The two-day virtual GCC Leaders’ Summit takes place on 5th and 6th October 2021 and will turn the spotlight on the trends, investment opportunities, and challenges expected to headline the GCC real estate industry this year.

With a focus on government plans around investment, tourism, and building a diverse economy, the summit deep delves into investment opportunities, the role of tech and AI, and the rapidly growing industrial and the warehousing sector.

Day 2 will be dedicated to architecture and design, with the region’s leading architects debating and discussing trends shaping the future of the industry in the region. 


12:00

GCC Summit Opening Address: Simon Collingwood & Teneshia Naidoo



12:05

Keynote Address:
Dubai Land Department keynote address
Majid Saqer Almarri, CEO of the Registration and Real Estate Services Sector at DLD




12:10

GCC Economy Overview:

Khatija Haque, Chief Economist and Head of Research, Emirates NBD

Moderator: Emma Brain 


12:30

GCC Revival: What investors need to know about investing in the GCC 2022?

Youcef Betraoui MRICS, Chief Executive Officer, Land Sterling

Moderator: Emma Brain 


13:00

The evolution of the residential sector in the GCC: UAE, KSA

Giles Hannah, Executive Director – Residential, The Red Sea Development Company

Alexander Davies, Chief Commercial Officer, Dubai Holding

Moderator: Emma Brain


13:35

Expert Panel: Cross Border Transactions in GCC

A discussion on project marketing and pre-dev services in the Luxury segment in the GCC, best practices around the world, the proliferation of tech, and an in-depth look at which countries are buying in the GCC.

 

George Azar, Chairman & CEO, Luxhabitat Sotheby's International Realty, UAE

Elisa Orlanski Ours, Chief Planning & Design Officer Corcoran Group, United States

Can Turkan, Chief Operating Officer, Ayana Holdings, UAE

Moderator: Teneshia Naidoo


14:40

Top key trends in the GCC proptech market to watch out for in 2022

Nsikan Okon, CEO, WhiteBricks

12:00

Presentation: A look at KSA’s sustainability manifesto

Dr Rusty Brainard, Chief Environment Officer, The Red Sea Development Company


12:45

Expert Panel: How digital twin technology can make cities smarter?

The pandemic has accelerated the need for smart infrastructure, as regulatory bodies are hyperfocused on monitoring the health and safety of citizens. With the rise of the digital twin, cities have a tool to help make this a reality.

 

Mark Hamilton, Head of Digital Solutions, JLL MENA

Steven Velegrinis, Director Urbanism & Planning, MEA, AECOM

Moderator: Emma Brain


13:20

Hospitality: Refurbish, Renovate, Redesign

How hotel design and hospitality is changing in a post-pandemic world

 

Pallavi Dean, Founder and Director Roar

Kourosh Salehi, Design Director, LWK + PARTNERS

Moderator: Diane Thorsen, Design Director, Gensler 


14:25

In Conversation: The future of architectural development in the GCC: How AI and robotics are changing design

Kerem Cengiz, Managing Director – MENA at LWK + PARTNERS

Moderator: Emma Brain


15:00

Sustainability investment in school projects

Jason Burnside, Partner at Godwin Austen Johnson

Navin M. Valrani, CEO - Arcadia Education.

Moderator: Emma Brain 


15:35

Top 10 Key Takeaways from the GCC’s Healthcare Sector in 2021 - Colliers

Mansoor Ahmed, Director (MENA Region) Valuation & Advisory - Real Estate | Healthcare | Education | Infrastructure & Public Private Partnership (PPP), Colliers