About The Event

Zak World of Façades is an international conference series on façade design & engineering. The event has attracted over 25,000 delegates across its 76 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 77th global edition and the 6th edition in the 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

77

Edition

24

Speakers and Panelist

4

Sessions

1

Day

Safety Precautions

We are incorporating measures in place to ensure a safe environment which include

  • Wearing of masks at all times
  • Maintaining the 2m social distancing guideline
  • Implementation of disinfection protocols in all areas by the Conrad housekeeping team
  • Buffet to be served by the Conrad staff behind protective partitions (no self-service of food allowed)
  • Availability of sanitisers at multiple locations
  • Counters, seats and tables in common areas are disinfected after every use
  • Conference hall capacity to apply the minimum 2m social distancing corresponding into 1 person per 4 sqm as mandated by the DTCM protocols
  • Observing the maximum capacity guideline
  • Sanitising conference furniture after every session
  • Interactive Q&A done via your mobile phone
  • Individual seats are set apart at a distance equal to 2 chairs between each seat
  • Replacing the microphones filters after every use
Stay safe. We look forward to welcoming you back to our events.

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.

Yahya Jan

Alain Garnier

Manager Sales & Business Development - Middle East, Saint-Gobain SageGlass

Alain Garnier

Manager Sales & Business Development - Middle East, Saint-Gobain SageGlass

Topic: Dynamic Glass as an IoT Building Element

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Yahya Jan

Agnes Koltay

Director, Koltay Façades

Agnes Koltay

Director, Koltay Façades

Topic: The Real Issues in Construction - A Façade Engineer's View

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Yahya Jan

Ammar Alul

Managing Director, Schüco Middle East

Ammar Alul

Managing Director, Schüco Middle East

Topic: Influence of Urbanization on the Construction Industry in the Future

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Yahya Jan

Alastair Common

Technical Director, Schüco Middle East

Alastair Common

Technical Director, Schüco Middle East

Topic: System-Based Custom Solutions and Innovations

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Yahya Jan

April Soh

Technical Director - Façades, AESG

April Soh

Technical Director - Façades, AESG

Topic: Let There Be Light

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Ben Piper

Ben Piper

Partner & Design Principal, Killa Design

Ben Piper

Partner & Design Principal, Killa Design

Topic: UN17 Sustainable Development Goals as Guiding Force behind UAE Architectural Future

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Benjamin Beer

Benjamin Beer

Façade Director, Werner Sobek

Benjamin Beer

Façade Director, Werner Sobek

Topic: UN17 Sustainable Development Goals as Guiding Force behind UAE Architectural Future

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Yahya Jan

Frans van Vuure

Director, UNStudio

Frans van Vuure

Director, UNStudio

Topic: Sustainable and Adaptable Façade Design for Healthy Environments

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Yahya Jan

Kourosh Salehi

Design Director, LWK + Partners

Kourosh Salehi

Design Director, LWK + Partners

Topic: UN17 Sustainable Development Goals as Guiding Force behind UAE Architectural Future

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Yahya Jan

Lars Anders

Group CEO, Priedemann Façade Experts

Lars Anders

Group CEO, Priedemann Façade Experts

Topic: Façade Engineering in the Post Covid Era

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Yahya Jan

Mark Powell Kyffin

Architecture Head, Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi

Mark Powell Kyffin

Architecture Head, Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi

Topic: Cultural Expressions

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Yahya Jan

Esmeralda Maria Malo

Regional Marketing Head IMEA, Henkel Construction Adhesives

Esmeralda Maria Malo

Regional Marketing Head IMEA, Henkel Construction Adhesives

Topic: Waterproofing Solutions for High Rise Towers: From Foundations up to the Roof

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Yahya Jan

Matthew Utley

Principal, Grimshaw

Matthew Utley

Principal, Grimshaw

Topic: UN17 Sustainable Development Goals as Guiding Force behind UAE Architectural Future

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Yahya Jan

Matthew Engele

Principal | Regional Design Leader - Middle East, Woods Bagot

Matthew Engele

Principal | Regional Design Leader - Middle East, Woods Bagot

Topic: UN17 Sustainable Development Goals as Guiding Force behind UAE Architectural Future

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Yahya Jan

Michelle Bacellar

Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

Michelle Bacellar

Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology

Topic: Future Proofing Façades

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Yahya Jan

Nikolay Kolomiychenko

Managing Director – Sales & Marketing, AGC Obeikan Glass

Nikolay Kolomiychenko

Managing Director – Sales & Marketing, AGC Obeikan Glass

Topic: Remarkable Building Identity: How Ready Are We?

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Yahya Jan

Paulo Carvalho

Commercial & Corporate Relations Director, Effisus

Paulo Carvalho

Commercial & Corporate Relations Director, Effisus

Topic: Fire Safety in Façades with A2 Class Fire Rated Weatherproofing Membranes

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Yahya Jan

Ralf Thorwarth

Business Manager Glass - EIMEA, H.B.Fuller/Kömmerling

Ralf Thorwarth

Business Manager Glass - EIMEA, H.B.Fuller/Kömmerling

Topic: Ködispace 4SG: The Key to Energy Efficient Structural Glazing Façades

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Yahya Jan

Scott Coombes

Managing Partner, AESG

Scott Coombes

Managing Partner, AESG

Topic: Panel Discussion: UN17 Sustainable Development Goals as Guiding Force behind UAE Architectural Future

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Yahya Jan

Shyam Chand

Senior Consultant - Façade Access, WSP

Shyam Chand

Senior Consultant - Façade Access, WSP

Topic: Façade Access and Maintenance

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Valerie

Valérie Hayez

Global Façade Engineering & Architectural Design Engineer - High Performance Building, Dow

Valérie Hayez

Global Façade Engineering & Architectural Design Engineer - High Performance Building, Dow

Topic: Bringing Safety and Durability to Incredible Heights

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Yahya Jan

Yahya Jan

President & Design Director, NORR

Yahya Jan

President & Design Director, NORR

Topic: Beauty Should Be More Than Skin Deep: Ciel, the Tallest Hotel Tower in the World

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Yahya Jan

Yahya Kaddoura

Lead Design Architect, Atkins

Yahya Kaddoura

Lead Design Architect, Atkins

Topic: The Future of Architecture

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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
08.50 - 08.55
Welcome Address
08:55 - 09:00
Influence of Urbanization on the Construction Industry in the Future

Ammar Alul
Managing Director, Schüco Middle East
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09.00 - 09.25
Façade Engineering in the Post Covid Era

Lessons learned: Impact on purchase strategies and sustainability

Adjustment into new global trends: New developments vs updating existing façades

Following upcoming business opportunities: Digital technology supporting new business models


Lars Anders
Group CEO, Priedemann Façade Experts
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09.25 - 09.50
Beauty Should Be More Than Skin Deep: Ciel, the Tallest Hotel Tower in the World

How the concept for this tower is a result of design Integration and the symbiotic relationship between form,     structure and façade

Parametrically modeled for optimization, the façade of this tower responds to changes in geometry

Sculpted in glass, the shaping of this tower is based on wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamic modeling


Yahya Jan
President & Design Director, NORR
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09.50 - 10.10
Dynamic Glass as an IoT Building Element

Contributing to the connectivity of a building with dynamic glass

Increasing the occupant’s comfort and well-being

Case studies: Dynamic façades in the UAE


Alain Garnier
Manager Sales & Business Development - Middle East, Saint-Gobain SageGlass
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10.10 - 10.30
Waterproofing Solutions for High Rise Towers: From Foundations up to the Roof

Systems for foundations

Systems for main building

Systems for roofing


Esmeralda Maria Malo
Regional Marketing Head IMEA, Henkel Construction Adhesives
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10.30 - 11.15
Networking Tea / Coffee Break


Session 2
(11.15 - 12.45)

11.15 - 11.35
Remarkable Building Identity: How Ready Are We?

Challenges of the changing world

Back to the future: Reviewing existing & new technologies

Major design considerations for sustainable building envelopes


Nikolay Kolomiychenko
Managing Director – Sales & Marketing, AGC Obeikan Glass
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11.35 - 11.55
Only in Dubai ...A Glass Slide?

How the idea of Dubai's upcoming tourist sensation was developed in collaboration with the developer, façade engineer and architects?

Engineering challenges of designing giant glass pieces outside of a skyscraper to scare people

Implementation and installation, doing the unprecedented


Agnes Koltay
CEO, Koltay Façades
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11.55 - 12.15
System-Based Custom Solutions and Innovations

Cherry picking” the right façade system for the right application

The secret to designing a sword façade

Digitalisation: your daily fix


Alastair Common
Technical Director, Schüco Middle East
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12.15 - 12.45
Sustainable and Adaptable Façade Design for Healthy Environments

How can we answer the need for comfort and well-being in the skin of buildings

How do we control the rationality of providing that well-being

Are we able to transform the city’s existing envelopes and make them more sustainable?


Frans van Vuure
Director, UNStudio
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12.45 - 13.40
Networking Lunch Break


Session 3
(13.40 - 15.40)

13.40 - 14.00
Cultural Expressions

The impression of the envelope

The substance of the façade

A narrative of context culture and content


Mark Powell Kyffin
Architecture Head, Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi
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14.00 - 14.20
Future Proofing Façades

Learning from the past

Climate changes

Designing for the future


Michelle Bacellar
Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology
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14.20 - 14.40
Bringing Safety and Durability to Incredible Heights

Enabling design freedom and building functionality with advanced technologies

Optimizing safety and security of high rise construction

The proven contribution of silicone materials to façade quality and longevity



Valérie Hayez
Global Façade Engineering & Architectural Design Engineer - High Performance Building, Dow

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14.40 - 15.00
Façade Access and Maintenance

Façade access strategy development

Building maintenance unit (BMU) types

Requirements for BMU integration into the building


Shyam Chand
Senior Consultant - Façade Access, WSP
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15.00 - 15.20
Fire Safety in Façades with A2 Class Fire Rated Weatherproofing Membranes

What are A2 class fire rated weatherproofing membranes?

Bespoke solutions for façade weatherproofing


Paulo Carvalho
Commercial & Corporate Relations Director, Effisus
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15.20 - 15.40
Ködispace 4SG: The Key to Energy Efficient Structural Glazing Façades

Advantages of a reactive thermoplastic spacer in structural glazing façades

Improved energy efficiency through long-term gastight insulating glass

High end warm-edge spacer system for unlimited design possibilities e.q. cold-bending glass


Ralf Thorwarth
Business Manager Glass - EIMEA, H.B.Fuller/Kömmerling
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15.40 - 16.00
Networking Tea/Coffee Break


Session 4
(16.00 - 17.25)

16.00 - 16.20
Let There Be Light

Glare versus daylighting

Design process examples

Designing for optimal lighting


April Soh
Technical Director - Façades, AESG
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16.20 - 16.40
Architecture of the Future

Liveability, efficiency and sustainability; Houses to apartments

Reducing the area of land use by increasing the functions in each space; Efficiency in spaces with time

Four key dimensions playing the main parameters in building’s envelope


Yahya Kaddoura
Lead Design Architect, Atkins
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16.40 - 17.25
Panel Discussion: UN17 Sustainable Development Goals as Guiding Force behind UAE Architectural Future

Cues from UN17 goals for sustainable façade design and construction

Circular economy: Smart façades through responsible consumption, production and recycling

How stringent are the ways paved for creating environmentally friendly infrastructure

Greener buildings for enhanced well-being and healthier environments inside and outside


Moderator
Scott Coombes
Managing Partner, AESG
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Panelist
Matthew Engele
Principal | Regional Design Leader - Middle East, Woods Bagot
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Panelist
Kourosh Salehi
Design Director, LWK + Partners
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Panelist
Benjamin Beer
Façade Director, Werner Sobek
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Panelist
Ben Piper
Partner & Design Principal, Killa Design
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Panelist
Matthew Utley
Principal, Grimshaw
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17.25 - 17.30
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

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.
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Event Registration

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

Registrations for this event have been closed.
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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.

Livestream

We will be streaming the event live and can be watched below

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 2019
  • London 2019
  • Sydney 2019
  • Shanghai 2019
  • Manchester 2019
  • Singapore 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 2000 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, it takes a maximum of 4-5 working days for the system to generate the confirmation number/pass. 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.

Apart from the high standard hygiene protocols and checks from the Conrad team, we will be implementing the standard operating procedures and guidelines mandated by the Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) to ensure a safe event. Please refer to the detailed safety precautions at the top of this page.

Yes. A few of the event elements will be hybrid. One such element will be the lectures and discussions which we will intend to stream online for those who are unable to make it in-person. More details will be provided closer to the event.

Venue


Grand Ballroom, Level-2, Conrad Dubai, Kindly reach the venue on 16th March, 2021 at 8:00 am

Address

Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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