10 - 12 SEPTEMBER 2019

Dubai World Trade Centre

Middle East Stone is MENA's premier B2B event for the natural stone, marble & ceramics industry

Now in its 4th successful annual edition in Dubai, Middle East Stone is well established as the largest annual trade exhibition for the region’s natural stone, marble and ceramics industry, connecting suppliers, manufacturers and distributors to thousands of decision-makers from the region’s US$5 billion stone procurement market.

The exhibition showcases the most innovative natural stone, marble, tile and ceramic products used in construction and interiors, welcoming over 15,000 attendees and attracting product, installation and maintenance solution providers from more than 30 countries in 2017.

Each afternoon of the exhibition will host a series of presentations from leading Architectural Companies, Interior Design Firms, General Contractors and Project Management Consultancies showcasing their use of natural stone, marble and ceramics in their projects. The programme will be chaired by Charles Muehlbauer, Technical Director at the US-based Natural Stone Institute.

Session Themes

Each day’s set of 5 distinct presentations will strike a balance between market insights, technical perspectives, project management lessons and project case-studies of large scale and / or innovative projects using these materials which are either currently underway or have been recently completed in the region, finishing with a panel discussion reviewing the key lessons and insights from each day.

Agenda & Timings

Each day will follow the same basic structure and timings, with each session theme being addressed by different organisations and projects, as follows:

Day 1: Tuesday 4 September 2018

12:30 - 12:45 

Opening remarks from the Chair

12:45 - 13:25

INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS

 

Natural stone: Everything architects and designers need to know about the oldest building material

 

- Charles Muehlbauer, Technical Director, Natural Stone Institute 

  

- Sajiv Shrivastva, Business Development Manager, Al Milad (Rocmet Corporation Group)

13:25 - 14:05 

SUSTAINABILITY

 

Reviewing the use of natural materials across large-scale sustainable developments in the UAE

 

- Scott Coombes, Managing Partner, AESG

14:05 - 14:45

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

 

The management of MegaStructure projects

 

- Dr. Shetha Alzubaidi, CEO & Partner, Brookson Project Management LLC

14:45 - 15:25 

CASE STUDY / PANEL

 

Understanding ASTM standards & stone testing for projects 

 

- Charles Muehlbauer, Technical Director, Natural Stone Institute 

15:25 - 16:00 

FACADES

 

Investigating the merits of different types of façade fixing systems

 

- Belarmino Cordero, Head of Facades, AESG

16:00 - 16:30 

PANEL DISCUSSION

 

Reviewing the key insights and lessons from the first day

 

§ Featuring a selection of today's speakers


Day 2: Wednesday 5 September 2018

12:30 - 12:45

Opening remarks from the Chair

12:45 - 13:25

INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS

 

Natural stone: Everything architects and designers need to know about the oldest building material

 

- Charles Muehlbauer, Technical Director, Natural Stone Institute 

 

- Sajiv Shrivastva, Business Development Manager, Al Milad (Rocmet Corporation Group)

13:25 - 14:05 

INTERIORS

 

Exploring novel and innovative uses of natural stone, marble, tiles and ceramics in GCC interior design projects

 

- Ana D'Castro, Senior Architect & MD, Bia Architecture

 

- Ellen Søhoel, Founder, XBD Collective

 

- Nigel Eckersall, Advisor to the Chairman at Azizi Developments (& ex-Director of Design & Development, VX Studio)

14:05 - 14:45

FACADES

 

Stone exterior wall cladding – best practices and techniques

 

- Charles Muehlbauer, Technical Director, Natural Stone Institute 

14:45 - 15:25

SUSTAINABILITY

 

The use of sustainably sourced natural stone materials in landscape/spatial design

 

- Duncan Denley, Managing Director, desert INK

15:25 - 16:05

STONE INNOVATION

 

Working with a new era of stone products: Honeycomb, backlit and other applications

 

- Vincenzo Spina, Engineer | Stone Consultant, Stonex Consulting

16:05 - 16:30

PANEL DISCUSSION

 

Reviewing the key insights and lessons from the second day

 

Featuring a selection of today's speakers


Day 3: Thursday 6 September 2018

12:30 - 12:45 

Opening remarks from the Chair

12:45 - 13:25

INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS

 

The NSC 373 standard: Meeting architect and designer demands for sustainability

 

- Charles Muehlbauer, Technical Director, Natural Stone Institute 

 

- Mohamed Kader, Business Development, Egymar International

13:25 - 14:05

LANDSCAPE & URBAN STONE APPLICATIONS

 

Examining our use of natural stone pavers in large outdoor projects

 

- Eric Fajut, Principal Landscape Architect, Dubai Municipality

14:05 - 14:45

FACADES

 

Lessons of fixing external and internal stone cladding on major projects

 

- Robert Dawber, Façade Engineer – Middle East & Europe, Inhabit Group

14:45 - 15:25 

SOURCING & QUALITY CONTROL

 

Natural stone in architecture: The transition from material to product

 

-  Vincenzo Spina, Engineer & Stone Consultant, Stonex Consulting

15:25 - 16:05 

IMPORT & EXPORT STANDARDS

 

Natural stone supplier-to-buyer manual: Creating international standards for importing and exporting

 

- Charles Muehlbauer, Technical Director, Natural Stone Institute 

16:05 - 16:30 

PANEL DISCUSSION

 

Reviewing the key insights and lessons from the third day

 

- Featuring a selection of today's speakers


MEET OUR 2018 SPEAKERS

Chuck Muehlbauer
Technical Director
Natural Stone Institute

Ana D'Castro
Senior Architect & MD
Bia Architecture

Duncan Denley 
Managing Director 
desert INK

Ellen Søhoel 
Founder
XBD Collective

 

 

Nigel Eckersall
Director of Design & Development 
VX Studio

Scott Coombes 
Managing Partner 
AESG

Dr Shetha Alzubaidi 
CEO & Partner
Brookson Project Management

Vincenzo Spina
Stone Consultant & Engineer
Stonex Consulting

 

 

Belarmino Cordero
Head of Facades
AESG

Robert Dawber
Façade Engineer – Middle East & Europe
Inhabit Group

Eric Fajut
Principal Landscape Architect
Dubai Municipality

Leon Single
Project Manager
desert INK



Mohamed Kader
Business Development
Egymar International

Sajiv Shrivastva
Business Development Manager
Al Milad (Rocmet Corporation Group)

Will Bennett
Senior Landscape Architect
desert INK