About 3rd Annual Marine Data Infrastructure GCC 2018

As hydrographic data gains more importance in marine exploitation activities and ocean protection initiatives, GCC governments are investing significantly in advanced technology for data integration, management and access.

In June 2015, Abu Dhabi completed a satellite-based habitat mapping project worth millions of dollars. With Dubai’s Expo 2020 win, substantial investments have been made to increase the Emirate’s coastline. Kuwait has signed a partnership for marine data collection to support sustainable marine management in the state’s coastal waters. Latest marine technology implementation is taking place as Sohar Port of Oman is increasing connectivity with the world.

With more projects to be announced in the coming months, the importance of integrating existing technical capabilities and information into a framework for GCC marine data infrastructure rises.

For the third edition, the conference will bring together marine data management experts, regulators, maritime sector stakeholders and technology providers to discuss ocean monitoring and data collection techniques, best practices and the latest technological advancements.

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Excellent Opportunities for the Marine Industry

Did you know?
  • Biggest marina in MENA: Dubai ruler unveils 20-million-square foot Dubai Harbour project featuring a 150,000 sq ft cruise liner terminal capable of handling 6,000 passengers and 1,400-berth marina that will increase Dubai’s capacity for handling yachts by almost 50 per cent from the current 3,000 berths in the Emirate
  • DP World is to expand its flagship Jebel Ali Port with the construction of $1.6bn Terminal 4, that will see the port’s capacity increase by 3.1-million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) by 2018, taking its overall capacity to 22.1-million TEU
  • Work on the liquid bulk berth terminal at Duqm Port, Oman will start mid 2017 with the completion of contract award of $533mn to Boskalis, covering engineering, design, procurement and construction of a bulk liquid berth terminal scheduled for completion in 2020.
  • Dubai marine transport sector to witness a sharp rise in the number and available transport modes, stations and passengers with the completion by RTA of the linking of the Business Bay Canal and the Dubai Water Canal with the Arabian Gulf as well as completion of remaining 7 marine transport stations at the business bay canal by 2018
  • Saudi Aramco is set to build the region's largest integrated maritime shipyard in a US $5.2 billion joint venture with South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries in the Kingdom’s Arabian gulf coast which will have the capacity to produce four offshore rigs and 40 vessels, including three super tankers per year


Top Reasons To Attend

  • LEARN about the latest regulations and national strategies for marine data management and ocean monitoring technology implementation across the GCC
  • NETWORK with government representatives, offshore oil & gas, marine and coastal construction experts, underwater telecommunications, naval and transportation industry stakeholders and project leaders, local researchers and international maritime community
  • PARTICIPATE in discussions on challenges associated with data collection, technology integration, and operational implementation
  • DISCOVER new opportunities resulting from the GCC’s latest project and joint venture announcements
  • GAIN a competitive advantage in the region’s marine data management sector by showcasing your solution to buyers


2018 Advisory Board

Mr. Loay Ghazaleh

Advisor, Ministry of Works – Bahrain

Dr Juan Recia

Associate Director, Ports Marine and Geotechnical, AECOM Middle East

Ben van Scherpenzeel

director nautical developments, policy and plans Port , Rotterdam

2018 Speakers

  • Dr Anand Gupta

    Ph.D., Environmental Specialist
    Engineering and Research International, UAE

  • Loay Ghazaleh

    Ministry of Works - Bahrain

  • Nivine Issa

    Senior Sustainability and Environmental Consultant

  • Dr Juan Recia

    Associate Director
    Ports Marine and Geotechnical, AECOM Middle East

  • Abdulaziz Al Hammadi

    Acting, Senior Manager-Navigation Services
    Abu Dhabi Marine Services – Safeen

  • Hazem Sarhan

    Projects Director
    Sogreah – Artelia

  • Murali Surisetty

    Senior Coastal Engineer
    National Marine Dredging Company

  • Mr. Hussein M. Abdulmuttalib

    Senior GIS Specialist
    Dubai Municipality

  • Yasser R. Othman

    Manager, Environmental Information and Reports
    Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi

2018 Sponsors and Partners