Everything has to be one window otherwise information is lost

May Khizam, co-founder, SMARTInvest Real Estate by The Grid interviewed Harri Majala, CEO, GBuilder about the ‘digital twin’ platform that is taking homebuyers on a new digital customer journey. Based in Finland, GBuilder is BIM-based web and mobile platform with 3D/VR/AR models that simplifies the communication around buying an off-plan apartment or house for both the builder and buyer.

This platform has evolved out of a family business in construction with yourself at the helm as the next gen developing and integrating technology into an industry that has been slow to transform itself digitally.
Indeed, ‘why fix it if it’s not broken’ is a difficult mindset to challenge but we have done just that by combining digitalization, CAD, project management and visualization. We had the vision. Technology is now playing catch up.



This is a general summary of key participant points from the London launch of SMARTInvest Real Estate by The Grid Media Ltd in partnership with Bird & Bird LLP on July 19, 2018.


Michael Rudd, Co-Head, International Energy & Utilities Group and Marco Nicolai, UK Head of Construction, Bird & Bird LLP

May Khizam, Founder & Chief Strategist and Tasneem Mayet, Research Director, The Grid Media Ltd

The private round table was attended by market leading participants representing a broad cross-section of the built space value chain from the United Kingdom, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. The discussion focused on front line thinking, with a focus on disruption, at the intersections of investment, real estate and technology. (more…)

“They appreciate what we stand for and the pillars of this country, which encourage individuality and personal identity”

The Grid: To support Dubai’s growth as a hub of cultural innovation, you have conceptualised the KOA’s new Canvas members’ community around the idea of blurring the lines between ‘live, work and play’. The mixed-use development consists of both residential units and a state-of-the-art communal co-working space. Where did you draw your inspiration for the concept?

Mohammed Zaal: Previously as CEO of Al Barari, I wanted to redefine residential living and working in Dubai and create an urban ecosystem that challenged existing norms in the market.

In the past few years, I really started feeling that the real estate market here wasn’t really going in the right direction. In the first huge residential construction boom, it was evident that no one really cared about what was being built, who was building it, or who the buyers or investors were. Everyone was just playing the game and making money.