Podcast: Samana Developers to focus on resort-style living

EXCLUSIVE: Alan James Gammon, the firm's general manager, speaks to CW about its efforts to build sustainable communities

Alan James Gammon, general manager, Samana Developers
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Alan James Gammon, general manager, Samana Developers

Dubai-based real estate developer, Samana Developers' general manager, Alan James Gammon, discussed its upcoming project Samana Golf Avenue as well as the developer's focus on sustainability and resort-style living, among other topics, during the latest episode of the Construction Week Viewpoint podcast.

Listen to the entire conversation here. 

Earlier this year, the developer revealed that it will provide 50% financing to buyers at its resort-style development, Samana Golf Avenue in Dubai Studio City. 

James said that the resort-style property, which features 183 studio apartments is "particularly interesting for end users in terms of short-term rentals."

Speaking about the 50% financing facility, James Gammon said: "With the banking sector offering mortgages only on 20% financing, we found that there is a lack [of funding] in the marketplace, making it difficult for end users to enter the property market."

He added: "The move by Samana Developers allowed end users and investors alike an opportunity to achieve their investment goals.

Samana Golf Avenue, which will host green spaces and water features once complete, reflects the developer's "push for sustainability and its overarching goal to achieve a resort-style living, that offers a sense of community," he added.

Through its projects, Samana Developers aims to "reduce carbon footprint as well as minimise operating costs and service charges for the owners and tenants of the building."

The developer is also tying in its sustainability efforts with its aim to adopt a design-build approach across projects, through the "implementation and installation of solar panels and heat-resistant glass wherever possible, recycling water, and incorporating light-sensitive activity, while ensuring zero wastage on building products." 

James Gammon revealed in the podcast that the year began on a "rocky note" for the developer, owing to the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, he stated that Samana Developers is on track with all project deliveries, in addition to a fourth project to be launched in September-October.

Construction Week Viewpoint is a weekly podcast series produced by the Construction Week editorial team and published on SoundCloud and iTunes at noon (GST) every Monday.

Business leaders are regular podcast special guests. The weekly bulletin has welcomed the likes of Gurminder Sagoo, client director of WSP; David Cook, the founder and chief executive officer of Contractors Direct; Michiel Raaphorst, the founder and owner of V8 Architects, who is responsible for the design of the Netherlands' Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai site; Ludwig Bouldoukian, Hyatt's regional vice president of development for the Middle East and Africa; and Geetha Nayak and Pratap Mendonca, managing partner and co-founder of Design Infinity.

To volunteer yourself or a colleague as a guest speaker on Construction Week Viewpoint, please contact Ashley Williams or Disha Dadlani.

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