UAE-based Danube Properties enters south Indian market

Rizwan Sajan, Sunny Leone and Atif Rahman during the inauguration.
Updated 09 September 2019

UAE-based Danube Properties enters south Indian market

Danube Properties, a UAE-based real estate developer, has launched its operations in the south Indian state of Kerala by opening its sales and marketing office in Kochi. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Rizwan Sajan, founder and chairman of Danube Group; Atif Rahman, director and partner of Danube Properties; Bollywood actress Sunny Leone, and other senior management of the company. 

This is the developer’s third marketing and sales office in India — after it launched operations in Mumbai in 2016 and Delhi in 2017. 

India is one of the UAE’s strongest economic partners. In 2018, Indian investors had accumulated 31 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects launched in Dubai with a total of 3.71 billion dirhams ($1 billion) in capital. This makes India the second largest investor in Dubai in terms of FDI capital and the fourth largest in terms of projects during the first nine months of the year. 

“Indian nationals — including the non-resident Indians (NRIs) living in Gulf countries — are a major source of investment in Dubai’s real estate. Their growing purchasing power is helping developers to sell properties and complete projects and that is the reason of the launch of our sales and marketing office in Kochi. We want to come closer to our target audience and provide the best assured deal,” Sajan said.

He added: “The UAE is a good place for real estate investment ... We at Danube Properties offer up to 15 percent return on investment. As a developer we not only deliver good homes for end users but also provide the highest rental yield for the investors.”

Danube Properties director Rahman said: “We have a well-balanced portfolio of property buyers of 93 nationalities. A large number of our buyers come from outside the UAE — including China, India, Europe and Africa. A large number of families from Kerala live in the UAE and the Gulf countries. Their presence has over the decades strengthened the bond between the two countries.”

He added: “Our office and our people will help develop a strong network with investors from Kerala and help them own their second home in the UAE through Danube Properties.” 


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.