Comment: Escape to Cityscape

What to expect from this year’s real estate investment exhibition, Cityscape Global

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COMMENT, Developers, MEP, Cityscape Global 2016, Dubai Pearl, Hospitality, MEP Middle East Awards 2016, Real estate, Santiago Calatrava

The time of year has arrived when Cityscape comes calling. The real estate investment exhibition has tended to offer up a number of big project announcements in the past.

This year it will be interesting to see if the slowdown in the market has any knock-on effect at Cityscape. For certain, the MEP sector will be hoping for a slew of projects, especially as building efficiency continues to catch on with clients.

When you consider that air conditioning consumes about 80% of a building’s energy output, you can see why the phrase ‘green buildings’ is becoming increasingly popular. Perhaps we will see more of these sustainable buildings for the MEP industry to sink its teeth into unveiled at this year’s Cityscape.

Some real gems have already been announced prior to the exhibition such as Santiago Calatrava’s tower which has made the headlines for all the right reasons and yet again shows Dubai at its very best and most innovative.

But outside of the headline-grabbing projects, it will be interesting to see what there is for the small-to-medium-sized MEP players.

It will also be intriguing to see if any stalled projects are relaunched. I heard someone question the other day about what is happening with Dubai Pearl. It’s a fair question.

The last official annoucement about the project was two years ago when a statement was put out that construction work would resume in December 2014. That clearly didn’t happened.

Hopefully Cityscape will be able to give some clarity on stalled projects like Dubai Pearl.

Many will also expect big annoucements in the hospitality sector if it is to believed that Dubai will require a big boost in hotel capacity to accomodate the 25 million visitors predicted to attend the six-month long Dubai Expo 2020 exhibition.

Meanwhile, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we have finalised our judging panel for the MEP Middle East Awards, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.

We would like to think that we have put together a panel of judges that represents the supply chain; from clients/developers to FM providers. The judges have all given their thoughts on what they expect from the entries, so if you are thinking about entering the awards (deadline is September 21) and want to know what will impress the judges, turn to page 32.

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