The 2nd Annual WeatherTech GCC will provide a unique platform in the GCC for specialists to share best practice, evaluate solutions and implement innovations in weather forecasting and climate change to ensure achievement of current and future development objectives. This innovative and specialised event will provide an opportunity for meteorologist, scientists, policy makers and creative thinkers to generate solutions to overcome challenges, develop future strategy and to guide improvement.

This event will build on the success of the 2015 event that brought together 120 attendees from seven nations over two days. The 2nd Annual WeatherTech GCC will facilitate accurate and next-generation weather forecasting and climate-change measurement technologies and services. WeatherTech GCC will support economic development, enable future sustainability and help to mitigate weather risk to industry and individuals.

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“The weather and climate conditions have such an impact on people and economic activities here in the Gulf States. Developing a greater understanding of how and why it varies over the short as well as long time spans is essential to ensuring the continued prosperity and advances in the different countries. The WeatherTech conference is an important step in show-casing how new data may be generated to support sound economic and social decision-making.”

Dr. Rachael McDonnell, Head of Climate Change Modeling and Adaptation Section, ICBA, Dubai

“ NCMS is looking forward having the opportunity to lead the way for improvement in cooperation with our GCC colleagues and is delighted to collaborate with WeatherTech GCC to work towards this goal. We are committed to providing high quality, accurate and timely early warning and advisories against extreme weather conditions to support disaster risk reduction and risk management efforts in the UAE; This is the contribution of NCMS to promote the delivery of the national 2021 vision of continued strong economic growth and leadership through innovation and technology advancement .”

H.E Abdulla Ahmed Al Mandoos, Executive Director at National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS)


Excellent Opportunities For The GCC Weather & Climate Sector

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) have announced that all 21 countries in the MENA region will experience ‘water poverty’ by 2020 and by 2050 two thirds of a MENA renewable water availability of less than 200 m3 – global average 7,240m3 per capita per year (Published in a report by General Electric and World Resources January 2016- Abu Dhabi). In response to this acute need for improvement in climate sustainability GCC leaders have continued to invest in improved climate management and weather research. The challenges of arid regions are amplified by the hydro climatic relationship affected by a number of climate oscillation indices – changes in climatic systems. This results in high climatic variability, with some years characterized by high temperatures and minimal precipitation, which in turn has a significant implication on water supply.
  • Innovative investment in rain enhancement science is one way that forward thinking nations are working to mitigate the risks to ensure a sustainable future for all. The UAEs National Centre for Meteorology & Seismology (NCMS), under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs of the UAE will invest USD5 Million over the next three years in this area.
  • The GCC includes nations with rapidly growing economies and visionary plans for growth. Investment in cutting-edge weather forecasting and climate monitoring technologies provide an integral part of the solution required to ensure a sustainable and economically stable future for the region. This viewpoint is echoed by the World Meteorology Organisation (WMO) who published that ‘Studies have shown that, apart from the incalculable benefit to human well-being, every dollar invested in meteorological and hydrological services produces an economic return many times greater, often ten times or more’ (WMO www.wmo.int)

Top 9 Reasons To Attend

Second Annual instalment of the first event of its kind in the GCC...
NEW!! GCC heads of meteorology will discuss how to invite investment in weather technology ...
NEW!! Insight into cutting edge SMART technology solutions...
NEW!! Climate management sessions to support optimisation of water resources...
Network with the GCC’s weather project leaders...

2016 Advisory Board

  • Mohammad Karam Ali

    Former Director of Meteorological Department
    Kuwait National Meteorogical Centre

  • Dr. Peter Werner

    Dean National Water Center
    UAEU, Al Ain

  • Prof. Abderrazak Bannari

    Head of Geoinformatics Department
    Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain

  • Dr. Taha Ouarda

    Professor & Head, Institute Center for Water and Environment (iWATER)
    Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

  • Dr. Ashraf Ramadan

    Supervisor of Kuwait National Meteorological Network
    Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

2016 Speakers

  • Abdullah Mohammed Al Mannai

    Director of the Department of Meteorology
    Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, & Chair and Qatar Permanent Representative at World Meteorology Organisation Region II

  • Dr. Juma Al-Maskari

    Director General for Meteorological Affairs
    Directorate General of Meteorology & Air Navigation & PACA Oman

  • Mohammad Karam Ali

    Former Director of Meteorological Department
    Kuwait National Meteorological Centre

  • Dr. Ashraf Ramadan

    Supervisor of Kuwait National Meteorological Network
    Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)

  • Prof. Abderrazak Bannari

    Head of Geoinformatics Department
    Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain

  • Dr. Taha Ouarda

    Professor & Head, Institute Center for Water and Environment (iWATER)
    Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

  • Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud

    Advisor - Water Resources, Environment Quality
    Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

  • Dr. Matt Ősund-Ireland

    Middle East Air Quality Practice Leader

  • Karim Bergaoui

    Climate and Water Modelling Scientist
    International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)

  • Dr. Ahmed Murad

    Associate Professor of Hydrogeology, College of Science
    UAE University

  • Eman Ahmed Al Khatibi Al Falasi

    Head of Dubai Municipality’s Geodesy and Hydrographic Survey Section
    Dubai Municipality, UAE

  • Dr. Tarek Sadek

    First Economic Affairs Officer (Water Resources and Climate Change), Sustainable Development Policies Division (SDPD), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
    United Nations (UN)

  • Mohammed Al-Shaker

    Founder & CEO
    ArabiaWeather Inc.

  • Ehab Alshurafa

    Senior Vice President
    Arabia Weather

  • Dr. Noureldin Ahmed Abdalla

    Ministry of Environment, Forestry & Physical Development, National Climate Risk Finance Project Manager
    Sudanese Climate Change Network (SCCN)

  • Marouane Temimi

    Associate Professor - Water & Environmental Engineering Program Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department
    Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

  • Albert Santiago

    Business Development

  • Jim Anderson

    Vice President - International
    Earth Networks

  • Yesim Taslioglu

    Director - Cognitive Solutions and MEA Internet of Things Leader

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The ACM Interface+ Format

The ACM Interface+ conference format is designed to optimise the valuable and finite time our busy delegations can dedicate to being out of the office while also enhancing their enjoyment of the ACM on-site experience. Specifically tailored to our region of operations here in the Middle East, the Interface+ format maximises networking opportunities, facilitating the building of profitable relationships within the context of a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.

ACM conference days, using the Interface+ format, have an earlier start than conventional agendas and conclude with a late lunch. The conference sessions are regularly punctuated by refreshment and networking breaks to allow for unhurried face-to-face interaction between peers, colleagues and business prospects. The mid-afternoon conclusion of our formal conference agenda allows for government representatives and busy executives to adjourn earlier in the day, having still enjoyed a full and rich programme of content. Post-lunch, ACM will offer additional, optional learning and networking opportunities in the shape of workshops, product demonstrations, technology launches, site visits, pre-arranged 1-2-1 business meetings and hosted receptions.

Interface+ makes timing sense for our delegates and business sense for our sponsors.