About Congress

  1. Congress Organizers
  2. Languages
  3. Congress Venue
  4. Social events
  5. Accompanying persons program
  6. Post-Congress Programs
  7. Accommodation
  8. Practical information
  9. Exhibition

Congress Organizers

This Congress was organized with the active contribution of the following bodies:

  • Abu Dhabi Organizing Committee (ADOC)
  • World Road Association (PIARC)

Abu Dhabi Organizing Committee (ADOC)

The Abu Dhabi Ministry of Transport chaired the local Abu Dhabi Organizing Committee (ADOC) on behalf of the United Arab Emirates.

For more information: Congress website / About us

The local organizing committee has created a very comprehensive website, which presents in particular the exhibition venue, the country, social events, etc. We invite you to consult it regularly.

World Road Association (PIARC)

The programme for the World Road Congress was developed by the General Secretariat, with input from the Technical Committees and Task Forces, the Strategic Planning Commission, under the supervision of the Executive Committee of the World Road Association.

Executive Committee (July 2019)

  • President: Claude Van Rooten (Belgium)
  • Past President : Oscar De Buen Richkarday (Mexico)
  • Vice-Presidents : Cheick Oumar Diallo (Mali), Shigeru Kikukawa (Japan), Miguel Angel Salvia (Argentina)
  • Members : Ahmed Al Hammadi (United Arab Emirates), Richard Charpentier (Canada-Québec), Sandrine Chinzi (France), Mārtinš Dambergs (Latvia/BRA), Lena Erixon (Sweden/NRA), Thomas Everett (United States), Nick Koukoulas (Australia), Stefan Krause (Germany), Kang Hoon Lee (Korea Republic), José Miguel Ortega (Chile), Meor Aziz Bin Osman (Malaysia), Graham Pendlebury (United Kingdom), Ramón Pepín (Dominican Republic), Marie-Claude Petit (Canada), María del Carmen Picón (Spain), Massimo Schintu (Italy), Alex Van Niekerk (South Africa), Dejin Wu (People's Republic of China), Friedrich Zotter (Austria)
  • Representative of the National Committees: Saverio Palchetti (Italy)

Strategic Planning Commission (July 2019)

  • Chair : María del Carmen Picón (Spain), Oscar Callejo (Mexico) (2016-2018)
  • Vice-Chair: Richard Charpentier (Canada Quebec)
  • Ex officio members: Claude Van Rooten, PIARC President, Patrick Malléjacq, PIARC Secretary General
  • Members : Mohamed Afechkar (Morocco), Roberto Aguerrebere (Mexico), Ahmed Al Hammadi (United Arab Emirates), Ernesto Barrera (Chile), Claire Bergé (France), Jean-François Corté (France), Thomas Everett (United States), Oscar Gutiérrez (Spain), Shigeru Kikukawa (Japan), Bojan Leben (Slovenia), Hirofumi Ohnishi (Japan), José Miguel Ortega (Chile), Graham Pendlebury (United Kingdom), Miguel Angel Salvia (Argentina), Peter Schmitz (Germany), Ali Traoré (Burkina Faso), Alex Van Niekerk (South Africa), Agneta Wargsjö (Sweden)
  • Representative of the National Committees: Saverio Palchetti (Italy)

PIARC General Secretariat (July 2019)

  • Secretary General: Patrick Malléjacq (France)
  • Deputy Secretary General: Robin Sébille (France)
  • Technical Director: Miguel Caso Flórez (Spain)
  • Staff: Véronique Anselin, Alain Charles, Marina Domingo Monsonís, Cécile Jeanne, Marie Pastol, Hanitra Rabetaliana, Nathalie Sabbah
  • Technical Advisors: Verónica Arias Espejel (Mexico), Aleksandra Cybulska (Poland), Kirsten Graf-Landmann (Germany), Hyunseok Kim (Republic of Korea), Yuya Namiki (Japan), Kajsa Julia Ström (Sweden), Claudine Tremblay (Canada-Québec)

For more information: https://www.piarc.org/en/about-piarc/


English, French, Spanish and Arabic will be used as official languages at the XXVI World Road Congress. Simultaneous interpretation services will be provided, particularly during plenary and technical sessions.

Most of the documents presented on this website are available in English, French, and Spanish; they are presented according to the chosen navigation language. If you feel that a document is missing, we invite you to try temporarily with another navigation language.

In addition, sign language translation will also be available during some sessions.

Congress Venue

The XXVIth World Road Congress will be held at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

For more information: Congress website / About us

Social events

Welcome Reception

Sunday, October 6

The ADNEC welcome reception on the first evening of the Congress will bring all participants together in a warm atmosphere, paving the way for a fruitful week of professional and friendly exchanges, in keeping with the rich tradition of welcoming the Emirates.

Congress Dinner

Wednesday, October 9

The Congress dinner will be served at ADNEC.
Participants will discover the subtlety of UAE cuisine and the refinement of their artistic performances. It will be a unique moment of conviviality before the last day of the Congress and farewells.

For more information: Congress website / Programme

Accompanying persons program

In addition to their participation in the Congress ceremonies and dinner, accompanying persons will be able to enjoy a program specially designed for them throughout the week:

  • Abu Dhabi City Tour
  • History of Dubai
  • Cultural visit to Abu Dhabi
  • Shopping in Abu Dhabi

For more information: Congress website / Contact us

Post-Congress Programs

The Abu Dhabi Organizing Committee invites you to discover all aspects of the United Arab Emirates. Travel is guaranteed as soon as the minimum number of participants required has been reached.

For more information and to book, you can contact the address below: wrc2019@aipcrabudhabi2019.org


The Abu Dhabi Organizing Committee is pleased to offer a hotel reservation service for all participants in the 2019 World Road Congress. The official hotels below have been selected after carefully considering several factors: safety, moderate prices, traffic conditions, etc. All participants will benefit from the special rates negotiated by the Abu Dhabi Organizing Committee.

For more information: Congress website / Info

Practical information

For more information, please refer to the website set up by the Abu Dhabi Organizing Committee, "Info" tab.


As part of the Congress, ADNEC will host an international exhibition from 6 to 10 October 2019.

Exhibitors will present the best of their experience and know-how, offering a unique opportunity to foster cooperation and networking between the main actors of the global road system.

Exhibitors are:

  • road authorities,
  • government agencies,
  • international road institutes,
  • universities,
  • road engineering consultants,
  • manufacturers and suppliers of road infrastructure construction equipment,
  • road construction and maintenance companies,
  • suppliers of road operation equipment,
  • technical associations related to roads and road transport.

For more information, please refer to the website set up by the Abu Dhabi Organizing Committee.

World Road Association Pavilion

A pavilion will be dedicated to the World Road Association, its activities and experts.