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Simon Townsend, FRICS

Head of Valuation & Advisory Services, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)

Simon Townsend, FRICS Head of Valuation & Advisory Services, UAE and KSA

Professional Experience

Simon is a Senior Director and Head of the Valuation and Advisory business for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Simon has wide-ranging valuation experience across the MENA region, advising financial institutions, developers, funds and business entities alike. Upon relocating to the UAE in 2001 from a prominent private practice in the UK, Simon took up the role of Resident Partner at Cluttons. He moved to CBRE in 2004, spending 4 years as the Head of Investment and Consultancy. Diversifying his experience, Simon headed the investment and advisory departments in both Islamic and conventional investment banks within the UAE and elsewhere in the GCC. During this time he was involved in valuation mandates across the GCC, North Africa, Europe and USA spanning all asset classes, and advising on a number of high-profile investment acquisitions across these geographies. In addition to his role leading the Strategic Advisory team at CBRE, he has spearheaded the company’s new operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Professional Affiliations/Accreditations

  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) 
  • RICS Registered Valuer, and Chairman of Assessors for new applicants
  • Registered as a Certified Valuer with the Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA)


  • BSc (Hons) Urban Land Economics – Sheffield Hallam University (1996)
  • Teaches a course on valuation as part of RERA’s Real Estate Training for certified valuers

Recent Experience

  • Confidential Client
    Acquired Building in Dubai for client “off-market” for US$135m
  • Arabian Centres
    Strategic advice to large KSA based retail group (18 malls across the kingdom) in respect of the capital values and value maximization strategy
  • Confidential Client
    Disposed of land parcel in Dubai “off-market” for US$180m
  • Confidential Client
    Ongoing advisory and consulting assignments for investment banks, private clients, regional and local REIT funds and other financial institutions

Simon Townsend, FRICS Head of Valuation & Advisory Services, UAE and KSA