Invest in Dubai Real Estate, in Partnership with International Property Show, launch the Middle East’s Most Influential Think Tank Program View Service Information
26 May 2021

Dubai, UAE, 26 May 2021: Invest in Dubai Real Estate, in partnership with the International Property Show, launched today at The Address Hotel in Dubai Marina. The two-day event is considered the most influential real estate event in the Middle East this year, as it caters to a more diverse audience involving various sectors and industries.

The event was attended by HE Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director-General of Dubai Land Department (DLD), and a number of CEOs at DLD, namely: HE Eng Marwan bin Ghalita, CEO of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency; Majida Ali Rashid, CEO of the Real Estate Promotion and Investment Management Sector; Majid Al Marri, CEO of the Registration and Real Estate Services sector; and Mohammed Albidwawi, CEO of the Corporate Support Sector, in additional to a number of department directors at DLD.

During his opening speech at the event, bin Mejren said: “At DLD, we proceed with our tireless efforts made by all sectors and organisations under our umbrella to achieve our strategic vision to position Dubai as the world's premier real estate destination and a byword for innovation, trust, and happiness. The real estate sector today is witnessing rapid and remarkable development, and it is crucial that we work together to develop innovative solutions to the various challenges facing the main sectors. This inclusive platform would provide the best opportunities for all participants to explore and propose solutions together, in addition to addressing the most prominent issues, challenges, development initiatives, and innovative ideas in key sectors, including the real estate sector, as well as to educating our global audience while also providing creative views and ideas.”

Bin Mejren added: “The performance of Dubai's real estate market during COVID-19 affirmed its maturity and solid position and proved its readiness and resilience in the face of global crises, thanks to the directives and initiatives of the wise leadership. We affirm our commitment to creating wide commercial opportunities for Dubai's real estate market, strengthening the emirate’s leading position as an investor-friendly city, and consolidating Dubai’s sustainability on the global map, confirming the vision and ambitions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.”

Through this one-of-a-kind event, Invest in Dubai Real Estate is ready to make its mark in the events industry once again and create bigger opportunities for its attendees. It will bring together participants from different fields to develop innovative solutions towards challenges in their respective sectors, which will help uplift the real estate sector.

The members of the Think Tank Program will consist of experts from various fields divided into groups, with each group representing a particular sector. Members will collaborate to share their knowledge, expertise, and research works to innovate new solutions to solve specific challenges.

The programme will welcome corporate leaders, real estate developers, investors, technology providers, financial experts, educators, industry specialists, professionals and innovators from different segments. Furthermore, all public and private companies, as well as local and international organisations, are also welcome to join and share their knowledge on their respective fields or explore new ideas.

The event will present solutions to address challenges faced in the key sectors of finance, facility management, real estate FDI, marketing, government services, knowledge, lifestyle, smart cities, sustainable cities and property technology.

For the financing sector, the delegates will discuss new financing solutions and real estate security instruments that can be made available to lenders and borrowers in real estate that are looking to access working capital for buying and renovating property with the Global CEO of Sherwoods International Property, Iseeb Rehman.

As real estate has remained a popular vehicle driving financial wealth among investors, the knowledge sector may discuss innovative solutions with Dr Hiba Jaber to improve the global competitiveness of professionals in the real estate industry.

Delegates in the facility management group can discuss new solutions to streamline the entire facility management process and ensure more functionality, safety and efficiency of real estate properties with the leader of the sector, Dilip Khatwani.

Foreign direct investment is crucial in the development of emerging and developing markets. FDI delegates can brainstorm new solutions to further maximise returns and diversify internationally through real estate investments through a session with Stefan Hickmott.

Real estate is one of the major contributors in the economy and governments must support the real estate market during challenging times. Under the leadership of Shahram Safai, the government sector may brainstorm the challenges and solutions when it comes to providing support to existing players in order to prevent a downward spiral.

Lifestyle is one of the most influential factors when buying and selling real estate properties. Nowadays, consumers are constantly seeking properties that have impressive environments and structure, not only to maintain their social status but also to ensure their safety and security, as well as to get the psychological and physical comfort they need. The lifestyle sector can discuss challenges and solutions in terms of becoming a positive driving force in enhancing the stability of the real estate industry with Sector Leader Dereck Hoogenkamp.

The marketing sector can brainstorm new solutions on how to sell real estate properties faster and improve ROI through new marketing techniques under the guidance of Marketing Leader Faisal Saeed Zaidi.

The development of smart cities is associated with greater efficiency through technology, thus increasing the value of properties and contributing towards urban development. The Smart & Sustainable Cities group can generate ideas on how to utilise technology more efficiently with the sector’s leader Karim El-Jisr.

The property technology sector can develop new solutions to improve the positive impact of PropTech in the real estate sector by changing the way properties are bought and sold, streamlining the transaction process and developing solutions for better property management with Sector Leader Lynnette Sacchetto.

Key learning outcomes of the think tank groups will be presented after the brainstorming session. All participants will be given recognition after the activity for contributing their knowledge and expertise to address key issues.

This year’s edition will be highly beneficial to exhibitors since they will have access to a large pool of visitors that will effectively showcase their world-class projects, and generate lucrative business opportunities. The special onsite event will be an important hub for networking with key stakeholders, major investors and leading organisations, offering generous opportunities to build strong partnerships and collaborations.

Invest in Dubai Real Estate is an opportune event that remains committed to generating vast business opportunities for the Dubai real estate market and strengthening the emirate’s leading position as an investor-friendly city. According to ValuStrat Dubai 2021 Outlook, new initiatives of the government, including the provision of visas for expatriate retirees as well as the expansion of the 10-year golden visa scheme to draw foreigners to reside in the UAE, are anticipated to support the real estate market this year.

Also, due to the development of vaccines gradually resolving the current health crisis, the economy of Dubai is expected to further stabilise, in addition to the upcoming Dubai Expo and the UAE’s 50th anniversary.

“The real estate sector is evolving at a rapid speed and it is important that we work together to innovate ideas and nurture connections, even outside the real estate industry. There is no doubt that this year will be even more successful and bring immense benefits to both exhibitors and visitors,” stated Dawood Al Shezawi, President of the Organizing Committee of the Invest in Dubai Real Estate.

“The Think Tank Program, the newest offering in this year’s edition will certainly help in the promotion of global opportunities by allowing innovators and forward thinkers to explore and brainstorm solutions together under one platform. This will help address the issues faced in key sectors to ultimately boost the real estate industry, educating our global audience and offering fresh perspectives from diverse audience at the event. Without a doubt, the Think Tank Program will help us find ground-breaking solutions and gain knowledge that will help in the acceleration of economic growth and prosperity,” furthered Mr. Al Shezawi.

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