Event Guide to Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017

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This April, Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017 will be holding the 11th edition of its widely known property exhibition catering to the region’s wide real estate market. Major property developers and big-time investors are sure to flock the event to learn the latest real estate trends from the experts and of course, to secure quality investment deals.

But before you sign up for the event, here is a detailed guide on everything you need to know about Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017.



The three-day event is on April 18 – 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). The event will be composed of three parts where you can opt to participate:

Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017 Exhibition

18-20 April  2017 – from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

The exhibit for regional and international developers, architects and designers, and public and private real estate firms will be open the whole day for the entire three-day event. This is a good opportunity for both the investor and the developer to gain lucrative contacts to eventually secure quality investment deals.

Cityscape Abu Dhabi Conference

18 April 2017  – from 11:00 AM onwards

The first day of the three-day event will feature prominent figures in the industry who will discuss on the main areas for growth and development in the capital real estate market. This year’s conference will focus on celebrating thought leadership in the real estate market through the speakers’ series of presentations, panel discussions and high-level forums. This event, however, is exclusively by invitation basis.

Cityscape Abu Dhabi Talks

2017 April 18-20

This will be an open and spontaneous seminar on a wide scope of real estate topics that will be free for anyone to attend. The talks will cover a wide range of themes including maximizing real estate investment, market trends, creating contact networks, and other themes. Exhibitors can utilize the seminar theater to freely engage with their audiences during the event.



Cityscape is a global brand in the real estate industry that specializes in hosting exhibitions, conferences, awarding events and other media information platforms throughout the years. The brand has been holding annual major events in several emerging markets in Middle East and Asia such as Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Kuwait, Turkey, Korea, Dubai and Doha. The next event after Abu Dhabi’s exhibit is Cityscape Doha 2017 on 25 -27 April at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center Qatar; and Cityscape Dubai 2017 on 11-13 September 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Center.



Whether you are on the investor’s side or the developer’s end, here are some of the reasons why you should attend Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017. You can:

1. Explore from a broad selection of regional and international properties.

With a wide range of participating companies from various regional and international developers, the exhibit is a perfect venue for investors to explore and inquire about the latest property investment opportunities. If you are a developer, you can learn a thing or two from the latest market trends not only through the event’s conference and talks, but also through your competitor’s offerings.

2. Secure quality investments direct from the exhibitor’s stands.

According to Cityscape’s website, over 15,000 visitors and exhibitors are expected to attend the Abu Dhabi exhibit this year. This is a good opportunity for developers to introduce their brand and projects through face-to-face marketing. A survey from the event host also showed that 63% of the visitors have confirmed that their purpose of attending the event is to make a purchase. With sales now permitted directly from the exhibitor stands (in accordance with the rules and regulations administered by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council), both the investor and the developer can close a good deal at the event itself.

3. Expand your network.

According to Cityscape, here are the top 10 professions who have attended their Abu Dhabi exhibits:

  • 17% – Investors
  • 12% – Engineer/ Construction/ Contractor
  • 12%  – Consultant
  • 10% – Architect/Designer
  • 10% – Developer
  • 10% – Other
  • 9% – Broker
  • 5% – Government
  • 4% – Banking & Services
  • 3% – Media

With this wide variety of professions that you can meet, investors can get contacts of top Abu Dhabi and international developers, while those on the business side can in turn, utilize marketing, generate leads and widen their network.



  • Ann Boothello – Senior Marketing Manager, Dubizzle

Ann has worked for 3 years as the Senior Marketing Manager of Dubizzle, the leading classifieds brand in UAE, and has an experience in the real estate industry for 9 years.

  • Craig Plumb – Head of Research MENA, JLL

Craig leads the research team of real estate investment firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in the MENA region, and has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry.

  • Daniel Parry – Managing Director & General Counsel, Gulf Related

Daniel is involved in acquisition and joint venture agreements of Gulf Related, as well as leading the corporate office and project operations.

  • David Dudley – International Director, JLL

David has joined JLL since 1994 and has been overseeing its regional offices in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Egypt – covering consultancy, capital markets and other services.

  • Gerardo Llanes – Executive Director, Miral

Gerardo leads Miral, a known destination developer in Abu Dhabi, and has a strong background of proven global success in marketing and consulting with leading multinational companies.

  • Maan Al Awlaqi – Director for Investment Analysis, Aldar Properties PJSC

Maan oversees the full spectrum of development activities of Aldar Properties in relation to analysis and business planning. He is also chairman of Aldar Etihad Joint Ventures.

  • Martin Tidestrom – Business Development Director, ADGM (Registration Authority)

Martin oversees the development of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) solutions and services or non-financial firms and building up new business to facilitate the firm’s growth.

  • Mohamed Al Fardan – Director, Masdar Free Zone

Mohamed is the director of Masdar Free Zone Masdar City, a free investment zone in one of the most sustainable communities globally.

  • Omar AlBusaidy – Experience Development Unit Head, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Omar has over 11 years of experience in the UAE corporate environment, and now heads the development and promotion of local investments in infrastructure assets in Abu Dhabi.

  • Rami Hreiki – Chief Development Officer, Bloom Properties

Aside from his know-how in development management, Rami has a professional career of 22 years which include experience in design, procurement and project management.

  • Sean Magee – Senior Legal Counsel, twofour54

Sean deals with all matters related to facilities of twofour54, while assisting partner companies in the Media Zone. He has practiced law in London specializing on real estate transactions.


Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2017 is truly an event to look forward to for both regional and international real estate industries. Providing a strong platform for huge investment opportunities, this event has been regarded a significant barometer for Abu Dhabi’s property sector, now and in the years to come.

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