Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is gearing up for holding the 8th Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF) under the theme ‘Fostering Wellbeing’ over 4 days (23-26 Jan 2023). The event is set to attract a lineup of international experts to discuss 14 topics relating to project management and wellbeing.
The event is hosted by RTA and co-organised by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in collaboration with the Project Management Institute (PMI). RTA has opened registration for the activities and events of the Forum through the website (www.dipmf.ae).
His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of RTA, said, “The forum cements the leading role of Dubai in driving growth across the region. It underscores the pioneering role and ability of the emirate to lead the development process in the region and identify the right ingredients for accelerating growth on sound and well-rehearsed bases.
“The previous editions of the forum attracted about 10 thousand participants from 45 countries. 378 speakers and thought leaders in project management convened in Dubai to discuss and exchange ideas in project management and operation at the highest international standards and practices of the industry. The past editions have cemented the image of Dubai as a global platform for setting the best practices and innovative solutions in project management, and reinforcing Dubai’s pioneering role in managing infrastructure projects worldwide,” commented Al Tayer.
“The selection of Fostering Wellbeing as a theme for the 8th round of the DIPMF is aligned with the UAE’s strategy to enrich the wellbeing of all community segments. It also reflects the keenness of the forum to embed the concepts and practices of wellbeing in the work environment and raise awareness of its importance, which will help enhance productivity and performance levels,” stated Al Tayer.
“The forum will discuss 15 topics that cover: Urban planning Pathway to Wellbeing, Future Trends in Project Management, Giga-projects in the Region, Portfolio and Programmes Management, Agile Transformation, Value Management, Building Information Modelling, Disciplined Agile Framework for Project Management, Power/Leadership Skills, Creativity and Innovation, Digital Project Management, Sustainability in Project Management, and the Strategic Business Transformation using Project Management in addition to Into the Metaverse (the new virtual reality),” added Al Tayer.
Moaza Al Marri, Executive Director, Office of the Director-General, Chairman of the Board, Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the DIPMF, stressed the vital role of the DIPMF for Dubai and its pioneering standing in project management and operation. “Dubai has become a role model in adopting the international standards of project management and operation, which has become the backbone of development and a key driver of modern management science,” she noted.
“Over the past editions, the forum heralds of great success including 31 discussion panels, 126 parallel sessions, 16 closed sessions, 31 keynote addresses, 10 workshops, 19 studies, 17 technical visits and 33 masterclasses. It examined a wide range of topics that feature the participation of ministers, top executives of entities and mega international companies as well as project management experts,” added Al Marri.
Each edition of DIPMF is characterised by a unique theme. Following the inaugural edition in 2014, the theme of the second edition was Project Management Supports Innovation. The 3rd edition was themed: Shaping the Future, and the 4th edition was held under the theme: Making a Difference. Marking the Year of Zayed, the 5th edition was themed Building Nations, and to commemorate the Year of Tolerance 2019 the 6th edition of the forum had the theme: Cultural Diversity and the 7th edition was held under the theme We Shape the Future in line with the preparations for the Year of the 50, with this year’s theme being ‘Fostering Wellbeing’.
Towards the Future
The previous edition held in January 2022 was attended by 1395 participants from 25 countriescovering key topics such as future leadership, sustainable digital economy management, and artificial intelligence. It hosted 30 panel discussions, several scientific seminars, parallel sessions and interactive communication platforms presented by 40 expert speakers and specialists.
The forum published studies related to project management and operations of projects in Dubai such as developing RTA bus routes, intelligent traffic systems, and bus stations. It also hosted discussions relating to the design concepts and agile project management, future trends of management, value and benefits management, digital management and sustainability in transportation projects, hybrid project management, risk and crises management, relationships management, blockchain technology in project management, cybersecurity, and big data.