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Corporate Background

Downtown International is an award winning multinational real estate agency offering an extensive range of brokerage services for residential and commercial properties within downtown areas across the globe. We believe in providing a quality service to all our clients to ensure they receive the best professional advice and guidance. Since our inception in 2011, Downtown International continues to be a trusted and leading international real estate brokerage in the Middle East. 


Our marketing and web departments ensure that Downtown together with our inventory and services are promoted using as many different channels as possible throughout the Emirates and beyond. Outdoor, print and web mediums are consistently employed which provide a steady stream of prospects to the business.


We have an established database featuring 1000 agents and 150,000 property investors on domestic and international playing fields. Both groups are kept up to date via phone by the prospecting team in an attempt to match client requirements with new property listings. This is also achieved with the use of professional email campaigns highlighting properties at extremely good value.


Our client base is made up of many nationalities. An equal spread of African, Arab, Iranian, Russian, Subcontinent and European buyers make up the majority of this segment with smaller percentages of Chinese & North American clients making up the remainder. Due to a strong web presence and an extensive agent network, our reach is strong overseas and international inquiries account for 25% of leads generated. Our database and target audience are a mixture of buy to let investors and end users with an array of budgets stretching from USD 100k to USD 200m.


In our history of sales and marketing, we have successfully launched and sold many international developments in centres across the region. Given our experience, Downtown has developed a near scientific strategy for each market in which it operates, knowing exactly what cost effective mediums to use for promotion. Furthermore, Downtown can predict the number of prospects that can be generated and qualified from a campaign and finally what conversion rate can be applied to offer accurate sales forecasting estimates.


We have an extensive client list that includes world class developers and a wide range of end-users and property investors alike. We have worked with subsidiaries of The Berkeley Group including; St Edward, St George, St James & Berkeley Homes in the United Kingdom and have also represented developers of branded residential developments such as; Banyan Tree, JW Marriott, Mandarin Oriental & Ritz Carlton.

CEO's Message

Over the years, Downtown has built a reputation for being a leading international real estate brokerage in the Middle East and I take great pride in the long term relationships we have forged, highlighting the strengths within our core values and culture of the business.

Our priority still remains our clients, who are at the forefront of our achievements; from the exceptional real estate offerings across the globe to purchasers seeking outstanding investment opportunities or indeed an idyllic home in Dubai. I encourage all buyers and sellers alike to take part in the ‘Downtown Experience’ and to enjoy the professionalism you deserve as a real estate client.

I would like to sincerely thank our valued clients for your continued support in ensuring that we remain a leading international property agency in the region.


Martin Askuri

Chief Executive Officer


Management Team

Martin Ashkuri
Chief Executive Officer

Martin has a total of thirteen years property sales and marketing experience and founded Downtown Real Estate upon the successes of his career. Working previously at Dubai Lifestyle City, a subsidiary of the ETA Ascon Star Group of Companies and developer of branded residential communities provided Martin the perfect platform to launch Downtown Real Estate. Prior to this, he managed the market leading brokerage Cirrus Real Estate after finishing a successful term at First Gulf Bank’s Freehold Property Division as their Head of International. Preceding FGB, Martin spent two years with MiNC Property Enterprises as UK Sales Manager responsible for the sales and marketing of London based investment properties across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He has an extensive network and knowledge base of both international and domestic property sales and has executed numerous property launches with consistently positive results.

Mashook Seyed
Chief Financial Officer

Mashook has 29 Years of experience in various positions in family owned businesses in Mumbai, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Antwerp (Belgium) and Dubai. He has extensive experience with emphasis on strategic business planning, business development, addressing trouble shooting issues and enabling better decision making by management to maximize profits.

Nadine Ashkuri
Chief Operating Officer

Moving from the East Coast of Canada in 2001 and hopping around the GCC until settling in Dubai, Nadine has more than 16 years experience in the education and business sectors. After completing her Masters in Education, and various diploma's and certificates in Canada, Nadine has worked with the Qatar Foundation, The College of the North Atlantic, both in Qatar, The Department of Education (KHDA) in Abu Dhabi and the Canadian University in Dubai, in various capacities. Although teaching is her passion, she has since switched careers and moved into organizational management. Nadine's strengths include management, mediation, strategic planning, and research.

Behrang Jalali
Managing Director

Originally from Iran, Behrang grew up in London and obtained his Bachelors in Economics from City University, London before travelling to the US to receive his MBA in Finance & Real Estate from the University of Southern California in 2004. Behrang has devoted his career to real estate, initially learning his trade in the US and then moving to Dubai to establish and manage Bahar Real Estate. During the economic turn-down, he moved back to Iran to work in the family business as a Partner in a large real estate Development Company and then returned to Dubai in 2013 to join Downtown, where he now manages the entire day-to-day operation.

Luay Al Qatami
Director – Kuwait

As well as managing Downtown’s operations in Kuwait and a Board Member of Arqaam Capital, Luay is the Founder and Deputy Managing Director of Adaa Real Estate Co., which specialises in international property development and construction. He also has significant investment banking experience from prior positions with; Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait as an Investment Manager in the Treasury and Investment Division, Al Ahlia Investment Company as a Senior Investment Manager in Portfolio and Asset Management and Gulf Investment Corporation as an Assistant Manager within the Asset Management Division. Luay started his career and investment training with the Kuwait Investment Authority which included short-term positions with various institutions, including Morgan Stanley. Luay has a BA in Business Administration from The American College in London and an MBA in Finance from Kuwait University.

Mohamed Abdulrahman
Director - Bahrain

Mohamed is a highly acclaimed real estate professional within the Bahraini market. Starting his career in 2006 with Riffa Views Signature Estates, his most significant achievement to date was to successfully deliver USD29m over a 6-month period in 2011 resulting from the sale of 43 villas. He then went on to serve two years at Naseej where he played a key role in optimizing profitability by developing and executing strategy for the marketing and promotion of the developer's properties. Finally, in his role as Business Development Manager for Star International Real Estate, a member of Al-Hilal Group, Mohamed went on to partnering with Downtown International in the sale of various London developments before excepting the opportunity to lead the Downtown team in Bahrain. 

Adam Partridge
Director – United Kingdom

Adam has a combined experience of 15 years in sales and Business Development in the real estate industry, originally plying his skills in South West London’s property market. Arriving in the U.A.E. in 2007, he successfully managed the International team at Sherwoods Independent Property Consultants, offering a global property portfolio. In 2010 Adam opened and established an office in Abu Dhabi for Groupe LB, creating business partnerships here in the U.A.E. and the G.C.C. He has now brought his wealth of experience and market knowledge to Downtown, heading U.K. operations from our offices on Grosvenor Street, London.

Director – Qatar

Khalid is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Q Homes in Qatar, founded in 2012. Q Homes has won several awards through the years, including; "Best Lettings Agency in the Entire Arabia Region". Due to a long standing relationship, Q Homes entered into a joint venture with Downtown International in the sale of various international developments complimenting their existing business. Khalid is an Alumni of King Fahad University, London Business School, and HEC Paris. He has over 15 years of experience in Finance and Investments. Khalid previously held leadership positions at Royal Dutch Shell and Qatar Foundation. He has also held international positions in Washington DC and the Hague.


Tracy Lai, Director Sales and Marketing, 1 Pavillion

Pavilion represent many major developers in Malaysia and the Far East. We have been a partner with Downtown Real Estate on many successful Malaysian projects launches in the Middle East and Surround- ing regions. Downtown Real Estate have the knowledge and experience that we require to successfully market and sell our developments through their professional approach and innovative marketing strategies.

Phillip John, Downtown Client

I have purchased two units through Downtown Real Estate in the Burj Khalifa area and have been extremely impressed with both purchases and with the level of professionalism. The sales consultant took time to fully understand my requirements and provide me with the best options. It was a quick, organized and a smooth process from initial contact to obtaining of Title Deed and I am already exploring future possible investments in their international projects.

Sadaq Jalal, Downtown Client

The level of knowledge of the sales team in Downtown Real Estate impressed me right from the start of my contact with them regarding property in Malaysia. They were fully aware of the projects in detail and also the rules and regulations of the country which made my decision a much easier one to make. Downtown only represent quality developments with reputable developers therefore removing any anxiety from making an international purchase.

Antonio Stefanos, Downtown Client

I have purchased property in London through Downtown Real Estate in 2013. They have exclusive projects in the heart of London in amazing locations which is what attracted me to the company. The agents were professional, punctual and extre mely knowledgeable. They ensured thatmy trip to London to view the project was organized and the whole process of purchasing was very smooth.

Han Bin, Managing Director, SQFT Global China

SQFT Global have been working with Downtown since their inception on many projects based in the far east and the UAE. Our predominately Chinese customers have been very impressed with the service and professionalism they have received when dealing with Downtown. They provide transparent advice on purchases processes and only represent the most trusted and reliable developers. Our working relationship has expanded over recent years and we hope it will continue to do so with new projects all over the globe.

Laurence Ronson, Heron International

After careful consideration, we decided to appoint Downtown to launch our Riverwalk, SW1 to the Dubai market. I continue to be impressed with their tenacity, enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism coupled with a strong understanding of the London market. Downtown possess a “Can Do” attitude and have delivered for me…I would have no hesitation in working with Downtown again on our upcoming residential development  programme.

Fozia Qureshi, Kingfields Solicitor, London

Downtown Real Estate has recently referred a number of purchasers to us and we have found them to be friendly and professional at all times. Feedback from our clients is that they are extremely helpful and proactive for them in their transactions.

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