About The Event

Zak World of Façades is an international conference series on façade design & engineering. The event has attracted over 29,000 delegates across its 100+ completed editions as on date. It is designed as a one day conference and is currently being organised in over 30 countries in the Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia), South Asia (India & Sri Lanka), South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam & Indonesia), East Asia (Hong Kong, South Korea, China & Japan), Africa (Kenya, Egypt, Morocco & South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Ireland, Denmark & Sweden), Australasia (Australia & New Zealand) and North America (USA & Canada).

This edition is the 113th global edition and the 8th edition in UAE which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions from leading solution providers.

Visit www.zakwof.com for details of the previously executed events.

Who Should Attend

The event is ideal for Architects, Developers, General/Main Contractors, Façade Consultants, Façade Contractors, Sustainability/ESD Consultants, Fire Consultants, Glass Processors, Structural Consultants, Cost Consultants, Quantity Surveyors, PMC’s and related building specifiers.


Insightful Dialogues & Networking

Hear from experts in the domain of façade design, engineering, procuring and execution on their views on constructing high-performance, safe, sustainable and long lasting façades with the latest techniques and tools available. Also, network with other industry peers and leading manufacturers & solution providers to the façade industry.


Key Numbers

113

Edition

30

Speakers and Panelist

4

Sessions

1

Day

Speakers

Our speakers and panelists are domain experts and will ensure that the content presented at the event is meaningful with key takeaways to ponder upon. Initial list of speakers, more to be added as we progress.

Abdelkader Saadi

Abdelkader Saadi

Regional Architecture Director ME | Global Design Principal,
Jacobs

Abdelkader Saadi

Regional Architecture Director ME | Global Design Principal, Jacobs

Topic: Why do Projects Get Delayed?

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Agnes Koltay

Agnes Koltay

Director,
Koltay Façades

Agnes Koltay

Director, Koltay Façades

Topic: Building Façades Past, Present and Future

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Alastair Common

Alastair Common

Technical Director,
Schüco Middle East

Alastair Common

Technical Director, Schüco Middle East

Topic: Topic to be Announced

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Andy Dean

Andy Dean

Head of Specialist Services,
WSP Middle East

Andy Dean

Head of Specialist Services, WSP Middle East

Topic: Why do Projects Get Delayed?

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Benjamin Beer

Benjamin Beer

Managing Director,
Werner Sobek Dubai

Benjamin Beer

Managing Director, Werner Sobek Dubai

Topic: Why do Projects Get Delayed?

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Dorian Bomble

Dorian Bomble

Head of Specification - Gulf Countries,
Saint-Gobain

Dorian Bomble

Head of Specification - Gulf Countries, Saint-Gobain

Topic: Benefits of Fully Integrated Lightweight Façade Solutions

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Edward McIntosh

Edward McIntosh

Regional Design Director,
Atkins

Edward McIntosh

Regional Design Director, Atkins

Topic: More than Skin Deep: Multi-Functional Façades That Go Beyond Cladding

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Giovanni Zizioli

Giovanni Zizioli

Regional Director - Middle East,
Maffeis Engineering

Giovanni Zizioli

Regional Director - Middle East, Maffeis Engineering

Topic: Digital Façade Design Using Parametric Tools

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Jan Scheers

Jan Scheers

Sales Consultant - Middle East and South Africa, Kuraray

Jan Scheers

Sales Consultant - Middle East and South Africa, Kuraray

Topic: Designing with Laminated Safety Glass Interlayers for Security & Sound Control Applications

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Jasmin Hodzic

Jasmin Hodzic

Marketing Director - AME,
Guardian Glass

Jasmin Hodzic

Marketing Director - AME, Guardian Glass

Topic: Incorporating New Façade Design & Trends for the City of the Future

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Jeff Brooks

Jeff Brooks

Design Director,
Dar Al-Handasah

Jeff Brooks

Design Director, Dar Al-Handasah

Topic: Topic to be Announced

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Mohammed Bahsh

Mohammed Bahsh

Senior Manager Tensile Architecture - APMEA,
Serge Ferrari

Mohammed Bahsh

Senior Manager Tensile Architecture - APMEA, Serge Ferrari

Topic: Tensile Fabric Façade - Architectural Functions and Benefits

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Moustafa Hassan

Moustafa Hassan

Director of Projects,
Nakheel

Moustafa Hassan

Director of Projects, Nakheel

Topic: Why do Projects Get Delayed?

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Mercè Berengueras

Mercè Berengueras

Specifications Manager EMEA,
Axalta Coating Systems

Mercè Berengueras

Specifications Manager EMEA, Axalta Coating Systems

Topic: Sustainable Solutions in Powder Coatings

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Michelle Bacellar

Michelle Bacellar

Technical Director,
Meinhardt Façade Technology

Michelle Bacellar

Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

Topic: Topic to be Announced

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Obada Adra

Obada Adra

Associate Principal | Office Director,
CallisonRTKL

Obada Adra

Associate Principal | Office Director, CallisonRTKL

Topic: Adding Value: Using Façades to Influence Wellbeing, Thermal Comfort and More

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Paulo Carvalho

Paulo Carvalho

Commercial & Corporate Relations Director, Effisus MENA

Paulo Carvalho

Commercial & Corporate Relations Director, Effisus MENA

Topic: Future Proofing Your Projects – A1 Fire Rated Weatherproofing Solutions

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Phil Schneider

Phil Schneider

Head of Sales EMEA,
Vector Foiltec

Phil Schneider

Head of Sales EMEA, Vector Foiltec

Topic: Bringing the Outdoors In

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Saeed Al Abbar

Saeed Al Abbar

CEO,
AESG

Saeed Al Abbar

CEO, AESG

Topic: Altering Urban Design: The Goal of Achieving Net Zero

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Will Jones

Will Jones

Head of Business Management,
A. Proctor Group

Will Jones

Head of Business Management, A. Proctor Group

Topic: Condensation and Airtight Solutions for Façades

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Yama Karim

Yama Karim

Partner,
Studio Libeskind

Yama Karim

Partner, Studio Libeskind

Topic: Context: The Driver of Building Envelope Design

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Schedule

The event agenda is split into multiple sessions separated by networking break-out sessions.

Session 1
(08:50 - 10:30)

08.00 - 08.50
Delegate Registration & Networking
08.50 - 09.00
Welcome Address
09.00 - 09.25
Altering Urban Design: The Goal of Achieving Net Zero

Climate Change and the need for Net Zero

Aligning with the Net Zero targets ahead of COP 28

Delivering Net Zero Carbon Developments


Saeed Al Abbar
CEO, AESG
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09.25 - 09.45
Incorporating New Façade Design & Trends for the City of the Future

Solutions for the Al Wasl Tower façade in Dubai

LEED & whole façade calculation

New and trendy solutions for the city of the future


Jasmin Hodzic
Marketing Director - AME, Guardian Glass
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09.45 - 10.10
Adding Value: Using Façades to Influence Wellbeing, Thermal Comfort and More

Case study: Al Mishraq: Creating a year-round active, outdoor space in Riyadh

Case Study: Central Park: Using design to boost wellbeing


Obada Adra
Associate Principal | Office Director, CallisonRTKL
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10.10 - 10.25
Future Proofing Your Projects – A1 Fire Rated Weatherproofing Solutions

Fire rated AVCL membranes & systems: experience since 2011 / tests & approvals

Façade applications

The importance of weatherproofing design

Case studies (GCC & UK)


Paulo Carvalho
Commercial & Corporate Relations Director, Effisus MENA
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10.25 - 10.55
Networking Tea / Coffee Break


Session 2
(10.55 - 12.45)

10.55 - 11.15
More than Skin Deep: Multi-Functional Façades That Go Beyond Cladding

Historical precedents of buildings which have had façades which serve multiple functions that go beyond mere cladding

Examples of ideas in terms of multipurpose façades


Edward McIntosh
Regional Design Director, Atkins
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11.15 - 11.30
Bringing the Outdoors In

Creating tempered spaces in the Gulf Region

Biophilic design with an ETFE system

Refurbishment of existing spaces (The Beach in Dubai)

Future is now! Enclosing full cities with sustainable building envelopes


Phil Schneider
Head of Sales EMEA, Vector Foiltec
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11.30 - 11.50
Shebara South Project

Developing an unprecedented façade design

Establishing bespoke testing regime for durability and performance verification

Overcoming fabrication challenges of a seamless shell

Execution of a complete off site manufactured strategy


Michelle Bacellar
Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology
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11.50 - 12.15
Topic to be Announced

Alastair Common
Technical Director, Schüco Middle East
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12.15 - 12.45
Context: The Driver of Building Envelope Design

Innovation and globalization in façade solutions versus local limitations

Three locales – three different responses

Case studies from practice across the globe


Yama Karim
Partner, Studio Libeskind
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12.45 - 13.40
Networking Lunch Break


SESSION 3
(13.40 - 15.20)

13.40 - 14.00
Commercial High Rise in Africa – A Passive Approach

Passive Design

Energy Generation

Sustainability and long-term running costs


Jeff Brooks
Design Director, Dar Al-Handasah
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14.00 - 14.15
Sustainable Solutions in Powder Coatings

Powder coatings & sustainability

Durability & functionalities

Contribution to LEED certifications


Mercè Berengueras
Specifications Manager EMEA, Axalta Coating Systems
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14.15 - 14.35
Building Façades Past, Present and Future

Competing demands and expectations in architecture

Are we expecting more and more performance from building envelopes?

Technological progress in design and in manufacturing: will dreams manifest in reality?


Agnes Koltay
Director, Koltay Façades
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14.35 - 14.50
Condensation and Airtight Solutions for Façades

The problem

The theory

The solution


Will Jones
Head of Business Management, A. Proctor Group
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14.50 - 15.05
Benefits of Fully Integrated Lightweight Façade Solutions

Introduction & system components

Performance (Thermal, Fire, Acoustic, Structural)

Comparison with traditional application

Sustainability


Dorian Bomble
Head of Specification - Gulf Countries, Saint-Gobain
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15.05 - 15.20
Designing with Laminated Safety Glass Interlayers for Security & Sound Control Applications

Overview on safety and security glazing

Acoustic guidelines for effective noise reduction with laminated safety glass


Jan Scheers
Sales Consultant - Middle East and South Africa, Kuraray
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15.20 - 15.40
Networking Tea/Coffee Break


Session 4
(15.40 - 17.05)

15.40 - 16.00
Digital Façade Design Using Parametric Tools

One single model

Parametric design workflow

Case studies


Giovanni Zizioli
Regional Director - Middle East, Maffeis Engineering
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16.00 - 16.15
Tensile Fabric Façade - Architectural Functions and Benefits

Architectural signature

Thermal & visual comfort, solar protection & energy savings

Dynamic façades with day/night effect

Conformity & suitability to any fire norms & regulations


Mohammed Bahsh
Senior Manager Tensile Architecture - APMEA, Serge Ferrari
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16.15 - 17.00
Panel Discussion: Why do Projects Get Delayed?

What do you think are the main causes of delays in our industry – be honest?

Tackling the differing points of views of the main players of the construction process, from design to handover

What can be done to improve the process and give more to the end-user?


Moderator
Andy Dean
Head of Specialist Services, WSP Middle East
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Panelist
Moustafa Hassan
Director of Projects, Nakheel
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Panelist
Abdelkader Saadi
Regional Architecture Director ME | Global Design Principal, Jacobs
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Panelist
Benjamin Beer
Managing Director, Werner Sobek Dubai
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17.00 - 17.05
Vote of Thanks & End of the Conference



The programme is correct at time of publishing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or excuse themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight. You can find the most up-to-date programme on this website.




Partners

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Ride The World’s Only Glass Slide

Upon the completion of the Zak World of Façades conference, get an opportunity to ride the sky slide located on the 53rd floor of the Address Sky View.

The Glass Slide is a transparent tube that wraps around the tower’s exterior linking level 53 with level 52 below – for a uniquely adrenaline-pumping experience.

Specially manufactured in Germany, the Sky Slide is fabricated from 12m long sheets of quadruple-laminated glass. Supported at the top and bottom only, the ride from floor-to-floor is completely uninterrupted and provides amazing views of the city below.

Read more about the Sky Views Glass Slide here.

We plan to have a quick presentation summary on the engineering of the this glass slide from the designers and engineers behind it followed by a chance to experience the slide and also a take guided tour of the Observatory for spectacular views of Dubai.

Register for the conference and on the day of the event, first 150 delegates can register on a first come first serve basis at the conference for the glass slide experience which will take place from 5.30 pm until 7.30 pm.


Event Registration

Register for in-person attendance below. All our registrations are subject to validation from our team. More details in the FAQ section.


TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR COMPLIMENTARY SEATS: Complimentary seats are reserved exclusively for Architects, Consultants, Contractors, Developers, Fabricators, Government Officials & PMC's. The organizers reserve the right to allocate these complimentary seats at their discretion.

Image Gallery

Images from a select previous global editions of Zak World of Façades


Video Gallery

Snippets from a select previous global editions of Zak World of Façades

  • New York 2022
  • Kuala Lumpur 2022
  • Toronto 2022
  • London 2021
  • Dubai 2021
  • Sydney 2019
  • Manchester 2019

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the event.

A limited number of complimentary seats on first come first serve basis are reserved for Architects, Façade Consultants, Developers, Government Officials, Project Management Consultants, Main Contractors, Sustainability Consultants, Fire Consultants, Façade Contractors, Cost Consultants, etc. The online registration process needs to be followed to attain your entry pass for the event. Please note that the complimentary seats allocation are under the jurisdiction of the organizers. If you are a product/material supplier and intend to attend the conference, there would be a delegate fee of AED 2500 + VAT applicable per delegate.

The online registration acts as an “Interest” for attending the conference. An internal system evaluates the registrations received and issues the confirmation/entry pass accordingly. The online registration alone DOES NOT stand confirmed without a confirmation/entry pass email from the organizers.

If successfully approved, the confirmation number/pass is sent within 3-4 working days of registration or earlier. It is advisable to check your spam/junk folders as there maybe chances of the email landing in those folders. If you have not received your confirmation within the stipulated timeframe, please write to the organisers/reply on the acknowledgment email to check on the status.

It is highly recommended that you use your company/official email id for registration to avoid any confirmation delay

No. All registrations are pre-approved online and no on-spot registrations are encouraged.

The invitation copy from the sponsors DOES NOT qualify as the entry pass. The invite mentions the registration process at the last page. All the recipients of these invitation copies are advised to follow the online registration process to attain their passes to be able to attend the event.

No. If you are not able to attend the conference after receiving your confirmation number/pass you will not be able to transfer the registration to your colleague.

The registrations start at 0800 hrs. The team at the registration desk will be fully equipped with the details of those confirmed to attend. If your registration is confirmed, you will only be asked to quote your registration number and drop your visiting cards at the registration desk to collect your badge and kit.

Post the conference, the organisers will be uploading all the presentations who's permission has been received to distribute online at this event website.

The full-day conference will include access to the conference hall, exhibit area, lunch and networking session, delegate kits and presentation copies.

If your firm is on our guest list, then a maximum of 1-4 delegates passes per firm are allocated depending on the firm size. However, the seat allocation is on first come first serve basis.

As the seats are allocated on a first come first serve basis, the registration will close once the hall seating capacity is reached.

No. The event will be 100% in-person only.

Venue


Registrations start at 8:00 am

Address

Sky View Ballroom, Address Sky View, Emaar Square Area, Downtown Dubai 111969, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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