Dubai is breaking records in the uber-luxury real estate marketMarch 2nd, 2023
A quick glance at the news over the last year reveals several record-breaking uber-luxury property sales in Dubai, many of which cost tens of millions of dollars. As we all know, Dubai is..
Should the Middle East property market be concerned about a…February 23rd, 2023
We all understand that the global real estate market is certainly not immune to market shocks and is certainly affected by economic woes, wars and other geopolitical factors. Savvy proper..
To what extent does uber-luxury property impact the other tiers…February 9th, 2023
In an area where there are uber luxury properties such as the Palm Jumeirah or Emirates Hills perhaps, the surrounding districts and even city benefits. That’s because uber-luxury in ..
The outlook for Uber luxury real estate in 2023January 19th, 2023
While there's a global air of doom and gloom regarding the economy, looming recession and geopolitical turmoil, I believe the outlook for uber luxury real estate remains positive in 2023. ..
Top five global locations for luxury real estate in 2023January 5th, 2023
It's that time of year when it's a useful exercise to consider where the luxury property buying and investment trends are heading. It's fascinating to see how certain places fall in and out ..
Five ‘must-haves’ all uber-luxury real estate should includeDecember 22nd, 2022
How do you define ‘uber-luxury’ in property terms? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, trying to discover the elements that make a property a cut above others. I’ve survey..
Why invest in luxury real estate?December 8th, 2022
We all know that luxury real estate is described as such because it is scarce. Luxury properties command a higher price, but let’s not forget that an investment in a property that many oth..
Sustainable interiors: why luxury homes don’t have to cost the…November 24th, 2022
When we think of luxury, we often think of rare and beautiful materials, decorations, and elaborate features involving lighting and water, for example. Luxury has always been synonymous w..
This is what luxury real estate will look like a…November 10th, 2022
Every year I note the forthcoming trends in luxury real estate, but most pundits merely gaze a year or so into the future, talking about colour palettes, lighting, and advancements in materi..
How are the new visa options going to help the…October 13th, 2022
Dubai's latest raft of new visa options makes the emirate more accessible to a wider audience than perhaps ever before, but I'm interested in examining those options through the lens of luxu..
How Dubai is keeping up with investor demand for luxury…October 6th, 2022
I’ve been writing and reading a lot lately about the luxury property market, especially right here in Dubai. What truly makes luxury properties luxurious is scarcity. Think of the fronds o..
Looking to grow your property portfolio? Five things to consider…September 22nd, 2022
When we look at growing our property portfolio, it’s easy to simply ‘follow the crowd’ or the latest online trends, buying in the current hotspots or where it has been widely reported ..
What are uber-luxury real estate buyers looking for?September 8th, 2022
I’ve spent my life in and around the UAE’s real estate sector, both due to my family’s involvement in DAMAC Properties and, more recently, my uber-luxury venture, AHS Properties. I’v..
Effective CSR needs charismatic leaders to engage employeesAugust 11th, 2022
CSR in 2022 is a business norm. Today, consumers and stakeholders expect that companies will act with honesty and integrity and aim to give something back to their communities and wider soci..
Entrepreneurs: the Gulf’s most valuable natural resource in the post-oil…July 21st, 2022
Here in the UAE, we are blessed with abundant natural resources – oil and gas – to help fuel the global economy. But, as we all know, these resources are finite, and we must also move to..
Is 2022 the best year ever for Dubai’s luxury real…July 7th, 2022
All the signs are there – Dubai's property market is booming. We've witnessed some record-breaking sales already this year, and it looks like the market isn't cooling off anytime soon. ..
Expo 2020 Dubai succeeded in spreading Emirati values to a…June 23rd, 2022
The dust has settled on Expo 2020, and as it evolves into an exciting new district, I believe it's important to pause for a moment to think of the event's legacy. Technology Every aspe..
Looking to grow your property portfolio? Five things to consider…June 9th, 2022
A recent survey in Saudi Arabia, the 2022 Knight Frank Saudi Arabia Residential Survey, revealed many people are looking for a second home, as a weekend getaway, a holiday home or as an inv..
What does luxury mean to you?May 26th, 2022
We are seeing a surge of interest in luxury homes in Dubai – which has long been a global capital of uber-luxury – and even though true luxury is characterised by scarcity, we can all ta..
Middle East travel and tourism community must invest in start-ups…May 13th, 2022
Travel and tourism, as I’ve said before, have had a rough ride during the last two years. While Expo 2020 showed that the appetite for travel and leisure is still there, things have change..
When to avoid competition: sometimes it’s better to pursue a…April 22nd, 2022
As we all know, Dubai and the UAE are great places to launch a business, with an environment designed to support innovation, ideas and entrepreneurship. But, as with everywhere else, uniq..
Top tips to turn your passion into your businessApril 8th, 2022
I've been extremely lucky to have gained enormous business acumen from my father, Hussain Sajwani, Founder of DAMAC Properties, and most grateful for education. But I still treat each and ev..
Most UAE investors eye sustainability – and it’s time everyone…March 24th, 2022
Late last year, a survey from Standard Chartered Bank revealed that 74% of UAE investors would like to leave a positive legacy through sustainable investments – a figure that compares favo..
The five most enticing global destinations for luxury real estateMarch 10th, 2022
Let me start by making a confession: I’m biased. For me, when it comes to ultra-luxury real estate, Dubai – and the UAE in general – tick all my boxes as an investor. Our nation boa..
Destinations need to come together to secure the future global…February 17th, 2022
Expo 2020 Dubai has shown the world how careful planning, pandemic control and strict health and safety protocols can ensure everyone can enjoy a tourism experience. Yet the global touris..
‘The Founder’s Mentality’: five steps aspiring entrepreneurs should take to…February 3rd, 2022
There are so many opportunities right now in the UAE for entrepreneurs, start-ups and scale-ups. But with so many options can come confusion – like how to set up, where to set up and how t..
How to stand out from the crowd in tourism marketingJanuary 20th, 2022
As the world moves back to being able to take holidays and travel again, global competition to win back tourism dollars has perhaps never been so heightened. And I've been thrilled by the..
Start-ups get dream opportunity thanks to Scale2DubaiJanuary 6th, 2022
Like many of us, I’ve been wondering what will happen to the beautiful, inspiring Expo 2020 Dubai site when the event sadly closes its doors next March. Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, th..
I love the uber-luxury real estate market, but it’s not…December 20th, 2021
What a month it’s been! Since launching my latest venture, AHS Properties, at Cityscape Global 2021, my life has seemed like a nonstop whirlwind of phone calls, messages and meetings. N..
Dubai looks set for solid economic growthDecember 7th, 2021
No one could have predicted what the long-term effects of the pandemic were, but as we move further away from the height of the virus’ hold, I’m keen to know how Dubai’s economy will f..
Time to get serious about sustainability in travelNovember 24th, 2021
As we pivot back towards more travel – both for business and leisure – one thing that's caught my eye in the travel sector is (loud) moves towards more sustainability practices. If co..
Emirati entrepreneur sets up real estate company aimed at selling…November 9th, 2021
Emirati entrepreneur Abbas Sajwani has launched an uber-luxury real estate company, AHS Properties, with a total asset value of more than $100 million, just ahead of Cityscape — the region..
Will we ever return to bricks and mortar?November 3rd, 2021
A big US e-commerce solution provider, Channel Advisor Corporation, recently released the results of a major survey into US consumer spending habits, which revealed some interesting trends. ..
How to cater to digital nomadsOctober 20th, 2021
Expo 2020 got me thinking about the enormous number of people who will shift their workplace to Dubai for at least six months. Such an influx of global talent is exciting, interesting and wi..
Growing food in the desertOctober 6th, 2021
The theme of Expo 2020 is 'Connecting Minds and Creating the Future' through sustainability, mobility and opportunity, so my thoughts recently turned to sustainability – and that led me to..
COVID-19, what can we do to help our immune systems?September 22nd, 2021
The number of people suffering from ‘flu and other diseases is down, as a result of global mask wearing, hand sanitising and increased awareness of the spread of airborne viruses. This ..
Why glamping is such an attractive investment propositionSeptember 8th, 2021
The global glamping market size was valued at US$ 1.88 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.1% from 2021 to 2028. According to research ..
How technology is driving people of determination to new heightsAugust 23rd, 2021
There are more than one billion people of determination globally – those whose hearing, visual, cognitive, mobility, speech or neural functions are impaired – making them the largest min..
Why is plant-based food becoming so popular?August 9th, 2021
Food is at the heart of every culture, and a lot of our celebrations revolve around sharing food with family and friends. But access to information means we are learning more about the food ..
Why are we seeing more UAE homegrown business?July 27th, 2021
The UAE has a long history of trading, primarily because of its desirable geographical position between Europe and the Far East. The region became an attractive place for global merchants to..
The future of tourism and how this lends itself to…July 12th, 2021
Tourism is changing, whether it’s a pandemic-induced inclination to take domestic breaks or the rising awareness of eco-tourism. Consumers are savvier and more aware of the impact of tr..
Why an increasing number of young professionals are choosing entrepreneurshipJune 28th, 2021
We are seeing such growth in entrepreneurship right now. Of course, the UAE has always been a place that fosters the perfect conditions for new businesses, but the current global trend is to..
Becoming a successful entrepreneur – is it only about the…June 13th, 2021
I’m taking a stand with all the young entrepreneurs out there who have come up against some pushback when introducing a new business idea. It’s a daunting prospect taking those first ..
150,000 reasons why more than 50% of Gen Z in…May 30th, 2021
According to research carried out by Nielsen last year, over half of Gen Z who were interviewed - 54% to be precise - indicated that they wanted to start their own company. So, what made ..
Generation Z, the art of conversation and networkingMay 25th, 2021
A message for Team Gen Z. If like me, you were born anywhere between 1995 and 2015 chances are you have already been labeled – we are Generation Z, which is ironic because we all know h..