Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A farce called Arabian Property Awards

The past week saw some Dubai based property companies were celebrating their 'win' at the CNBC Arabian Property Awards with full page advertisements and press releases. Damac Properties, ETA Star, Trident, Le RĂªve and the likes trumpeted their achievements on having won the 'oscars of the property industry'.

But have you wondered how these awards are judged and what is the criteria for winning? If you look beyond the 3-d generated renderings and glossy brochures this is what you see.

Best Architecture - Dubai (Single Unit)

Best Architecture - Dubai(Multiple Units)

Best Marina Development in Dubai

So where is the architecture in a pile of sand and some earth movers? And is the marina views about construction workers fixing concrete slabs?

The truth is, if you can donate $420 to the award organisers, put together an entry with your dream home (made with 3D Home Architect) and make it rotate, you can be the next recipient of the Arabian Property Award. Oh yes, and you can tell them you are planning to build it in Swaziland, in case they ask.

Construction photos courtesy : Skyscrapercity

10 Comments:

Blogger nzm said...

Oh yes, and you can tell them you are planning to build it in Swaziland, in case they ask.

Or you can do what they said about the new location of Hydropolis - it's a secret!

1:18 pm  
Blogger Woke said...

nzm,

Thanks for the update.
Probably the Hydropolis will only go as far as making to the Jabal Al Noor Cafeteria menucard.

3:09 pm  
Blogger moryarti said...

Ok, now i want to eat from Jabal Al Noor...

9:00 pm  
Blogger nzm said...

Moryarti: every comment you've been making recently is linked to food! lol

9:58 pm  
Blogger samuraisam said...

"Probably the Hydropolis will only go as far as making to the Jabal Al Noor Cafeteria menucard"

damnit. I've been trying to collect menu's for the past few weeks to do a review of their wacky names, and now you've gone a beat me to it ):

2:52 am  
Blogger Woke said...

Sam,
Probably you should go ahead and do the review. I just found those names interesting - no intention of making a post about it :D

9:10 am  
Anonymous Stuart Shield said...

As the founder of these awards, I am happy to reply to those who may show an unfinished development on this site and wonder why sucha project at that particular stge of construction could win any recognition.

A panel of experts reviews entries submited. To stand any chance of success the supplied entry should adhere to the criteria set down in the questionaire. You do not need to wait for a building to be finished to judge it for it's architectural design.

The same goes for development. The criteria is the same for all entries for building complete or under construction. Those interested in finding out more should visit www.propertyawards.net

Stuart Shield

10:40 pm  
Blogger Woke said...

Stuart,


You do not need to wait for a building to be finished to judge it for it's architectural design.

Ok, you dont wait for the building to be finished. Then you have to review the design process, the autocad file, the architectural detail and finishing that is supposed to be done for the building.
Without involving the architects and the technical aspects in detail, how can you give such recognition to these developers based on a questionnaire and a presentation.

FYI, I have been part of such a presentation and ultimately the entry won without any substantial technical detail and without involving the architects for the building for a related award.

So what is the criteria? Make a nice 3-d rendering and an eye-candy presentation - And you have the best architecture/development/...?

12:22 pm  
Anonymous Dubai Property said...

Dubai based property companies are developing, as constructing is going up. This city requires a lot of new building as population is increasing.

12:58 pm  
Blogger Kipp Report said...

Hi,
We are building the profile of Hussai Sajwani, Chairman of Damac Properties...

http://www.kippreport.com/kipp/secret-life-of-hussain-sajwani/

3:42 pm  

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