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Cityscape Global – Evolving to suit market needs

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Cityscape Global 2010 – Converging real estate across borders.

Marking its 10th year presence in Dubai, Cityscape Global 2011 paves the way as the one-stop-center for all of real estate fraternity to converge, discuss and do business.

Cityscape has been recognized as the annual real estate market gathering for the UAE and the wider region for several years.

Whether you are an individual , corporate or institutional investor, you will find the latest trends across borders, engaging real estate forums and a network with key industry players. 

Cityscape Group Director Chris Speller says Cityscape Global (Sept 27-29) will bring forth exciting conferences alongside its real estate exhibition.

How much has Cityscape Global changed since its first installment?

This is Cityscape’s tenth year in Dubai. In the past decade, Cityscape has been constantly evolving in response to changing market requirements.

It was launched as a conference in 2002, with a strong focus on architecture. However, the focus was shifted especially between 2004 and 2008 to showcase new project launches across the residential and commercial real estate sectors.

The number of international participants has also gradually increased, mainly with exhibitors from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, and increasingly from Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.

This year’s Cityscape Global will showcase some of the latest developments and investments from across the world.

What are some of the highlights lined up for the coming event?

Held concurrently with its exhibition, dedicated conferences will discuss matters pertaining to the industry.

The Global Real Estate Seminars are interactive discussion forums, bringing together senior decision makers from across the industry to debate investment and growth strategies for emerging markets.

This year’s World Architectural Congress will address one of the world’s biggest buzzwords – sustainability. Questions on how architects can incorporate sustainable building practices and renewable energy in the local environment will be discussed and answered.

The Retail City Conference will have some of the region’s most influential retail experts. They will share insights on the current trends as well as presentations on retail design, family entertainment centers and increasing footfall.

The Future Cities Conference will be launched this year, serving as a new addition to the event. It will focus on the development of cities through discussions on topics such as social revolution, branding and tourism.

Cityscape Global will also welcome some of the astounding winners of the Retail City Awards for Excellence in Retail, in a special ceremony held during the opening day of the event.

On Sept 27, another gala ceremony will take place at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai to host the Cityscape Awards for Architecture in Emerging Markets. The award recognizes excellence in architecture and design from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.

Who are the exhibitors in this year’s Cityscape Global?

This year’s exhibition will feature Dubai’s major developers including Emaar, Nakheel, Dubai Properties Group, DAMAC Properties, Union Properties, Meraas Development, Falcon City of Wonders, City of Arabia, Dubai Silicon Oasis, among others.

Overseas participation includes developers from Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, Greece, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Who is your target visitors/audience?

Cityscape Global anticipates more corporate end users to attend the event.

How will they benefit from this event?

Cityscape Global provides investors a one-stop-shop to get the latest insights on the general investment climate across emerging markets globally. The exhibition offers specific investment opportunities in the markets and real estate sectors of interest.

The conferences will also provide an excellent opportunity for regulators to create awareness and understanding on recently implemented laws and regulations. It is also an effective way on getting feedback from the market.

How will the property market in Dubai perform as the year comes to a close?

The current oversupply across residential and commercial real estate sectors will continue to put pressure on property prices in the short term. However, the decline in lease rates and real estate values has made Dubai a much more competitive place for companies to set up their office, which will help boost economic growth in the mid to long term.

Cityscape Global 2011

When? Sept 27-29
Where? Dubai World Trade Centre

Highlights

Conferences running concurrently with the exhibition – Global Real Estate Seminars, Retail City Conference, World Architecture Congress and Future Cities.

Rewarding excellence in the industry – Retail City Awards and Cityscape Awards for Architecture in Emerging Markets.