About Us


This Urban Thinkers Campus is held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at Meydan Hotel on October 02nd to October 4th. The title of the campus is Future Cities: Innovation and Shaping the Future for SDG’s and Organized by Dubai Real Estate Institute and the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI)

The Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban actors who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations.

The Campus is not a formal conference where speakers make official presentations. Rather, the Urban Thinkers Campus is meant to be a place to share, learn, and brainstorm on the new urban paradigm established by Habitat III . It is also intended as a platform to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures.

The format of the Campus is flexible, based on open facilitated sessions, allowing for a high level of participant interaction. All participants will have equal opportunities to voice their views, ideas, and to present evidence to support their vision. In a spirit of sharing, the Campus will include Urban Thinkers Sessions, which will allow a high level of exchange.

These sessions will be organized both by theme.

  • Real Estate Investment and Innovation
  • Innovative asset management
  • Smart and sustainable living
  • Real Estate Policies and Regulation

In a spirit of learning, the Campus will include Urban Labs to explore new practices and models that can inspire participants. While the labs will focus on new thinking and innovation, participants should always question the possibility for new practices and models to be implemented at a meaningful scale. These Labs will be presented with innovation and implementation in mind. To successfully achieve these outcomes, participants should attend the Campus with an open mind, and should be prepared to express their views in the debates.