ICE held its third Middle East & Africa (MEA) Convention in Dubai from 17 to 18 October on Asset Management: Developing Professionals and the Built Environment.
The two day event was held at the Dubai Knowledge Village (where ICE is also registered and holds a trade licence). Around 100 delegates attended, including ICE representatives from nineteen countries across the MEA region, local dignitaries and company CEOs and Her Majesty’s Consul General for Dubai.
The convention was opened by ICE UAE Country Representative, Mark Jamieson and followed four, asset management related themes over the day:
- Finance & Management
- Technical Challenges
Views from across the region
Due to a last minute change of programme, the opening address was delivered by ICE President, Richard Coackley, who talked about the importance of professionalism in managing assets and gave an overview of the day’s events. The keynote speech was delivered by Mr. Abdulmohsin Ibrahim Younes, Strategic & Corporate Governance CEO, Roads & Transport Authority, Dubai who talked about lessons learned from the building of Dubai’s public transport system.
A variety of speakers from the UAE and the region delivered excellent presentations on the themes above and two panel sessions provided excellent forums for debates on Professionalism and Sustainability which also included ICE Representatives from Tanzania and Egypt, making this a truly Middle East and Africa event. ICE will endeavour to make these presentations available online soon.
In the evening, delegates were hosted at a reception at the British Embassy in Dubai. A speech by the Consular-General summarized the day’s events and the importance of institutional relationship building. This was then followed by a joint signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Society of Engineers - UAE and ICE.
Focusing on membership
Day 2 of the convention (18 October) focused on Routes to Membership of ICE with an opening address by ICE UAE Graduates and Students Chairman, Chris Tebb. The programme then included presentations on the value of the ICE Professional Qualification, delivered by Jean Venables and Routes to Membership, delivered by David Lloyd-Roach, with a final session on guidance and experience of the review process. In the afternoon, delegates were taken on a site tour to the RTA’s Dubai Metro Al-Rashidiyah Operational Control Centre.
The evening concluded with a highly successful Gala dinner with over 170 guests, with band and speeches from Mark Jamieson and the ICE President, Richard Coackley.
ICE and the UAE
The 3rd ICE MEA Convention included a packed and highly successful programme and huge thanks must go to the local ICE UAE Committee for all their tireless efforts in the planning and execution.
ICE would also like to thank all our convention sponsors: Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Al Naboodah, Atkins, Dopplemayer, Surtech International and the Society of Engineers - UAE.
ICE looks forward to developing upon the relationships established last week and opening a new chapter within the country. For more information about what ICE is doing in UAE, please contact the UAE International Representative, Mark Jamieson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This convention also formed part of a wider Middle East tour to the region by ICE President Richard Coackley which can be read about in other articles on this website.