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 - 10:45 am

The 5 Imperatives for Succeeding Digital Transformation

10:45 am - 11:20 am

The Capability of SWFs to Impact Long-term Financial and Societal Outcomes

11:20 am - 11:45 am

Coffee Break @ The Hub

11:50 am - 1:00 pm

Deep Dive B: Investing in Sustainability & Purpose

11:50 am - 1:00 pm

Deep Dive A: Maximising Hydrocarbon for the Future

11:50 am - 1:00 pm

Deep Dive C: Cryptocurrency: From Speculation to Real-Use Introduction

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Lunch: Country Focus Hosted by SAGIA, Saudi Arabia

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

The Leverage Effect of a Tech-Powered Logistics Industry

2:45 pm - 3:20 pm

Joint Efforts: Building Resilient and Inclusive Economies in the Gulf

3:20 pm - 3:55 pm

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

3:55 pm - 4:30 pm

Digital Skills and Lifelong Learning: A Labour Market in Transformation

4:30 pm - 5:05 pm

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

5:05 pm - 5:20 pm

Living Longer: Challenges and Opportunities

5:20 pm - 5:45 pm

The State of the Global Economy in a Challenging Geopolitical Environment

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm

In Conversation

8:00 am - 8:50 am

Breakfast: Country Focus Hosted by Ithraa, Oman

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

11:00 am - 11:40 am

Coffee Break @ The Hub

11:40 am - 12:20 pm

Rethinking Tourism: Realising Its Transformational Impact

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm

Driving Innovation – Motorsports and Road Cars

1:00 pm - 2:25 pm

Lunch: Country Focus Hosted by KDIPA, Kuwait

2:25 pm - 3:45 pm

Deep Dive G: The Gulf Seizing Emerging Tech Opportunities

2:25 pm - 3:45 pm

Deep Dive F: Next-Generation Infrastructure: Rethinking the Grid

2:25 pm - 3:45 pm

Deep Dive E: Seizing the Gulf MedTech Opportunity

2:25 pm - 3:45 pm

Deep Dive D: Sustainable Energy: Transitioning to a More Efficient and Diversified Energy Mix?

3:45 pm - 4:20 pm

Boosting Confidence in the Gulf Capital Markets

4:05 pm - 4:25 pm

A Global Banker’s Response to New Global Fault Lines

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Official Closing Remarks