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The International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes an improved use of underground space as a solution for sustainable development. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, it is a community of professionals involved in the tunnelling and underground space industry made up of owners, engineers, town planners, architects, designers, both heavy construction and specialized contractors, material and equipment suppliers, lawyers, politicians, academics and researchers, economists, financiers and other stakeholders.

ITA currently federates 73 Member Nations, 300 Affiliate Members, including 15 Prime Sponsors and 60 supporters. It is governed by an Executive Council composed of 15 elected members hailing from various Member Nations representing a different aspect of the tunnelling community.

The President for the current 2013-2016 period is Mr. SørenDegn ESKESEN, from Denmark and the 4 Vice-Presidents are Mr. Rick P. Lovat (Canada), Mr. Tarcisio B. Celestino (Brazil), Mrs. Amanda Elioff (USA) and Mr. Daniele Peila (Italy).

One of ITA's key strengths is to bring together more than 20,000 experts, both from the tunnelling industry and from world-class universities around the world, to share their experience during conferences and meetings organized by ITA or its Member Nations. These exchanges are beneficial to both sectors, making academic research available to the industry and giving researchers access to cutting edge technologies and projects in the field.

ITA is an international technical-based organization having Special Consultative Status with United Nations since 1987. Through it, ITA has been implicated with: Habitat II, Feasibility studies to link Europe to Africa, and Poverty Reduction.ITA has also co-organized a seminar on "the use of underground space as an unexpected solution for promoting sustainable development" at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on December 14, 2007.

ITA is the leading organization promoting the use of underground space through knowledge sharing and application of technology. Indeed, its essential mission is twofold:

  • To further the exploitation of the subsurface as a solution for sustainable development;
  • To encourage progresses in planning, design, construction, maintenance and safety for tunnels and underground space.

To meet these goals, ITA is operating on several mid-term actions: creating synergies on international scales, sharpening the expertise of its technicians and engineers, and releasing innovative and sustainable applications for underground space.


The Gulf Engineering Union was founded in Kuwait on April 1997. GEU consists of the following societies:

  • The Bahrain Society of Engineers,
  • Society of Engineers - UAE,
  • Kuwait Society of Engineers,
  • Oman Society of Engineers,
  • Saudi Council of Engineers,
  • Qatar Society of Engineers

Gulf Engineering Union Goals:
The union aims to

  • Endorse the role of societies/councils of engineers through organizing the practice of engineering professionals, to support the engineering work in Arabian Gulf, and to achieve technical engineering cooperation between GCC countries.
  • Achieve leadership for Gulf Engineers and raise Gulf Engineering qualification and assessments of engineering qualifications.
  • Develop and improve the practices of the profession and upgrade systems by training the Gulf Engineer on new world class methods.
  • Gain a prominent engineering status on the regional and global levels.
  • Strengthening the role of the Gulf engineering bodies in the development of legislation, regulations, and laws such as the field of engineering arbitration.
  • Cooperation in the exchange of expertise and experiences on common engineering issues among the GCC countries.

The Gulf Engineering Forum is held once a year in one of the cities of the GEU members,rotating in alphabetical order, and the United Arab Emirates is honored to host the Gulf Engineering Forum 2017 after six years from hosting it in 2010.

Gulf Engineering Unionand Arabian Tunnelling Award
The Society of Engineers -UAE,in cooperation with the Gulf Engineering Union,declaresthe start ofacceptingnominations forGulf Engineering Union and Arabian Tunnelling Award.More information can be obtained at

تأسس الاتحاد الهندسي الخليجي بالكويت في ابريل من عام 1997 من الهيئات الهندسية التالية:-

  • • جمعية المهندسين الإماراتية.
  • • جمعية المهندسين البحرينية.
  • • الهيئة السعودية للمهندسين.
  • • جمعية المهندسين العمانية.
  • • جمعية المهندسين القطرية.
  • • جمعية المهندسين الكويتية.

اهداف الملتقى الهندسي الخليجي:

  • • تحقيق الريادة للمهندس الخليجي و رفع التأهيل الهندسي الخليجي و تقيم  و اعتماد المؤهلات الهندسية.
  • • تطوير نظم ممارسة المهنة و حمايتها و الاهتمام بتدريب و تطوير المهندس الخليجي.
  • • اكتساب مكانة مرموقة على الصعيدين الإقليمي و العالمي.
  • • تعزيز دور الهيئات الهندسية الخليجية  في وضع التشريعات و الأنظمة و القوانين الهندسية مثل تطوير مجال التحكيم الهندسي.
  • • التعاون في تبادل الخبرات  و التجارب حول القضايا الهندسية المشتركةبين دول المجلس.

يقام الملتقى الهندسي الخليجي مرة كل عام في احدى دول مجلس التعاون بالتناوب (حسب الترتيب الابجدي) و تتشرف دولة الامارات باستضافة الملتقىالهندسي الخليجي العشرون و ذلك بعد 6 سنوات من استضافته سنة 2010.

جائزةالاتحاد الهندسي الخليجي و مؤتمر حفر الأنفاق العربي

تعلنجمعية المهندسين بالإمارات بالتعاون مع الاتحاد الهندسي الخليجي بدء قبول الترشيحات لجائزةالاتحاد الهندسي الخليجي ومؤتمر حفر الأنفاق العربي. للحصول على مزيد من المعلومات الرجاء زيارة موقع الحدث


Federation Partner

Is A Professional Non-Governmental Organization Founded In 1963, A Member Of World Federation Of Engineering Organizations And Several Boards And A Member Of The Council Of The Ministers Of Building And Housing In The League Of Arab States And Some Of It's Technical Committees. Fae Has Links And Relations With Many Organizations, Engineering Regional And International, Such As Arab Organization For Industrial Development And The Technical Chamber Of Greece . Fae Includes In Its Membership (18) Engineering Entities Representing 18 Arab Countries Under Umbrella Of Federation Fae Administrative Body Is Composed Of Five Special Entities And Seven Permanent Committees. General Secretariat Of Fae Is Working To Issue An Identity For Arab Engineers Conferred To All Arab Engineers, Accredited By All Arab Engineering Bodies.

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Association Partners


The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a professional association that strives to promote and progress civil engineering. We believe that civil engineers are "shaping the world" delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. With this in mind, we are a qualifying body, a centre for the exchange of specialist knowledge and a provider of resources to encourage innovation and excellence in the profession worldwide. Our membership worldwide is close to 88,000.

The ICE UAE Branch was formed in the 1960's and like the parent organisation it strives to promote and progress the civil engineering profession across the Emirates by:

  • Qualifying professionals engaged in civil engineering
  • Ensuring the highest standards within the industry are met
  • Facilitating the exchange of Knowledge and Best Practice
  • Promoting the profession's contribution to society

In 2012, the ICE UAE became a registered legal entity and further cemented its standing in the UAE by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the UAE Society of Engineers.








Academic Partners

The School of Engineering at the American University in Dubai provides students with a unique opportunity to experience American-style engineering education in one of the fastest growing and most diverse metropolitan areas in the world. The School's educational experience provides students with the knowledge needed for technical excellence in engineering, while emphasizing the role of general education, ethical and social responsibility, and life-long learning in the personal and professional growth of future engineers.

The School offers undergraduate programs leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The School also offers a Master of Science in Construction Management degree, providing engineers, architects, and construction professionals with an opportunity to advance in their careers and broaden their education portfolio. Our curricula are supported by state-of-the-art labs and facilities, a diverse group of faculty with outstanding expertise and solid ties with the professional community. With local and international accreditations in place, and through a broad education grounded in cultural diversity and technical excellence, our graduates continue to be highly sought at both the regional and global levels. Visit us at



The British University in Dubai (BUiD) was established in 2003 to be the Middle East's leading research-based postgraduate university, facilitating world-class education, training and research. It provides an important and growing community and resource for young professionals, leading academics, corporate managers and aspiring leaders of all description.

The British University in Dubai is licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs to award its own degrees. Its qualifications are also recognized internationally by NARIC. BUiD's internal quality assurance include processes that ensure our programmes and students' achievements are of standards at least on a par with those of our UK partner universities9University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, Cardiff University, and the University of Glasgow).The UK Universities collaborate with BUiD within a Concordat agreement that provides a comprehensive framework for the strategic directions and governance of the alliance.

BUiD offers full and part-time research based Masters Degree programmes, PG Diplomas and Certificates; the regions first accredited Doctorate in Education and the PhD in Project Management, Ph D in Architecture & Sustainable Built Environment, and PhD in Computer Science and recently PhD in Business Management. Masters programmes and Post Graduate Diplomas in: Education, Finance and Banking, Human Resource Management, Informatics (Knowledge and Data Management), IT Management, Project Management, Construction Management, Systems Engineering, Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, Sustainable Design of the Built Environment , Intelligent Building Design and Automation, Business Administration(MBA),Structural Engineering and Engineering Management.

The non-profit university has attracted academic experts to develop regionally tailored programmes, in which they extend and challenge the boundaries of knowledge, understanding and research.

BUiD works in collaboration with leading organization and institutions including Atkins, Emirates Green Building Council, , the federal Ministry of Education, government and associated bodies Human Resource Forums agencies for Academic and professional development across the UAE's public and private sectors.

The founders of the University are the Al Maktoum Foundation, the Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Rolls-Royce, the British Business Group and the National Bank of Dubai. The University is governed by a Council under the chancellorship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.


Engineering at NYUAD is designed to create technological leaders with a global perspective, a broad education, and the capacity to think creatively. The uniqueness of the program lies in the integration of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship (i2e) into all phases of study. Through i2e, students enjoy a learning environment conducive to creativity, which is at the heart of tomorrow's technological innovations and enterprises.

NYUAD offers five degree programs:

  • General Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

The engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi are accredited by the Commission of ABET, The programs provide a sound preparation for careers in research, academia, industry, or government, and graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree.


Since its inception in 2000, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and President of Abu Dhabi University's Board of Regents, Abu Dhabi University has become one of the region's leading centers of academic excellence. Its vibrant and cosmopolitan student population represents more than 63 nationalities. Through its globally competitive curriculum, ADU formulates highly unique degree programs that maximize graduates' chances of employment. It strives to become one of the world’s elite institutions of world-class education and applied research. In addition to a dynamic range of extracurricular activities, ADU also instills a strong spirit of social responsibility in its students so that graduates can help to transform not only their industries; but also their communities and above all, their world.

Abu Dhabi University is licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, with all its undergraduate and postgraduate programs accredited. ADU is also the only private higher education institution in the UAE and the Gulf Region to receive international academic accreditation from the "Western Association of Schools and Colleges: Senior College and University Commission - WSCUC", thereby making all its undergraduate and postgraduate degrees internationally recognized, and elevating it to the ranks of prestigious peers accredited by WSCUC such as Caltech, UCLA and Stanford University. Abu Dhabi University was also the first university to receive the Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award in 2010. Dedicated to achieving excellence on all academic and organizational levels, today ADU is one of only six universities in the UAE to enter the ranks of the world's top 700 universities in Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world university rankings of 2015-2016.

Additionally, for its support and patronage of entrepreneurship, Abu Dhabi University was also awarded the "Best Supporting University for Entrepreneurship" in the UAE and the Arab World during the Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders in its 8th cycle. The College of Engineering also received international accreditation from the world-renowned ABET for five of its engineering programs, while the College of Business Administration is within the niche ranks of only 5% of the world's business programs that have earned international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - AACSB.


Al Ain University of Science and Technology is licensed and its degree programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs in the United Arab Emirates. The University has two major campuses, One is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE, and another in Al Ain, also known as the Garden City.

Al Ain University of Science and Technology offers 21 undergraduate programs, 5 graduate programs and 1 professional diploma through the colleges of Engineering and Information Technology, Pharmacy, Business Administration, Communication and Media, Law, and Education, Humanities and Social Sciences. The University has conducted several studies with the intent of launching more degree programs as and when they obtain approval from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The College of Engineering and Information Technology has received the international accreditation from ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). The College of Pharmacy has obtained international certification from the American-based Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education (ACPE). It is the first and only university in the UAE to get this kind of accreditation Likewise; the College of Law received full accreditation from the Supreme Council for Evaluation, Research and Higher Education in France (HCERES).


Research Partner

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.

OBG offers comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, energy, infrastructure, industry and insurance.

OBG's acclaimed economic and business reports are the leading source of local and regional intelligence, while OBG's online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis. OBG's consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.


Intelligence Partner

Ventures ONSITE, a product by Ventures Middle East, has been a market leader in tracking construction projects across the MENA region for more than 15 years. Ventures ONSITE provides accurate and detailed information on completed, current, and future construction projects.

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Standards Partner

Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by us, they improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, ASTM standards enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use - from the toy in a child's hand to the aircraft overhead. Working across borders, disciplines and industries we harness the expertise of over 30,000 members to create consensus and improve performance in manufacturing and materials, products and processes, systems and services. Used extensively in the GCC region, ASTM standards are available online via ASTM Compass.


Transport Partner

Royal Smart Limousine LLC is a member of Rashid Al Jabri Group of Companies. It was founded in the year 2002 to cater for the growing need of luxurious, reliable, and readily available transport in the growing UAE (local and expat) community by providing 24-hour limousine service. The company's passion for adventure, innovation, superior customer service and life-long entrepreneurial spirit provoked a drastic change from a vintage-like business to a smarter, more current, trendy and forward looking luxury transportation service while maintaining the exceptional personalized, high-level and quality driven foundation bringing forth the new company slogan - 'The Smart Experience'.

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United Arab Emirates
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Fax: +971 4 311 6301

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Conference secretariat

MCI Middle East.
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 311 6300
Fax: +971 4 311 6301