Event Description
From 18 to 19 October 2016, attractions experts, industry consultants, manufacturers and operators gathered for IAAPA’s 2016 Safety Summit in Dubai. Sessions covered the number one priority in the attractions industry: safety for guests, employees and the safe operation and maintenance of plant and equipment. Participants were informed about the latest information on global ride safety, examined the best approach on safety, and explored safety operations, employee training and best practices. The event was hosted at the JW Marriott Marquis, the brand new IMG Worlds of Adventure and the expanded Global Village. 


Presentation 1: Dubai Municipality
Presentation 2: Safety is Global

IMG - Worlds of Adventure
IMG - Worlds of Adventure 2


                                                 ASTM International Workshop &





18 – 19 OCTOBER 2016



Tuesday 18 October

10:00 - 10:20
Introduction and Welcome
Kathie Morgan, Executive Vice President, ASTM International
Nabil Molla, Secretary General, GSO and ASTM International Board of Directors

10:20 - 10:50
IAAPA and the Attractions Industry
Karen Staley, Sr Vice President, IAAPA Europe, Middle East and Africa

10:50 - 11:15
Development of ASTM F24 standards for the Amusement Industry
Franceen Gonzales, Executive Vice President, WhiteWater West & ASTM International Board Member

11:15 - 12:15
Safety is Global - Standards and Harmonization
Philipp Geering, Geering Engineering, ASTM F24, ISO/TC254, CEN/TC152
Franceen Gonzalez, WhiteWater West, IAAPA Global Safety Committee Member

12:20 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:20
Certification process in Dubai
Mr Sultan - Health and Safety Department - Dubai Municipality
Mr Gad - Dubai Accreditation Center - Dubai Municipality

14:20 - 15:00
Inspection bodies and their role in the certification process
Ralf Distler, TÜV Süd
Duilio Spolador, ECO Middle East

15:00 - 15:15
Coffee Break

15:15 - 16:00
Waterpark Safety
Olivia Wyrick, Director, Aquaventure Operations, Atlantis, The Palm

16:00 - 16:30
Questions and Answers session

Wednesday 19 October

09:30 - 12:25
A bus will transfer attendees from JW Marriott Marquis Hotel to IMG World of Adventure. After a welcome and presentation participants will enjoy a tour of the park

Markus Mack-Even, Chief Project Officer, IMG World of Adventure
Lennard Otto, General Manager, IMG World of Adventure

12:25 - 13:30


13:30 - 16:00

A bus will transfer attendees from IMG World of Adventure to Global Village for presentations and a tour of the facility. 

Ahmad Hussain, CEO, Global Village
Guest Experience Team, Global Village

16:00 - 17:00

Reception with coffee and tea

17:00 - 18:00
Bus returns to JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai