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Some interesting real estate trends to look for

Some interesting real estate trends to look for

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

It is fascinating to see some significant changes and trends that are prevailing in the real estate market of Dubai right now. And in my opinion, at the top of my head is the new age concept of co-living communities and co-working models.

At the outset, let’s define a co-working model:

Co-working model is a set up wherein a private office is offered to freelancers and self-employed professionals, and this also helps in sharing of ideas amongst entrepreneurs as they share pieces of equipment and office furniture. In addition to sharing meeting rooms, this arrangement led to the trend of co-living.

What is co-living?

As per Wikipedia, co-living is a type of intentional community providing shared housing for people with shared intentions.

And this merely means coming together for activities such as meals and discussion in the common living areas, yet may extend to shared workspace and collective endeavors such as living more sustainably.

Co-living concept must not be confused with the sharing of rooms

This new way of co-living must not be confused with the sharing of apartments, particularly in Dubai, as residents sharing their rooms are not allowed. Instead, you can focus on living as a community, for instance, watching your favorite movie in a cinema hall and using all other amenities to bond culturally.

And co-living communities are popular, especially with the millennial folks because this is an affordable and innovative way of living as the individuals collaborate and emphasize on social networking as well as improving the economy.

So would you like to work in an environment similar to this or live in a co-living community, please drop a line anithaideas@gmail.com or leave a comment, if you feel this is a great setup to work or live or if you think this is not working for you…?

Comment of Mr. Ivano Iannelli, CEO of Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) following Earth Day Celebrations in the UAE

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“The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has always been at the forefront to educate citizens across the country to practice and support sustainable initiatives, and the Earth Day activities this year were a testament of the country’s commitment to its efforts.

It was inspiring to witness the contributions made by the public and private sector on this important occasion, and some of the contributions can also be termed as best practices, which will serve as a benchmark for countries around the world.

The launch of sustainable initiatives, contributions and several other activities indicate the UAE’s determination to live life in better harmony with nature. This is not only commendable but also evidence of the future-focused vision of the UAE’s leadership to improve the community’s awareness that will safeguard the environment and educate the public.

Once again, the UAE has shown the power of collaboration, with the private and public sector working together to adopt sustainable and lasting solutions to address the challenges of tomorrow. It is indeed inspiring to see the collective efforts of the UAE come together to help reduce the impact of climate change.

As we all know, Earth Day is a global celebration of solidarity for the planet, and given the fragile state of our planet I’d say, we make every day Earth Day. From here on out, we need to shake off the apathy and embrace sustainable habits that help reduce waste and make the Earth greener. Let us all strive to create awareness and implement actions which will not only reduce the negative impact on the environment, but also underline the important role community members can play to reduce carbon footprint and conserve energy.

Just like small drops make an ocean, small individual efforts when taken together can create a huge impact for the planet. So, let’s all pledge to continue our sustainable efforts and make the Earth a cleaner and greener place.

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Exhibitors, visitors, and participants commend diversity of 19th WETEX and 2ndDubai Solar Show

Dubai, UAE, 1 November 2017The Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) has become an annual event that is much awaited by international organisations and companies specialising in energy, water, and environment, to show their technologies and products and identify investment opportunities in these key areas. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity for investors to establish and develop commercial relations and promote business opportunities by holding one-on-one meetings with major corporations and decision makers from the region and the world.

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) organises WETEX annually under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA.

Held on three days, the 19th WETEX, and the 2nd Dubai Solar Show achieved remarkable success. WETEX 2017 attracted around 31,000 visitors, 2,000 exhibitors, and 75 sponsors from over 50 countries. It covered an area of 70,000 square metres. The 2nd Dubai Solar Show covered an area of 14,000 square metres. It attracted 28 sponsors and 90 exhibitors from around the world. The two events were held under the umbrella of Green Week, in conjunction with the 4th World Green Economy Summit (WGES), which had 60 speakers from around the world focus on key topics such as smart cities, green economy, innovation, and sustainable development.

The two exhibitions reflect Dubai’s commitment to supporting the global efforts to increase reliance on renewable energy, achieve sustainability in all its environmental, social and economic aspects, and strengthen the Emirate’s regional and global leadership in this field. The events provided an opportunity for thousands of companies to promote their businesses and products and show the latest technologies in the energy, renewable energy, water and the environment sectors, and establish partnerships. Make deals, and build business relationships with local, regional and international organisations.

The 20th WETEX and 3rd Dubai Solar Show will be held from 23-25 October 2018. For more information, please visitwww.wetex.ae

Empower highlights the latest district cooling systems to Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum during his visit at WETEX  

 

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Dubai, UAE, October 23, 2017

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and President of DEWA, visited the stand of Empower, the world’s largest district cooling services provider, and was briefed on the success and achievements of the company and its latest district cooling technologies at this year’s edition of the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), which is running until the 25th of October 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). His Highness was accompanied with HH Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority who were met by Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, who gave a brief presentation on the company’s latest projects and initiatives.

During their visit to the Empower stand, the visitors learned more about the company’s latest range of district cooling solutions and its commitment towards increasing awareness on the importance of utilizing energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly cooling products and services. Company representatives present at the stand provided briefings and presentations about the strategic role played by the district cooling facilities in the unified efforts to conserve energy, protect and preserve the environment and help drive in reduction of carbon emissions as compared to conventional cooling systems. The company paid particular focus on the recent achievements made by its third Business Bay cooling plant, which achieved LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. The certification demonstrates the company’s continuing commitment towards adopting the most stringent sustainability policy implemented in the cooling services industry today.

Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower, said “We are truly humbled with the enormous response from the participants and visitors toured Empower stand at WETEX 2017. The positive responses have inspired us to further our efforts in achieving sustainability, protecting the environment and serving as an example for other companies and organizations to follow. Our presence at the show has allowed us to showcase our latest achievements–including our highly advanced cooling plants in Business Bay, which has garnered wide attention and response from WETEX visitors and participants.”

Empower’s participation at WETEX and WGES reflects its continuing commitment towards providing world-class district cooling services to Dubai. Both the events serve as a platform to throw the spotlight on Empower’s newest range of cooling services while also providing key insight on the region’s rapidly thriving district cooling segment. In addition, Empower also had the opportunity to outline innovative and eco-friendly solutions that can help in the ongoing efforts to preserve natural resources and protect the environment.

“Being the world’s largest district cooling services provider, we promise to stay the number one company in the industry and will always maintain our position. Empower places key importance in participating in international events like WETEX and WGES as it not only gives us the opportunity to consolidate our regional presence but also allows us to share our industry insights and interact with local and international companies–giving way to potential opportunities and the development of new solutions in energy efficiency and water conservation,” concluded Bin Shafar.

Empower provides environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World trade Centre Residences, Dubai Design District, among others.

 

WETEX 2017 attracts key industry players in water desalination, treatment, and conservation technologies

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Dubai, UAE, 15 October 2017: The scarcity of drinking water in various parts of the world imposes challenges that encouraged many companies to invest in research of new technologies for water production and storage. This work has coincided with broad awareness campaigns to encourage the sensible use of water and the reduction of waste. Researchers have taken different paths in their quest to find new sources of water supply. This includes enhancing the desalination of seawater and reducing its costs, wastewater treatment, and desalination using renewable energy.

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The innovative solutions and cutting-edge technologies in water treatment are one of the key subjects of the 19th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2017). DEWA is organising WETEX in adherence with the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of DEWA.. WETEX’s theme is ‘At the Forefront of Sustainability,’ and will take place from 23 to 25 October 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will present the latest developments and technologies in water, energy and environmental technology.

This year’s WETEX provides large spaces that bring together key industry players from around the world under one roof. This covers all aspects, from water treatment, desalination plants, pipes of all kinds, to coolers and heaters, as well as other products and solutions. WETEX will also have tools, equipment and accessories for digging technologies, pumps, valves, the latest advances in irrigation systems, agriculture and horticultural equipment and water extraction equipment. With a focus on water conservation, WETEX will include products for detecting and treating water leaks, reservoir lining, and various materials used in the water sector and for water transportation.

During the exhibition, DEWA will also highlight its strategic plan to promote the efficiency of its water network to meet increasing demand and support the sustainable development of Dubai. DEWA will also highlight the efforts of the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), operating under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, to combat poverty and diseases by finding long-term sustainable solutions for the scarcity of drinking water by using solar power and other sustainable solutions.

By end of 2016, over 8 million people in 19 countries around the world benefitted from Suqia’s projects.

WETEX has established itself as one of the largest exhibitions of its kind worldwide, with an increasing number of exhibitors and sponsors. WETEX 2017 serves as an important meeting point for manufacturers, service providers, decision-makers and investors from around the world to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. Since its launch, the exhibition has seen the signing of numerous deals and partnerships that contributed to shifting the energy sector regionally and globally. This year, WETEX will provide a platform to show the latest technologies in water, energy, the environment and green economy.

The exhibition focuses on innovation as one of the key pillars to drive sustainable development, improve quality of life and transform Dubai into the preferred place to live, work, and visit. DEWA is organising WETEX under the umbrella of the 4th Green Week, which coincides with the 2nd Dubai Solar Show and the 4th World Green Economy Summit (WGES). A large number of experts and specialists from around the world will take part in WGES to speak on various aspects of green economy, smart cities and innovation.