Intelligent research in ME

International group set to research Middle East's intelligent building market.

The Intelligent Building Group (IBG) is to embark on a sponsored research project called, Intelligent Buildings in the Gulf, before summer 2007.

"With the growing appetite for intelligent buildings, in each Gulf region, the IBG researchers will be conducting structured interviews with key demand side owners, developers and operators of building," said Mike Williams, general secretary, IBG.

It is hoped the research will capture the wants and needs of investors, owners, occupiers and operators to enable them to communicate to the supply side industries for cost effective service and delivery.

"The research will provide mechanisms and avenues to allow the demand side to be better informed as to what can be done and why so they can better define what they want of the buildings they are investing in and operating.

"This way, they can better communicate their needs and demands generically, strategically and tactically, to the multitude of supply side players that make up this side of the real estate and construction industries," added Williams.

The research will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will focus on Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai and will be done before the summer. Phase two will look at Jeddah, Riyadh and Kuwait and is scheduled to start after the summer.

When asked why the IBG felt the Middle East would benefit from the research, Williams explained: "The Gulf is one of the world's truly dynamic real estate markets, with buildings, communities, cities and more scheduled for completion over the coming years. Without doubt, the Gulf is likely to lay claim to the largest, tallest and most attractive buildings and real estate."

For more information, including sponsorship packages, contact Mike Williams on

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