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RTA to hold virtual international projects forum in December

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on June 24, 2020 | Last updated on June 24, 2020 at 12.00 pm
Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, Dubai International Projects Management Forum

The forum will see 3D interaction of the participants with the site of the forum, where they will be able to move between halls according to their wish.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will hold the seventh edition of the Dubai International Projects Management Forum (DIPMF) remotely from December 12 to 15 via virtual technology under the theme 'Mapping the Future'.

The forum will see 3D interaction of the participants with the site of the forum, where they will be able to move between halls according to their wish.

The RTA also unveiled a digital partnership between the forum and LinkedIn to open the event and the award for participants from all over the world.

The RTA also announced that the online registration in the forum, which is held in collaboration with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Projects Management Institute (PMI), via ( will open on July 1, 2020.

"The exceptional health conditions engulfing the whole world caused by the Covid-19 pandemic were responsible for holding the seventh DIPMF in a different setting. Yet, RTA will harness the latest communication technology to avail participants and attendees a unique experience through capitalising on visual interactive remote communication technologies," said Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA.

Towards the next 50

"The theme (Mapping the Future) has been selected in line with the call of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, designating the year 2020 as the year (Towards the Next 50)," said Al Tayer.

"The forum will discuss novel management concepts and project applications such as inspirational leadership, project management in a common economy, design thinking, agile project management, and future trends of project management. It will also discuss flexible transformation, benefits management, data science in project management, digital management, project management of large events, the future of smart mobility, hybrid project management, partner management, and blockchain applications in projects management. The forum will hold a series of specialist training courses in agile project management, project economics, future project management offices, Internet of Things and project management, and blockchain applications in projects management," explained Al Tayer.

"Holding the DIPMF stems from Dubai's endeavours to play a pivotal role in steering and accelerating the development drive in the region based on sound scientific grounds compatible with the highest global standards and practices. The emirate also seeks to provide a platform for sharing expertise and ideas between key international players; which fits well with the status of Dubai as an Arab city with an international orientation. The forum succeeded in setting a global platform for innovative solutions in projects management and attracting elite international speakers with a wealth of knowledge and experience across various fields of projects management industry," he elaborated.

Enriching knowledge

"Over its past six editions, the DIPMF proved extremely successful in terms of attracting scores of top international specialists and experts of projects management, hosting a bunch of prominent keynote speakers, and discussing an array of topics. The forum held 26 sessions including 29 keynote addresses, 33 workshops, 13 case studies, 16 technical visits. The Forum attracted more than 100,00 participants from 68 countries and 208 speakers of elite thinkers in the field of project management in the region and the world over," said Moaza Al Marri, Executive Director, Office of the Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors cum Chairperson of the DIPMF Organising Committee.

"The forum has enriched the knowledge of entities and individuals and enabled them to keep abreast of the latest developments of excellence and success in projects management such as effective leadership, comprehensive strategies, integrated plans, governance and control, risk management and challenges, and the use of high tech to make projects successful. It remains to be said that projects management is instrumental to realising the visions, strategies and organisational goals of various sorts of entities," concluded Al Marri.

Digital partnership

To boost Dubai's leading role in project management and expertise sharing, the DIPMF announced a digital partnership with the LinkedIn website to broaden the scope of participation in the virtual sessions of the forum as well as the Hamdan bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Projects Management among members of the website worldwide. LinkedIn has more than four million members specialised in projects management, of whom 35,000 members are from the UAE. The site has more than 2,000 project management specialist groups.

LinkedIn will promote the DIPMF through broadcasting a general content of the forum and the award. It will also flag the date of the forum and the award in LinkedIn's events to facilitate the follow-up. Registration will open through the website which will run polls and engage in direct communication with the project management community worldwide. It will also hold workshops, provide a digital knowledge library as well as direct streaming of the Forum's sessions.

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