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Cityscape kicks off in Dubai; sees major project launches

DUBAI, 18 days ago

The 22nd edition of Cityscape Dubai, the Middle East’s leading real estate exhibition, witnessed numerous launches on the opening day (November 21) as well as showcase of new-to-market projects from top development enterprises.
 
The event was officially inaugurated by Dawoud Abdul Rahman Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, who later toured the exhibition.
 
Al Hajri was briefed on numerous new-to-market projects from top development enterprises, including Sobha Realty, Dubai Investments, Arada, Damac and Azizi Developments.
 
Sobha Realty is showcasing its latest master-planned urban design community, Sobha Hartland Two, which leverages technology for heightened efficiency, sustainability, and liveability. 
 
"It’s not just important to deliver high-quality buildings, but also to create family communities. Sobha Hartland Two has dedicated more than 50 per cent of the land to family living, which will include schools, parks, and community spaces," said Francis Alfred, Managing Director of Sobha Realty.
 
Azizi  is also showcasing a number of its developments, including Riviera, the developer’s French Mediterranean-inspired residential and commercial community in MBR City, and Creek Views II, located in Dubai Healthcare City, the emirate’s health and wellness destination that enjoys direct access to Al Khail Road. 
 
"We look forward to Cityscape each year," said its CEO Farhad Azizi. "We see it as an important opportunity to not only showcase our portfolio and investment opportunities, but to also educate visitors on the UAE’s thriving real estate market, with it being a world-leading hub for business, tourism, and innovation," he stated.
 
"Representing a major source of foreign direct investment, Cityscape has established itself as a renowned, widely leveraged platform that provides local and international investors with in-depth insights into the UAE’s real estate sector, its outstanding macroeconomic fundamentals and how competitive it is in comparison to other markets," he added.
 
The 2022 edition of Cityscape Talks, the region’s leading content platform powered by Cityscape Intelligence, kicked off with a fireside discussion with Ahmed Al Khatib, Chief Development and Delivery Officer at Expo City Dubai. Discussing both the rebrand and the next steps for the development, Al Khatib identified sustainability as a key driver of the site, which was rebranded to Expo City Dubai earlier this year. 
 
"What we achieved was a first for the region and I believe is something that can be used as a blueprint for future projects. Throughout, we were both active and transparent on how we aimed to deliver on our sustainability promises, with regular reports being released on how we integrated sustainability into Expo City Dubai’s development. Technology and data also played a huge part in the development, with data analysis of previous projects helping us identify how to deliver the 42 individual projects that make up Expo City Dubai," said Al Khatib.
 
"The reason we decided to rebrand to Expo City Dubai is twofold. The connection to Expo became so synonymous with the values of the site, and I also don’t believe there is anywhere else as human-centric as Expo City Dubai. From landscaping to technology, the way it has been developed gives us the flexibility to adapt and transform to any future needs, and with the hosting of COP28 next year, this will be vital," he pointed out. 
 
Staying on sustainability, a panel discussion with Hamza Betraoui, Managing Director, Land Sterling; Mohamed Shawky, CEO, Gis Drones; and Henrique Pereira, CEO, Taka Solutions, discussed how technology is playing a crucial part in improving sustainability standards and efficiency within buildings. 
 
"Understanding how technology can help developments is key to the integration of sustainability," said Betraoui. "When you look at the last three years, how technology has developed and how people are learning to use big data to understand what needs to be done to increase green efficiency has been amazing to see," he noted.
 
Shawky is confident that the acceleration of drone use will streamline some processes, cutting down evaluation timeframes significantly.
 
"Drones allow us to collect fast, high-quality data," he noted. "We can use this to inspect issues with buildings in which every centimetre can be scanned and then analysed, giving you a full insight into issues within a matter of hours rather than weeks."
 
"We have drones now that can work in GPS-denied areas as well, such as tunnels or staircases. All of this technology saves time, increases safety, and is energy efficient," added Shawky.-TradeArabia News Service



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