10 - 13 September 2023

Riyadh Exhibition & Conference Centre

Cityscape Intelligence Talks 2022 - Agenda

Following the COP 27 conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the world is buzzing with talks around sustainability and the region’s efforts to achieve their Net Zero targets over the next 20 to 30 years. The 22nd edition of the Cityscape Intelligence Talks will tackle the industry’s contributions and efforts in curating the Green Smart City of the future, provide a sustainability and urban regeneration blueprint with the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, share insights into the region’s market trends, and curate organic discussions with leading experts and key industry players.

10:00

Exhibition begins


11:30

Cityscape Intelligence Talks 2022: Opening remarks

Tom Urquhart

Tom Urquhart

Moderator and Media Presenter on Dubai Eye


11:35

FireSide chat with Ahmed Al Khatib, Chief Development and Delivery Officer, Expo City Dubai

  • Expo was one of the most sustainable mega-events to be held and on one of the most well-connected sites, can you tell us about some of the best practices, innovations, and tech that have gone into this? Ones that future sustainability-led projects can emulate.
  • The question on everyone’s mind is “What was the decision behind rebranding and renaming the District 2020 site”? Was the intention to keep the spirit of the Expo alive and associate sustainability with the Expo?
  • How does the Expo City create what you describe as a “human-centric” city? How does it play a role as one of the five urban centres of Dubai as it was designated in the 2040 Urban Masterplan?
  • One of the main drivers of the Expo site and City is the possibility to support lasting economic growth, drive future sectors and technological innovation. What are the opportunities for individuals, investors, and businesses?
Ahmed Al Khatib

Ahmed Al Khatib

Chief Development and Delivery Officer
Expo City Dubai

Tom Urquhart

Tom Urquhart

Moderator and Media Presenter on Dubai Eye


12:00

Why is technology crucial to achieving global sustainability goals?

 
  • How can proptech aid in the creation of energy-efficient buildings?
  • To what degree can automation in proptech have a positive impact on efficiency? Is there a limit?
  • How can drones support saving energy & lives?
  • Should data-driven technologies be universally standardized?
  • What role do smart cities play in achieving sustainability and mobility?
Tom Urquhart

Tom Urquhart

Moderator and Media Presenter on Dubai Eye

Hamza Betraoui

Hamza Betraoui
Managing Director
Land Sterling

Mohamed Shawky

Mohamed Shawky

CEO
Gis Drones

Henrique Pereira

Henrique Pereira
CEO
Taka Solutions


13:00

DLD x Brokerage Certification


14:00

Lunch Break - Meet, Greet, and Eat!


15:00

Designing the Next Generation of Sustainable Cities - Presentation

Learn what it takes to plan sustainable cities that are shaping the future. The talk will cover various projects under planning by URB covering topics including Smart Cities, Livable Cities, Resilient Cities, Biophilic Cities, Green Infrastructure, Productive Cities, Empowering Cities, Inclusive Cities and more.
Baharash Bagherian

Baharash Bagherian

CEO
URB


15:30

Standardised, universal, and, cohesive: Improving real estate transparency through powerful data

  • Dubai’s real estate sector is the most “transparent” in MENA, what factors have influenced this and supported the transparency of the sector?
  • Apart from industry regulations and individual corporate goals, what governmental policies have come into effect post-pandemic to better aid the shift to a transparent industry?
  • Several reports and research claim that transparency is critical for decarbonization, how is this being implemented and measured in the region, and globally?
  • How can the use of AI to validate data and streamline processes aid in creating a synergic and universal system of data transparency and validation to be optimize globally?
Tom Urquhart

Tom Urquhart

Moderator and Media Presenter on Dubai Eye

Scott Bond

Scott Bond

Country Manager
Property Finder - UAE

Walid Shihabi

Walid Shihabi

Co-Founder
Keyper

Bilal Moti

Bilal Moti

Managing Director
Windmills Valuation Services

Shruti Jain

Shruti Jain

Sales Director
REIDIN

Shruti Jain

Azzam Fakhoury

Head of Real Estate

Huspy

Matt Gregory

Matt Gregory

CCO
Houza.com


16:15

Built Environment and Construction - Biggest contributors to global emissions

Tom Urquhart

Tom Urquhart

Moderator and Media Presenter on Dubai Eye

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Managing Partner, AMA
Chair of the RIBA Gulf Chapter

Farah Naz

Farah Naz

Head of Innovation & ESG
AECOM MEA

Ghaith Tibi

Ghaith Tibi

Associate Urban Planner & Sustainable Development Advisor
Arup

Richard Fenne

Richard Fenne

Director
Woods Bagot


16:45

Alternative Accommodations: Travel for all

  • How have hoteliers adapted to the rising interest and demand for alternate accommodation?
  • What has been the industry’s response tactic to cater to this segment of travellers?
  • With so many homeowners entering the Air BnB investment and offering atypical accommodation, how are luxury resorts competing? Are they catering to an entirely different segment of the industry?
  • In today’s world, we cannot discuss travel without considering the negative impacts of transportation. How are hoteliers and alternative accommodations offsetting the carbon footprint of travellers, visitors, and guests?
  • Does the hospitality industry have a long way to go in supporting the global Net-Zero targets and adapting sustainable and clean-energy methods of operations?
Tom Urquhart

Tom Urquhart

Moderator and Media Presenter on Dubai Eye

Walter Knight

Walter Knight

Director - Operations
Staycae Vacation Homes Rental LLC (Staycae.ae)

Anna Skigin

Anna Skigin

CEO
Frank Porter


17:15

End of Day 1 - Cityscape Intelligence Talks 2022

10:00

Exhibition doors open


11:00

Cityscape Intelligence Talks 2022: Day 2 Opening remarks

Emma Brain

Emma Brain

Host and Presenter


11:05

Property, technology and investor friendly policies: Future-proofing the growth engines of Dubai’s economy - Fireside Chat with Huspy

 
  • Why does Dubai continue to be a preferred location for property buyers?
  • Overview of recent growth in the property sector in Dubai - will it continue?
  • Macro-trends, interest rates, global economy - why Dubai’s stability makes a difference to property buyers?
  • The economic impact of real estate: GDP benefits, job creation, attracting investments, talent retention, etc
  • Dubai’s vision and strategy to create a global destination to live and work in
  • How proptech is changing the buying experience for users
  • Removing barriers to financing and making home ownership easier?
  • How are the new visa policies attracting people to search for homes in the UAE?
  • Technology streamlining the cost of purchase and reducing fees/ additional charges?
  • As construction of new properties continues, will there be a supply-demand mismatch?
  • Why must home buyers consider Dubai whether they are residents or investors from abroad?
Emma Brain

Emma Brain

Host and Presenter

Shruti Jain

Azzam Fakhoury

Head of Real Estate

Huspy


11:35

How the UAE property sector stands to benefit from NextGenFDI and Dubai Metaverse Strategy – Presentation

Ali Hamze

Ali Hamze

Mentor
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)


11:55

Introducing CityscapeWIRE: Women in Real Estate

 

This session sees the launch of Cityscape’s latest product, the CityscapeWIRE. The panelists will tackle topics around women in the board room, how to support and strengthen relationships between women in the industry, and leadership

Emma Brain

Emma Brain

Host and Presenter

Dounia Fadi

Dounia Fadi

Managing Director
eXp Dubai

Christine Espinosa-Erlanda

Christine Espinosa-Erlanda

Senior Associate
Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ)

Lynnette Sacchetto

Lynnette Sacchetto

Director Data & Digital Transformation
Allsopp & Allsopp Group


13:00

DLD x Brokerage Certification


14:00

Lunch Break - Meet, Greet, and Eat!


15:00

Residential Developer panel: Is the time to buy/rent now?

 
  • Overview of the market in the past 6 months
  • Expected demand and trend over the next 6 months
  • Mortgage and interest rates
  • Impact of Golden Visa initiative on property investment
  • Why are Villas and townhouses still the most popular investment opportunity in UAE

Emma Brain

Emma Brain

Host and Presenter

Augostino Sfeir

Augostino Sfeir

Chief investment and Strategy Officer

IMKAN Properties

Zhann Jochinke

Zhann Jochinke

Chief Operating Officer
Property Monitor 

Afzaal Hussein

Afzaal Hussein

COO
Azizi Developments


15:30

Buying into Dubai: hunting yields, migration to the suburbs and what's next for property buyers? –  Panel by
Houza

As Cityscape moves to higher focus on the property sector, Houza wanted to take some time to get into the details of what's happening in the market and provide top tips for buyers and investors.

  • We know that there's been increased demand from investors buying into Dubai in recent years, why is that?
  • When looking at the demographics of investors and the types of units they're demanding, do we have enough supply and planning supply to deal with that demand?
  • What are the most popular choices for investment properties?
  • If you're hunting for a strong yield as an investor, where do you suggest? 
  • We've seen property prices increase dramatically for both villas and apartments, how are end users dealing with this?
  • Let's get down to some of the numbers. If I'm an end user comparing a suburb to a prime area of Dubai, how much more am I getting for my money?
  • Villa demand increased so much off the back of covid which led to hefty price increases. Are we seeing a supply constraint within villa communities?
  • With continued increases in mortgage rates, is this impacting end users decisions? What do you suggest buyers should look to do when securing a mortgage now?
Emma Brain

Emma Brain

Host and Presenter

Sarah Hewerdine

Sarah Hewerdine

Head of Marketing
Houza.com

Sam McCone

Sam McCone

Managing Director
McCone Properties

Safura Abasniya

Safura Abasniya

CEO
Aston Pearl Real Estate Broker


16:00

Why Now is the right time to buy Property? – Workshop

Akhmed Idigov

Akhmed Idigov

Instructor at Innovation Experts Real Estate Institute


17:00

Why is Dubai the Land of Opportunities? - Workshop

Dr. Nour EL Deen Reda El Serougy

Dr. Nour EL Deen Reda El Serougy

Instructor at Innovation Experts Real Estate Institute


18:00

End of Day 2 – Cityscape Intelligence Talks 2022

10:00

Exhibition doors open


10:30

Cityscape Intelligence Talks 2022: Day 3 Welcome remarks

Emma Brain

Emma Brain

Host and Presenter


10:35

Dubai’s new energy rating scheme: a case of energy efficiency and building retrofit - Presentation

Elie Matar

Elie Matar

Head of Electricity
Regulatory and supervisory Bureau Dubai (RSB Dubai)


11:00

The US Monetary Conditions and Dubai’s Real Estate Market - Presentation

Mahmoud Farghally

Mahmoud Farghally

Research and studies expert

Dr. Ahmed Shokry

Dr. Ahmed Shokry

Assistant Professor of Economics
Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy


11:30

Wind Effects on Building construction and Design - Presentation

Bhami Ilyas

Bhami Ilyas

Regional Business Director
CPP Wind Engineering Consultants


12:00

Urban Regeneration: Gardens in the Sky – Presentation

Drue Newcomb

Drue Newcomb

Director
P&T Group

Mahmoud Shahin

Mahmoud Shahin

Associate Director
P&T Group


12:30

The Cost of Sustainability: Possible indirect impact of sustainability on real estate projects – Presentation

Khaled Daaboul

Khaled Daaboul

Chief Commercial Officer
Liwan Real Estate


13:00

Lunch Break - Meet, Greet, and Eat!


15:00

Building a Global Residential Portfolio with Dubai Real Estate - Workshop

Dr. Michael Waters

Dr. Michael Waters

MRICS
Instructor at Innovation Experts Real Estate Institute


16:00

Cityscape Intelligence Talks 2022: Closing remarks