Cityscape Global Summit Overview

The Cityscape Global Summit will take place over two days from 7th - 8th November 2021 at the Dubai Exhibition Centre (Expo 2020 site).  

As industry watchers look for the first shoots of recovery, and with the price of luxury properties increasing, giga-projects in Saudi Arabia underway, and ground breaking legacy and regeneration projects on the horizon, there is much to suggest that the Middle East is about to enter the most exciting time for real estate since the crazy days of the mid-2000s property boom.

The Cityscape Global Summit is the leading two-day real estate event, taking place at Expo 2020, and once again features international keynote speeches, panels, Q&As, and insights from the leading investors, economists, architects, designers and organisations moving the dial in the global real estate industry across residential, commercial, industrial, retail, hospitality – and beyond. 

MC

Katie Jensen, Dubai One Presenter

10:00

Host's Welcome Remarks

Welcome to Cityscape Global Summit 2021. 

Chris Speller, Cityscape Group Director

10:05

Keynote Welcome Address

HE Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department 

10:15

Government Perspectives: Dubai Vision 2040

A look at how Dubai’s Vision 2040 will shape real estate and future investment

Nasser Abu Shehab, Chief Executive Officer, Strategy and Corporate Governance, Dubai RTA

10:30

Horizon-gazing: What’s the global economic outlook against a backdrop of divergent recoveries?

What are the economic forces that are filtering through the global economy, and what’s to watch on the horizon? 

Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford

11:00

Regional Focus: Sharjah

We look here at the hottest new real estate developments in the second and third largest cities in the UAE.

HE Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq)

11:15

Industry insight: Global Capital: A Middle East Perspective

Ian Albert, CEO Colliers - MENA

Chris Pilgrim, Director, Global Capital Markets, Colliers

11:40

Introduction to Commercial Property Index

Latifa Ibrahim, Senior Director, Senior Director of Real Estate Studies & Research Department – Dubai Land Department

Insight Session: DLD / JLL joint presentation of the (CPPI) Commercial Property Price Index

  • City level commercial property index,
  • City level office index,
  • City level retail index

Presented by:

Mahmoud Ahmed Farghally, Research and Studies Specialist, DLD

JLL Speakers – Thierry Delvaux, CEO, Middle East Africa and Turkey & Khawar Khan, Head of Research, MEA & Turkey

12:10

In Conversation with Ahmed Al Khatib, Chief Development Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai

Moderator: Katie Jensen

12:20

Expert Panel: Analysing institutional level transaction activity - what are the trends, opportunities, obstacles, and key numbers?

This investment focused session will take a deep dive into transaction volumes at the institutional level.

  • What are the current activity levels for global real estate investment?
  • What are the big deals to watch in MENA and beyond?
  • What more, over and above the reports of the biggest agents, consultants and valuers, do institutional investors need to assist them in their investment decisions?
  • Does the current system do enough to encourage inward investment and what obstacles remain to high level foreign investment?

Christopher Payne, Chief Economist, Peninsula Real Estate Management (moderator)

Allen Chilten, Head of Funds, Capital Markets, Patrizia (Virtual)

Chris Pilgrim, Director, Global Capital Markets, Colliers

Vinodh Mahadevan, Head of Valuations & Advisory, Land Sterling 

13:00

Lunch and Networking

14:00

Future perspectives: How the post-pandemic living and working habits are shaping investment strategies
 
How do you need to reevaluate your investment strategy to take account of evolving habits and end-user demand? 
 
Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Executive Chairman, S4 Capital and Founder, WPP (Virtual)
 
Five minute Q&A with Katie after

14:15

Macroeconomic view of the real estate market: Technology, the evolution of mixed-use and commercial consumption, and sustainability.
 
Traditional real estate investment approaches are experiencing a continued shift, requiring investors to adopt a fresh perspective - discover how this is shaping the future of real estate.
 
  • What global trends do we need to watch now?
  • How are flexible, sustainable and tech driven assets impacting the sector?
  • What is shaping the future of real estate - and how can the sector have continued resilience?
 
Pierfrancesco Rocca – Partner, McKinsey Middle East – Serving institutional investors on real estate and infrastructure portfolios
 

14:30

Future Focus: Sustainability, business opportunity and benefit - Saudi giga-projects as catalyst for fundamental change

The Saudi giga-projects are the most ambitious projects on earth in their innovative use of the natural landscape and the latest technology to build sustainably. Among other things, these sessions will consider the different project sustainability strategies, the business opportunities and the resulting benefits for both Saudi Arabia and the world.

Red Sea Session - John Pagano, Chief Executive Officer, The Red Sea Development Company & AMAALA

DGDA Session - Jerry Inzerillo, CEO, Diriyah Gate Development Authority (Virtual)

5-minute Q&A with both John and Jerry after

15:00

Sector Spotlight: On the road to recovery - what’s the destination for tourism?
 
With the continued disruption to the global tourism industry in 2021, we take a look at how tourism in the MENA region can recover and what it will look like going forward. Questions to be answered include:
 
  • How is tourism changing - and will it ever go back to the way it was before?
  • Has domestic tourism increased and what new opportunities does this offer?
  • How has the pandemic impacted the airlines and the trade logistics functions? 

Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing

15:20

Town Hall: What new opportunities are there for Residential in 2022 and beyond?

Considering the merits of the opportunities in residential, including recent shifts in customer behavior, “Live-Work-Play” communities, and the future importance of sustainability.

●       What is the outlook for health improvement districts in the UAE?

●       How successful have initiatives in the region to create walkable parts of cities been?

●       What is being done in the GCC to change the mentality when it comes to sustainability?

●       Are we seeing a shift to lower density type living due to climate change and the pandemic?

Dounia Fadi, Chief Operating Officer, Berkshire Hathaway

Alexander Davies, Chief Commercial Officer, Dubai Holding Real Estate

Elaine Jones, Executive Chairman, Asteco Property Management (moderator)

Kerem Cengiz, Managing Director LWK+PARTNERS

Georges El Hachem, Commercial Director Select Group 

15:50

The latest on the performance of REITS in the UAE and wider Middle East

REITS were introduced to solve illiquidity in the institutional market.

  • How successful have REITs been in the UAE and what are the latest thoughts on the new ‘Green’ REIT?
  • Active asset management - how REITs are responding to market forces to secure rental income    
  • What is the future outlook for the REIT regime in the MENA region?

Anthony Taylor, Head of Real Estate, Emirates NBD Asset Management

Moderator: Katie Jensen

16:10

Regional Focus: Real estate investment watch - The next 10-years in Bahrain

Ali Murtaza, Executive Director, Co-Investment Opportunities, Bahrain Economic Development Board

Amin Alarrayed, CEO of Edamah

Moderator: Katie Jensen

16:30

5 key takeaways - Katie Jensen, Dubai One Presenter

16:35

Closing of Cityscape Summit Day 1

MC

Katie Jensen, Dubai One Presenter

10:00

In Conversation With:

HE Marwan Ahmed bin Ghalita, Chief Executive Officer of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency, Dubai Land Department

10:20

Town Hall: The rise of smart cities and the latest reuse and regeneration projects in the region/UAE

This session will look at reuse and regeneration projects in the region, including the legacy masterplan for Expo 2020 (District 2020).

 

Katie Jensen, Dubai One Presenter (Moderator)

Franco Atassi, CEO of Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Middle East

Nadimeh Mehra, Vice President, District 2020, EXPO 2020 Dubai

Eng. Aya Nafi, Architect and Urban Planner, Jacobs

Kory Thompson, Country Head Middle East, IWG/Regus

11:00

In Conversation with 
Ahmed Al Khatib, Chief Development Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai
Moderator: Katie Jensen

11:15

Sustainable Features
 
Dara Towhidi, Partner, Foster + Partners

11:45

Industry Insight: The disruption of proptech 

Hamza Betraoui, Managing Director, Land Sterling 

12:35

Lunch and Networking

14:00

Town hall: Deconstructing architecture and the future of design - concept, construction and regulation

Rethinking the spaces where our lives take place is a key feature of much architectural thinking post-pandemic, including how architecture and urban design can act to build resilience, the role of urban design, adaptive use and how the built environment can be reimagined.

  • The extent to which sustainable materials are currently being used in construction. Are they for example changing the way architects look at façades?
  • The concept of cities for architects - understanding the value of the 15-minute city and relevance to the UAE
  • To what extent are companies engendering regulation and policy changes to reduce their carbon footprint? To what extent are we seeing companies making net zero pledges due to climate change?

 

Sir David Adjaye OBE, Founder and Principal, Adjaye Associates, United Kingdom

Stefan de Koning, Architect and Partner, MVRDV, The Netherlands

Marco Abdallah, UK sustainability engineer, Drees & Sommer

Dicky (Richard) Lewis, Director, Global Design Leader, White Red Architects, United Kingdom

Kourosh Salehi, Design Director, LWK+PARTNERS

15:00

Future Focus: How AI, (proptech), cryptocurrencies and other technologies will change real estate as we know it
 
Technological innovations across AI, cryptocurrencies and the booming field of ‘proptech’ herald significant change for the real estate sector.
 
  • How is AI impacting the real estate sector?
  • How are technological developments in home and office automation addressing challenges within the real estate market?
  • Cryptocurrency applications in real estate - what do you need to know now?
  • What are the most significant developments in the ‘proptech’ space?
 
Piyush Prajapati, Architect, Godwin Austen Johnson
Kerem Cengiz, MD, LWK + PARTNERS 

15:20

Climate Ready: Dubai - Keynote address

Martha Schwartz, Founding Principal, Martha Schwartz Partners, United States (Virtual)

16:05

Q&A with Martha Schwartz and Katie Jensen

16:20

The Cityscape Summit 2021 in review - 5 key takeaways and the new way forward

16:30

Close of Cityscape Global Summit 2021

The Cityscape Global Summit will take place over two days from 7th - 8th November 2021 at the Dubai Exhibition Centre (Expo 2020 site).  

As industry watchers look for the first shoots of recovery, and with the price of luxury properties increasing, giga-projects in Saudi Arabia underway, and ground breaking legacy and regeneration projects on the horizon, there is much to suggest that the Middle East is about to enter the most exciting time for real estate since the crazy days of the mid-2000s property boom.

The Cityscape Global Summit is the leading two-day real estate event, taking place at Expo 2020, and once again features international keynote speeches, panels, Q&As, and insights from the leading investors, economists, architects, designers and organisations moving the dial in the global real estate industry across residential, commercial, industrial, retail, hospitality – and beyond. 

Objectives and outcomes

The 2021 Cityscape Global Summit will mirror and address the three main sub-themes of Expo 2020 - opportunity, mobility and sustainability, with a special focus on the MENA region of the UAE, KSA, Oman, Egypt, and Bahrain. The core goals of the Cityscape Summit include:     

  • Providing the highest-level of thought leadership from across the real estate industry on the necessary steps needed to move the sector beyond recovery.    
  • Putting a macro-economic lens on the issues driving real estate development and investment across key categories around the globe in the short, mid and long-term.
  • Provoking new thinking around the role real estate can play in positively impacting the environment and local communities.
  • Setting the agenda for new initiatives and collaborations designed to create greater coordination and cooperation across the real estate industry, including across transport, hospitality and at the international level.
  • Dissecting the impact of technology and proptech on the sector.

This is the must-attend event for anyone working in real estate in the MENA region and beyond. No other event offers such premium networking opportunities along with a succinct summary of the problems facing the industry today and the opportunities available both now and in the future.

 

2021 themes: Opportunity, sustainability and mobility

The three main themes of Expo 2020 - opportunity, sustainability and mobility - will also run through the Cityscape Real Estate Summit. The Summit will address how these themes will affect the future of Real Estate. It will in addition consider how the industry can move to recovery and beyond with the impact of the global pandemic still felt globally.

 

Recovery

Moving towards the safe and prosperous recovery and restart of the real estate industry in the Middle East.