The 2nd Annual Building the Future Summit will host industry leaders from across the region to converge & discuss the opportunities and the way forward for this pertinent sector in the region and how the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a strategic realignment of priorities.
The hybrid summit will host the Middle East’s most successful developers, construction giants, consultants, banks and innovative technology companies under one roof to discuss current trends and challenges in the current market and to award those who have weathered challenging headwinds to become successful in their endeavors.
Hosted at a 5 star Hotel in Dubai, UAE in the backdrop of the very eagerly awaited World Expo 2020, this event will shine a spotlight and celebrate the leaders and companies that have shaped our lives through their vision.

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Filip Boyen

Chief Executive Officer

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Tariq Chauhan

Group Chief Executive Officer

EFS Facilities Services

Mazen Issam Hawwa

Vice-Chairman and Group CEO

United Real Estate Company K.S.C.P(URC)

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26 January 2022

2nd Annual Building The Future


Opening Remarks


Chief Guest keynote


Partner Keynote


One of the major driving forces in the region, we focus on the real estate and construction sector and the unprecedented ways which it has been affected by, the devaluation to drawbacks of energy-intensive buildings to the emerging need for sustainability, and digital leaps for healthier and safer buildings. Speakers will discuss the macro-fundamentals playing a major role in investment decisions, and how the sector will be reinvented/reimagined for the coming future.

H.E. Dr. Sheikha Aisha Bint Faleh Al Thani, Chairperson and Founder, Al Faleh Educational Holding (QPSC)
Ayman Maamoun Tamer, Chairman & Partner, Tamer Holding
Rashid Khalaf Al Habtoor, CEO & President of RKHBC, Al Habtoor Trading Enterprises (HTE) LLC and RKH Investments, a holding company
Navin M. Valrani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Al Shirawi Group
Moderator: Anurag Bajpai , Lower Gulf Head of Consumer and Retail and LG Leader, KPMG Private Enterprise


This panel will discuss with government bodies, DMO and agencies as they have been reassessing their markets & working on adjusting their strategies to attract more ‘civilized tourists’ post-pandemic. The discussion will also highlight the benefits & emergence of the seamless visitor experience, the management of hospitality & tourism through capacity management as we aim
for a more responsible and smarter tourism session by key subject matter experts.


Coffee Break and Networking


Panel 3: Sustainable Financing – The Way Forward?

In this panel we will discuss the shift towards more sustainable financing, and the push for a holistic regulatable package. Under the same theme, the panel will try to tackle key challenges, such as how to guarantee financial institutions and its
regulatory ecosystem to fit for the future of real estate, and how to mobilize all players to take collective action on sustainable financing for a greener economy.

Moderator: Walid Chiniara , Partner, Global Family Solutions Deloitte


Panel 4: Smart And Connected Cities: The Need Of Time

Successful cities reinvent themselves through a relentless focus on providing value for their citizens, businesses and the economy by becoming efficient and effective enterprises, being responsive and resilient thereby allowing them to predict and plan for the future. With an array of new innovations and government-backed initiatives behind them, the evolution of the smart city in the Middle East is accelerating thanks to the willingness of the private and public sectors to pool their resources and work together. This panel will discuss and highlight the various smart city initiatives and their innovations.

Moderator: Walid Chiniara , Partner, Global Family Solutions Deloitte


Networking Break And Cocktail Reception


Gala Dinner And Awards night

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