IIR Middle East the organisers of Cityscape Dubai 2006, which is due to take place at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre (DIEC) on 4-6 December 2006, announced today that the premier property investment and development event has grown to such an extent that it is now clearly the largest event of its kind in the world.
According to Cityscape Dubai Exhibition Director, Rohan Marwaha, “Cityscape can now legitimately claim to be the world’s biggest b2b event in the property investment and development sector. Last year we booked 11,000 square metres of exhibition space which made Cityscape the undisputed market leader in the Middle East. We have now secured an additional 14,000 square metres, making a total of 25,000 square metres which represents 130 per cent annual growth. This means we will now surpass the likes of MIPIM in Cannes and Expo Real in Munich, to the number one spot.”
Earlier this year, the Cityscape officials confirmed that an astonishing 80% of exhibition space had been sold, nine months ahead of opening. At that stage 16,000 square metres had been reserved, but due to unprecedented demand, Cityscape now has grown still further to the record-breaking size of 25,000 square metres.
The final figures for the 2005 show were striking in their own right, 281 exhibitors from 29 different countries, 23,552 industry professionals participating from 85 countries and 626 conference delegates and speakers. At Cityscape Dubai 2005, real estate projects worth US$27 billion were announced.
“Having increased the amount of exhibition space by 130 per cent year-on-year, Cityscape Dubai 2006 will undoubtedly trump last year’s impressive figures. Not only is Cityscape the largest in the world, it is the fastest growing and the most diverse with up to 85 countries being represented, clearly reflecting the regional market growth,” added Marwaha.
To date regional heavyweights, Emaar Properties, Nakheel, Tanmiyat Group, Aldar Properties, Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group and Dar Al Arkan have signed up as platinum sponsors, with The Commercial Real Estate Co. Tameer and Saraya Holdings taking gold sponsor status, with Future Brand and Mawared going for silver.
The three-day exhibition and conference attracts key investors, property developers, architects and designers amongst others. Cityscape Dubai 2006, as in previous years will feature the hugely successful Cityscape conference, which last year attracted 80 internationally acclaimed speakers who gave 50 presentations as well as dedicated workshops devoted to specific industry issues. The coveted Cityscape Architectural Review Awards will also be distributed during a glittering gala dinner, these international awards are keenly contested and the 300 entries received last year are sure to be surpassed this year.
Commenting on the future of Cityscape, Marwaha declared, “We have recently announced plans to export the Cityscape brand to Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Shanghai. Considering that this show is only five years old, the brand-potential is colossal. This year’s event must be the most eagerly anticipated ever, and a true measure of Cityscape’s eminence on the international industry calendar”.
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