Arc Middle East

The Leading Middle East Architects Forum

December 10-13, 2022

UAE

Architects and Interior Designers with Commercial Projects Throughout the Middle East

Arc Middle East brings the region’s top architects and interior designers together with suitably qualified vendors for 3 days and 3 nights. That means the busiest, most difficult-to-meet architecture and design firms in the Middle East in one place, relaxed and ready to talk.

Let’s start with who comes.

Scroll down the page to get a snapshot of who was with us at the last event. Better still, get the full list of confirmed attendees so far for this year.

Around 50 of the Middle East’s top architects and interior designers will be with us in Abu Dhabi in December. And if they don’t have confirmed commercial projects, they don’t get invited.

Now consider the time, effort and expense it would take to even try to get in front of this number and calibre of decision maker and you’ll start to appreciate what’s on offer here.

These are the people who decide who gets specified for commercial projects throughout the Middle East and beyond. If commercial projects are important to your business, these are the people you need in your life.

Attendees

Amr Metwally

Head of Architecture

Hamad Medical Corporation

Jeff Burke

Senior VP

CallisonRTKL

Mohamad Najib

Principal

KEO

Irena Savakova

VP & Director of Design

Leo A Daly

Matthew Engele

Principal

Woods Bagot

Matthew Utley

Principal

Grimshaw

Marc Cerone

Design Director

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Diane Thorsen

Principal

Perkins + Will

How it Works

As with all BOND Events, The Arc Middle East experience centres around a series of private, one-to-one meetings between architects, interior designers and vendors that each have selected before the event. And this is just the start: you are all together for 3 days and 3 nights, away from the distractions of projects and the office, in a uniquely relaxed set up where you can properly get to know each other, and this is where the Middle East commercial project trail really lights up. Because this is about relationships and connections and all the collaborative possibilities that come from them.

These Principal Architects and Interior Designers are giving us 3 days of their time to come and meet solutions providers who can help them deliver something outstanding for their clients. And if you want to get a true understanding of the needs and aspirations of the Middle East’s commercial project leaders and have some interesting solutions to discuss, you will not find a better platform.

If you haven’t attended a BOND event yet, we can forgive you for being a tiny bit cynical at this stage. Some testimonials might help. Reasons to attend? Better still, have a conversation with us because it’s hard to make this real for you simply through words on our website. You might want to talk to some people who have already attended a BOND event to get things from their side and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.

For suppliers, Arc Middle East is the best way, bar none, to win hearts and minds at the Middle East’s leading Architecture and Design firms.

For architects and interior designers, the value lies in re-connecting with peers and discovering the best solutions to commercial project challenges from the experts who will be your lifeline.

The setup allowed focused attention on the supplier meetings without the external distractions which occur in an office environment. I established new professional relationships with suppliers and senior architects throughout the region.

Khaled Al Safi

Senior Design Architect

Gulf Consult

Program

PLEASE NOTE: This is last year’s program. Check back soon for the 2022 schedule.
Seminar timings and/or content may be varied at our discretion.

1:30 pm Hotel Lobby

Pre-Event Tour: Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace (pre-registration required)

4:30 pm El Waha Foyer

Delegate Registration

6:00 pm Al Waha

Seminar - How Principals should steer their firms and projects to Net Zero

Amruta Kshemkalyani | Founder & Sustainability Advisor, Sustainability Tribe

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Synopsis

The presentation looks at approaches to achieving net zero energy buildings and their applicability in the context of the Middle East region.

After defining Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), the presentation will outline the basic principles of NZEB Design and the different international standards and green building certification systems that exist to establish paths for achieving NZEB.

It will then review the application of NZEB in the context of the predominant approaches to sustainable design that have developed in the Middle East, and the challenges that face its implementation and mainstreaming in the region.

Biography

With over 14 years of experience in sustainable development, Amruta is one of the first few certified sustainability professionals in the Middle East. Originally a Mechanical Engineer with LEED AP & Estidama PQP accreditation, she has extensive experience in sustainability implementation for the built environment at design as well as construction stage. She is also founder of Middle East’s pioneering sustainability focused educational media, www.sustainabilitytribe.com and #ZeroWasteUAE Social Initiative. Having professional expertise combined with personal passion of raising public awareness, she is a popular sustainability speaker in the region. She has trained many professionals & executives on different aspects of sustainability and has helped businesses and organizations with sustainability transformation. She has also judge several international sustainability awards. 
7:00 pm El Waha

Welcome Drinks Reception

7:30 pm Bayshore

Welcome Dinner

6:30 am Selections Restaurant

Breakfast at your leisure

8:40 am Al Waha

Seminar - How Your Firm Gets the Winning Edge with Technology

Joy Ajlouny | CMO & Co-Founder , fetchr

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Synopsis

In today’s world business is built and deals are closed on people, not establishments. Face to face, word of mouth and trust is more valuable than you think. Businesses are buying you and your expertise and experience. Therefore, you must be the brand, live the brand and be the brand. In my talk, I will teach you simple self-promoting marketing tools in order to get business and be your own brand ambassador. I will share 5 steps on how to market your self with easy initiatives.

First, by establishing and creating a real presence on all social media platforms channels with practical tips on how to be and stay relevant

Second, I believe 90% of making things happen is showing up, so I will discuss how to get involved in the ecosystem of local events and how to establish and create a connection in order to take it to a business lead.

Third, how do you use storytelling, as a marketing tool to engage your audience’s attention.

Fourth, I will talk about ways to work on a referral basis through your existing database

Fifth, I will talk about how to get into the media and stay relevant

Biography

Businesswoman, motivational speaker ,serial entrepreneur and advisor, Joy Ajlouny is a flash-bang grenade thrown into the Middle East. Born and raised in California to Palestinian refugees, Ajlouny has built a reputation for her success in startups and ventures worldwide, all the while disrupting the status quo of women in buisness. Belonging to the top one percent of female entrepreneurs, the self-made entrepreneur has “gamified rejection” and carved her space in the business world. In 2015 Ajlouny co-founded Fetchr, the Silicon Valley-backed tech company that was created to tackle the Middle East’s “no address” issue, which has been long been a hindrance to growth in emerging markets. She facilitated $11 million in initial investments in Fetchr, as well as $41 million in a series B round in 2017. Ahead of founding Fetchr, Ajlouny was the driving force and sole entity behind the e-commerce luxury fashion platform Bonfaire. Over the last decade, her unmatched knowledge and expertise in funding and investment, startups and marketing strategies has compounded into what’s known as the “Joy effect,” a term that refers to the ripple of her influence on a multitude of new and once suffering companies. Considered an expert in emotional marketing, she follows the rule of thumb that in order to be successful, you have to “fall in love with your customer.” As a self-made woman in the industry, Ajlouny is passionate about encouraging and investing knowledge into the young women of tomorrow. Her talks are not only centered upon her businesses, but on the realities of being a female entrepreneur, the double bind and the relentlessness it takes to secure a position that counters the traditional roles allocated for women.
9:40 am Dar El Istiqbal Foyer

Collect Final Meeting Schedule

9:50 am Dar El Istiqbal

One-to-One Meetings

12:40 pm

Group Photograph

12:50 pm Chamas Restaurant

Lunch

1:50 pm Dar El Istiqbal

One-to-One Meetings

5:15 pm

Free Time

7:30 pm Cho Gao Marina Walk

Drinks Reception

8:00 pm Cho Gao Marina Walk

Dinner

6:30 am Selections Restaurant

Breakfast at your leisure

8:40 am Al Waha

Seminar - KSA Developments and the Clients It Will Bring Your Firm

Dr. Abdulgader Amir | Senior Advisor for the Minister, Ministry of Municipal & Rural Affairs

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Synopsis

The session will explore and give perspective on mega projects and how they are set to play a major role in current and future town planning in KSA. You will delve into the socio-economics factors of the KSA inviting more tourists in and what that could indicate for the future development of the country and the opportunities that it can bring you and your firm. 

Biography

Experienced Senior Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. Strong community and social services professional skilled in business planning, mixed-use, neighborhood planning, transportation planning, and land use.

9:45 am Dar El Istiqbal

One-to-One Meetings

12:35 pm Liwa Majlis Ballroom

Lunch

1:30 pm Al Waha

Seminar - Digital Everything: Designing to Living

Herbert Fuchs | CIO / CDO Executive,

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Synopsis

The seminar intends to provide input and ideas relative to how and where digital technologies can be applied in what situations and scenarios for architects and designers. Ideally, it’ll provoke and trigger thought processes for individuals to start thinking outside of the box when it comes to application of technologies. Since technology however is only one aspect and in fact the leats headache when it comes to transformation, modernization and future living, I also want for people to get a glimpse on topics like the “data” that’s being collected through all these omnipresent technologies as well as “data privacy”, “confidentiality” or some regulatory aspects. Also close to my heart is to convey and idea about the opportunities that exist on the side of contractors / construction companies in the “digital” space. That should be of interest to architects and designers as they work hand in hand with these guys. Due to cost pressure in that industry, I want for the audience to get some understanding on the optimization / transformation potential there, and how these companies should and can be pressured by architects and their clients to optimize cost structures thus reducing cost in the delivery overall.

Biography

Herbert is a versatile CIO level executive with a career track in enabling companies to be successful in their digital transformation journey while identifying the most disruptive and innovative technologies as appropriate for the respective industry.

Herbert’s professional career over the past 25+ years is with landmark name corporations across various industries where he had the opportunity of being instrumental in significant transformation and optimization initiatives with global footprint and scope.

Throughout his career, Herbert established himself as an innovator, achiever and thought leader across the “build”, “run” and the “transform” spectrum of IT and the business.

Herbert holds an MSc in Information Security as well as an Executive MBA in Information and Communication Technology.

2:40 pm Dar El Istiqbal

One-to-One Meetings

6:10 pm

Free Time

7:30 pm Byblos Sur Mer

Farewell Drinks

8:00 pm Byblos Sur Mer

Farewell Dinner

6:30 am Selections Restaurant

Breakfast at your leisure

Delegate departures

It was a really great experience to meet qualified professionals from different parts of the world, sharing their experiences. It has added great value to our product range.

Ashtoush Joshi

Managing Director

Parex Group WLL

Venue
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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