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Cityscape Abu Dhabi

This year I attended the Cityscape Abu Dhabi, April 18 – 21st. It was an elaborate show that showcased the future development of the Abu Dhabi. The show floor was crammed full of booths showcasing the vision of the region’s most prominent developers.

Each booth included models of tall office and residential towers, hotels and villas, which outlined the developer’s vision of a new and modern Abu Dhabi. Some of the world’s most prominent architecture firms were also in attendance to promote their ability to design and create the new structures.

Attendance at the show the first day was light; many blamed it on the ash cloud that had brought most of Europe to a standstill the day before. In the coming days attendance increased with many local business people in attendance.

On two occasions, the highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his entourage attended the show reviewing each developer’s plan for the future. We received a communication on Tuesday that stated “Showing respect to Arabic cultural tradition and Islamic values, and by special request, Cityscape Abu Dhabi announce entry to the exhibition Exclusively for Ladies Only from 3pm – 8pm on Wednesday 21st April.”

“Whilst male exhibitor personnel are permitted to be present on their stands, in line with this initiative we respectfully request that male staff are kept to a minimum.”

“This initiative will gives local businesswomen who feel more comfortable dealing with other like-minded women, the perfect opportunity to visit the exhibition.”

This was a unique cultural event that we had not planned on.  Traffic during the “Ladies only” was time was light, with the exception of when the Sheikh attended the show with his mother. Both are considered royalty and the locals responded to their appearance at the show with the same excitement that you would see at a Hollywood premier.

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