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Architects meet for “mind gains”

Up to 20 of the world's leading architects and property developers are to begin a series of meetings in Dubai, aimed at exchanging ideas and plans for developing the region.

Up to 20 of the world's leading architects and property developers are to begin a series of meetings in Dubai, aimed at exchanging ideas and plans for developing the region.

Details of the gathering - dubbed "Mind Gains" - including the date and location are being kept confidential - as is the agenda. One of those thought to be taking part, Arabian Concept Developments boss Zena Malek, told
Arabian

Business

: "It is meant to be an exchange of ideas, a bit of brainstorming between what I think will be some incredible brains around the table. At the end of it, we may have some very positive plans which will really help develop the architecture around the Middle East."

Executives at the meeting are hoping to develop specific ideas on architectural software and new concepts for mass production. They are also looking to come up with specific proposals that, if implemented, could ultimately reshape the skylines in many regional cities.

One of those invited, who asked not to be named, said: "It is pretty exclusive and around the table will be some of the most impressive architectural minds in the world - people who can make a very big difference. It will be incredible to just to sit aro und the table with some of these people."

Sources suggest that rather than be in a formal setting, the gathering will be "relaxed - more of sitting around the fireplace", said Malek. If successful, a series of similar gatherings will be held at least once a month, though the exclusive guest list will vary each month.

"Obviously there are going to be some very important people flying in for this, and they don't all want to see their names in newspapers, so its totally confidential who will be there at the first meeting, and who will be invited for the next ones," Malek said.

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