H.E. Mattar Al-Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, RTA, Dubai
“Organizing the Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF) signals the keenness of Dubai city to play a pivotal role in steering the innovation and development drive in the region, and identify the ingredients of expediting this drive on sound scientific bases in line with the highest standards and practices. This can be achieved through attracting top experts and internationally renowned specialists, to international forums and events that can be transformed into effective platforms for the transfer of knowledge. It also stems from the keenness of Dubai to act as a communication link assisting in the transfer of expertise, concepts and visions amongst international gurus of various industries, and accordingly live up to its billing as an Arabian city with a global profile.
The second edition of the Forum was all success in terms of superb organization, massive attendance comprising more than 1500 participants hailing from 28 countries; 17% more than the inaugural edition. The second Forum was also characterized by the diversity of topics, events and activities of relevance to the management of engineering and construction projects, and the management of projects in technical, sports, energy and sustainability fields.
Based on the results of surveys and polls, and the analysis of deliverables and conclusions drawn from the management or organization of the 2nd DIPMF, ‘Shaping the Future’ has been endorsed as a theme for the 3rd edition of the event. New topics have been introduced highlighted by a discussion panel about Project Management for Youth spotlighting the definition of Project Management (PM) principles, potential successes, and the importance of applying PM practices in various fields. It will also highlight successful models presented by young Project Managers in order to share their experiences and modern knowledge. In collaboration with the PMI, the Forum will host a workshop to discuss the best educational tools for adding PM to undergraduate or postgraduate programs. A closed session was also held to discuss Rail PM to benefit from the best practices of rail projects management.
The Forum would comprise four discussion panels, six concurrent sessions, and five specialist training courses. Discussion panels would cover issues related to PM in the fields of sustainability, future cities, academic programs (knowledge management), and entrepreneurs. The training courses would cover project schedules management, project cost management, project quality management, enterprise risk management, and business analysis. Concurrent sessions would discuss governance, corporate project management, leadership in multi-cultural environment, realization of project benefits, public-private partnership, mega projects management, and talent management. Several site and technical visits would be arranged to unique projects such as Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai Parks & Resorts.
The vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai focuses on the continued investment in improved infrastructure due to its importance in boosting the competitiveness, and supporting the urban and economic development. The Dubai Government has spent more than AED80 billion in improving the infrastructure of roads and transport, and RTA is proceeding ahead with the upgrading of the infrastructure, improving the delivery of services, and achieving the transition to the smart services.
Sourcing funds for upgrading the infrastructure and services is one of the key corporate challenges that require non-conventional finance methods. For instance, RTA has introduced some creative finance techniques such as the metro stations naming rights, and the value engineering method in a bid to reduce the costs of key projects. RTA is currently considering other options involving merging the funding of transport infrastructure and the transit-oriented development, and enhancing the partnership with the private sector towards offering finance, increasing efficiency or reducing costs.”