The Gulf is going through unprecedented change. Government efforts across the region to transform their economies and enable private sector growth are creating unique investment opportunities. These reforms have gained the attention of investors from around the world who are keen to learn more about how to unlock those opportunities and build relationships with senior government officials and meet potential partners.

The Gateway Gulf 2020 programme is shaped by three key themes:


As the state’s role in the economy shifts from operator to regulator and investor, this transformation is unleashing unprecedented opportunities for the private sector.


Emerging technologies are set to transform the Gulf – but only if the region can ensure the necessary regulation and infrastructure to capitalise on their potential.


As global alliances shift and multilateral institutions come under pressure, the Gulf aims to navigate these tensions and their impact upon potential investment opportunities.

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Opening Remarks

9:15 am - 9:50 am

Post-Carbon: Building the Future Economy

9:50 am - 10:25 am

The Economic Outlook for the Gulf in a Period of Foundational Change

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A New Gulf Paradigm


10:25 am - 11:00 am

SWF Strategies Going Green: Sustainability Takes Center-Stage

11:35 am - 12:50 pm

Cryptocurrency: From Speculation to Real-Use Introduction

11:35 am - 12:50 pm

The India-Gulf Relationship: New Drivers, New Opportunities

11:35 am - 12:50 pm

A Region Ripe for Data-Fuelled Retail Experiences

11:35 am - 12:50 pm

Renewable Energy: How Much and How Fast?

2:15 pm - 2:55 pm

The Leverage Effect of a Tech-Powered Logistics Industry

2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

A Conversation with a Tech Visionary

3:15 pm - 3:55 pm

The Possibility of the Cloud: AI, Open Data and Beyond

3:55 pm - 4:35 pm

Digital Skills and Lifelong Learning: A Labour Market in Transformation

4:35 pm - 5:10 pm

Boosting Confidence in the Gulf Capital Markets

5:10 pm - 5:25 pm

Living Longer: Challenges and Opportunities

5:25 pm - 6:00 pm

Scaling the Adoption of Blockchain Technology in the Gulf

9:00 am - 9:40 am

Collaboration and Co-Creation: The Art of the FinTech Ecosystem

9:40 am - 10:20 am

Entrepreneurs as the Engine of Growth: Moving to a Higher Shift

10:20 am - 11:00 am

Consolidation in the Gulf: Opportunities for Foreign Investors

11:40 am - 12:20 pm

Rethinking Tourism: Realizing Its Transformational Impact

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm

F1 Driving Innovation

2:25 pm - 3:35 pm

The Hydrocarbon Age is Far from Over

2:25 pm - 3:35 pm

Next-Generation Infrastructure: Rethinking the Grid

2:25 pm - 3:35 pm

Seizing the Gulf MedTech Opportunity

2:25 pm - 3:35 pm

Investing in Sustainability

3:45 pm - 4:05 pm

Re-Inventing Geopolitics: The New US-China Dynamic

4:05 pm - 4:45 pm

The First G20 Summit in the Arab World: The Role of Business

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Brexit: A New Beginning to an Old Relationship?

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Official Closing Remarks