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10 May Riyadh Construction Site Tour

Construction Tour: Historic Atturaif Site. 

Atturaif, a precinct on Historic Diriyah, was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List in 2010. 
Large scale conservation and restoration of historic mud buildings and a program of modern museums within the site will transform the site into a cultural destination. 

Join us on a tour of the site to learn about the ongoing work and progress to date.

Date:  Saturday, May 10, 2:00-4:00pm.

Please RSVP: Space is limited.

2 Continuing Education Units will be provided.

Location of meeting and other particulars will be confirmed to those who RSVP. 

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14-24 June AA Jordan


AA Visiting School Jordan is a ten-day workshop organized by the world-renown Architectural Association, London - set within the context of Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum. The workshop brings together network of distinguished international faculty who will instruct participants on the cutting-edge of design methodologies in the Architecture, Engineering and Design disciplines today. The workshop will focus on the potential embodied within the natural morphologies within the landscapes of South Jordan; rethinking current design practices and informing new design-research ideas.

The workshop also includes a series of events including guest lectures, panel discussions and open reviews. Confirmed speakers include world-renown designer Ross Lovegrove who will lecture from the Wadi Rum Desert, in addition to Wael Attili of Kharabeesh, and Julia Koerner of UCLA. Participants of the workshop will also receive a certificate from the Architectural Association, London.

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28 & 29 April: Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

Dubai will be hosting Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014 on 28 & 29 April 2014 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa attracting over 300 senior architects, engineers, policy-makers, developers, contractors and building managers from across the GCC region. The conference will see presentations and case studies from local and international thought-leaders, a showcase of the most innovative building technologies and solutions from around the world. | Register now! | Contact | +97144542135


Volume of Investments Boosting the Real Estate Sector Reflected at Largest Ever Edition of Cityscape Egypt.

Egypt’s leading international property event to Feature more than 100 Exhibitors.

Cairo 24th of March 2014

This April will witness one of the most important events on the industry calendar, Cityscape Egypt 2014 in association with Next Move.

Following 5.9% growth in the sector year on year and real estate’s contribution to overall GDP climbing 4.6% in the same period, Cityscape Egypt 2014 will be the largest in its history withmore than 100 exhibitors and over 100,000 showcased properties.

Key exhibitors at the fifth edition of the flagship event include Abraj Misr, Al Ahly Real Estate Development, Palm Hills Developments, SODIC, Rooya Group, Al Morshedi Group, Amer Group, Cairo Festival City, Emaar Misr for Development, Hassan Allam Properties, Maxim For Real Estate, Arabia Group, New Giza and Talaat Mostafa Group.

Director of Cityscape Group, Mr. Wouter Molman revealed that increased demand for exhibition space has resulted in a sell-out event, with halls booked out weeks ahead of its opening on 9-12 April at the Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre (CICC). Visitor numbers are expected to match the continued growth of the exhibition, totaling more than 12,000 in 2013.

Cityscape Egypt 2014 is taking place at a time when Interim government is exerting tremendous effort to boost the real estate market. Key strides include mortgage law amendments and real estate fund legislative changes designed to ease investment hurdles and support overall real estate market growth in the coming period”, added Molman.

Further improvements to the mortgage market include this week’s announcement by Central bank of Egypt to allocate EGP 10 billion funding to affordable housing units.  Over a 20-year period, banks will acquire money from the Central bank at below market interest rates and re-lend to low earners at a 7% decreasing rate of return. The announcement comes just days after the government inked a landmark deal to build 1 million affordable homes across Egypt with UAE construction company Arabtec Holding.

Financial flexibility is being reported alongside a number of other positive announcements including Al-Futtaim Group’s $2.2 billion worth of new developments, TalaatMoustafa's 7.2 percent increase in net profit (in 2013) and significant levels of new supply entering the retail and residential markets.

Dr. Mohamed El Mikawi, Managing Director of Al Futtaim Group Real Estate explained “Cityscape provides unparalleled opportunities that can help revive the sector. Having such a wide-range of properties to suit all tastes under one roof enables developers to get more insight into customers’ preferences.” Mikawi added that his company is planning to exhibit the second phase of its “Cairo Festival City” (CFC) mixed used project.

“Cityscape brings better exposure to real estate products, positioning developers among competitors and providing an opportunity to meet customers directly” agreed Abdel Nasser Taha, Development Director Mivida Emaar Misr. He addedthat the company is anticipating an increase in sales volume driven by Egypt’s population growth rate of 1.8% per year.

“The event timing is commensurate with a potential sector rebound on the account of foreign Direct Investment inflows. Investors need events like Cityscape to form a clear vision of the current status of the market,” said Esam Hafez, Country Director at Retail Group Egypt.

Tarek Abdel Rahman, Chief Investment Officer, Palm Hills Developments stated that Cityscape Egypt will contribute significantly to reinvigorating the real estate sector through boosting property sales volumes, and that Palm Hills Development (PHD) will be displaying around 18 projects this year.

Egypt’s real estate market has long been a key pillar of the economy and a lucrative market for investors seeking immediate income, medium to long term capital growth and a good resale potential. Recent announcements affirm that Egypt is on track to accelerate its economic growth, sustained by the government continuous efforts and the increasing property demand and supply.


March 25th, 2014_The Change Initiative

The Change Initiative- LEED Platinum Story, from concept to delivery 

The Change Initiative's flagship showroom on Sheikh Zayed Road is one of the most sustainable building in the world. The LEED CI Platinum certification was awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2013 having achieved a colossal 107 points out of a maximum of 110 on the LEED green building sustainability guidelines, the highest ever for the said rating system.

In this 1 hour interactive sessions, participants will workshop the 7 principles of green building design under LEED CI; Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design, and Regional Priority. We will then discuss the challenges and opportunities that completing the certification presented. Lastly, participants will participate in a led building tour to explore the green building solutions that support the certification.

Learning Objectives:

1) Become familiar with the definition of Sustainability in a general context and how it relates to green building certifications
2)  Gain an understanding of the 7 credit categories under LEED for Commercial Interiors v2009 
3) Explore the opportunities and challenges that came along with achieving the highest ever LEED CI rating
4) Learn about the practical application of LEED design principles in the UAE including building solutions and technology

When+ Where: March 25th, 2014 7-8 p.m. ( people can gather earlier at the Cafe)

The Change Initiative Address:

Al Barsha 1 (Inbetween Ibis Hotel & Hacker Kitchen/Wish Lounge building)

From Abu Dhabi, Take Exit 36 / From Dubai Take the Mall of The Emirates exit into Al Barsha towards Sharaf DG Metro station.