The region's only b2b conference for The region's only leadership conference for urban innovators at the cutting edge of contemporary hospitality and real estate.

Exclusive Property Tours: Experience first hand some of the most exciting properties and developments in Dubai. Immerse yourself in the city's dynamic real estate and hospitality landscape and witness innovation in action on our curated walking tour of some of the best BTR, coliving and hotel properties


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Make new connections and do business over a cool drink or two, and optional tour of Ciel Dubai Marina.

Reaching a remarkable height of 365 metres, Ciel in Dubai Marina is a stunning development that sets a new global benchmark as the world’s tallest hotel. The architectural masterpiece is the latest landmark addition to the Marina district’s world-famous skyline, and The First Group’s largest and most luxurious project to date.

Designed by award-winning London-based architect NORR Group, Ciel features a striking design, contemporary interiors and a remarkable glass observation deck, which offers incredible 360-degree vistas across Dubai Marina, the Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf.

Start networking and take the opportunity to engage with exhibitors

Welcome from event host Piers Brown, CEO of International Hospitality Media and Paul Bridger, COO, ROVE Hotels, host sponsor

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Piers Brown

International Hospitality Media

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Paul Bridger

ROVE Hotels

Presentation: A look at the economic outlook for Dubai and the broader MEA region, to include investment flows and the future for hospitality and real estate. Will investment liquidity open up and where is capital coming from?

A panel of investors and developers discuss the challenges and opportunities they are facing in buying, funding and delivering real estate across the living and hospitality sectors. How can investors and developers budget in an environment of high interest rates and geopolitical challenges?

Networking coffee break - meet somebody you don't know and take a look at the exhibitors in the hall of solutions

Hosted by Mutheu Muna-Mwaniki, CEO, Trianum Hospitality

  • Number One Oxford Street Hotel & Suites, a member of Radisson Individuals – Accra, Ghana
  • Trianum Hospitality, serviced apartments operator – Nairobi, Kenya
  • The Capital Hotels, Apartments, Resorts – South Africa
  • Touch Africa Residences – Kigali, Rwanda
  • SRS Collection – Lagos, Nigeria

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Mutheu Muna-Mwaniki

Trianum Hospitality

Dubai’s hotel, serviced apartment and short term rental real estate sectors are the most transparent in MEA. As the choice of accommodation options broadens for the traveller, how do owners and investors make informed decisions on what to build and where? What data is available and what is required? What governmental regulation policies have come into effect post-pandemic? What are the opportunities for benchmarking companies?

Sally Henry, VP Business Development, Key Data Dashboard

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Sally Henry

Key Data Dashboard

Sustainable design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.

With COP 28 UAE just around the corner, this is a prime opportunity to rethink, reboot, and refocus how sustainable design can be a force for good for future generations.

With the growth of remote worker visas, how can owners attract this growing traveller demographic

Gonçalo Hall, CEO, NOMADIX (tbc)


What are tomorrow's technology distribution game changers and what's next for channel / revenue management?


Live, work and play: what is the success criteria for branded residences - what are the most important components to consider?



As real estate and hospitality continues to evolve, so do the technologies and tools used to manage properties. This workshop explores how owners and operators can leverage the latest PMS innovations to achieve operational efficiencies, enhance guest experiences, and increase revenue.

You will discover:
• How property management systems are evolving to meet the needs of operators, especially those with broad portfolios such as hotels, serviced apartments and short term rental accommodation
• Best practices for implementing and optimising a PMS for maximum ROI
• How to use PMS data to improve guest experiences and drive revenue
• The role of PMS integrations in creating a seamless, end-to-end guest journey

 Hosted by Oriol Plana, Founder & CEO at mr.alfred ~ Co Founder at HiGuests

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Oriol Plana


An update on the short term rental and holiday home market including state of the market, ADR and occupany within the region, legislation, demand / supply and distribution, challenges and opportunities and outlook on the future.

Hosted by Paul Mallee, Founder and Managing director, Maison Prive


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Paul Mallee

Maison Privee

Time to refuel, network and meet our exhibitors.

From the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning to the evolution of the guest experience, how operators / property managers can use data and insights to leverage the right technology for their businesses to become more efficient, save money and stay ahead.

James Baird, Managing director, ResiCentral

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James Baird


Discover more about Aljada - a self sustained mixed use community development by Arada Developments LLC in Sharjah

Growing ageing population, rising healthcare costs and rising interest rates are affecting the retirement plans of people.
This session takes a deeper dive on how people are making sacrifices, exploring new sources of funding and adjusting their retirement

With over one third of UAE expatriates hoping to retire in the country, what are the potential opportunities for developers and investors in the region?

Discover more about the early stage growth of coliving within the UAE region - HIVE and Upside.

Bass Ackermann, Property developer, HIVE COLIVE


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Bass Ackermann


Another chance to network and discover solutions to help your business

Student housing is a relatively untapped market within MEA and is expected to grow over the coming years, supported by several key demand drivers, including a number of government initiatives.


Designing and consructing Dubai's tallest hotel. At over 360 meters high, the tower will be the tallest hotel only building in the world when completed.

David Thomson, SVP Branding and business development, The First Group

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David Thomson

The First Group

A summary of the main take aways from the event

Agenda Gallery

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"The organisation was great. Speakers were experienced and informative. It's a great opportunity to be part of the Summit, and we will be part of it in the coming years."

George Rahal, business development manager, Wyndham/RCI

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