Monthly Newsletter | November 2021
Dear Colleague,
We are almost at the end of the year, and I’m sure you are busy with year-closing and planning for the coming year. Here at CoreNet Global, we will soon meet as a Board for our Annual Strategy Meeting. We are also busy preparing for our year-end event. And there isn’t a better location to do this at, than the Expo 2020 site. I am looking forward to welcoming all of you there on Dec 7 for a talk on District 2020 and an architectural site tour. This will be followed by a drinks reception where we will have the opportunity to network and connect with each other.
I hope you have seen the announcement from CoreNet Global on the first ever East Meets West Global Summit in Dubai on 8-10 March 2022. This will be a great opportunity to meet CRE leaders from around the world and listen to some exceptional speakers.
So, there is plenty of excitement building here at CoreNet Global Middle East and lots to look forward to. But first, see you at Expo 2020 on Dec 7!

Yours sincerely,

Richa Singh
Chair - Middle East Chapter
Upcoming Events

7 December 2021
LIVE - Rove Expo, Dubai

January 2022
Yas Bay Presentation & Site Tour
More information soon

8-10 March 2022
East Meets West Global Summit
JW Marriot Marquis, Dubai
Event Spotlight
District 2020 & Site Tour
7 December 2021, 4pm
Taking place at Expo 2020 on Tuesday 7 December 2021, the event which will commence at 4pm kicks off with a welcome address and presentation from Nadimeh Mehra, Vice President District 2020. This will be followed by a site tour led David Gourlay, Director of Real Estate for District 2020 ending with a reception at ROVE Expo 2020.  
People are paying real money for virtual real estate in the metaverse

The highest-selling virtual plot went for more than $1 million! Location, location, location. That’s the common phrase for success in the real estate market, and it’s no different when these properties are listed in an alternative virtual reality, called a metaverse. The metaverse is a growing topic in tech and some crypto circles, describing a virtual reality space into which users can log in and interact with one another using avatars to represent their real selves. It has been growing particularly in the gaming space with titles like Fortnite, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Roblox, and many others fostering a metaverse community for players. To read more on this Financial Post article Click Here
Earn your MCR in the Middle East

NEW! MCR program is now available in a virtual format. Starting on 8 March with Enterprise Alignment one of the mandatory seminars, this virtual MCR program runs through to June 2023 allowing you to complete all required and elective seminars and the final capstone, virtually in 16 months. There will be active engagement with faculty and peers in an online learning environment. Relationship building with the seminar group offers a lifetime of networking. 
Relationship Buildings®

An excellent event earlier this month at Orangebox's D3 showroom when Nathan Hurley from the global research and insight team took a further look at Covid-19 and how it has fractured how we work globally, at scale and the combination of our new priorities, fresh insights and lessons learned through the pandemic. Members can view the full Relationship Buildings® guide to navigating, interpreting and re-imagining the changing landscape of the workplace.
Save 15% with

Thanksgiving is coming soon for our US colleagues and in recognition, CoreNet Global is offering a special introductory membership offer. Join today and save 15% on 14 months of CoreNet Global membership when you enter the code THANKS15 when signing up! Membership gives you immediate access to more than 11,000 corporate real estate and other related professionals and much like a gym membership, it requires a little sweat equity to truly see results.
Breaking News: Dubai, UAE has been selected by CoreNet Global to host its first ever East Meets West Global Summit. Taking place 8-10 March 2022 at the JW Marriott, this promises to be a truly global event attracting Corporate Real Estate Executives from around the world. Richa Singh, Chapter Chair said "we are thrilled that our HQ in the Middle East has been selected to host this first time event and is testimony to the gaining traction of the Chapter across the region and particularly in Dubai" Register!
Sponsor Spotlight
We are delighted that once again Summertown Interiors has decided to renew their annual sponsorship agreement with the Middle East Chapter. Thank you Summertown for your continued support! Summertown Interiors specialises in building quality sustainable commercial, healthcare, and education workplace interiors in the UAE, on time and within budget. To learn more, visit Summertown Interiors. Interested to be a sponsor of the Middle East Chapter? Click Here
New Member Spotlight
Board Member Interviews
Meet the newest member of the Chapter! Ben Squires is an experienced property professional who has executed a broad range of transactions, managed challenging projects and overseen global relationships for fortune 500 companies. He is currently the Regional Real Estate Leader for Middle East and Africa in the global supply chain services team at EY. Ben oversees a portfolio of 117,000 sqm across 60 office locations from Pakistan to South Africa and is based in Doha, Qatar. Welcome to the Middle East Chapter Ben!
Meet three of our Board Members. View interviews taken at the recent Innovation Forum. Sarah Aoun is responsible for content development for monthly chapter events, Jack Cone handles the growing annual sponsorship programme and Toby Hall former Chair is the Dubai Association Centre liaison for the Chapter. Volunteering is a meaningful way to give back to the professional community and help shape the future of an industry in existing and emerging markets. If you are interested in joining the Middle East Chapter in a leadership role now or in the future email us now.