8th DIPMF kicks off in Dubai

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Border Security Council, today opened the 8th Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF).

The forum is organised by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in cooperation with the Project Management Institute (PMI), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), DP World and educational partner the International Training Institute (IIL).

Under the theme ‘Promoting Well-being’, the 8th DIPMF will feature more than 2,000 participants, 55 international and regional speakers and 50 sessions, including a panel discussion and keynote address. The event addresses a range of issues, including new trends in project management and their impact on improving the wellbeing of residents and visitors.

During the inaugural session, His Highness was presented with a cinematic film on Dubai’s emergence as a leading international centre for finance and commerce. The film also provided an overview of the evolution of the Forum over the years. The Forum brings together world experts with different perspectives, viewpoints and new ideas that are essential to the success of large-scale projects.

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed congratulated the co-organisers of the event, including PMI, DEWA and DP World. He also recognised the event’s strategic sponsors ENOC Group and Nakheel, platinum sponsors Dubai Municipality, Al-Futtaim Auto and Machinery Company (FAMCO) and Qatar Insurance Company. Gold sponsors Etisalat by e& and Wade Adams, silver sponsors Khatib & Alami, CDM Smith and Dollar Rent A Car were also recognised.

Other organisations that were recognised in various categories included SAS Institute, United Motors & Heavy Equipment, Al Zarouni International Equipment, RTC Road & Traffic Engineering, technology sponsor Planisware, education partner International Institute for Learning (IIL) and Dr Peter H Diamandis, keynote speaker.

During a tour of the exhibition, His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed viewed a mural depicting 15 outstanding projects in Dubai that have been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. These landmark projects include Ski Dubai, the world’s largest indoor ski resort; Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall; Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world; Dubai Metro, the world’s longest driverless metro network; Dubai Miracle Garden, the world’s largest natural flower garden; Gevora Dubai, the world’s tallest hotel; Dubai Frame, the world’s largest architectural structure in the form of a picture frame; Palm Fountain, the world’s largest fountain; and Office of the Future, the first fully functional 3D printed office.

The list also included Deep Dive Dubai, the world’s deepest diving pool; Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest Ferris wheel; Aquaventure Waterpark, the world’s largest water park with the most extensive collection of waterslides; Jebel Ali Power Plant and Water Desalination Complex, the world’s largest single-site desalination complex; and Al Qudra Cycling Track, the world’s longest continuous cycling track. The mural also contained information about the last seven DIPMF exhibitions, which lasted 26 days and attracted 11,000 participants from 45 countries.

The 8th Dubai International Project Management Forum includes 35 sessions, 5 discussion panels, 3 keynote speeches, 6 parallel sessions, 4 on-stage interviews, 6 masterclasses and 6 technical site visits. It will bring together more than 2,000 participants and 55 international and regional key figures from various economic and business sectors.

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