Two of the many issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting control measures were limited opportunities for exercise, especially indoors, and idle space in commercial buildings. Hong Kong entrepreneur Dinesh Nihalchand has come up with what he believes is a future-proof solution for the fitness business that offers contactless personal training while optimising under-utilised real-estate assets at the same time.
The development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) is helping businesses from Mainland China to enter the Hong Kong market and use the city as their launchpad for global expansion. In a report from global real estate consultancy Knight Frank, Patrick Mak, Executive Director Head of Kowloon Office Strategy & Solutions & Head of Tenant Representation, Greater China, discusses which sectors are most likely to leverage Hong Kong’s connector status and identifies three emerging office hubs in Kowloon that have the potential to reap benefits.
Just as our view of the universe has changed radically over time – from a flat earth under a dome of sky to a planet on a solar system in one of hundreds of billions of galaxies – so our perception of the rapidly evolving metaverse is shifting constantly. Only in the case of the metaverse its actual state is evolving along with our perceptions.
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are pulling real-world assets into the metaverse and giving them value in the content-owner-driven world of Web 3.0. But since the metaverse is content-only and everyone can create items from scratch, or even virtualise real-world performers and let them live forever, why not go all-virtual?
The planned metaverse will bring profound changes to virtual and physical supply chains. This webinar will explore the implications and opportunities for the Hong Kong business community. It will also consider how the COVID-19 pandemic has turbocharged the shift towards the digital economy as service providers turn to technology-driven initiatives to create new customer experiences and generate innovative online sales and marketing channels.
The rapid development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) in recent years, coupled with a maturing transport network, has driven industrial transformation and shifts in real-estate investment in the region. Apart from Shenzhen and Guangzhou, investors have also set eyes on the second tier of cities in Guangdong Province.
A shift in the workplace paradigm is driving demand for what Hans Leijten, CEO of Compass Offices – a leading flexible office space provider in the Asia-Pacific with a presence in nine cities – calls the “business-ready office”. To meet this market need, Compass is opening four new locations in Hong Kong – the city where Compass was founded in 2009.
United Kingdom-based auction house Christie’s has announced plans to enhance and expand its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. The substantial investment will quadruple the size of its current premises in the city and provide new sales galleries and salesrooms in The Henderson, a high-end office tower designed by renowned London-based Zaha Hadid Architects for local developer Henderson Land Group.
Luxury residential properties in Hong Kong is seeing robust demand, as reflected in the surging revenue of real estate agencies such as Habitat Property, which is forecasting a 25% growth for 2021. Founder and Managing Director Victoria Allan outlines the drivers fuelling the market, and why she expects these to continue.
Commercial real estate investment into Hong Kong has rebounded remarkably, almost doubling in the first half of 2021 compared with the same six months last year. Oscar Chan, Head of Capital Markets at JLL Hong Kong, explains the numbers, and why Hong Kong’s result is a standout in the region.
His relocation experiences as an expatriate led Indian-born Sachin Doshi to make a career leap from investment banking to entrepreneurship. He established Hong Kong rental accommodation firm Weave Living in 2017 and, in a space of just four years, the brand has grown from one property to a diversified portfolio of 579 units across five locations. Mr Doshi now actively seeks opportunities to meet diverse housing needs in other leading global cities.
Anticipating that “proptech” — the application of technology in the property sector — and smart-city initiatives will bring massive changes to the real estate industry, Hong Kong developer Sino Group has set up a corporate innovation programme, PropXTech.