Apr 22 2012
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Cityscape Abu Dhabi inaugurated
Four-day event puts spotlight on Abu Dhabi
Taking place from 22-25 April, the four-day event is the annual barometer for the Abu Dhabi and wider GCC real estate market.
An anticipated highlight this year includes the latest developments of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council 's ( UPC ) emirate-wide urban development strategy, Vision 2030, and the Emirati Housing initiative, where 7,500 new homes for Emirati families across all three regions of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia will be showcased.
Some of the other key developers taking part this year at Cityscape Abu Dhabi include Tamouh Investments, Sorouh, Aabar Properties, Mubadala, and the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), which will provide updates about the progress of its most prestigious developments, with a major emphasis on Saadiyat.
Aldar Properties, another headline exhibitor has revealed its latest plans this year at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, including the announcement of Al Muneera and Al Zeina as the first beachfront residential developments in Abu Dhabi now available for purchase by national and international buyers. Prices for the two waterfront Al Raha Beach communities will start at just under Dh700,000 for a one bedroom apartment.
A regular feature and highlight of Cityscape Abu Dhabi is the Middle East Real Estate Summit, where a panel of more than 35 industry leading speakers currently active in the Middle East will share their collective experience and tackle the major challenges facing the regional real estate sector.
Among the highlights of the two-day conference include the latest analyses, trends and economic indicators of the Middle East real estate market from Farouk Soussa, Chief Economist for the Middle East at Citi, UAE; and new deployment strategies of building a balanced, profitable real estate portfolio in regional markets by Faisal Khan, Principal at Abraaj Capital, UAE.
Tariq Ramada, Chairman of Tharaa Holding, UAE, and Joseph Bonner, Chief Investment Officer at Mubadala Pramerica, UAE, will also highlight how to develop increasingly sophisticated deal structures to increase real estate market activity and regional growth.
Also returning is the Cityscape Awards for Real Estate - MENA on Monday 23 April, rewarding the latest cutting-edge projects shaping modern city skylines across the Middle East and Africa.
The Awards come in eight categories and will be contested among 21 shortlisted organisations. Among the more notable shortlisted nominees include ADNEC for the Best Sustainable Development Award; Aldar and Mubadala for the Commercial, Office & Retail Project Award; and Sorouh Real Estate for the Mixed Use Project Award.
The Investor Round Tables, another event feature will take place from 22-24 April, where C-level investors and developers discuss partnership opportunities and strategy.
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