The series of free ‘Cityscape Talks’ conference sessions, aligned with the four pillars of Qatar’s National Vision 2030: sustainable, resilient, affordable, and liveable

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Doha: Orjan Lundberg, Sustainability Expert, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy spoke on the topic “Keeping sustainability at the forefront – A Carbon-neutral World Cup story”.  He stated that the FIFA 2022 World Cup set to take place in about few months, the host nation Qatar are hard at work to ensure the tournament’s sustainability reduces the environmental impact and provides legacy benefits. “We see that the FIFA World Cup has been and is still a catalyst for national development on many fronts, including carbon incentives. Sustainability has been a core topic for this event from the planning stage, he concluded.

Followed by the presentation of Dr. Ahmed AlKhulaifi, CEO, Aqarco on the topic the digitization of Qatar’s real estate sector. The Qatar real estate sector also has a variety of operational activities and processes that can be optimised and transformed with digital technology with the goal to improve productivity and profitability.

Anum Hasan Head of Research, Qatar ValuStrat expressed her views on The future of real estate market of Qatar Post World Cup 2022.  We felt that this edition of Cityscape Qatar is a perfect opportunity to get back out there and meet people since we are witnessing an increased appetite for investment in the market.

Likewise, The big opportunities for Qatar’s real estate: A macroeconomic perspective was discussed by Johnny Archer, Head of Research and Consulting Cushman and Wakefield.

Tejas Viswanath, Head – Digital Enterprise Business (ME), Siemens, Ravvy Kaur, MRICS, Senior Manager – Valuation, CBRE, Maria Maximova, Senior Officer – Business Analysis, Qetaifan Projects, Moderator: Edd Brookes, General Manager – Qatar, Head of Middle East, Cushman & Wakefield. The panel discussions were also held on the topics of ‘ESG – The game changer for the GCC real estate sector’. How ESG is changing real estate investment across the GCC and briefed Best practices when it comes to ESG and it was also elaborated that How quickly is the Middle East moving towards embracing ESG within its real estate portfolios

On the second day Vinodh Mahadevan, Head of Strategic and Valuation Advisory, Land Sterling and Hamza Betraoui, Managing Director, Land Sterling   gave an extensive insight on The wave of digital transformation is picking pace – Impact of Proptech on the GCC real estate sector. Followed by the presentation of Hatem Hannoun, Sales Manager – MENA, Regal London on the topic – Why London remains a leading global investment hotspot.

 

In addition to this, Top real estate trends in the Qatar market were thoroughly highlighted by the Afaf Hashim, Country Manager, and Property Finder Qatar. In addition, Place making and Open Spaces Planning:

The tools to create resilient cities were explained by Mona Noureldin Mohamed, Deputy Head of Strategic Planning and Studies Unit, Senior Urban and Landscape Planning Specialist, Ministry of Municipality. Smart Home: The role of smart home for a better living presentation delivered by  Eng. Aya Nafi, Architect Engineer, Jacobs. Other speakers during the event also discussed the digitalisation of Qatar’s real estate sector, with a particular emphasis on the latest solutions developed by Doha-based Aqarco, as well as sustainable construction and how Qatar’s real estate market may look after this year’s FIFA World Cup. “Cityscape Qatar is the right platform for us to introduce Aqarco into the market after our launch earlier this year. The platform allows real estate developers, investors, and potential clients to meet and understand the demands of the market as we approach a busy period for Qatar.The agenda included talks on the digitalisation of Qatar’s real estate sector by Aqarco leadership; a look at the green legacy for Qatar by hospitality leaders Raffles & Fairmont Doha, InterContinental Doha the City, and Cundall; as well as a strong focus on sustainable construction and how the country’s real estate market may look after this year’s FIFA World Cup by Qatar ValuStrat.

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