About Future Play & Playspaces GCC Conference

Future Play & Playspaces GCC has been specifically created for those developing, designing, building and equipping indoor and outdoor play facilities across the GCC region. It’s an event dedicated to showcasing the growing business opportunities in this rapidly expanding sector. Hear relevant government agencies and leading operators & developers outline their future business plans. A stakeholder led-forum, the programme will cover the relevant projects in the major population hubs of the GCC (specifically Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Riyadh)

Network with your peers, competitors and future business partners. Over 100+ attendees are expected to attend this unique and industry-focused event. This is your opportunity to understand the range of issues that are key to the sector’s development. New projects and initiatives will be discussed, complex regulatory matters explained and innovative solutions showcased. Hear from a 15+ panel of speakers, comprising key individuals from both the public and private sector.

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Project figures and industry spend

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  • Project: Mohammed Bin Rashid City – District One, UAE 
    Developer(s): Meydan Group / Sobha Group

    Project value: $5.7 billion (AED 21 bn)

    In January 2014, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated District One at the ambitious MBR City, a mixed-use, leisure and sports development spanning over 54 million sqf of freehold land a few kilometres away from the Burj Khalifa. District One alone stretches across four million square feet of land. Jointly developed by Meydan Group and renowned Indian developer Sobha Group,

  • Projects: Quality of life projects (incl Park and Public Realm Projects)

    Developer: Dubai Municipality

    Project Value: $1.25bn (AED 4.5bn)

    As part of the initiative to transform the city, the municipality announced that some 68 projects worth around Dh4.5 billion currently either being reviewed, designed or implemented. Redesigning and renovating several parks for the purpose of increasing green spaces in the city and delivering public squares form a core part of these projects

  • Project: Mall of the World

    Developer: Dubai Holding

    Project Value: $6.9bn (AED 25bn)

    Dubai Holding has said that it was relocating its Dh25 billion Mall of the World project to a site fronting Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. In a statement, Dubai Holding said that the decision to move the site was taken so that it can be based in an area where its "positive tourism contribution can be fully realised".  a new 48 million square feet property fronting Sheikh Zayed Road was proposed in the Al Sufouh district on land opposite Mall of the Emirates. Part of this site houses the existing Dubai Police College, which was planned for relocation. At the relaunch, Dubai Holding said that it expected to start work on the site early last year with a view to complete the first phase in 2018.

  • Projects: 20 x playgrounds

    Developer: Abu Dhabi City Municipality

    Project Value: AED 30m

    Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) has unveiled the layout of 20 sites for children playgrounds to be constructed within parks during 2015-2016 at a cost of more than 30.542 million dirham, spanning an area of ‚Äč‚Äčover 14,000 square meters under the infrastructure projects in Abu Dhabi Mainland - North. These projects, which come as part of the Master Development Plan of Abu Dhabi and suburbs 2030, reflect the Municipal System's keenness & strategy aimed at developing infrastructure system of all cities and constructing parks & playgrounds.

  • Project: Msheireb Downtown Doha

    Developer: Msheireb Properties

    Project Value: $5.5bn (QR20bn)

    Msheireb Properties’ flagship project, Msheireb, will regenerate and preserve the historical downtown of Doha.A QR20 billion development, it will revive the old commercial heart of the city through a new architectural language that is based on community living, across a 31 hectare (76 acre) site. The Msheireb project will blend traditional Qatari heritage and aesthetics with modern technology, and focus on sustainability and harmony with the environment.

    The mixed-use development will comprise more than 100 buildings, with a combination of commercial and residential properties, retail, cultural and entertainment areas.


Top Reasons To Attend

  • GAIN INSIGHT on the latest opportunities to develop family/children-friendly indoor and outdoor play facilities.
  • TOP-TIER mall operators and property developers will discuss their needs in relation to developing innovative play, leisure and entertainment projects to anchor existing and new sites.
  • NETWORK with senior officials from government who are responsible for constructing parks, playgrounds and developing public realm spaces.
  • UPDATE your knowledge on the new regulations and standards that govern the development of play facilities: how do you balance the need for safety vs. level of acceptable risk?
  • UNDERSTAND future trends and themes; what’s next in terms of entertainment attractions and concepts that will be launched in the region?
  • LATEST PRODUCT & TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS: innovative developments in technology, materials and equipment for soft-play, hard-play and play spaces showcased.


2017 Advisory Board

Mona Noureldin Mohamed

Senior Urban & Recreation/ Open Space Planning Specialist, Strategic Planning and Studies Team, General Planning Section- Urban Planning Department, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar

Nuha Altiny

Director of Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, Arab Urban Development Institute

Hrvoje Cindric

Associate, Middle East Urbanism Leader, Arup

2017 Speakers

  • Mona Noureldin Mohamed

    Senior Urban & Recreation/ Open Space Planning Specialist, Strategic Planning and Studies Team, General Planning Section- Urban Planning Department
    Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar

  • Shane Eldstrom

    Chief Operating Officer
    Al Farwaniya Property Developments

  • Nuha Altiny

    Director of Urban Planning and Sustainable Development
    Arab Urban Development Institute

  • Hrvoje Cindric

    Associate, Middle East Urbanism Leader

  • Samuel Williams

    Landscape Architect

  • Walter Bone

    Senior Landscape Manager
    Dynamic Engineering Consultants

  • Silvio Liedtke

    Chief Operating Officer
    Landmark Leisure

  • Jean-Marc Bled

    General Manager, Leisure & Entertainment

  • Boris Fabinski

    Principal Landscape Architect
    SSH Design

  • Jean-Claude Melone

    Senior Landscape Lead
    WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff

  • Mrinal Anand

    Leisure & Entertainment Principal

  • Jens Rethorn

    Ithara Group

  • Stuart Harrison

    Technical Director

  • Peter Scott

    Director-Landscape Architecture
    Khatib & Alami

  • Senior Representative

    Cavendish Maxwell

  • Ron Lokhorst

    International Business Manager Sport & Flooring

2018 Sponsors and Partners

Associate Sponsors
Networking Partner

The ACM Interface+ Format

The ACM Interface+ conference format is designed to optimise the valuable and finite time our busy delegations can dedicate to being out of the office while also enhancing their enjoyment of the ACM on-site experience. Specifically tailored to our region of operations here in the Middle East, the Interface+ format maximises networking opportunities, facilitating the building of profitable relationships within the context of a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.

ACM conference days, using the Interface+ format, have an earlier start than conventional agendas and conclude with a late lunch. The conference sessions are regularly punctuated by refreshment and networking breaks to allow for unhurried face-to-face interaction between peers, colleagues and business prospects. The mid-afternoon conclusion of our formal conference agenda allows for government representatives and busy executives to adjourn earlier in the day, having still enjoyed a full and rich programme of content. Post-lunch, ACM will offer additional, optional learning and networking opportunities in the shape of workshops, product demonstrations, technology launches, site visits, pre-arranged 1-2-1 business meetings and hosted receptions.

Interface+ makes timing sense for our delegates and business sense for our sponsors.