Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2020

7-8 April 2020
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE


Summit Program

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Day 1 - 7th April 2020
08:50 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Expo 2020 - Driving Sustainable Practices

  • End-to-end use of sustainable design strategies to build the EXPO 2020 pavilions
  • How are landscape architects and designers creating integrated public realms in every pavilion with latest green technology?
  • Promoting resident well-being and creation of interactive urban spaces
10:20 - 10:40

The UAE’s Roadmap towards a Greener Economy

  • An overview of the UAE’s ‘Green Growth Strategy’ and its implementation process
  • Exploring the six pillars of the ‘Green Growth Strategy’ and recognizing current achievements
  • Implementing the futuristic vision of smart, sustainable cities – tackling key challenges
10:40 - 11:00

Smart Irrigation Techniques Altering Traditional Practices

  • Exploration of how governments are playing an active role in supporting local irrigation projects to increase green spaces in the city
  • Retrofitting existing irrigation infrastructure with smart technology – overcoming challenges
  • Smart irrigation techniques – an exploration of the latest devices used around the world for efficient and sustainable watering
11:00 - 11:20

Creating Child-Friendly Playscapes that Nurture Development – Designing for Play

  • Playscapes that focus on nurturing motor development in children – what’s so different from our traditional playgrounds?
  • Play spaces with in-built safety design and accessibility strategies – taking safer design to the next level
  • Playscape design and maintenance costs – how are landscape designers tackling these challenges?
11:20 - 12:00

Panel Discussion: Stewards of Our Land – The Evolving Role of a Landscape Designer

  • The integral role played by landscape designers in urban planning of our cities – how many dominant features of our urban landscape can we attribute to their work?
  • Is there a need for landscape designers to be multi-disciplinary to design cities that are more sustainable?
  • Monitoring the maintenance of projects post completion – do the landscape architects of today still need to keep an eye out?
  • The need for landscape architects to monitor the maintenance of their projects post completion – is it a necessity?
  • What challenges do landscape designers face whilst designing biophilic cities in the Middle East region?
12:00 - 12:30


12:30 - 12:50

Sustainable Greening & the Role Played by Soil Additives – Injecting Life back into the Soil

  • Transforming arid deserts to farmlands – how are soil additives & perlites making our land more agriculture friendly? Exploring the food security aspect
  • Revolutionizing farming in the desert with innovations like liquid nano-clay – what are the alternative methods viable for arid soil in the Middle East?
  • Soil preservation and maintenance – what are the impending challenges?
12:50 - 13:10

Green Roofs & Walls – Improving our Living Environment

  • Green roofs enhance the community aesthetically and help regulate temperatures – what strategies can be employed to effectively sustain this practice in the UAE?
  • What are the challenges posed with the installation of green walls? What are the industry best practices for effective maintenance of green walls within buildings and office spaces?
  • Inclusion of green walls in work spaces is now becoming a popular trend – does this impact human productivity in a positive manner?
13:10 - 13:30

Synthetic & Artificial Turf – An Overview of Design Principles for Use Cases in the Middle East

  • Synthetic turf and artificial grass – An observation of parameters, differences and use cases
  • Using artificial turf for high-quality sporting facilities – can innovative design provide a leading edge?
  • Maintaining artificial grass and turf – what are the challenges & operational costs?
13:30 - 14:10

Panel Discussion: Building Sustainable Cities – Government Authorities Supporting the ‘Green Dream’

  • Retrofitting existing public parks & recreational spaces – what are the strategies employed by government organizations?
  • Use of native plants in landscaping projects – the importance of driving awareness and use-case examples by local municipalities
  • Improvements to the public realm help contribute to community building – what are the challenges faced by local municipalities when it comes to the development & maintenance of green urban spaces?
14:10 - 14:20


14:10 - 14:40


Day 2 - 8th April 2020
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Retrofitting Our Neighborhoods – Delivering a Positive & Sustainable Impact

  • Leaving a positive impact on the landscape, citizen well-being & the environment – is retro-fit the right answer?
  • Bringing about more sustainable & connected communities by retrofitting our suburban community neighborhoods
  • An exploration of practical urban landscape retrofit success stores and what are the industry’s best practices when it comes to retrofitting our existing living spaces?
10:20 - 10:40

Water & Stormwater Management – Sustainable Urban Drainage for Modern Cities

  • Monitoring drainage & storm water networks – what are the technological innovations available?
  • Tackling the issue of drainage and stormwater retention for arid cities in the Middle East – developing a cost-effective and sustainable solution
  • Retrofitting existing drainage networks – are local municipalities and government organizations able to find effective solutions that can cope with city expansion?
  • Favorable landscape design techniques for the prevention of flooding and sustainable storm water management
10:40 - 11:20

Interactive Panel Discussion: Innovative Landscape Design in the Development and Maintenance of Recreational & Sport Facilities

  • Recognizing the positive economic & health impact of sporting facilities in the Middle East – what are some of the key considerations that landscape designers are mindful of when tasked with developing a sports or recreation facility?
  • Maintaining turf at sports facilities – Can technology aid the maintenance process and is there a more sustainable growth environment available?
  • Improving citizen accessibility to sporting & recreational facilities – what role can a landscape designer play in putting together a more sustainable and cost-effective project? Will the use of smarter technology play an important role with OPEX of the project?
11:20 - 11:40

Improving the Aesthetics of Our Cities – Innovative Hardscaping Solutions for Urban Settings

  • City beautification strategies with innovative hardscapes and functional open spaces
  • Weaving nature back into the fabric of urban lives – the solution lies with innovative landscape design
  • Art scaping in line with hardscaping – inspirational case studies of cities with charm
  • An exploration of xeriscaping & plant palettes – what other techniques can be implemented in the Middle East to infuse plants with hardscape elements to reduce water consumption?
11:40 - 12:10


12:10 - 12:50

Panel Discussion: Reinventing Green Livable Cities in Middle East – A Dream in the Making

  • Blue green infrastructure in cities – the future of urban dynamics and creating happy, healthy cities
  • Urban and design planning – what are the strategies that work for this arid region?
  • What are the challenges in implementing green urbanism and creating an aesthetic public realm?
12:50 - 13:10

The Effective Use of Waste Management for Landscape Restoration – Moving Towards a Sustainable Future

  • Growing awareness of eco-friendly waste management techniques and creating a circular economy with effective management of resources
  • How are authorities tackling the challenge of rising urban waste? Techniques in developing recyclable waste management techniques
  • Success stories & use cases: Bee’ah leading the region in effective urban waste management techniques and pioneering the transition to developing a greener economy
13:10 - 13:30

Lighting Urban Landscapes – The Importance of Illumination

  • An overview of efficient landscape lighting techniques and enhancing the appearance of outdoor spaces
  • Is night-time illumination of urban spaces considered a necessity or willful wastage? Innovative solutions for energy efficient outdoor lighting
  • Enhancing the night landscape – modern fixtures for special lighting solutions
13:30 - 14:10

Panel Discussion: Preserving Legacies – Maintaining Iconic Landmarks through the Test of Time

  • Landscapes around iconic structures enhance the ambience of the place. What are the strategies that can be developed in preserving historic landmarks?
  • What are the operational costs in preserving historic structures and creating an aesthetic ambience?
  • Case Study of Wahat Al Karama – How the landscaping of this memorial is key in binding cultural sentiments and bringing the community together?
14:10 - 14:20


14:20 - 15:20


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Dubai, UAE



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