Celebrations for 13 winners; UAE scoops three awards


Dubai, UAE, 7 September 2016: The Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets have recognised 13 of the world’s finest projects in real estate development and architecture at a gala dinner in the Conrad Hotel Dubai last night (Tuesday).

The ceremony rounded off the first day of Cityscape Global, which was visited by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

After years of dominance from Asian projects, the Middle East region stole the show by winning seven of the 13 categories, including three projects located in the UAE.

From left to right: Mahmoud Deemas, Mleiha and Kelba Manager; Ahmed Al Qaseer, COO, Shurooq; Sumaya Dabbagh, Principal, Dabbagh Architects; Mark Streetz, Senior Vice President | Managing Principal, HOK Dubai, and Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets judge; Marwan Al Serkal, CEO, Shurooq.

Mleiha Archaeological Centre, led by the Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq), took home the community, culture and tourism project (built), while two Dubai-based developments won the commercial project (built) and residential high rise project (built) – the Offices at One Central by Hopkins Architects Dubai Ltd., and Binghatti Apartments, by Muhammad Binghatti Aljbori, respectively.

“We were particularly impressed by the Offices at One Central and their team’s huge scale of ambition shown in the project planning and design which clearly followed best practice principles,” said Christopher Seymour, Regional Development Director & Head of Markets MESA at Mott MacDonald and one of the members of the judging panel.

The AED8 billion project features open-plan office spaces, ranging in size from approximately 290 to 1,920 square metres per floor, with access to multiple rooftop gardens, is expected to change the face of Dubai World Trade Centre.

“They turned a simple idea into a high quality asset by sound execution of their asset management plan which clearly demonstrated that sustainability was embedded into their business model from its inception,” added Seymour.

Underlining the international scope of the Awards, 39 finalists were shortlisted from markets including Malaysia, India, Turkey, Hong Kong and Pakistan and gathered to await the announcement of the winners chosen by a panel of 16 judges, including academics, chartered surveyors, leading architects and sustainability experts.

Highlighted as an outstanding cultural project that sets a new standard for developments celebrating and conserving regional heritage, Mleiha Archaeological Centre is an archaeological and eco-tourism venture occupying an area of 5,068 square metres located near ancient ruins and burial sites in Sharjah.

“We chose Mleiha Archaeological Centre as an example of a genuinely, contextually lead project that is unique and culturally sensitive to a highly important site,” said Mathew Lamont, Associate Director at AECOM and representative award judge for The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

“This year was especially successful for buildings demonstrating exceptional levels of environmental, social, economic and cultural relevance where the design truly added value to their place. The Awards encourage projects incorporating innovative and sustainable design which resonates with the local context, whether in a rural or an urban setting.”

The Awards honoured projects spanning a wide range of scales and typologies across the following sectors: Commercial, Leisure & Hospitality, Community, Culture & Tourism, Residential, Retail, and Sustainability.

Among the regional projects applauded for their unique design was T3 Tower, led by PARALX in partnership with Lebanon-based developer ZRE and awarded in the residential high rise project category (future).

“We have no doubt that this thin tower of slabs and glass in Beirut will have an impact in the design of high-rise structures of the entire city in the years to come,” said George Katodrytis, Associate Professor of Architecture at American University of Sharjah.

Set in the new Beirut Digital District (BDD) the project is made of simple open plan units, featuring high ceilings and “mini piazzas” in the form of either a hanging garden or a plunge pool, which extend the green space vertically on the building, wrapped in a dynamic façade.

Other winners included those from India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Mumbai-based developer Shree Cement Ltd won two awards on the night: commercial project (future) for their RESERVOIR in Rajasthan, India and residential low rise project (built) for Studios 18.

The 2016 Winners at the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets

Award Category    




Community, Culture & Tourism Project (Built) Mleiha Archaeological Centre, Sharjah, UAE Shurooq (Sharjah Investment & Development Authority) Dabbagh Architects
Community, Culture & Tourism Project (Future) Gokceada High School Campus, Canakkale, Turkey Governorship of Canakkale PAB Architects
Commercial Project (Built) The Offices ONE, One Central – Phase 1A2, Dubai, UAE Dubai World Trade Centre Hopkins Architects Dubai Ltd.
Commercial Project (Future) RESERVOIR, Rajasthan, India Shree Cement Ltd. Sanjay Puri Architects
Leisure & Hospitality Project (Built) Sinkeh Hotel, Penang, Malaysia Chee Sek Thim VERITAS Design Group (Lillian Tay)
Leisure & Hospitality Project (Future) 45 Pottinger Street, Hong Kong Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd. Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects
Residential High Rise Project (Built) Binghatti Apartments, Dubai, UAE Binghatti Developers Muhammad Binghatti Aljbori
Residential High Rise Project (Future) T3 Tower, Beirut, Lebanon ZRE PARALX
Residential Low Rise Project (Built) Studios 18, Ras, India Shree Cement Ltd. Sanjay Puri Architects
Residential Low Rise Project (Future) IL Monte Galala, Sokhna, Egypt Tatweer Misr 5+1AA
Retail Project (Built) Abdali Mall, Amman, Jordan United Real Estate Company – Jordan Laceco
Retail Project (Future) Emporium Mall, Lahore, Pakistan Nishat Group AHR Architects Limited
Sustainability Project Tiu Keng Leng Sports Centre, Public Library and District Open Space, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong HKSARG Leisure & Cultural Services Department Ronald Lu & Partners