'Design, planning key to bagging investor interest'

09.08.2014
Capturing investor attention now demands a focus on planning and aesthetics, according to property experts Atkins. The consultancy will be among more than 250 exhibitors taking part in the 13th edition of Cityscape Global on Sept. 21-23. The key to sustaining property investment lies in an emphasis on design and planning, according to industry experts.
UAE has bagged contracts worth $5.4 billion with Dubai "leading the Arab world" as a model for future cities. International design, engineering and project management consultants Atkins told Zawya that it will use the Middle East's largest property showcase, Cityscape Global, to underline why excellent design, with a strong lifestyle emphasis, is vital to keep attracting real estate investors.
The architects behind the luxury Al Habtoor Residences on Sheikh Zayed Road, as well as a number of high profile cultural and leisure destinations currently under development in Dubai, will be among more than 250 exhibitors taking part in the 13th edition of Cityscape Global on Sept. 21-23 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
"With the restored investor confidence in the real estate market, competition between developers is fiercer than ever and the emphasis on excellent design couldn't be higher," said Rod Stewart, property managing director of Atkins.
"The developer community is now far more mature and advanced than during the last property boom, and they need to look at a whole basket of criteria based on the context and place in which a development sits. It's vital that new buildings provide a desirable, user-friendly lifestyle offering."
"The level of careful planning which is going into projects to ensure they are genuinely viable in the long-term is one of the most satisfying aspects of the current real estate market resurgence. A great deal of thought is going into getting the right mix of uses, the right systems and the correct facilities. What's more, there is a keen eye on creating a vibrant public realm around buildings which encourage people to lead active, healthy lifestyles," he added.

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