Thursday 12th November 2020

Palazzo Versace

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Partners & Associates

Partners & Associates


2019 Networking Guide

 A ground-breaking collaboration


In close association with the Dubai Land Department, IPAX brings together winners of the Dubai, Africa and Arabia Property Awards with suppliers to the property industry in a wide-ranging business-to-business networking event and exhibition.

Covering the four pillars of Architecture, Property Development, Interior Design and Real Estate Sales, IPAX attracts the leading companies from across the region to collect their Awards and connect with each other.

Meet the region’s leading companies


Rarely do you find so many companies of this calibre in one location, making IPAX the ideal place to meet top-level decision makers. If your company works in any aspect of the property industry, IPAX is your opportunity to connect with firms interested in your products and services.

These are companies who have projects and contracts worth many millions of dollars; past attendees of IPAX have reported significant deals and new business as a result of the event.

If you want to take your business further, you need to be part of IPAX.


Watch The Intro Video

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Past Participants

Past Participants


Niall Healy 2


Chartered Architectural Technologist & Chartered Building Engineer – CIAT

Graduating from Cork Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland having studied Architectural Technology, Niall moved to London to begin his career in the architectural profession in 1986. Working on a variety of commercial interior and high end residential new build and refurbishments Niall gained a wide range of experience at all levels within architectural practice.

Completing an Honours Degree in Architecture at the University of East London 1994, Niall continued to contribute to academic research using artificial intelligence algorithms in the field of generative modeling and co-authored a research paper presented a Eurographics in 1996. Niall founded healycornelius design consultancy limited in 2004 and the practice was a recipient Camden Building Control Build Quality Award in 2007. Currently, healycornelius design consultancy limited has offices in London and the Republic of Ireland offering full architectural services to clients in addition to technical studio services to Architects, Interior Designers and D&B Contractors.

Niall is also a serving member of the Greater London Region Committee and Special Issues Task Force of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technology

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Kristoff Ver Eecke

Managing Director, Print Acoustics/Wood Coustics


Kristoff Ver Eecke has over 25 years’ experience within the woodworking industry where he learned the specifics of building acoustics through his experience as a producer of Timber Frame Housing. He is an international brand builder and worked for over 10 years within the panel division of Mohawk (Unilin : production of MDF – Chipboard – MFC – Flooring). Kristoff invented the Clicwall MDF board that is today used in dry wall cladding and in 2005 he created the Formica Unilin decorative Collection that has evolved into the architectural Evola range by Unilin. Kristoff was also at the origin of the Clic furniture patent (90° furniture assembly) for Mohawk/Unilin in 2009.

In 2014 Kristoff introduced a new brand of acoustical panels and has since set a new standard in Helmholtz absorbers (wood based acoustic absorbing panels) for correction of reverberation caused by the human voice. The purpose of these acoustic panels is to improve speech intelligibility and general room acoustical comfort in larger and smaller inner areas.  The products are installed in wall, ceiling and fixed furniture elements and have been utilised in many challenging architectural projects all over the world.

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Paul Rodgers

Design Partner – 10 Design

Paul is Design Partner at 10 DESIGN and has over 20 years of international experience in design and delivery of projects. He has worked in a wide range of sectors including commercial, residential, education, master planning and infrastructure-related projects, with particular emphasis on concept design and its implementation. Paul has spent over 20 years designing projects in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

Paul together with Design Partner – Gordon Affleck and their design team created and delivered the contemporary area of Al Seef, a regeneration of a half kilometer of Dubai Creek. This lifestyle destination, open in 2018, offers high-end boutique retail shops and restaurants and as well as two Jumeirah hotels branded as Zabeel House.

Also recently built is his work for a rejuvenation of the urban realm around Dubai International Finance Centre. Soon to be added to his built portfolio are the two luxury residential developments for Al Barari Dubai (Seventh Heaven and Ashjar), both are near completion.

His projects have also been extended to Egypt for a 550 hectare Jefaira Seafront Masterplan and Architecture and Saudi Arabia for a number of high-end residential developments.

Paul also has extensive experience in design and delivery of education projects. He has led the design of numerous schools and campuses, most notably for the Queen Margaret University, the University of Edinburgh, the Robert Gordon University, University of St Andrews, and York University.

Paul has lectured and taught at the University of Dundee.

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Jo Hamilton

Creative director at Jo Hamilton Interiors

Jo Hamilton is an internationally-renowned interior designer, noted for her confident grasp of colour, intelligent use of space and luxury aesthetic. She is also a respected artist, public speaker, writer and columnist, broadcaster and property finder.

She has run her own interior design firm for more than 25 years and has counted high-end commissions from the likes of Miami, Geneva, Ibiza, Dubai, Jeddah and Doha, and of course London and across the UK. Jo Hamilton Interiors works with both private clients and developers, for whom she has helped to achieve record-breaking property prices with her interior designs.


Stuart Shield

Founder & CEO, International Property Media Group

Stuart graduated from Canterbury in 1981 with a degree in graphic design. He went on to work in London as an art director.
Stuart then spent three years in Spain working in international marketing before launching an overseas property buyers’ protection scheme in 1988. This led him to publish his first magazine listing Spanish property which rapidly expanded to feature properties across the world. Negotiations with some of the world’s leading airlines encouraged them to carry the magazine for their first and business class passengers. In 1994, Stuart launched the International Property Awards. The International Hotel Awards followed in 2011.

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Dr Giovanni Marzo

Area Manager of Africa, Gulf and South East Asia, Salice

Dr Giovanni Marzo joined Salice in October 2007 as the Area Manager of African, Gulf and South East Asian markets. He is responsible for the marketing, communications and product management efforts and is following not only the branches but also all customers, distributors, architects designers of that area. In addition to strategic business development efforts, branding, and advertising, Giovanni manages oversees trade shows, events, marketing, product training and more

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Majida Ali Rashid

CEO, Real Estate Investment Management and Promotion

Majida Ali Rashid began her career at the Ministry of Public Works in Dubai and joined DLD in 2007. She still works for the department today, serving as Senior Manager of Planning and Organisational Development, Strategic Advisor, and Assistant Director General and CEO of the Real Estate Investment Management and Promotion Center.

Majida holds a BA in Business Administration from the Ajman University of Science and Technology with Honours. She is also the first Emirati woman to hold a Master’s Degree in this field from the University of Hull, UK with Honours. In 2010, she received a degree from the Dubai Real Estate Institute — the educational arm of DLD — as the first certified Emirati female trainer to offer various courses in the fields of real estate investment, leadership and government innovation.

Majida represents one of DLD’s most prominent female leaders and is always keen to empower and support women in the department, and adopt new ideas, innovations and talents. Her team organises ongoing workshops to build sustainable bridges and exchange knowledge and creative ideas.

Majida was ranked on the list of the ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women’ in the annual rating from Arabian Business publication for three consecutive years in 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as Forbes Middle East’s list of the ‘Most Powerful Arab Women 2015’ and ‘Most Powerful Arab Women in MENA in the Construction Sector’.

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Sultan Butti bin Mejren

Director General , Dubai Land Department

Sultan Butti Bin Mejren is the General Manager at the Department of Land and Property of Dubai. After studying Islamic sciences and Shari’a, he joined the Department of Lands in 1986 and was appointed in 2006 as the Director of the Department.
During his years of administration, a series of real estate laws have been issued that protect the supreme interests of the state and establish confidence in the real estate market. The department has also expanded its functions to provide services to real estate professionals. It has a regulatory arm in the real estate regulatory authority, an investment arm in the center of management and encouragement of investment, and it also oversees the Dubai Institute of Real Estate.

Since taking over the department Sultan Butti Bin Mejren has received awards from the Dubai Government Excellence Program for customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and for services provided to employees.

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Majid Al Marri

CEO, Registration and Real Estate Services

Majid Al Marri is the CEO for the Registration and Real Estate Services at the Dubai Land Department. He is responsible for the promotion of the real estate market of Dubai and the gathering of developers under the umbrella of the Dubai Land Department in order to strengthen and enhance communication between stakeholders in the sector.

He graduated from the London Business School and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Majid has also completed the leadership program at the Dubai School of Government with assistance from Harvard University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2009 he received the distinguished ‘Government Employee Award’ from the Dubai Government Excellence program for Dubai Tourism (DTCM). He is one of the 50 most influential names attached to the hospitality industry in the Middle East today and ranked in 16th position by Hotelier Middle East’s – ‘Middle East Power 50’.

Ali Tumbi

Ali Tumbi

CEO, Aqua Properties

Ali Tumbi is an established figure with over 15 years of the real estate industry in the Middle East. As the CEO of Aqua Properties, a leading brokerage and developer in Dubai,  Ali’s relentless entrepreneurship has recently birthed the most exciting of innovations yet, known as Global REIT – the world’s first ever blockchain based REIT. Its game-changing feature to its investors is the exposure it offers to the global real estate market without having to acquire entire properties, along with a host of value-added benefits that make real estate highly accessible and sought after investments. Given the thriving response to its launch in the Middle East, it is safe to say that the innovation will also impact and shape the landscape world over in how real estate investments are perceived, accessed and transacted.

Ali holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Austin.

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Eng. Marwan Ahmed bin Ghalita


As CEO of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), the regulatory arm of Dubai Land Department, Marwan Ahmed Bin Ghalita has responsibility for ensuring that Dubai’s real estate industry operations are conducted in a transparent and equitable manner. His position at the helm of the organisation that governs the emirate’s dynamic property sector involves him establishing principles of fairness that help engender confidence in the market and encourage investment.

Bin Ghalita’s role involves him overseeing RERA’s regulation of entities that conduct business within the sector through a comprehensive legislative framework, governing relations between contractual parties. His strategic direction of the department’s activities guarantees the rights of operators in the market and sets out their responsibilities.

Bin Ghalita commenced his career with Dubai Land Department in 1995 as a Survey Engineer. He was soon promoted to Vice-President of the department’s Survey Division, becoming its first local President in 1999. His vision and flair for leadership saw him advance to Head of the Technical Affairs Department.

Throughout his tenure at Dubai Land Department, Bin Ghalita has been instrumental in the planning and execution of numerous projects. He has also participated as a key note speaker in many local and international conferences concerned with Dubai’s real estate sector.


Thursday 25th June 2020

09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 09:40

Event Opening

09:40 – 10:20


10:20– 10:50


Seminar – Dubai Land Department

10:50 – 12:30

Award Ceremonies

International Property Awards Dubai 2020

Country level award winners presentations for all categories.

Available only to full-access ticket holders

12:30 – 13:30


Networking Lunch

Available only to full-access ticket holders

13:30 – 13:50


Fay Wong, Managing Director, BID LLC

13:50 – 14:10


Kristoff Ver Eecke, Director, Print Acoustics Triplaco

14:10 – 16:00

Awards Ceremonies

Africa & Arabia Property Awards 2020

Country level award winners presentations for all categories.

Available only to full-access ticket holders



Close of Daytime Events

Evening reception begins at 19:00

Dubai, Africa, & Arabia Property Awards Evening Event

Available only to full-access ticket holders

19:00 – 19:30

Drinks reception

19:30 – 21:30

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner

21:30 – 23:30

Award Ceremonies

Dubai, Africa & Arabia Property Awards Ceremony and Announcements

Regional Nominee Presentations



Goodnight and see you next year!

Get Involved

Exhibit or Participate

Here are the contact details.

Call +44(0)1245 250981
Email [email protected]

IPAX is an opportunity for all winners to network with each other to develop new business relationships with business professionals that are also participating from across the world.

Companies wishing to support the winners and raise their profiles for the goods, materials and services they supply can also participate in IPAX but space is limited. You access some of the leading companies in the property industry. It’s the perfect way to display your services, products and skills to the highest levels in your target audience – CEOs, Owners and senior management. We look for expert companies to exhibit and deliberately limit the number of exhibitors for each industry sector. This reduces competition with similar firms and gives you more time to concentrate on meeting your networking prospects.


The show is a full business-to-business networking environment for all sectors of the property and real estate industry. The event gives all attendees the opportunity to showcase themselves to some of the finest companies to make connections, form alliances and generate new business.


Space is available for high-visibility exhibition stands to present your products or services to this unique captive audience alongside related companies from quality goods, services and related industries. This is the most effective way to engage with attendees and demonstrate your projects, products or specialisations.

Panel discussions

Specially selected experts share their perspectives on pre-arranged topics of interest.


Discover new ways to do business and explore emerging trends with a series of seminars conducted by our expert speakers.

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IPAX Dubai, Africa & Arabia

IPAX is a complete platform for business professionals in the property industry to meet, network, learn and connect with each other.

Please note: Registration does not include access to The Dubai, Africa and Arabia Property Awards or The Dubai, Africa and Arabia Hotel Awards ceremonies. To access these ceremonies, please contact your awards advisor, or call +44(0) 1245 250981.