, tunnels and public transportation.

Event Features

2 - Day international conference

2 - Day international exhibition

Country projects briefings

Technical sessions

Media and live broadcast zone

Trophy ceremony


Dr Essam Wally

Chairman, National Authority of Tunnels, Egypt

Eng. Ibrahim Ragheb

Head of Planning Department, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Egypt

Eng. Sulaiman Abdulrahman Al Hajri

Director General, Roads, Sharjah Roads & Transport Authority

Tarek Bouazizi

Director of Land Transport Control, General Direction of Land Transport,

Ministry of Transport and Logistics, Tunisia

Khamis Alshehyari

Head of Roads and Traffic Safety Development Section, Federal Roads Asset Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE

Ahmad AlSabbah

Financial, Investment and PPP Consultant Office of the Under Secretary

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure - UAE

Ahmed Ban

Executive Director

Works Agency, Government of RAK

Konstantinos Kanellaidis

Director, PPP & Infrastructure Advisory

Ernst & Young

Nadeem Shakir

Technical Director - Transport Planning

Aurecon Middle East

Prof. Dr. M. Farhan

Saudi Aramco Chair Professor & Director, ITS & Smart Mobility & Traffic Safety Research & Transportation Engineering Department, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University,KSA

Prof. Dr. Yasser El-Mossallamy

Head of Engineering

Arcadis, Egypt

Helmut Scholze


Kearney Middle East

Martin Tillman

Director Strategic Transport Planning and Advisory


David Dunn

Projects Manager
Municipal Roads and Infrastructure,Municipal Infrastructure and Assets

Abu Dhabi Municipality

Eng Majid Ideisan

Project Manager

Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure – UAE

Ahmad Al-Akhras

Executive Director Transportation --Special Economic Zone

The Red Sea Development Company, Saudi Arabia

Dr Sabih Khisaf

UAE Committee Chair

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Waleed Abdel-Fattah

Senior Vice President and Africa Managing Director

Hill International

Dominic Giroux

Head of Transportation,Director of Infrastructure

RAK Municipality

Rusty Russell

Head of Transport,Traffic and Parking

The Red Sea Development

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Sponsors and Exhibitors


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Countries represented

Why get Involved

Get first-hand details on timelines and requirements of current and upcoming transport projects worth more than US$122.6bn from across Arab

Build your professional network and meet the decision makers leading the industry and shaping the sector’s future

Expand your knowledge and find solutions to the issues that the sector is currently facing

Generate strong leads: Influence decision makers and stand a chance of being shortlisted on upcoming projects



Time Activity
08:15 Registration, Refreshments, and Networking
09:10 Conference Inauguration by Chief Guest
09:20 Welcome Note by Conference Chairman
09:30 Opening Keynote
09:40 Keynote Presentation: Transport Infrastructure Development in the Arab Region Post Pandemic
10:00 Keynote Presentation
10:20 Executive Keynote Panel: Transport Infrastructure Overview and Outlook in the Arab Region
This is a special plenary panel discussion. Each panelist will have 5-10 mins to present their latest ongoing and upcoming road and transport infrastructure initiatives, improvements, and programs to transform their cities.
  • Highlighting key drivers and trends fostering the need for investment in the region's roads, bridges, rails, and other land transport infrastructure projects
  • Opportunities and challenges in the region's transport infrastructure sector
  • Future outlook for the sector with increased population growth and interconnectivity and how governments can effectively plan and be a step ahead
11:00 Trophy Ceremony
11:15 Official Exhibition Opening, VIP Tour and Networking Coffee Break
11:40 Project Spotlight - King Fahad Causeway Project
  • Highlighting the economic and regional significance of the project in driving integration and connectivity
  • Sharing latest updates and developments on the revised schedule of the project phases
  • Highlighting the project opportunities to attract private sector investment
12:00 Industry Insight Session : This session will include 10-minute presentation from suppliers and solution providers in the road and transport infrastructure sector sharing latest ideas and providing insights into successful application of variety of innovations and case studies. Industry Insight 1 Industry Insight 2 Industry Insight 3
12:40 Panel Session: Transport Planning and Integration Requirements in the Arab World
  • How can we effectively achieve the right integration and connectivity of cities to foster economic development?
  • How does transport planning affect public transport integration and what are the required key elements to ensure effective planning and integration?
  • What are the latest trends and best practices in planning, designing and implementing successful road and transport infrastructure projects in the region?
  • Importance of achieving good synergy and collaboration between policy makers, project owners, consultants and contractors to ensure timely execution and delivery of projects
Panelists: Nadeem Shakir, Technical Director - Transport Planning, Aurecon Middle East
Martin Tillman,Director Strategic Transport Planning and Advisory, AECOM
Ahmad Al-Akhras,Executive Director Transportation - Special Economic Zone,The Red Sea Development Company, Saudi Arabia
13:25 Panel Session: Adopting Best Practices in Sustainable Construction Management and Project Delivery
  • Addressing the role of sustainability in construction management and project delivery 
  • How can we integrate sustainability into transport infrastructure design and construction? 
  • Examining the merits and demerits of using environment-friendly materials and resources in road and transport infrastructure projects
Panelists Prof. Dr Yasser El-Mossallamy,Head of Engineering, Arcadis, Egypt
Eng Majid Ideisan,Project Manager, Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure - UAE
Dr Sabih Khisaf,UAE Committee Chair, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
14:10 Closing Remarks by the Conference Chairman
14:20 Networking Lunch and End of Conference Day One
Time Activity
08:15 Registration, Refreshments and Networking
09:10 Welcome Note by Conference Chairman
09:15 Keynote Presentation: Exploring Different Models to Finance Transport Development and Drive Economic Recovery in a Post-Pandemic World
09:30 Government Panel Discussion: PPP Roads and Transport Infrastructure Investment Opportunities in the Arab Region
  • Showcasing investment potential in the Arab transport and infrastructure sector
  • Highlighting public-private partnerships opportunities in the Arab transport industry
  • How can government better attract investment in transport infrastructure projects through public - private partnerships?
  • Exploring the role of PPP model in delivering successful transport infrastructure projects and promoting economic development in the region
  • What are the gaps in the PPP model and how do we fix them to make it work better?
  • Examining the challenges in project funding and how to make it work better for both governments and private sector partners and investors
  • What is the future of the PPP in the infrastructure development sector?
Panel Keynote Speakers: Tarek Bouazizi,Director of Land Transport Control, General Direction of Land Transport, Ministry of Transport and Logistics Ministry of Transport, Tunisia
David Dunn, Projects Manager,Municipal Roads and Infrastructure, Municipal Infrastructure and Assets,Abu Dhabi Municipality
Konstantinos Kanellaidis,Director, PPP & Infrastructure Advisory, Ernst & Young
10:10 Presentation: Managing PPP Projects in a Post Pandemic World
  • Project contracts and dispute management in a post pandemic era
  • How to manage claims and extension requests between PPP partners
  • Future proofing PPP projects and contracts for future disruptions
10:30 Rail Infrastructure Panel Session: Boosting Regional Economic Trade and Mass Transit through Rail Transportation
  • Assessing the growth and impact of rail and metro transportation system in the Arab region
  • Highlighting current rail and metro initiatives in the region and investment opportunities for private sector participation
  • Examining the future of rail transportation in the Arab region
Waleed Abdel-Fattah,Senior Vice President and Africa Managing Director, Hill International
11:00 Industry Insight Session: This session will include 10-minute presentation from suppliers and solution providers in the road and transport infrastructure sector sharing latest ideas and providing insights into successful application of variety of innovations and case studies. Industry Insight 1 Industry Insight 2 Industry Insight 3
11:30 Networking Coffee Break
12:00 Panel: Assessing the Drive Towards Vison Zero Road and Traffic Fatality Highlighting regional initiatives and projects to achieve vision zero fatality across Arab cities Each panelist will have10 minseach to discuss some of the challenges they face, steps being taken and highlight some of the results recorded
12:30 Presentation: Best Practices in Work Zone Safety and Road Construction Management
  • Best practices in traffic management for work zones and road construction sites
  • Work zone road safety equipment and strategies to ensure safety of workers and other road users
  • Highlighting impact of road and transport infrastructure design in improving road and traffic safety
  • Innovation and practices in work zone traffic control devices, warning flashlights, use of TMAs for heavy duty trucks and earthworks equipment, etc.
12:50 Panel Session: Establishing a Safe and Reliable Asset Management System to Keep Roads, Bridges, Railways, and other Infrastructure in the Best Possible Conditions
  • Examining cost effective management models to maintain assets and increase their life cycle
  • Managing assets and systems in a sustainable way to optimize their performance and minimizes risk and expenditure
  • Leveraging latest technology and innovation in implementing a predictive and intelligence-based maintenance operation
  • Exploring best practices in management and maintenance of transport infrastructure
  • Preserving and enhancing transport infrastructures management systems that continue to meet current and future infrastructure requirements
Panelists Ahmed Ban,Executive Director,Works Agency, Government of RAK
Helmut Scholze,Partner, Kearney Middle East
13:30 How Smart Cities are Re-Defining the Future of Transport Infrastructure in The Arab Region
  • Re-imagining the future of transport and mobility
  • What is sustainable transport and how will this impact the future of transportation?
  • Exploring key smart cities transport project that will transform the region's transport system
  • Implementing smart transportation and intelligent transport system in smart cities
Panelists: Rusty Russel,Mobility Director, The Red Sea Development Company
Prof. Dr Muhammad Farhan,Saudi Aramco Chair Professor and Director,ITS & Smart Mobilityand Traffic Safety Research and Transportation Engineering Department, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, KSA
Mark Jamieson,MEA Council Member & UAE Country Representative, Institution of Civil Engineers
14:15 Closing Remarks by the Conference Chairman
14:25 Lunch Break and End of Arab Transport Development and Integration Conference

Key Topics

Transport infrastructure planning and design

Country briefings: Country-specific and cross-country project spotlights

Project funding and PPPs in transport projects

Traffic congestion and demand planning

Asset preservation and management

Work zone, road and traffic safety

Smart cities and future of sustainable transport system

Flood prevention infrastructure for safer roads

Smart cities and future of sustainable transport system

Attendee Profiles

Government Officials

Ministries of Transport

Road, Rail & Transport Authorities


Consultancy Firms

Infrastructure Investment Firms


Industry Associations and Councils

Urban Planning Authorities and Companies

Construction and Material Suppliers

Regional Municipalities

Project Management Companies

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Sponsorship Opportunities


We have a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities available. A member of the sponsorship team will work with you to create a bespoke package to suit your business objectives.
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