THE second edition of the ‘Estate Qatar 2008: Qatar Property Investment Forum’ will be held at the Ritz-Carlton on November 26 and 27.
The event, which is said to be the largest annual real estate meet of its kind to be held in Qatar, addresses issues related to sector growth, finance and investment.
Real estate experts from Qatar and the region will attend the two-day event which will be held under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani.
A highlight of the event will be a ‘CEO debate’ to be held on November 27.
The session will bring together chief executive officers of leading real estate companies in the region. They will discuss industry issues and successful strategies.
The forum is being sponsored by Barwa, Abu Dhabi Investment House (ADIH) and DTZ.
The details of the event were announced at the Ministry of Business and Trade yesterday. HE Abdullah Khalid al-Qahtani, undersecretary at the Ministry of Business and Trade was present.
Estate Qatar 2008 will discuss issues including the challenges of financing real estate projects and sustaining real estate growth in the midst of global financial turmoil.
It is set to analyse the current real estate financing programmes, explore alternative financing schemes and suggest possible strategies for real estate developers and financiers to tackle the crisis.
The organisers said the forum will also adopt a “comparative approach” for analysing regional property markets and its competitive advantage in attracting foreign investments.
Some other topics to be discussed at the forum include ‘Environmental construction: the challenge of going green’ and ‘Urban planning and infrastructure as the foundations for growth’.
World Trade Center (Qatar) regional manager Chadi Abu Daher said, “the Qatar Property Investment Forum is being held this year at a crucial moment when concerns over property market sustainability and long term growth have become widespread. Estate Qatar 2008 offers an unparalleled and timely perspective on the current status and future of the real estate market in the region.
“Over two days, CEOs and industry experts and leaders will debate the future of real estate developments and finances in light of the latest financial crisis that swept across the world markets.”
Barwa Real Estate president (strategy and investment) Yousif al-Horr and DTZ deputy managing director (Middle East Operations) Nick Witty were among those present.
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