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Join more than 1,000 transportation leaders from the region and beyond for an exciting, action-packed, and business-friendly IRF Middle East Regional Congress & Exhibition, themed “Mobility Solutions for the 21st Century”. With a focus on cutting-edge innovation and an unrivaled portfolio of mobility projects, Dubai offers an inspiring setting to discuss Innovations in Transportation Engineering, Smart Cities, and Connected Vehicles spread across 50 sessions. Acquire essential skills in designing and operating safer and more resilient road networks. Share your research and solutions to an audience of industry professionals and decision makers, and make valuable professionals connections in one of the most vibrant road markets in the world.

Why Participate?


Stay abreast of best practices and new technologies across 6 tracks and 50 sessions.


Join key stakeholders from GCC and other emergent markets as they present upcoming highway and transportation infrastructure programs.


Benefit from access to road agency heads and local government leaders responsible for significant investments in road and transport projects. Meet clients, distributors and partners at the Congress exhibition.


Enjoy the unique appeal of a world-class city through a varied program of cultural and technical visits.

Who Will Attend:

  • Highway Agency & Municipal Staff
  • Construction Contractors, Engineers & Managers
  • Automotive Manufacturers and Technology Providers
  • Design Consultants, Engineers & Managers
  • Equipment Manufacturers, Suppliers and Distributors
  • Public Transport / Mass Transit Operators
  • Transport Research Institutes
  • University Researchers and Professors
  • Engineering Services Professionals
  • Traffic Technology and ITS Consultants, Engineers and Managers

Tracks & Call for Papers

The Technical and Scientific Committee of the 5th IRF Middle East Regional Congress is pleased to invite surface transportation experts and researchers from the region and beyond to submit paper abstracts for evaluation. Abstracts should reflect original practical cases studies and research or innovation in technical, institutional, economic, business and policy issues that are relevant, recent and significant.
The abstract should be written in English, readily understandable to most readers and may contain a maximum of 250 words. There is no cost to submit an abstract.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2017
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification:  May 2, 2017
  • Paper Submission: June 30, 2017
  • Paper Acceptance Notification: July 31, 2017

To submit an abstract CLICK HERE

Download the Paper Submission Template

1- Innovation in Transportation Engineering

1.1 Future Accelerators in Transportation And Infrastructure
1.2 New Technologies in Accelerated Bridge Construction
1.3 Segmental Suspended Precast Bridges
1.4 New Micro-tunneling Technology

2- Smart Cities

2.1 Innovation and Transformation of Urban Mobility
2.2 Intelligent Infrastructure & Cyber Security
2.3 Road Design Standards for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
2.4 Business and Governance Models for Smart Cities

3- Delivering 21st Century Parking & Tolling Solutions

3.1 Innovation in Parking for Public and Congested Areas
3.2 Electronic Toll Collection
3.3 Smart Parking & Tolling Enforcement
3.4 Innovative Funding Mechanisms (incl. PPPs & BOTs)

4- Towards Zero Fatalities and Serious Injuries

4.1 Traffic Safety Policies & Programs
4.2 Diagnosing Traffic Injury Risk
4.3 Safer Streets by Design
4.4 Traffic Safety Culture: Creating a Lasting Behavioral Change on Road Users
4.5 Best Practice in Education & Enforcement Management Systems
4.6 Safety Campaigns & Child Safety

5- Sustainable Pavement Design & Management

5.1 Preserving Road Assets
5.2 Greening Road Projects
5.3 Innovative Pavement Design & Construction
5.4 Innovation in Products, Processes & Equipment

6- Managing Complexity in Road Projects

6.1 Implementation of Cost Benefit Analysis in Transportation Projects
6.2 Highway Procurement & Contract Management
6.3 Value Engineering
6.4 Coordination Between Land-use and Transportation Planning


Plenary sessions will set the stage for, and are at the core of, activities for the 5th IRF MERC. A highlight of the Congress, the “Innovation and Transformation of Urban Transport” roundtable will bring together individuals who are on the cutting edge of research that will could dramatically transform road transport and how it is viewed.


Executive sessions take the form of policy round tables addressing key aspects of mobility and infrastructure development across the region and the underlying challenges.


These sessions are developed by major organizations from the host country. The main focus of the sessions are major projects, both ongoing and in the pipeline, from the point of view of showcasing engineering achievements and emerging business opportunities.


Safer Roads by Design™ Sessions are developed and adapted from IRF’s own extensive catalog of road safety training courses and workshops. These sessions will introduce engineering concepts, best practices and state-of-the-art technologies tailored to the needs of municipalities and road operators that can be used to prevent road crashes, and reduce the severity of accidents.


The technical & scientific portion of the program is developed through the peer evaluation of abstracts and papers by a committee of recognized surface transportation experts and researchers. The best papers will be published in IRF’s technical quarterly journal, the IRF Examiner.


These “by invitation” sessions focus on specific intervention areas being developed by stakeholder organizations.

The Dubai World Trade Centre remains the region's largest hosting destination, with a global calendar of world-class events, blockbusting consumer shows and prestigious conferences, it has also grown and added several business divisions to its overall portfolio.
Venue Management - From large conferences and gala dinners to private networking and boardroom meetings, the acclaimed complex of multiple event spaces provides an ideal showcase for organisations around the world to reach out and connect with local and international trade partners, both regionally and globally.

Sheikh Rashid Hall


Sponsorship Overview

The conference organizing committee offers exciting opportunities for partnership, joint conference activities or events, advertisement, etc. The sponsorship package available are diamond, platinum, gold, silver, bronze and patron. Through this event, you can increase the corporate brand image and market share national and internationally by connecting directly to the decision makers, researcher and state of the art and technology.

Benefits of Sponsorship

The conference organizing committee offers exciting opportunities for partnerships, joint conference activities or events, advertisement, etc. The sponsorship package available are diamond, platinum, gold, silver, bronze and patron.

  • Raise your profile and strengthen your brand awareness
  • Position your brand as a market leader
  • Differentiate your brand from competitors
  • Maximize exposure of your brand to the media and visitors
  • Maximum ROI with exclusive access to a targeted audience
  • General leads


Magid Elabyad
International Road Federation
Tel : +1 703 535 1001
Email : melabyad@IRF.global

Exhibition Area

Located in Dubai World Trade Center, guaranteed the exclusivity that this area provide. The organizing committee will provide limited booth to maintain its exclusivity, there will be almost 120 booths available (size : 3x3 m) in the main lobby of the conference rooms. By participating in this prestigious event, participants will have the opportunity to promote their achievements, build networking, and also exchange ideas and views with other professionals and researchers.

Exhibition Hall - Section E



Magid Elabyad
International Road Federation
Tel : +1 703 535 1001
Email : melabyad@IRF.global


October 29, 2017
October 31, 2017
Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai, Dubai 9292 United Arab Emirates

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