TitlePolycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism
Dates20–25 October 2018
CitiesDubai & Abu Dhabi
27Off-Site Programs8Tracks
5Program Rooms4Evenings of Receptions
3Symposiums1Great Conference!


Attendance by Region

Top Regions


Top 10 Countries

2United States167
4United Kingdom 86
Total Countries Represented: 54

Top 10 Cities

5New York City48
8Hong Kong40
10Abu Dhabi29
Total Cities Represented: 128

Attendance by Company

Attendance by Discipline


Top 10 Architecture / Urban Planning / Interiors Companies

1Skidmore, Owings & Merrill12
2NORR Group Consultants International10
4Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates5
4Tongji Architectural Design Group5
8East China Architectural Design & Research Institute4
8Goettsch Partners4
8Woods Bagot4

Total Architects / Urban Planners / Interiors in attendance = 221 people; 110 companies


Top 10 Engineering Companies 

2Thornton Tomasetti19
5National Engineering Bureau11
6Dar al-Handasah Shair & Partners10
7Ramboll Group9
9WME Consultants8
10Robert Bird Group7

Total Engineers in attendance = 304 people; 107 companies


Top 10 Material / System Suppliers

3Otis Elevator Co. / UTC23
7Permasteelisa Group7
8Technal Middle East5

Total Material / System Suppliers in attendance = 254 people; 46 companies


Top 20 Owners / Developers / Occupiers / Property Managers

1Country Garden19
2PS-Co. 15
4Emaar Properties 8
4Jeddah Economic Company 8
4Sun Hung Kai Properties 8
7New World Development Company7
8Select Group6
8Yamam Sazeh6
10Shanghai Tower Construction & Development5
12Aldar Properties 4
12Gaysorn Property4
12Shenzhen Parkland Real Estate Development4
16Birla Estates3
16Equitativa & Emirates REIT3
16New Land Enterprises3
16Ping An Real Estate3
16Piramal Realty3
16PT Toba Pengembang Sejahtra3
16Puranik Builders3

Total Owners / Developers / Occupiers / Property Managers in attendance = 216 people; 84 companies


Top 10 Contractors / Project Managers / Cost Consultants

1Turner Construction Company / Turner International21
2Residential Construction Council of Ontario18
3Ontario Formwork Association12
4Multiplex Construction11
5PAN Partners8
6Al Ghurair Construction Aluminium7
6China State Construction Overseas Development7
6Renaissance Construction Company7
9Bouygues Batiment International5
9PT Total Bangun Persada5

Total Contractors / Project Managers / Cost Consultants in attendance = 144 people; 41 companies

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Delegate Comments

“I would like to thank all of our colleagues at CTBUH for hosting this high-quality Conference and contributing to the involved industries and communities.”
– Raymond Wong, Executive Director, Projects, Hongkong Land

“This was my first CTBUH conference and I have attended many events both in Dubai and Europe. The conference was by far the most impressive for organizational aspects, and particularly, the delegate list. To achieve an audience of so many senior global professionals is not easy to achieve. A job well done!”
– David Pine-Coffin, National Director, JLL

“This annual conference achieves a perfect balance between creating topical diversity on industry trends while highlighting sharp insights on focused topics.”
– April Liu, Global Marketing Manager, Schindler

“CTBUH is one of the best conferences globally for cities and the urban habitat. Continue the great work.”
– Shaun Killa, Design Partner, Killa Design

“The 2018 Conference has set the standard so high in the UAE, and this was a brilliant thing! I was really humbled to be invited to speak both in Dubai and later Abu Dhabi.”
– Mohamad Al-Dah, Director, Webb Yates and Esther Engineers

“Keep up the great work! It was wonderful to see the Student Scholarships awarded/presented, as well as the numerous Research grants.”
– Grant Uhlir, Regional Managing Principal, Gensler

“Once again, the CTBUH Conference was incredibly well organized and the content was very informative / well produced. Definitely the best conference of the year!”
– Jason Vieusseux, NSW Construction Director, Mirvac Construction

“I am very glad that I joined the Dubai Conference. I found the topics of this conference particularly informative and inspiring.”
– Lei Li, Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

“Overall a very good conference, for which I was excited to be a contributor. I hope that I can contribute to next year’s conference and be part of the success of this organization’s continued goal in pushing our profession to share ideas, share aspirations and share the challenges that we face with our environments.”
– Paul Runaghan, Associate Director, CallisonRTKL

“Thank you to all CTBUH staff and executives for organizing such a wonderful conference each year!”
– Cristophe Bilaine, VP, Preconstruction, Bouygues Batiment International

“This conference provided a good mix of topics as well as off-site opportunities, which I believe caters to all attendees’ interests and enables them to attend sessions that are not necessarily in their core interest, thus allowing them to obtain a broader understanding.”
– John Gaskin, Managing Director, Gaskin Construction Services Pty Ltd

“Congratulations to both CTBUH and Dubai! One of the best conferences I’ve ever attended!”
– Carmelo Casas, President & CEO, Casas+Architects

“It was a fantastic event. I met up with a lot of professionals during this time, sharing different points of view on buildings and the environment. Great event!”
– Waigo Ng, Director, AET Flexiblespace