8th Dubai International Project Forum focuses on Fostering Wellbeing

Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Executive Council, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is preparing to hold the 8th Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF) on the theme “ Promoting Wellbeing” over 4 days (23-26 January 2023). The event will attract a range of international experts to discuss 14 topics related to project management and wellbeing.

The event is hosted by RTA and co-organized by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in partnership with Project Management Institute (PMI). RTA has opened registration for the Forum’s activities and events through its website (www.dipmf.ae).

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of RTA, said: “The Forum cements Dubai’s leadership in driving growth across the region. It underscores the emirate’s leadership and ability to lead the development process in the region and identify the right ingredients to accelerate growth on solid and well-established foundations.

“The previous editions of the forum have attracted around 10,000 participants from 45 countries. 378 speakers and thought leaders in project management gathered in Dubai to discuss and exchange ideas in project management and operations according to the highest international industry standards and practices. The past editions have solidified Dubai’s image as a global platform for defining best practices and innovative solutions in project management and strengthened Dubai’s leadership in managing infrastructure projects worldwide,” commented Al Tayer.


“The choice of promoting wellbeing as a theme for the 8th round of DIPMF is in line with the UAE’s strategy to improve wellbeing across all community segments. It also reflects the Forum’s willingness to embed wellbeing concepts and practices in the work environment and to raise awareness of their importance, which will help increase productivity and performance levels,” said Al Tayer.

“The forum will discuss 15 topics covering: Urban Planning Pathway to Wellbeing, Future Trends in Project Management, Giga Projects in the Region, Portfolio and Program Management, Agile Transformation, Values ​​Management, Building Information Modeling, Disciplined Agile Framework for Project Management, Power /Leadership Skills, Creativity and Innovation, Digital Project Management, Sustainability in Project Management, and the Strategic Business Transformation using Project Management in addition to Into the Metaverse (the new virtual reality),” added Al Tayer.

Dubai model

Moaza Al Marri, Executive Director, Office of the Director General, Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the DIPMF, emphasized the important role of the DIPMF for Dubai and its pioneering role in project management and operations. “Dubai has become a role model in adopting the international standards for project management and operations, which have become the development backbone and a major driver of modern management science,” she noted.

“In past editions, the Forum has been a great success with 31 Round Tables, 126 Parallel Sessions, 16 Closed Sessions, 31 Keynote Addresses, 10 Workshops, 19 Studies, 17 Technical Visits and 33 Master Classes. A wide range of topics was examined, with the participation of ministers, top executives from companies and international mega-corporations, and project management experts,” added Al Marri.



Each issue of the DIPMF is characterized by a unique theme. After the first edition in 2014, the theme of the second edition was “Project management supports innovation”. The 3rd edition was themed: Shaping the future and the 4th edition was themed: Making a difference. To commemorate the Zayed Year, the 5th edition had the theme “Building Nations”, and to commemorate the Year of Tolerance 2019, the 6th edition of the Forum had the theme “Cultural Diversity” and the 7th edition had the theme “ We Shape the Future” in line with the preparations for the Year of the 50’s with this year’s theme “Promoting Wellbeing”.

towards the future

The previous edition in January 2022 attracted 1395 participants from 25 countries, covering key topics such as future leadership, sustainable digital economy management and artificial intelligence. It hosted 30 panel discussions, several scientific seminars, parallel sessions and interactive communication platforms presented by 40 experts and specialists.

The forum published studies on project management and operation of projects in Dubai, such as B. the development of RTA bus lines, intelligent transport systems and bus stations. It also held discussions on design concepts and agile project management, future management trends, value and benefit management, digital management and sustainability in transport projects, hybrid project management, risk and crisis management, relationship management, blockchain technology in project management, cybersecurity and big data.