UAE. The masterminds behind 27 pioneering international real estate developments have been invited to present their projects to a panel of 12 judges next month in Dubai for the final judging round of one of the world’s most highly regarded property awards.
Shortlisted out of 283 nominations from 22 countries, the architects and developers of each project will compete for the ultimate accolade at the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets, with the final winners being celebrated at an extravagant ceremony on 9 October at Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel.
The final selection round for the awards in 2013 will be on 7 October, where finalists will have the opportunity to showcase face to face the latest innovations in emerging real estate markets to the expert panel of judges.
Comprising 12 categories, the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets will feature alongside Cityscape Global, the Middle East’s largest and most influential international real estate event, taking place from 8-10 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Once again reflecting the global appeal of the awards, the shortlist of projects include property developments from China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Qatar, Singapore, Turkey and the UAE. The finalists also include winners from previous Cityscape Awards events within the last 12 months held in Qatar, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
The Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets offer international architects and leading real estate developers a prestigious platform from which to communicate a shared vision for the future, from culturally integrated city skylines to sustainable urban communities.
Chris Seymour, Partner and Head of Property & Social Infrastructure at consultancy firm, EC Harris, and a member of the judging panel this year, said: “The quality of the nominations for the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets this year was as high as ever and showed diversity in both sector and location demonstrating a true representation across the emerging markets.”
“Strong entries from Turkey, India and the Far East complimented those from the Middle East with well thought and intelligent developments. The judging day on 7 October will give the panel an opportunity to meet the project teams face to face and will assist greatly in the selection of the winners from what is evidently a strong field of shortlisted projects.”
The 12 award categories include completed projects and projects that are either still in the planning or construction phase across the following sectors: Commercial & Mixed Use Project; Leisure & Tourism Project; Community & Culture Project; Residential Project; Retail Project; and Sustainability.
Leading the charge out of the five UAE finalists this year is the Louvre Abu Dhabi by the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), contesting both the Future Community & Culture Project category, and the Sustainability category.
On the international front, standout finalists include the Horizon Development in Mozambique by Rani Investments in the Future Commercial & Mixed Use category, along with Turkey’s Quasar Istanbul, by Viatrans & Meydanbey Joint Venture, which is contesting the Future Commercial & Mixed Use, Future Leisure & Tourism, and Future Residential categories.
The 2013 Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets are supported by Headline Sponsors Flash Properties and Axor by Hansgrohe.
Now in its 12th edition, Cityscape Global 2013 has attracted more than 200 international and regional exhibitors covering 25,000sqm of exhibition space. The global real estate showcase has been on an upward growth curve since 2009, and will be the largest it has been in four years.
Photo caption: Chris Seymour, Partner and Head of Property & Social Infrastructure at consultancy firm, EC Harris.