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Day One – 13 December 2016
8:30
Welcome coffee & registration
9:30

Opening keynote: Doing business in RAK – The macroeconomic picture

  • Positioning and resilience of UAE’s economy within the new oil order
  • Short to medium term growth prospects for UAE and RAK
  • Key opportunities within the UAE economy and specific to RAK
  • Equity market representation of opportunities in RAK and medium term opportunities
11:00
Refreshments & networking
11:30

Gaining exposure to investments in RAK – Outlook for investment

  • How strong is RAK’s investment case in these turbulent times? What are the immediate and long-term prospects for growth?
  • What is underpinning the recent growth in investment? How and why is it sustainable?
  • What industries and sectors offer scope for attractive returns over the medium-term?
  • To what extent do leading sectors offer diversification to investors
12:15

The RAK Experience – Panel discussion with international companies as they share their experiences of investing in RAK

Investor friendly and home to a variety of businesses across several sectors, discover why RAK is fast becoming the investment destination of choice for some of the world’s leading corporations. Join the discussion with the CEO’s of international companies as they share their knowledge and experience of investing in RAK

13:00
Lunch
14:00
Investing in RAK – Accessing opportunities and managing risks
14:45

Financing your project/investment

Garner information in this panel discussion session on available financing options including public-private partnerships, project financing, cross-border financing options and private equity investment landscape. Hear perspectives of local banks, international banks, and regional private equity firms on providing debt and equity financing to investment opportunities in RAK. Discussion will include the levers necessary for financings to be successful as well as the types of structures and maturities which are available

15:45
Refreshments & networking
16:15

Opportunities for SME involvement

RAK is home to a large number of SMEs and growing. Seen as a key driver of the Emirate’s economic growth and development, this panel will discuss the importance of SME’s to the economic activity in the Emirate, highlighting what kind of support and encouragement to the sector is available in RAK to foster further growth, how to capitalize on the opportunities and compete effectively as an SME using RAK as a springboard, as well as assessing the financing needs of SME’s and what types of lenders are filling the gaps

16:35

Driving growth through innovation – In conversation with RAK’s homegrown multinationals

Join this enlightening conversation with these companies that started in RAK to become multinationals and global brands

Experience of RAK Ceramics, Julphar Pharmaceuticals, Falcon Technologies.

17:15
End of day one
19:00
Evening networking reception

 

Day Two – 14 December 2016
8:30
Welcome coffee & registration
9:30
Forum breaks into parallel industry sector specific programmes:

Track I: Outlook for investment in RAK tourism, hospitality and real estate sectors

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This session will provide an outlook for tourism, hospitality and real estate investment in the Ras al Khaimah, a look at products and concepts being explored in the region, as well as case examples of firms operating within the sector in the region. It aims at understanding the global requirements, opportunities and challenges and providing a platform for developers, operators, investors and financiers to capitalise and build partnership models that are well understood and are of mutual interest.

●  What do the experts say about the future for RAK tourism, hospitality and real estate?
●  How attractive is the market in RAK currently? How can you create the optimal asset allocation strategy?
●  What are the new trends driving the hospitality sector?
●  Global macro-economic trends and the outlook for the real estate landscape in RAK
●  Al Marjan Island – an international investment destination: showcasing the unique offerings and investment opportunities within. Highlighting  important topics such as available sites, adequate infrastructure, environmental concerns including water, power, waste water and more
●  Panel discussion with hoteliers already operating in the emirate – hear about their experiences and outlook for the market in RAK
●  A look at outbound investment opportunities from Asia: how can potential sellers or developers connect with and access such emerging new capital sources?

Track II: Enhancing Ras Al Khaimah’s manufacturing & production value chain

Learn More

In today’s competitive environment, companies are compelled to find innovative approaches to supply chain challenges.  With national brand equity, competitive cost advantages and the enhancement of Ras al Khaimah’s logistics, the emirate presents an attractive alternative in the manufacturing value chain for regional and international markets. Join this session to understand and explore:

●  Ras al Khaimah’s competitive advantage – The opportunity for manufacturers and the advantages that it’s regional positioning brings
●  Case examples of successful setup of manufacturing firms in Ras al Khaimah and/or utilising Ras al Khaimah as a trading hub, highlighting what differs Ras al Khaimah from other places for manufacturing, challenges and applied business models
●  Emerging and growing sectors and opportunities for manufacturing
●  Opportunities for advanced manufacturing partnerships for innovation and value addition
●  Funding and available financial instruments
●  Conditions for investment in manufacturing in Ras al Khaimah – a look at trends and challenges, public infrastructure initiatives, labour force, business models for adding value, and others, highlighting the different policies and initiatives designed to support manufacturing in Ras al Khaimah

Track III: Accelerating infrastructure development – investing in longer-term assets

Learn More

Working to enhance its logistics capabilities to advance the entire economy and with modernised infrastructure being implemented, Ras al Khaimah presents a myriad of opportunities available for investment. This session with leading companies and fund groups will examine the environment for investing in infrastructure as well as building a logistics- centred economy and how these can be efficiently accessed.

●  An overview of the infrastructure sector in RAK – long-term infrastructure plan (Master plan / Initiatives). What opportunities and projects are in the pipeline, in what sectors?
●  Airport Infrastructure-development plans and investment opportunities, procurement method
●  Port Infrastructure – an overview of RAK Ports strategy and implementation. Updates on latest infrastructural developments & technological capabilities (port dredging, etc.)
●  Utilities Infrastructure – unlocking sector opportunities
●  Infrastructure Finance – how are infrastructure assets most efficiently accessed: direct equity participation, dedicated funds, indirect equity investment, PPPs? What financing structures are being used with success in RAK in the present environment and what investment opportunities do they present
●  Renewable Energy Infrastructure – waste to energy projects and opportunities; Solar projects and opportunities; Financing / Procurement

10:30
Refreshments & networking
11:00
Parallel industry sector specific programmes continue:

Track I: Outlook for investment in RAK tourism, hospitality and real estate sectors

Learn More

This session will provide an outlook for tourism, hospitality and real estate investment in the Ras al Khaimah, a look at products and concepts being explored in the region, as well as case examples of firms operating within the sector in the region. It aims at understanding the global requirements, opportunities and challenges and providing a platform for developers, operators, investors and financiers to capitalise and build partnership models that are well understood and are of mutual interest.

●  What do the experts say about the future for RAK tourism, hospitality and real estate?
●  How attractive is the market in RAK currently? How can you create the optimal asset allocation strategy?
●  What are the new trends driving the hospitality sector?
●  Global macro-economic trends and the outlook for the real estate landscape in RAK
●  Al Marjan Island – an international investment destination: showcasing the unique offerings and investment opportunities within. Highlighting  important topics such as available sites, adequate infrastructure, environmental concerns including water, power, waste water and more
●  Panel discussion with hoteliers already operating in the emirate – hear about their experiences and outlook for the market in RAK
●  A look at outbound investment opportunities from Asia: how can potential sellers or developers connect with and access such emerging new capital sources?

Track II: Enhancing Ras Al Khaimah’s manufacturing & production value chain

Learn More

In today’s competitive environment, companies are compelled to find innovative approaches to supply chain challenges.  With national brand equity, competitive cost advantages and the enhancement of Ras al Khaimah’s logistics, the emirate presents an attractive alternative in the manufacturing value chain for regional and international markets. Join this session to understand and explore:

●  Ras al Khaimah’s competitive advantage – The opportunity for manufacturers and the advantages that it’s regional positioning brings
●  Case examples of successful setup of manufacturing firms in Ras al Khaimah and/or utilising Ras al Khaimah as a trading hub, highlighting what differs Ras al Khaimah from other places for manufacturing, challenges and applied business models
●  Emerging and growing sectors and opportunities for manufacturing
●  Opportunities for advanced manufacturing partnerships for innovation and value addition
●  Funding and available financial instruments
●  Conditions for investment in manufacturing in Ras al Khaimah – a look at trends and challenges, public infrastructure initiatives, labour force, business models for adding value, and others, highlighting the different policies and initiatives designed to support manufacturing in Ras al Khaimah

Track III: Accelerating infrastructure development – investing in longer-term Assets

Learn More

Working to enhance its logistics capabilities to advance the entire economy and with modernised infrastructure being implemented, Ras al Khaimah presents a myriad of opportunities available for investment. This session with leading companies and fund groups will examine the environment for investing in infrastructure as well as building a logistics- centred economy and how these can be efficiently accessed.

●  An overview of the infrastructure sector in RAK – long-term infrastructure plan (Master plan / Initiatives). What opportunities and projects are in the pipeline, in what sectors?
●  Airport Infrastructure-development plans and investment opportunities, procurement method
●  Port Infrastructure – an overview of RAK Ports strategy and implementation. Updates on latest infrastructural developments & technological capabilities (port dredging, etc.)
●  Utilities Infrastructure – unlocking sector opportunities
●  Infrastructure Finance – how are infrastructure assets most efficiently accessed: direct equity participation, dedicated funds, indirect equity investment, PPPs? What financing structures are being used with success in RAK in the present environment and what investment opportunities do they present
●  Renewable Energy Infrastructure – waste to energy projects and opportunities; Solar projects and opportunities; Financing / Procurement

13:30
Lunch
14:30

Site visits – Gain an even greater perspective of all that Ras Al Khaimah has to offer by participating in site visits to selected locations/facilities:

  • Al Marjan Island Development
  • RAK Ceramics Manufacturing Facility
  • RAK International Airport
  • RAK Ports
  • RAK FTZ Technology Park
  • RAK FTZ Technology Park & RAKIA Al Hamra Industrial Park
16.00
Close of Forum