Abu Dhabi - Day 5A: Abu Dhabi & Urban Polycentricity

Panel Discussion

24 October 2018
12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Continuing the discussion from Plenary 2 in Dubai, this panel discussion applies the question of urban polycentricity to Abu Dhabi. Comprised of numerous islands, the expanding city now faces the challenge of how to develop them coherently and sustainably, striking the right balance between skyline dynamism and community-building; international flair and local vernacular; human amenities and natural splendor. As a polycentric city, and as a critical node itself in the urbanized Emirati coast and in the global tourism and logistics network, Abu Dhabi is a unique laboratory for discussion of this emerging development trend.

Panel Chair: Steve Watts
Partner, alinea Consulting, London
Maan Al Awlaqi
Executive Director, Aldar Properties, Abu Dhabi
Abdulla Balalaa
Director of Real Estate Investment & Design, Masdar, Abu Dhabi
Kevin Ryan
COO, Gulf Related, Abu Dhabi
Nasser Turk
Regional Manager Middle East Africa, WATG, Abu Dhabi