Abu Dhabi is often hailed as one of the world’s most attractive cities to live in, with an ever-expanding flow of people streaming into the Emirate to make it their home or conduct business. Few trends have matched the economic, environmental, and societal impact of rapid urbanisation and while our cities are expected to drive economic growth, provide a better standard of living and progress towards sustainable urban development, they are also faced with numerous challenges.

Cityscape Business Breakfast examines factors that influence an urban city by providing solutions that transform the way we construct, manage, operate and live in our cities. Our experts analyse achievements from both the private and public sectors and discuss progress of future projects, initiatives, developments and new business opportunities that the rise of urbanisation brings with it.



2019 Business Breakfast Agenda


Breakfast & Registration


Cityscape Welcome Address

Chris Speller
, Group Director, Cityscape, Informa Markets


Conversations from the Capital: Creating a New Urban Landscape 

  • What are some urban policies that are being implemented?
  • How can Abu Dhabi build smart, sustainable and livable urban hubs while maintaining economic growth?
  • Is increased Governmental regulation the best way to sustain urban development or should the private sector be a key player in this regard?
  • What can developers do differently when it comes to planning so that they may be able to deliver an urban advantage?
  • How are policies being shaped to cater to millennials and will there be an increasing emphasis on sophisticated projects in the future such as sustainable, artistic and walkable communities?

Taimur Khan,
Associate Partner, Knight Frank

H.E Dr Mubarak Hamad Marzooq Alameri,
Board Member & Chairman of Real Estate Committee, Abu Dhabi Chamber of   Commerce
Nigel Craddock, Director of Design, Imkan
Peter Stebbings, Head of Abu Dhabi Office, JLL   


Why Abu Dhabi? A Forensic Examination of the Investment Framework

  • What are some opportunities for investment and development in Abu Dhabi?
  • How does the current legislation encourage foreign direct investments? And what needs to change or improve when it comes to legislation and driving FDI?
  • Examining strategies of investment procurement as a driver to the real estate market growth
  • What is the importance of transparency for the Abu Dhabi market and how does this effect the level of investment it attracts?
  • How are local investment vehicles targeting the international investor?

Taimur Khan, Associate Partner, Knight Frank

Maan Al Awlaqi, Executive Director- Commercial, Aldar Properties    
Mohammed Al Hosani, Director of Investments, Abu Dhabi Investment Office
Martin Tideström, Director of Business Development, Abu Dhabi Global Market Registration Authority  
David Bowman, Senior Associate, Al Tamimi & Company  


Networking - Ready, set & grow!


End of Cityscape Business Breakfast