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Tue 16 Oct 2007 02:26 PM

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Welcome to the greatest show on earth

Dubai is redefining real estate development for the world and Cityscape gives you a glimpse into the future.

I remember the first couple of Cityscape exhibitions. They were parochial events, with a handful of property companies promoting new office blocks, apartment complexes and shopping malls.

As Dubai grew, so did the show. The likes of Emaar, which previously pushed relatively small developments like Emirates Lakes and Hills, were getting more ambitious. Internet City and Media City were a step up in scale.

Nakheel truly set the market alight with the launch of Palm Island. It was the first development that grabbed headlines not only in the Middle East, but across the world.

Suddenly, Cityscape had become the focal point for a real estate explosion that was making a global impact.

The launches of major projects are now timed to coincide with Cityscape. DubaiLand and its myriad of sub-developments were first viewed at the exhibition. Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the world, stole the show a couple of years ago.

The last couple of years began to see a shift in emphasis. The major players are still there making the biggest announcements, and a slew of new players are competing to make their own impact in Dubai. But more important has been the globalisation of the exhibition.

The largest developers in Dubai are no longer singularly focused on their home city. Now the likes of Emaar, Nakheel, Limitless, Sama, Dubai Properties and Jumeirah are exporting their expertise and considerable resources into markets as far flung as China, Morocco, London and India.

And Cityscape attracts developers that are headquartered around the Middle East and the wider world. Qatar, Bahrain and Oman are witnessing their own real estate booms and challenge Dubai in terms of their vision and ambition.

This trend has made this year's show arguably the most exciting exhibition in the world. It is also the most confusing and tough to navigate.

Which is why you will be delighted to know that Arabianbusiness.com will by your constant guide throughout the four days of Cityscape.

We have an army of reporters, photographers and editors scouring the show and filing stories live on this web site. We'll provide news and commentary. We'll bring you facts and figures. We'll bring the show to life with dramatic photography.

So if you want a ringside seat to the greatest show on earth, keep coming back to www.arabianbusiness.com/cityscape_2007 to watch the action unfold.

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