The “Health, Safety and Innovation in Buildings and Communities” forum explores innovative solutions and future visions for the sustainable healthy building movement

Sultan Butti bin Mejren: Health and safety issues are a fundamental pillar of the UAE’s strategy to promote innovation and sustainability in growth

– The forum witnessed many dialogue sessions with the wide participation of the government and private sectors

– Signing of a memorandum of understanding between Dubai Land Department and Delos to explore prospects for joint cooperation

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The activities of the “Health, Safety and Innovation in Buildings and Communities” forum, organized by the Dubai Land Department, in partnership with the leading company “Delos” in the field of health and promoting well-being in living and working spaces, kicked off yesterday, Monday, at the Museum of the Future in Dubai. In the presence of a group of officials and experts, the forum emphasized strengthening the strength of buildings and residential communities and making them healthier, safer. and smarter, in line with the department’s strategy aimed at consolidating the position of Dubai and the UAE as a preferred real estate destination in the world.

During his opening speech at the event, His Excellency Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of the Dubai Land Department, emphasized that health and safety issues have always been a fundamental pillar of the UAE’s strategy in general and the Emirate of Dubai in the particular was, on its way to promoting innovation and sustainability in growth, conservation On the development approach followed by the wise leadership, led by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him.

His Excellency said: “The Dubai Urban Plan 2040 draws an integrated future map for sustainable urban development, with the main focus on people and improving the quality of life. From this point of view, standards of health, safety and innovation are the cornerstone of around Dubai today achieve its vision of being the best city in the world.” to live and work.”

For his part, Paul Siala, founder and CEO of Delos, shared during the forum his visions and future ideas about the global healthy building movement and the future of smart healthy buildings. He said: “We are proud to be among you today to strengthen cooperation and partnership between Delos and the Dubai Land Department. These elites are meeting today within the framework of this unified vision, which is to promote the well-being, safety and health of our buildings. This case testifies to a remarkable development and improvement thanks to the dedication of the Dubai Land Department to this important issue. To also present the example of the Emirate of Dubai to the world is inspiring for us, so that we believe today Dubai has the highest number of buildings per capita with a good rating in the world. I think this forum shows both the public and private sector how important it is, and how urgently it is needed. This type of forum is in This active participation and commitment will generate more success and opportunities in the future.”

5 dialogue sessions

The forum witnessed the organization of 5 dialogue sessions, where the first session shed light on (the future of health and well-being in buildings and societies), with the participation of Eng. Marwan Bin Ghalaita, Executive Director of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Paul Siala, founder and CEO of Delos, Anas Qassem, Stantech Al Sharq Middle East, and Rob Devereux, CEO of Brookfield Properties Middle East.

During the session, Marwan Bin Ghalaita discussed the importance of healthy and sustainable buildings as part of RERA’s strategy for the future of buildings in Dubai. While Paul Siala spoke about how the impact of healthy buildings on residents and visitors in buildings is measured and how this has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. As for Anas Kassem, he shared Stantech’s experience in designing healthcare buildings to be responsive and compatible with the dynamic nature of the sector. Rob Devereux addressed the key health and sustainability considerations during the development of ICD Brookfield Place property in Dubai and how these standards will evolve in the future.

In another keynote session entitled “A Comprehensive Approach to Healthy Buildings: Health in Design, Operation and Behavior”, Abeer Shaheen, (PhD and MA) – Harvard Fellow Emeritus, Corporate Sustainability, ADNOC Group, spoke about the impact of the adoption of the “Well Health and Safety” classification criteria on ADNOC’s strategy. for Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, while Ahmed Khalil Al Hamdani, from Dubai Land Department, sheds light on RERA’s approach to using health, safety and sustainability in joint operational plans. Francis Gianni, CEO of Community Management – Nakheel, discussed the importance of the company achieving the “Well Health and Safety” rating, and how investing in the health of residents and employees affects the company’s performance. Samer Jani, Managing Director of Saga International for Owners Association Management Supervision Services, spoke about the strategies applied to the buildings managed by the company to accelerate the transition to sustainable and healthy development.

The National Strategy 2031

The third session highlighted “Vision 2031: Challenges and Opportunities for Human Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability”, with the participation of Saeed Alabbar, Executive Director of Alabbar Energy and Sustainability Group, Farah Naz, Director of Innovation and Environment, Social and Corporate Governance for the Middle East and North Africa region, AECOM, Mario Saab Kundal, Head of the Sustainability Department in the Middle East and North Africa region, where they spoke about strengthening relations between the government and private sectors in accordance with the National Strategy for Wellbeing 2031, and the most prominent climate challenges stakeholders face when designing projects.

In turn, the fourth session dealt with (the impact of health and sustainability across the government, commercial, residential and hospitality sectors), in which Awatif Al Suwaidi, Executive Director of the Council for Happiness and Positivity, Dubai Police, Khaled Anib – CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company, and Samer Dhabyan – Director Residential and Commercial Real Estate at Al-Futtaim Real Estate Group, and Jalil Makwar – Founder and CEO of InHovate Technology.

In the fifth and last session, dr. Muhammad Al-Jaradin, Associate Professor, College of Health and Environmental Studies, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, and Omar Khan, General Manager – Sustainability and Smart Cities – Honeywell, the issue of well-being and health provided by modern technology in the education sector.

The forum also witnessed a number of side events and discussions, where Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, shared his future visions on health, wellness and education, while Dr. Nassim Abdullah, Director of Health and Safety Department of Dubai Municipality, shared her visions on the quality of the indoor air and water system. In the built environment, Nadima Mehra and Scott Armstrong addressed “Expo City Dubai: The Next Chapter” during a side chat.

Memorandum of Understanding

On the sidelines of the forum activities; The Dubai Land Department and Delos Company signed a memorandum of understanding on (initiatives, products and solutions for the healthy building movement) The memorandum includes exploring opportunities and prospects for joint collaboration in hosting events related to healthy buildings and communities, exchanging experiences and knowledge about the healthy building movement, and recommending the best technologies, solutions and health products. Scientifically approved, and other areas of cooperation.

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