Dubai to Host First Arab Land Conference

The Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced that the first Arab Land Conference will be held in Dubai from February 26- 28th, 2018.

Many of the most challenging land-related issues in the Arab world will be addressed at the conference. Some of these issues include how to manage land to minimize conflicts, and also how to make best use of land and real estate for individuals, countries, and the region as a whole.

In order to support social and economic development in the Arab world, the conference will work towards improving regional cooperation, capacity development, and innovation in land management and real estate reform.

The Director general of Dubai Land Department (DLD), Sultan Butti bin Mejren, said that it was no coincidence that Dubai was selected as the host of the first Arab Land Conference in collaboration with the leading international institutions related to the real estate sector.

The choice made to make Dubai the First Arab Land Conference host was not only due to Dubai’s leading position on the global real estate stage, but also Dubai’s ground-breaking activities in various fields related to sustainable development, the conservation of the environment, the application of the highest green building standards, and making best use of land necessary for people’s lives.

To organize this conference, the Dubai Land Department (DLD) is partnering with numerous international and regional institutions and bodies, including the Global Land Tool Network, UN-Habitat, the World Bank, the Arab Union of Surveyors as well as the Arab League.

Bin Mejren added that the Word Bank’s ‘Doing Business Report’ ranked Dubai first in terms of ease of property registration regionally, and tenth globally, surpassing many advanced economies.

He explained that the conference will be a high-profile platform to inspire the exchange of knowledge, with the participation of many leading real estate and land professionals.

The conference will include technical sessions during which research papers on land and property cases in the Arab world will be presented. High-level ministerial meetings will also be held at the conference.

The main topics for discussion will include access to land for sustainable business and investment, the link between housing policy and the management of land. Protection of land and the rights to property for displaced people and refugees will also be discussed.

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