Future Landscape & Public Realm UAE 2017

Future Landscape & Public Realm event series will return to Abu Dhabi on the 6-7 February 2017. This focused conference will once again provide a unique platform for business professionals to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities covering the landscape and public realm industry in Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE, bringing together a broad spectrum of senior level delegates from across the value chain.

The 2016 event boasted delegations from such important regional government bodies as Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Dubai Municipality, the Urban Planning Council and Al Ain Municipality to name just a few as well as key Consultants such as AECOM, ARUP, ATKINS, KEO, Perkins + Will amongst others, to network, learn and identify future business opportunities with top developers, project owners, landscape design and architects and a wide variety of international solution providers.

The conference will focus on the key projects shaping the future of the UAE such as EXPO 2020 and MASDAR City, as well as an update on Abu Dhabi Municipalities’ new public realm guidelines. The conference will also feature leading developers in the region such as Emaar, Aldar and TDIC, showcasing their latest design solutions for mixed-use developments across the UAE.


Excellent Opportunities for the Landscaping and Public Realm Industry:

Did you know?
  • A number of large scale residential and mixed use developments will be reaching construction phase in early 2017 including:
    ● Yas Acres – a USD1.63 billion project situated in Abu Dhabi which will consist of 1, 315 villas, a golf course, clubhouse, as well as parks schools and a waterfront.
    ● Reem Island - USD30 billion mixed use community project. This ‘mega development’ is one of the largest under construction in Abu Dhabi and will include a business district, a commercial district and a residential district, transforming the island into a ‘city within a city’. Some of the facilities that will be on the island will include; seven schools, golf courses, shopping malls, art galleries and four hospitals. The island is expected to have a population of over 200,000 when complete in 2018.
  • Mulberry Park Heights located in Dubai by Emaar – phase three is in concept design stage and landscape packages should be tendered early 2017, and phase four is in tender stage at the moment for landscaping.
  • A number of world class tourist and leisure attractions will be reaching design stage in 2017 including the eagerly anticipated Warner Bros. theme park on Yas Island (expected to be complete in 2018), and the Six Flags theme park expected to be completed in 2019.
  • Dubai’s USD9.5 billion Desert Rose project will be the first fully sustainable and green development with diversified and simple housing as well as convenient and eco-friendly transportation. The project is expected to be completed in 2019.
  • MASDAR city is currently undergoing a major landscaping review and expansion in order to achieve a four pillar Estidama rating. Work is expected to commence in early 2017.


Top Reasons To Attend

  • MEET with leading landscape architects, masterplanners and those involved in shaping the future of the UAE’S public realm.
  • HEAR updates on project timelines and the new regulatory guidelines for landscaping and public realm.
  • SHOWCASE the latest technologies for developing the public realm.



2017 Advisory Board

Benjamin Heydon

Technical Landscape Consultant, Sustainable Infrastructure, Standards & Specifications (SISS) Section, Abu Dhabi Municipality

Ian Rose

Associate, Cracknell

Geoffrey Sanderson

Senior Associate, AECOM

Hrvoje Cindric

Senior Master planner, ARUP

2017 Speakers

  • Hrvoje Cindric

    ME Urbanism Leader

  • Benjamin Heydon

    Technical Landscape Consultant, Sustainable Infrastructure, Standards & Specifications (SISS) Section
    Abu Dhabi Municipality

  • Dr. Ammar Jarrar

    Irrigation Expert
    Abu Dhabi City Municipality

  • Hala Al-Amine

    Senior Landscape Architect
    Abu Dhabi City Municipality

  • Eng. Husain Al Saeedi

    Head of the Standards and Studies Section
    Abu Dhabi City Municipality

  • Martin Valentine

    Lighting Expert
    Abu Dhabi City Municipality

  • Geoffrey Sanderson

    Senior Associate

  • Ian Rose


  • Andre Badawy

    Regional Director
    Arcadis Design and Consultancy

  • Marlon Van Maastricht

    Principal Landscape Architect
    Arcadis Design and Consultancy

  • Peter Scott

    Director -Landscape Architecture
    Khatib and Alami

  • Walter Bone

    Senior Landscape Manager
    DEC Engineering Consultants

  • Steven Velegrinis

    Director of Urban Design, Associate Principal

  • Senior Representative


  • Jeremiah Farmer

    CEO and developer
    Land F/X

  • Steve Mcintyre

    Business Development Manager
    ANS Global

  • Dean Bowie

    GreenBlue Urban

  • Jason Turner

    Landscape Architect
    GHD Global Pty Ltd

  • Sam Spinks

    Senior Landscape Architect
    WAHO Design

  • Rob Arthur

    Head Business Development

  • Edward Stillinger

    Senior Manager, Landscape Architecture
    Khatib & Alami

2018 Sponsors and Partners

Associate Sponsor
Networking Partners

2017 Sponsors, Media Partners and Supporters

Associate Sponsors
Networking Partners
Lanyard Sponsor
Supporting Organisations
Research Partner

The ACM Interface+ Format

The ACM Interface+ conference format is designed to optimise the valuable and finite time our busy delegations can dedicate to being out of the office while also enhancing their enjoyment of the ACM on-site experience. Specifically tailored to our region of operations here in the Middle East, the Interface+ format maximises networking opportunities, facilitating the building of profitable relationships within the context of a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.

ACM conference days, using the Interface+ format, have an earlier start than conventional agendas and conclude with a late lunch. The conference sessions are regularly punctuated by refreshment and networking breaks to allow for unhurried face-to-face interaction between peers, colleagues and business prospects. The mid-afternoon conclusion of our formal conference agenda allows for government representatives and busy executives to adjourn earlier in the day, having still enjoyed a full and rich programme of content. Post-lunch, ACM will offer additional, optional learning and networking opportunities in the shape of workshops, product demonstrations, technology launches, site visits, pre-arranged 1-2-1 business meetings and hosted receptions.

Interface+ makes timing sense for our delegates and business sense for our sponsors.