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About The Event

Zak World of Façades is a globally recognized conference series focusing on façade design and engineering. To date, it has successfully hosted over 140 editions, attracting more than 30,000 delegates worldwide. This one-day conference is held across 40 countries, including the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Europe, Australasia and North America.

The forthcoming event, marking its 146th global and 9th UAE edition, will focus on sustainable innovations and tackle construction industry challenges related to the building envelope. Attendees can expect to see the latest products & trends from renowned industry leaders. Notably, this will be the event's inaugural edition in a new two-day format.

For more information and a look at past events, visit www.zakwof.com.


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 in the façade industry.


Key Numbers

146

Edition

52

Exhibitors

45

Speakers and Panelists

2

Days

Event Format

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Expo

A bespoke exhibition is setup in the arena where delegates will have the opportunity to network with the leading brands who would be showcasing new products and solutions for façades.

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Conference

Domain experts will be presenting and debating on topical subjects pertinent to the region in the form of keynotes, presentations and panel discussions. Innovation and sustainability will be the core themes.

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Workshop

Four specialized workshops will be hosted across the 2-days covering a range of façade materials, featuring skilled trainers from around the world to provide diverse, global perspectives.

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Awards

Upon the completion of the second day, the Zak Awards for Excellence in Façade Design & Engineering will take place where shortlisted nominees will be commended at a grand black-tie gala dinner.

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. Below is the initial list of speakers, more to be added as we progress.

Abdullah Faza

Abdullah Faza

Director - Fire and Life Safety,
AESG

Abdullah Faza

Director - Fire and Life Safety, AESG

Topic to be Announced

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Achim Heinzle

Achim Heinzle

Head of Direct Markets - International,
Jansen

Achim Heinzle

Head of Direct Markets - International, Jansen

In the Beginning was a Word and the Word Became Sculpture with Boijmans van Beuningen (by MVRDV architects)

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Agnes Koltay

Agnes Koltay

CEO,
Koltay Façades

Agnes Koltay

CEO, Koltay Façades

Exploring the Impact of A.I. in Design & Construction

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Alina Valcarce

Alina Valcarce

Founder | Design Director,
Valcarce Architects

Alina Valcarce

Founder | Design Director, Valcarce Architects

From Imagination to Inspiration: Unveiling the Stories Behind Unique Façade and Canopy Details

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Ayesha Ahmed

Ayesha Ahmed

Head of Specifications,
Caparol

Ayesha Ahmed

Head of Specifications, Caparol

Topic to be Announced

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Ben Runhaar

Ben Runhaar

Product & Marketing Manager,
AGC Chemicals Europe

Ben Runhaar

Product & Marketing Manager, AGC Chemicals Europe

Specialized Products for the Architecture World

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Benjamin Beer

Benjamin Beer

Managing Director,
Werner Sobek Dubai

Benjamin Beer

Managing Director, Werner Sobek Dubai

Advanced Façade and Glass Engineering for the Middle East Climate – Sustainable and Human Centric Design

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Christine Jetten

Christine Jetten

Founder,
Studio Christine Jetten

Christine Jetten

Founder, Studio Christine Jetten

Shaping Surfaces

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Davide Petucco

Davide Petucco

Head of Contract Development - APAC,
Florim

Davide Petucco

Head of Contract Development - APAC, Florim

A Revolutionary Cladding Material: Porcelain

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Eddy Abou Khalil

Eddy Abou Khalil

Regional Director - Middle East & India,
Cosentino

Eddy Abou Khalil

Regional Director - Middle East & India, Cosentino

Ventilated Façades with Dekton

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Erik Hokanson

Erik Hokanson

Principal | Design Director,
AE7

Erik Hokanson

Principal | Design Director, AE7

Topic to be Announced

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Irina Tadello

Irina Tadello

Marketing Manager,
AGC Obeikan Glass

Irina Tadello

Marketing Manager, AGC Obeikan Glass

Topic to be Announced

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James O'Callaghan

James O'Callaghan

Founding Director,
Eckersley O'Callaghan

James O'Callaghan

Founding Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan

Engineering Transparency

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Jeff Brooks

Jeff Brooks

Design Director,
Dar Al-Handasah

Jeff Brooks

Design Director, Dar Al-Handasah

Shaping Dubai's Skyline - The Influence of International Architects

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Jochen Regenauer

Jochen Regenauer

Head of High Performance Products EMEA,
Kuraray

Jochen Regenauer

Head of High Performance Products EMEA, Kuraray

Carbon Footprint Reduction with Structural Interlayers

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Karim Maalouli

Karim Maalouli

Architectural Design Manager,
Guardian Glass

Karim Maalouli

Architectural Design Manager, Guardian Glass

Changing the Norm: A Tale of Glass in the Region

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Kenzo Tamada

Kenzo Tamada

Area Manager - Middle & Far East,
Pellini

Kenzo Tamada

Area Manager - Middle & Far East, Pellini

Façade-Integrated Shading Systems

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Khaled Raslan

Khaled Raslan

Senior Manager,
Vitro Architectural Glass

Khaled Raslan

Senior Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass

Using Glass to Reduce Embodied Carbon

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Khalid Shamlawi

Khalid Shamlawi

Specifications Manager - GCC & Egypt,
Jotun Powder Coatings

Khalid Shamlawi

Specifications Manager - GCC & Egypt, Jotun Powder Coatings

Architectural Trends & Long Lasting Solutions

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Kourosh Salehi

Kourosh Salehi

Global Design Principal,
LWK & Partners

Kourosh Salehi

Global Design Principal, LWK & Partners

Topic: Redefining Urban Façades

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Lars Anders

Lars Anders

CEO,
Priedemann Façade Experts

Lars Anders

CEO, Priedemann Façade Experts

Sustainability: A Burden to Business Economics?!

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Łukasz Zagała

Łukasz Zagała

Co-Founder,
Medusa Group

Łukasz Zagała

Co-Founder, Medusa Group

Shaping Dubai's Skyline - The Influence of International Architects

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Marina Kindelan

Marina Kindelan

Director - Façades,
AESG

Marina Kindelan

Director - Façades, AESG

Designing Truly Sustainable Façades: Navigating Near Zero, Net Zero Energy, and Net Zero Carbon

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Mehrdad Yazdani

Mehrdad Yazdani

Design Director - Yazdani Studio,
CannonDesign

Mehrdad Yazdani

Design Director - Yazdani Studio, CannonDesign

Skin Deep: From Expressive Design to High Performance

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Merce Berengueras

Merce Berengueras

Specifications Manager - EMEA,
Axalta Coating Systems

Merce Berengueras

Specifications Manager - EMEA, Axalta Coating Systems

Embarking on an Architectural ColourDesign Journey

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Mercedes Gargallo

Mercedes Gargallo

Associate,
Arup

Mercedes Gargallo

Associate, Arup

How do We Realise the Client's Vision?

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Mohammed Adib

Mohammed Adib

Chief Design Officer,
Dewan Architects & Engineers

Mohammed Adib

Chief Design Officer, Dewan Architects & Engineers

Shaping Dubai's Skyline - The Influence of International Architects

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Osama Abbas

Osama Abbas

CEO,
IBECE Group

Osama Abbas

CEO, IBECE Group

Al Wasl Tower – The Untold Story

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Raj Patel

Raj Patel

Principal | Architecture Design Director,
Gensler Middle East

Raj Patel

Principal | Architecture Design Director, Gensler Middle East

Designing Truly Sustainable Facades: Navigating Near Zero, Net Zero Energy, and Net Zero Carbon

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Rosario Maguey

Rosario Maguey

Senior Façade Engineer,
Arup

Rosario Maguey

Senior Façade Engineer, Arup

How do We Realise the Client's Vision?

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Salah Ziat

Salah Ziat

Assistant Manager - Sustainability & CSR,
Masdar City

Salah Ziat

Assistant Manager - Sustainability & CSR, Masdar City

Designing Truly Sustainable Facades: Navigating Near Zero, Net Zero Energy, and Net Zero Carbon

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Sumaya Dabbagh

Sumaya Dabbagh

Principal,
Dabbagh Architects

Sumaya Dabbagh

Principal, Dabbagh Architects

Topic to be Announced

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Susanna Noureddine

Susanna Noureddine

Head of Façade Engineering,
WSP

Susanna Noureddine

Head of Façade Engineering, WSP

Designing Truly Sustainable Facades: Navigating Near Zero, Net Zero Energy, and Net Zero Carbon

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Conference Schedule

The agenda is split into multiple sessions separated by networking break-out sessions across the 2 days.

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.

Workshop Schedule

Expert-led façade workshops, offering in-depth training and insights on key subjects across the 2 days.

Tuesday, 23rd April

Shaping Surfaces

Relief & Textures

Shadow & Light


Christine Jetten
Founder, Studio Christine Jetten
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Abdullah Faza
Director - Fire and Life Safety, AESG
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Wednesday, 24th April



Exhibitors

Meet our industry leading suppliers who play a key role in this event. Visit their booths to know more about their products & solutions and how they can help play a role in defining your projects.

Gold Partner
Associate Partners

Recharge Partner

Zak Awards Gala Dinner

Zak Awards celebrates the remarkable achievements of architects, developers, contractors, and various building professionals/manufactures for their exceptional contributions to the field of façade design & engineering. Serving as a regional platform, it honors industry leaders and pioneers who set new standards within the construction sector.

The awards will make their ground breaking debut in the Middle East, establishing the region's first-ever accolades dedicated to recognizing excellence in façade design and engineering.
The awards will take place on the 24th April 2024 upon the completion of the Zak World of Façades event. The winners & nominees of the awards will be commended at a grand black-tie gala dinner, where excellence in façade design and engineering will be honored under the city's glittering skyline.

For more info about the awards, visit www.zakawards.com

The entry to the dinner & awards is separate from the expo & conference. Visit the FAQ section on how to gain access for the same.

Event Registration

Register for in-person attendance below. 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.

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

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

  • London 2023
  • Montreal 2023
  • New York 2023
  • Mumbai 2023
  • Shanghai 2023
  • Milan 2023
  • Cairo 2023

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the event.

There is no registration fee to attend the event.

Registering online will help you skip the queue at the venue and will provide you will regular updates regarding the event.

Yes, you can register on-spot at the venue.

Once you register online, you will receive your pass immediately. 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 email for any reason, please write to the organisers to assist you on the same.

No. If you are not able to attend the event after receiving your confirmation, you will not be able to transfer the registration to your colleague. They will have to make a fresh registration.

Doors open at 10.00 hrs on day 1 and 2. The team at the registration desk will be fully equipped with the details of those confirmed registered. If you have registered online, you would have received a e-badge. If you have brought a print out of the same, you can collect your lanyard and enter inside. Else you can get your badge printed on-site by showing the QR code on the e-badge. If you have not registered, you can register on-spot.

Post the event, the organisers will share a link to the HD video recording of the conference.

Each workshop is curated specifically for the respective targeted audience. Please see which workshop is relevant for your profile and make a request to attend the same. The requests will then be evaluated by the workshop trainers for a final decision.

As seats are limited, a nominal refundable deposit of AED 250 will collected as a commitment toward your participation in the workshop.

Yes. Once you have registered and are inside the arena, you can access all the conference sessions.

The gala awards dinner is a separate event and you will need to purchase a ticket or table at www.zakawards.com. You can also be invited by someone who has booked a table.

There is no final deadline for registration.

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

No, valet parking is not available.

Yes, you can earn 8 AIA HSW CEUs for attending a full day of the program in person and signing up with your current AIA membership number at the conclusion of the event.

Venue

Entry from Entrance B

Address

Coca-Cola Arena, Al Wasl - سٹی واک - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Hospitality Partner

The Rove City Walk, which is just a 2-minute walk from the venue, is offering special rates for delegates at the Zak World of Façades Avant-Garde Edition.

A limited number of rooms are available to book.

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