DLD holds first Gulf real estate awardsby Fatima De La Cerna on Apr 19, 2017
Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced holding the first edition of the Gulf Real Estate Awards, in cooperation with Awards International.
DLD handed out awards in 20 categories on 17 April, after receiving 150 submissions from across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar.
According to Dubai Land Department, owing to the diversity of the participants' fields and the large number of applications submitted to the jury, the Gulf Real Estate Awards achieved its main objective of celebrating and recognising real estate achievements in the region.
HE Sultan Butti bin Mejren, director general of Dubai Land Department, said: “We would like to assure all our partners that the Gulf Real Estate Awards will continue to evolve year after year, in line with Dubai's growing status and in confirmation of the emirate as a centre of global real estate innovation.
“We can guarantee this through our adoption of the highest standards during the planning and implementation of all stages of the programme, from receiving the nominations and undertaking the screening process, to selecting the winners and announcing the results."
Among the category winners were Bin Ghatti Developers, which won the best architecture company award; Emaar Community Management, recognised as the best facility management firm; and Al Mouj Muscat (The Walk Retail), which bagged the best real estate project in commercial – retail award.
Enshaa – Palazzo Versace Dubai, meanwhile, won the best real estate project – hotel award; while the best real estate project in affordable housing award went to Dar Wa Emaar Real Estate Investment & Development Company; and the best real estate project – master development award went to Damac Properties.
Diamond Developers, the company behind the Sustainable City, walked away with two awards – the best real estate developer for sustainable green development, and the happiest community award.
Mark Hamill, managing director for Awards International UAE, commented: "It's important for professionals to have one standout event that give all companies – big and small – an equal chance of recognition.
“The scale on which the real estate sector has embraced these awards has been fantastic, bringing huge credibility to our finalists and winners."
The full list of winners can be found on the Dubai Land Department website.