Conference Day One: Monday, 7 May 2018

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration, refreshments and networking

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome remarks by conference Chairman

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Opening Keynote: Updates on Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) regulations in Oman

Lt. Col. Yousuf Al Nabhani, Staff Officer 1 - Geographical Names, National Survey Authority (NSA), Oman

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Lt. Col. Yousuf Al Nabhani

Staff Officer 1 - Geographical Names
National Survey Authority (NSA), Oman

THE FUTURE OF DRONES: A REGULATORY PERSPECTIVE OF OMAN AND THE GCC REGION

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote: UAV policies in Oman and its impact on Oman’s long-term economic growth

Saif Al Furaisi, Senior Representative, National Survey Authority (NSA), Oman

Saif Al Furaisi

Senior Representative
National Survey Authority (NSA), Oman

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Keynote: IATA's strategy for addressing unmanned aviation by creating a single worldwide drone registry for easier law enforcement and tracking

Kashif Khalid, Campaign Manager – Gulf Region, International Air Transport Association - IATA

Kashif Khalid

Campaign Manager – Gulf Region
International Air Transport Association - IATA

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Addressing the role of the Aviation Investigation Bureau (AIB) in advancing aviation safety within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Learn how AIB uses UAVs in:

Ehab Sabri, Technical Investigator, Aviation Investigation Bureau, Saudi Arabia
  • Conducting independent investigations by monitoring accident sites through high definition aerial video and photography.
  • Analysing the data collected from accident sites and converting it into predictive data for accident prevention.

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Ehab Sabri

Technical Investigator
Aviation Investigation Bureau, Saudi Arabia

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM Coffee and networking break

  • Highlighting the change and updates in regulations across the GCC region.
  • Identifying the challenges faced by regulators in creating new/updating old regulations.
  • How can the UAS guidelines ensure the safe use of drones


Panellists include:

Saif Al Furaisi

Senior Representative
National Survey Authority (NSA), Oman

Kashif Khalid

Campaign Manager – Gulf Region
International Air Transport Association - IATA

Abdulelah Felemban

Director General
Aviation Investigation Bureau, Saudi Arabia

THE BENEFITS OF USING UAV APPLICATIONS IN THE GOVERNMENT SECTOR

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM Learn how the National Centre for Statistics and Information of Oman is using UAVs to collect big data and statistical analysis

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  • Monitoring roads and capturing live traffic by UAVs to collect data for research.
  • Monitoring wildlife to generate and update population statistics by the use of UAVs.

12:20 PM - 12:50 PM Gain insight on the role UAS plays in the future of agricultural sector

Saud Al Farsi, Head of Soil Research Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Oman
  • Learn how UAVs are used for soil/field analysis and crop monitoring for inspection purposes.
  • Discuss how UAVs have reduced the time in planting new crops and fertilising the fields.

Saud Al Farsi

Head of Soil Research Department
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Oman

12:50 PM - 1:20 PM Discussing key initiatives undertaken by the Supreme Council for Planning in Oman to utilise drones for city planning

Yousuf Al Zadjali, GeoDatabase Administrator, Supreme Council for Planning, Oman
  • Learn how drones can retrieve data from difficult-to-access areas and highly populated cities.
  • Understand how UAVs help in oceanic research to better understand the weather and climate change patterns.

Yousuf Al Zadjali

GeoDatabase Administrator
Supreme Council for Planning, Oman

1:20 PM - 1:50 PM Showcasing how UAVs are used to monitor oil-spill pollution to reduce ecological damage

Amran Mohammed Al Kamzari, Senior Nature Reserve Specialist, Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Oman
  • Discuss how UAVs monitor an oil spill to provide comprehensive overview of the damage.
  • Learn how UAVs can gauge an oil spill more efficiently even at night in less time and with lower resources

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Amran Mohammed Al Kamzari

Senior Nature Reserve Specialist
Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Oman

1:50 PM - 2:00 PM Chairman’s closing remarks

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Networking lunch

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Drones live demonstrations

4:00 PM - 4:00 PM End of conference day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.