Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Dubai Committee Holds Inaugural Event
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December 10, 2014
DUBAI - The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) held its Inaugural Dubai Committee Event at the Vida Downtown Hotel, adjacent to the Burj Khalifa. The event was held to reintroduce and reinvigorate interest in the CTBUH in Dubai. As a starting point, the group sought to re-establish itself among its existing professional membership.

The event was organized by Dean McGrail, Director of Specialist Services at WSP in the Middle East and Mark Lavery, Associate Director at BuroHappold, who are the Dubai City Representatives for the CTBUH UAE. WSP and BuroHappold, both CTBUH Supporting Contributors, sponsored the inaugural event. Both Representatives would also like to personally thank Olga Litkovets, Business Development & Marketing Coordinator at WSP in the Middle East for her assistance in organizing the event.  
Mark Lavery, BuroHappold, CTBUH Dubai City Representative presenting data studies
The event, attended by a mix of engineers, architects, developers, facilities management representatives and press, kicked off with informal networking and was followed by presentations. Dean McGrail re-introduced the CTBUH and outlined to the members what the CTBUH is now doing for the industry in terms of research, publications, conferences, awards, working groups and media involvement. This was followed by a presentation from Mark Lavery on the CTBUH Data Studies and Graphics, along with the Skyscraper Center Promotion video. Following the presentations, McGrail and Lavery described their aspirations for future events and asked all attendees to come back to them with any ideas on what they want from the Council going forward. The event concluded with informal networking and an agreement that further events will be held each quarter.
Dean McGrail, WSP, CTBUH Dubai City Representative presenting on CTBUH members and providing updates
Dean McGrail (left) and Mark Lavery (right) posing together