CITYSCAPE 2014: A RECAP
The third edition of the real estate extravaganza saw property developers wow visitors with their visions of future Doha.
Cityscape this year was nothing if not arresting. Each of the mega-exhibits by the Qatar's real estate titans was an ostentatious display of prowess, vision and reach. UDC's model of the fully completed Pearl developments was especially magnificent (though somewhat dampened by the revelation that less than a quarter of the current residences were occupied) and so was Barwa's stand featuring the Barwa Al Baraha, a project for labour accommodation. Msherib's 3D display of roads, metro and tram routes criss-crossing through the innercity development was also visit-worthy. Though not many major announcements came out of the event, the threeday conference had expert speakers addressing several vital issues at play in the real estate market in Qatar, which gave the various stakeholders a chance to come together, debate and network. The demand and supply structure of the retail scene, innovative mall designs, affordable residential units, tapping into the serviced apartment market niche, construction standards and regulations affecting mega projects and the challenges developers face in securing financing were some of the topics discussed.