‘Remarkable’ developments in MENA to be honoured

Published April 1st, 2010 - 06:32 GMT

The search is on for unique projects that exemplify the remarkable real estate development made by both the private and public sectors throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The Cityscape Awards for Real Estate in the Middle East and North Africa will be made during a gala dinner at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, on 18 April 2010 attended by senior executives and personalities from the international real estate industry.

The awards are held in conjunction with Cityscape Abu Dhabi from 18-21 April 2010 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and provide an insight into current and future projects in the region. The final deadline for entries is 31 March 2010.

The closing date for entries is 31 March 2010 and all entries will be judged on their contribution to world architectural culture, invention and imagination, respect for people, the planet, context, environmental awareness and relevance to the Middle East and North Africa,” said Chris Speller, Group Director Cityscape.

“The awards recognise companies with projects that have shown outstanding performance and have made exemplary contributions to the region’s real estate development.  The awards are firmly established as the leading real estate awards programme in the region - attested by the overwhelming response and quality submissions already received this year,” added Speller.

The award categories in some cases will be separated into built projects, that is those that are already complete and future projects, which represents those that are still incomplete or indeed still on the drawing board. There are a total of five categories with eight awards as follows;

Best Sustainable Development Award - for a project which has demonstrated outstanding commitment to sustainability in terms of its design, development and construction.

Commercial, Office and Retail Project Award - (built and future) for commercial and retail developments hotels, leisure facilities, office buildings and commercial facilities that show an innovative approach to the overall strategy of the development.

Residential Project Award - (built and future) for residential projects that show an innovative approach to the overall strategy of the development.

Mixed Use Project Award - (built and future) for mixed use developments that show an innovative approach to the overall strategy of the development.

Best Urban Design and Master Planning Award - for a project which best encourages or promotes a sense of place or significantly benefits a neighborhood, town, city or region.

A high level judging panel has been assembled for the awards consisting of seventeen eminent regional and international industry experts. They include amongst others;
Dr Abdulgader Othman Amir, Vice President Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company; Blair Hagkull, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle MENA; David Roberts, CEO, Aedas; Jeffrey Willis, Chairman, Emirates Green Building Council; Jeremy Oates, General Manager MPM Properties/Burooj Properties; Dr Mohammed Dulaimi, PhD Construction Management, The British University in Dubai; Nick Witty, COO Middle East, DTZ; Peter Drummond, Chief Executive, BDP; Rashad Mohammed Bukhash, Director of Architectural Heritage Department, Dubai Municipality; Steven Miller, Managing Director Dubai, Fxfowle Architects; Sultan Faden, Head of Founding Group, Saudi Green Building Council.

The Department of Municipal Affairs is associate sponsor for the Cityscape Middle East Real Estate Awards with headline sponsors Boomerang Automated Parking and Self Storage, Gaggenau, Signature Kitchen and Jotun Paints.

Headline sponsor of Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010 is Mubadala Real Estate and Hospitality. Platinum sponsors are Al Qudra Real Estate, Al Maabar and Aldar Properties. Associate sponsor is the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs.

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