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John Davis

Chief Executive Officer | Middle East

Al Shafar Tower 1
12th Floor
Barsha Heights
P O Box 48817
United Arab Emirates

Office: +971 4 453 7400


John has over 27 years of property related experience and joined Colliers International in South Africa in 1994. In 1996 he was appointed as a Director to the Colliers International main board with responsibility for the company's Property Management activities throughout South Africa. He was instrumental in Colliers International entering into the Facilities Management arena across Southern Africa, and in 1998 a new division of the company was formed which he managed as Property & Facilities Management Director. In 2000 he was appointed to the position of the company’s Managing Director and then in 2001 transferred with Colliers International to the UAE office to drive the growth of Colliers International’s business across the Middle East & North Africa region. Currently based in Dubai, he holds the position of regional CEO which now operates four regional offices, offering a full range of professional real estate related services across the MENA region.  Since his arrival in the UAE he has successfully expanded Colliers International’s services to now cover over 15 countries across the MENA region.



He is also involved in the leadership of Colliers International and serves on the boards of Colliers International Property Consultants (CIPC), Colliers International Europe and the Middle East and Africa, and is the Chairman of a MENA regional Quantity Surveying and Cost Consultancy Company.

In June 2009 and again in March 2011 he was listed in the Expat Power 50, a list of the top ranked expats in the Middle East region, and in 2013 he was recognised as one of the Top 50 most influential Brits in the UAE.


In 2000 under his management, the Colliers International – South African property management division had grown to administer over US$1 billion in assets, covering 2.5 million square meters throughout Southern Africa, collecting rentals of over US$8.25 million per month. This positioned Colliers International as the largest non-institutional property/asset management company in Southern Africa. Assets under management included six regional shopping centres measuring in total over 500,000 square meters, as well as four listed property portfolios on the South African Stock Exchange.


He has previously held positions on the boards of two Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed property funds, the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, and the investment committee of a UAE Real Estate Development Fund.


Executive Leadership


MENA Region Retailers, MENA Region Shopping Mall Owners and Developers, MENA Region Financial Institutions, Middle East Sovereign Wealth Funds


T2 (Electrical Engineering)

MAP (Wits Business School - Johannesburg)


Affiliations & Memberships

EMEA - Board Member, EMEA Investment Business Team - Chairman, IGC - Board Member, GIS - Executive Committee, CI Property Consultants Inc. (CIPC) - Board Member, Quantity Surveying and Cost Consultancy Company MENA Region - Chairman

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