2018 CW Power 100 Preview: Gurjit Singh from Dubai's DWTC enters list
Dubai World Trade Centre's senior vice president of real estate is recognised for leading his team's One Central and Expo 2020 site schemes
An integral part of the team developing some of Dubai's most high-profile projects, Gurjit Singh is among the new entrants in the 2018 Construction Week Power 100.
A veteran of the UAE's property sector who was last featured in the list's 2014 version, Singh is currently the senior vice president of real estate at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), and has 11 years of work experience in the Middle East.
Singh has been an instrumental part of the team driving the expansion of DWTC's exhibition facilities, as well as the development of projects within One Central and for Expo 2020 Dubai.
Between June 2017 and May 2018, Singh has overseen the completion of DWTC's new Convention Centre halls, named Zabeel Halls 4, 5, and 6. These projects were completed ahead of schedule and are now operational.
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Among the other developments that DWTC worked on during the period was the 588-room Ibis One Central hotel. Located within One Central in the Dubai World Trade Centre area, the hotel was also completed ahead of schedule, and is now open for business.
Between now and May 2019, Singh and his team will oversee the development of two LEED Gold, Grade-A commercial office buildings spanning 7ha in One Central.
Singh's team will also work on Expo 2020 Dubai projects, such as Phase 1 of the Expo Village, which comprises 2,700 apartment and townhouse units at the Jebel Ali Mixed-Use Development.
DWTC is already working on the Dubai South Mall development adjacent to Expo Village, which is under construction to serve Expo 2020 Dubai.
Additionally, DWTC is developing the Expo Park 'green lung', a 25,000 refrigeration ton district cooling plant in Jebel Ali for Expo 2020 Dubai, and a convention and exhibition (CoEx) centre for the mega event, which will open on 20 October, 2020.
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Singh said the development of One Central in DWTC as "a new, polycentric destination for Dubai" was the single greatest opportunity for his organisation in the year to come.
Prior to his role at DWTC, which he has held for three years, Singh was head of development at Sorouh Real Estate.
He was made chief development officer at Aldar Properties following its merger with Sorouh.
The 2018 Construction Week Power 100 is the annual ranking of the Middle East’s most influential construction leaders, and will be revealed across Construction Week’s print, digital, and video channels by 30 June.
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