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Makkah Economic Forum (MEF) 2019

This year Makkah Economic Forum (MEF) will bring together mayors, policy makers, experts, business leaders, and researchers to explore investment opportunities related to urban development in the Makkah Region.As Saudi Arabia will be hosting the G20 Summit in 2020, the Makkah Economic Forum will examine key themes that intersect with these global platforms. Primarily, this event will focus on the region’s untapped potential, and how business leaders can seize opportunities to integrate innovation into practice. The forum will highlight new and creative strategies that can help cities rethink their growth and avoid perpetuation of traditional forms of urbanization.The aim of MEF will be to present investment opportunities in the form of success stories and case studies that can be adopted by the private sector in the following areas:1) Urban Development2) Public Services and Infrastructure3) Transportation and Logistics4) Innovation in Hajj & OmrahThrough keynote speakers, panel discussions and expert insights, MEF will offer a platform for exchanging experiences and solutions that would pave the road towards a global urban future for Makkah and beyond.



H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal

Minister for Business Development
Ministry of Business Development, Ghana

H.E. Eng. Ahmad bin Sulaiman Alrajhi

Ministry of Labor and Social Development

H.E. Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten

Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

H.E. Majed bin Abdullah Alhogail

Ministry of Housing

H.E. Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Alqasabi

Minister, Acting Minister
Ministry of Commerce and Investment, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs

H.E. Dr. Walid bin Mohammed bin Saleh Alsamaani

Ministry of Justice

H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Wazzan

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Umrah Affairs
Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Dr. Muhammed Abdul Khalid

Economic Advisor to Prime Minister and National Economic Council
Prime Minister Office, Malaysia

H.E. Saleh Alturki

Mayor of Jeddah
Jeddah City

Tan Sri Ahmad Zaki Ansore bin Mohd Yusof

Director General
Implementation Coordination Unit, Malaysia

Eng. Abdulrahman Addas

Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites

Eyad Alkassar

Rocket Internet Middle East

Matar Alhemeiri

Assistant CEO
Smart Dubai

Dr. Karim Abdullah

Managing Director and Chief Executive
Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad

Dr. Ayman Smadi

Director of the MENA
International Association of Public Transport

Hazman Hilmi Sallahuddin

CEO, Project AMAL
Malaysia Airlines

His Royal Highness Abdulaziz Turki Alsaud

General Sports Authority

Eng. Saleh Solami

Secretary General
Saudi Exports Development Authority

H.E. Eng. Ibrahim Alomar

General Investment Authority

H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Alruwais

Communications and Information Technology Commission

Eng. Khalid Fida

Deputy Mayor
Makkah Municipality

Nik Moh Ruiz Razy

Principal Director
Rekarancang Sdn Bhd

Yaser Alsharif

Jabal Omar Development Company

Dato Hj. Shahoran Johan Ariffin

Oliescape Holdings Private Limited

Dr. Abdul Qader Amir

Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs

Eng. Abdullah Alahmed

Agility Saudi Arabia

Maan Alkahmous

General Manager, Retail Banking Group
Samba Financial Group

Eng. Khalid Suleimani

Chairman of the Board
Wadi Makkah Ventures

Dr. Mustafa Hassan Alsabban

Chief of Staff
Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Zeina Nazer

Cities Forum

Waleed K. Mutter

STC Specialized

Ibrahim Atta-Apau

Rail and Aviation Director

Talal Yousif

HVS Middle East & Africa

Dana Shaikh

Tekuma Frenchman MENA

Dr. Roudaina Alkhani


Farah Ismail

Advisor to the Minister
Ministry of Planning

Dr. Faisal Allaf

Wadi Makkah

Mazen Batterjee

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Jeddah Chamber

Dr. Hisham Kaaki

Makkah Chamber

Dr. Sami Alabidi

Council of Saudi Chambers

Nael Fayez

Founding CEO
Strategic Sustainability Solutions

Eng. Anas Serafi

Founder and CEO
Abnia Consulting Engineers

Rayan Qutub

King Abdullah Port

Dr. Majdi Hariri

Makkiyoon Urban Developers

Fawaz Danish

President & Group CEO
Unitras Budget Saudi Arabia

Ennis Rimawi

Founder and Managing Director
Catalyst Investment Management (CIM)

Eng. Ayman Mansi

CEO of Industrial Valley
King Abdullah Economic City

Eng. Ismail Alani

Head of Public Sector

Irfan Said

Corporate Finance & Investment Banking Head
Samba Financial Group

Imad Damrah

Managing Director
Colliers International KSA

Dr.Basim Thafr

Experts Vision Consulting Co

Faris Alsulaiman

HAALA Energy

Jawaher Alsudairy

Al-Nahda Research Center

Mohammed Almotawakil

Vice President of Business Development &Investment
Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company

Dr. Abdullah Murad

Assistant Professor
Computer & Information Systems Umm ‎Al-Qura University

Abeer Alsobahi

Assistant Professor
King Abdulaziz University

Hussam Dakkak

Studio Bound

Abdulwahab Alfaiz

AlEqtisadiah Newspaper

Loulwa M. Bakr

Senior Partner
Chrome Advisory

Eng. Bander Allaf

Khaled Juffali Energy and Utilities

Maher Saleh Jamal

Former Chairman
Makkah Chamber of Commerce

Eng. Hisham Hamami

Advisor to the Minister
Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Dr. Amr Almaddah

Chief Planning and Strategy Officer
Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Dr. Ahlam Khawandana

Business Women Committee

Eng. Mohammed Amer


Naser Alsafi

Director of Health Affairs
Hafr Al-Batin

Faisal G. Almansouri

Advisor to the Governor

Eng. Abdulmajeed Al-Tasan

Assistant Deputy
Public Transport Authority

HE Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Alshehri

Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority

Sultan Azhar

Board Member
Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Nidal Alam

Director General
Makkah Region Branch, Ministry of Housing


  • 23 March
  • 24 March
  • 25 March
  • 26 March


Opening Ceremony


Ministerial Session

20:30 - 21:00

Esha Prayer

21:00 - 10:00

Gala Dinner

13:30 - 14:30

Gubernatorial Session

14:30 - 15:00

Signing Ceremony

15:00 - 16:00

Special Session: Unlocking Delivery of Projects

09:00 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:30

Interview with Eng Abdulrahman Addas, CEO, Royal Commission of Makkah City and the Holy Sites

10:30 - 11:30

Panel Discussion: Upgrading and Integrating Informal Neighborhoo

11:30 - 12:30

Panel Discussion: Housing Between Supply and Affordability

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch & Duhur Prayer

13:30 - 14:45

Panel Discussion: Delivering Public Services and Facilities

14:45 - 15:45

Panel Discussion: Utilities and Infrastructure

15:45 - 16:15

Asr Prayer

16:15 - 17:15

Panel Discussion: The Economies of Hajj

17:15 - 18:15

Panel Discussion: Hospitality and Commercial Development

09:00 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Speaker: HE Saleh Al Turki, Mayor of Jeddah

10:30 - 11:30

Panel Discussion: Modernizing the Movement of Citizens and Visitors

11:30 - 11:45

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Muhammed Abdul Khalid, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch & Duhur Prayer

13:00 - 13:15

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister for Business Development, Ghana

13:15 - 14:30

Panel Discussion: Hajj and the New Technology Age (Sponsored by Wadi Makkah Ventures)

14:30 - 15:30

Panel Discussion: Enhancing Connectivity and Leveraging Logistical Assets

15:30 - 15:45

Keynote Speaker: Tan Sri Ahmad Zaki Ansore bin Mohd Yusof, Director General, ImplementationCoordination Unit, Malaysia

15:45 - 16:15

Asr Prayer

16:15 - 17:00

Closing Remarks (MEF Organizers)



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