DAY ONE – 7th February 2019
8:00am – 9:15am Registration – Networking – Exhibition

9:15am – 9:30am Delegates to be seated

9:30am – 9:40am Welcome address

9:40am – 10:10am Keynote Address

10:10am – 11:00am Panel Discussion, Q&A

GCC Economic Outlook

Details: Economic growth across the GCC is accelerating on the back of higher oil prices and increased government spending. However, the pace of expansion is below pre-2014 levels, and the speed is uneven as some governments exercise greater fiscal restraint than others. What does 2019 have in store for the GCC’s macro outlook?

11:00am – 11:30am Coffee Break and Networking

11:30am – 11:40am Delegates to be seated

11:40am – 12:30pm Panel Discussion

Empowering Women in the Workforce

Details: The most long-awaited reform in Saudi Arabia concerns the empowerment of women. Lifting the driving ban is but the first step in a long journey that could significantly raise the labor force participation rate, which is currently amongst the lowest in the world. The ability to tap into this critical resource could prove to be the key benchmark of whether Vision 2030 is ultimately considered a success.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Panel Discussion

Investment Trends

Details: Middle Eastern equity markets have underperformed their global peers in recent years, but the tide looks set to turn on the back of regional reforms, stronger growth and higher oil prices. MSCI inclusion and the IPO of Aramco in Saudi Arabia, in addition to a brighter outlook for both privatizations and corporate profits in the GCC could see a renewed focus on local markets in 2019.

1:30pm– 2:30pm Networking and lunch

6:30pm – 7:00pm Bus will move from the hotel to the Dinner Venue

7:30pm – 10:30pm Dinner and Entertainment

DAY TWO – 8th February 2019
9:00am – 10:00am Networking – Exhibition

10:00am – 10:30pm Keynote Speaker

10:30am – 11:20pm Panel Discussion

Real Estate Markets: Identifying the Opportunities

Details: Although the broader economic environment in the GCC has been soft in recent years, we are still witnessing significant growth in residential and commercial real estate. Investment appetite for property appears resilient, despite instability in global financial markets. The GCC has also seen a rise in the number of REITs, suggesting a new approach to investment in the sector.

11:20am – 11:40am Coffee Break

11:40am – 12:30pm Panel Discussion, Q&A

Commodity Markets in Focus

Details: The GCC has long been known as an oil-based region, as years of petro-dollar revenues have underpinned aggressive investment in overseas assets. With the long-term outlook for oil prices in doubt, the GCC is accelerating efforts at diversifying its energy mix, while Dubai is also making strides at strengthening its position as a trading hub for global commoditie

12:30pm – 1:00pm Networking and Pray time

1:00pm – 2:30 Business Lunch

DAY THREE – 9th February 2019
Excursion Day