Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman, Dubai Airports; Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group

Conference Agenda

The conference offers leading airport developers and suppliers the opportunity to share expertise and knowledge on upcoming projects and developments in the region.


08:00 - 09:00Registration

09:00 - 09:10Opening Remarks

09:10 - 09:25Dubai Airports Keynote

09:25 - 09:50International Keynote - Amsterdam Schipol

  • Henk Jan Gerzee, Chief Digital Officer, Schipol Group

09:50 - 10:15International Keynote - Benefits of an innovation process

  • Ben Wagenaar, Innovation Technologist, Heathrow Airport

10:15 - 10:40Hyperloop One and Dubai Airports

 Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director Middle East & India, Hyperloop One


10:40 - 11:00Networking break & refreshments

11:00 - 11:40Panel Discussion – Get up to date on the future developments of airports in the Middle East

Airport privatization –increasing airline routes & meeting passenger demand 

New project announcements across the region & plans to meet increasing passenger demand regionally 

  • Ahmed Al Shamsi, COO, Abu Dhabi Airports Company
  • Mohammed Al Falasi, Director Business Development, Dubai World Central
  • Steve Allen, Divisional SVP UAE Airport Operations,
  • Dnata Senior Representative
  • Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Jacques Khoriaty, Middle East Director, Egis
  • Smart Airports: Looking forward to how airports will look in 2030 & beyond

11:40 - 12:05Utilizing “big data” to reduce airport delays

Monitoring passenger movements with real-time data analytics and machine learning technology

Optimizing processes by predicting passengers’ flight connections success rate and how this then impacts border control & security queues

Overcoming the challenge of silos of data locked in legacy applications

  • Leena Faraj, VP Strategy, Bahrain Airport Company  

12:05 - 12:30Why your airport should be looking to adopt advanced IoT technology

Learn more about how you can measure queues and predict waiting times through WiFi tracking 

Maximize terminal and runway capacity through live and predictive operations 

  • Saud Al-Sabhan,VP Commercial, Riyadh Airports


12:30 - 13:30Networking lunch

13:30 - 13:55Blockchain and Aviation

  • Dr Robert Statica, CEO & President, BL∆KFX

13:55 - 14:20Improving passenger experience with smart baggage handling systems

Using RFID tagging and artificial intelligence for end-toend baggage tracking

Implementing processes & procedures to ensure smooth travel for airport personnel, passengers and airlines

Providing live updates on baggage location to reduce passenger frustration

  • Jaffar Dawood, Senior Vice President, Airline Services DXB, Dnata

14:20 - 14:45Future developments and innovations at Sharjah Airport Authority

Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Director of Engineering and Development Department, Sharjah Airport Authority

14:45 - 15:05Afternoon networking & refreshments

15:05 - 15:30Smart Security Initiative

Achieving measurable improvements in security effectiveness, operational efficiency and passenger experience

Sharing knowledge of trails and research from numerous stakeholders

  • Kashif Khalid, Regional Director - Africa & Middle East, IATA Buti Qurwash, VP Safety & Security, Dubai Airports

15:30 - 16:00Overcoming one of the most common airport bottle necks: immigration

Discover the future of E-Gate technology

How far are we from enhanced 3D baggage scanning?

Smart tracking for seamless passenger flow

  • Zack Zainal, Divisional Vice President, Emirates Group Security

16:00 - 16:30The modern airport and cyber security

Where assets are most vulnerable to a cyber-attack?

What is your risk to a cyber threat and how can it be reduced?

Identifying and removing insider threats

  • Charlotte Warburton, Managing Consultant - Transport and Logistics, PA Consulting Group

16:30 - 17:00The future of biometrics

Biometric-enabled self-boarding, which removes the need for passengers to present their travel documents

Overcoming passenger pushback – effective education 

When we will see a fully biometric airport?


17:00 - 17:05Closing remarks from Chairman






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