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Alan Razak Visits Saudi Arabia to Teach Urban Land Institute Classes

In March 2013, AthenianRazak Principal Alan Razak visited Saudi Arabia for the second time this past year to teach a course for the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  As part of this most recent trip, Alan taught a three-day course to Kinan, a private Saudi real estate development company that is focused primarily on housing and retail development projects in several different cities in the KSA.  The class covered the fundamentals of real estate development including site selection, due diligence, market analysis, design and construction, finance and property management, among other topics.

As part of a previous trip with ULI in June 2012, Alan taught a course on managing design and construction from a developer’s point of view to Emaar, a Dubai-based private company that is leading the master-planning and development of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), an ambitious new city project in Rabigh, 100 km north of Jeddah.  KAEC is the largest and most diverse of four public/private new city projects being promoted by the Saudi government, encompassing massive amounts of new development on 173 square kilometers (66.8 sq mi) abutting the Red Sea. The KAEC project includes a port, industrial valley, educational zone, central business district with commercial, mixed-use, retail outlets and financial island, resorts and a residential area.  Alan’s course focused on construction development management in mature markets such as the U.S.

Alan is a sought-after thought leader in real estate and development management, teaching various courses for ULI both in the U.S. and abroad, including previous courses in Dubai.  He also consults on various types of real estate development projects.