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Dubai to host conference focused on land-related issues

The first-of-its-kind event will address a number of land and land management issues currently facing the region

Dubai to host conference focused on land-related issues
Arab Land Conference will work towards enhancing regional cooperation, capacity development and innovation in land management and real estate reform.

Dubai will host the first Arab Land Conference in late February, the Dubai Land Department has announced.

The conference – which will take place between February 26 and 28 – will address a variety of land-related issues facing the region, including how to manage land to reduce conflicts and maximise the use of land and real estate.

According to DLD, the conference will also work towards enhancing regional cooperation, capacity development and innovation in land management and real estate reform.

“It was not a coincidence for Dubai to be chosen to host the first Arab Land Conference in partnership with the leading international institutions related to the real estate sector,” said DLD director general Sultan Butti bin Mejren.

“The choice was due not only to Dubai's leading position on the global real estate stage, which has become a unique model in aspects related to real estate development, but also because of Dubai’s pioneering activities in various fields related to sustainable development, environmental conservation, the application of the highest green building standards, and maximising the use of land necessary for people's lives,” he added.

To organise the conference, DLD collaborated with a number of regional and international institutions and bodies, including the World Bank, the Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, the Arab Union of Surveyors and the Arab League.

“With the participation of many leading real estate and land professionals, the conference will be a high-profile platform to encourage the exchange of knowledge and the latest research that will contribute to the development of Arab countries' capabilities in this very important economic sector,” Bin Mejren added.

In addition to ministerial meetings, the conference will also include technical sessions in which research papers and presentations will be made.

Key topics will include sustainable business and investment, housing policy and land management, the property rights of displaced people, and taxation policies.

The conference will be open to those employed in the real estate sector, individuals, companies and institutions, government officials, academics, students, real estate brokers and developers.