Alma Kadragic, Senior International Real Estate Reporter
Dr. Alma Kadragic is Visiting Professor and Academic Program Director at the University of Wollongong in Dubai where she is establishing graduate programs in communications and the humanities. Formerly director of the Zayed University Media Center in Dubai, she has been studying economic development in the United Arab Emirates for five years. She covered the US and Europe during 16 years with ABC News as producer and bureau chief, leaving broadcasting to create and manage Alcat Communications International, a public relations and marketing agency with headquarters in Poland.
She is the author of two books, A Handbook of Public Relations published in Poland (1996, 1997) and Globalization and Human Rights from Chelsea House (2005); chapters in books on economic development and broadcasting; and numerous articles on public relations, media, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Kadragic earned a Ph.D in English literature from the City University of New York after completing the M.A. and B.A. degrees at City College of New York.
(NUUK, GREENLAND) -- This is a dateline I've never had the chance to write before, but in following the accomplishments of the Danish architects BIG, I have to do it now because they've won the competition to design the National Gallery of Art of Greenland in the country's capital, Nuuk.
(DUBAI, UAE) -- As real estate prices continue to drop in Dubai and Abu Dhabi given the ever growing oversupply of residential and commercial space, some of the UAE's top developers are looking outside the country for new markets.
(ABU DHABI - COPENHAGEN - NEW YORK) -- For the second week in a row, I find myself writing about a Danish firm of architects who have been winning international competitions and gaining huge contracts. Normally, I would try to find another topic for the column, but since this concerns my home town the Big Apple and frankly real estate news in the UAE and GCC is kind of slow,
(ABU DHABI, UAE) -- Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi's property development, investment and Management Company, yesterday announced its full year results for 2010, reporting a loss of $370 million before impairments and fair value losses. The loss for the year, ...
(DUBAI, UAE) -- The big names are feeling the brunt of the financial crisis in Dubai even though some parts of the real estate industry seem to be doing better. This week Donald Trump and Tiger Woods learned that their signature projects were being cancelled.
(COPENHAGEN- DENMARK) -- Once again, the BIG architectural firm has won an international tender against major competitors, this time to deliver an energy plant that converts waste into power. That might be enough in itself, but the plant to be built in Copenhagen, Denmark, ...
(ABU DHABI, UAE) -- Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality (MREH) announced this week it has formed a joint venture with Gulf Related, a regional real estate development company.
(DUBAI, UAE) -- The Northern Emirates property market has stayed relatively stagnant during the last quarter of 2010 with minimal price or rental movements. Continued supply, most notably in Sharjah will at some stage put downward pressure on rental prices, but connection to electricity, water and sewerage is a problem, slowing the pace of supply throughout the Northern Emirates, according to data from Asteco Property Management.
(ABU DHABI, UAE) -- Motor World, Aldar Properties' custom-designed destination for new and used car showrooms and servicing facilities, is set to transform Abu Dhabi's car retail market when it opens its doors in April.
(DOHA, QATAR) -- The immediate impact of FIFA's decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is more confidence in the local property market, with the volume of sales and leasing enquiries increasing, according to the latest data from Asteco Property Management.
(DUBAI, UAE) -- Mourjan Marinas IGY's portfolio of projects across the Middle East continues to expand following the announcement this week that it will manage and operate the new world-class marina at The Wave, Muscat, Oman's newly developed premier waterfront destination.
(ABU DHABI, UAE) -- Few buildings in Abu Dhabi are more than 15 years old, but crumbling facades and interior deterioration of plumbing and electrical systems are not uncommon. One of the reasons is that there were no standard building codes.
(ABU DHABI, UAE) -- The Abu Dhabi Government has stepped in to alleviate the financial problems of Aldar, the emirate's leading developer associated with Yas Island, Al Raha Beach, and Al Bandar. Aldar Properties PJSC today unveiled a series of steps ...
(DUBAI, UAE) -- According to the latest report from Asteco, an increased supply of high quality, affordable apartments led to considerable tenant movement across Dubai in Q4 2010. In addition, apartment rental rates declined by just 3 percent during the same period, the lowest quarter-on-quarter fall of the year, an indication that the market may be stabilizing.
(DUBAI, UAE) -- The Hideaways Club, a global property company specializing in equity ownership and management of a collection of international luxury property investment funds, announced this week that it is launching its second fund, The Hideaways Club City Collection, a portfolio of luxurious global city apartments.
(ABU DHABI, UAE) -- Rental levels in Abu Dhabi continued to decline depending on location, quality, and price in Q4 2010, according to a new report published this week by leading UAE property management company Asteco.
(DOHA, QATAR) -- Claudia Hardt started New Year 2011 with a new job, Director of Public Relations for The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Qatar. Area General Manager Hoss Vetry made the announcement on December 29, practically the last gasp of the old year.
(ABU DHABI, UAE) -- It's been called "arguably the world's most exciting new tourism hotspot" by Travel Weekly UK magazine, and in November the number of people who came to Abu Dhabi jumped significantly, probably due to the big events and attractions that have been advertised around the world.
(DUBAI, UAE) -- Hamptons MENA, the property services company, will market The Address Jnan Amar Marrakech, a luxury polo retreat created by SIAMA (Morocco), a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia-based Azmi Abdelhadi Group. The Address Hotels + Resorts is a luxury brand developed by Emaar Hospitality Group.
(RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA) -- As operations in Dubai have slowed, Emaar is counting on its master-planned communities in Saudi Arabia to take up some of the earnings slack. Earlier this month, Emaar Middle East showcased Jeddah Gate and Al Khobar Lakes, ...