The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) hosted an open seminar on real estate investments led by Dr. Maria Psillaki, an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University at the BIBF premises in Juffair.
The seminar focused on enhancing participants’ understanding of the Global Real Estate Investment market by analysing past crises and drawing lessons for future strategies. The seminar covered various aspects of the American mortgage crisis and the opportunities and risks presented in the real estate market in comparison with other types of investment. In addition, the seminar highlighted key strategies to achieve sustainable growth and development in the real estate sector in the Middle East region.
On this occasion, the BIBF’s Deputy Director Dr. Ahmed Abdulhameed Al Shaikh praised the significance of these seminars “In light of the booming real estate market in Bahrain and the Gulf Region, our objective in delivering this seminar was to engage real estate professionals in critical debate about the nature of today’s real estate market and the needs of customers. The coming years are likely to see significant market growth and diversification which will require the development of new strategies to capitalise on this”.
In addition, the BIBF’s Head of Academic Centre & Quality Assurance Dr Keith Sharp, stated, “This event reflects the tremendous potential and growing importance of real estate in the GCC region. There is a need to emphasise the critical role of lessons from the past in planning for future growth in the real estate sector”.
The seminar was held at the BIBF premises in Juffair and was attended by local and regional experts in real estate sector. It was presented by Dr. Maria Psillaki, an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University one of the BIBF’s long international partners. In partnership with BIBF, DePaul continues to offer its MBA and Masters in Human Resources (MSHR) for the 16th consecutive year since the partnership was launched in 2001. So far the programmes have had more than 500 graduates in Bahrain. The DePaul programmes are recognised by the Bahrain Higher Education Council (HEC) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).