11th October 2018

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Partners & Associates

Partners & Associates


 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


Past Participants

Past Participants



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 11th October 2018

09:00 – 10:00


10:00– 10:20


“Welcome Talk & Dubai Real Estate Investment”

Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, Director General, The Dubai Land Department

“Award Focus”

H.E Majida Ali Rashid, Assistant Director General, The Dubai Land Department

10:20– 10:40



Marwan Ahmed bin Ghalita, CEO, RERA

10:40 – 11:50

Award Ceremonies

International Property Awards Dubai

Dubai Real Estate, Development, Architecture, and Interior Design Presentation

Available only to full-access ticket holders

11:50 – 12:30



12:30 – 13:30


Working Lunch

Available only to full-access ticket holders

13:40 – 14:00


“Can luxury PR and advertising techniques be used for real estate?”

Stuart Shield, Founder & CEO, International Property Media

14:00 – 14:20


“Convergence of Blockchain and Real Estate”

Ali Tumbi, CEO, Aqua Properties

14:20 – 14:40


Seminar – TBA

Dr Giovanni Marzo, Area Manager of African, Gulf and South East Asian, Salice

14:40 – 16:30

Awards Ceremonies

The Africa & Arabia Property Awards

Country level award winners presentations for Africa & Arabia regions (Real Estate, Development, Architecture, Interior Design)

Available only to full-access ticket holders



Close of Daytime Events

Evening reception begins at 19:00

The 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

Five Star Winners and Regional Nominee Presentations



Goodnight and see you next year!

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Here are the contact details.

Call +44(0)1245 250981
Email events@ipropertymedia.com

IPAX is an opportunity for a limited selection of firms to 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.

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