Former Damac vice-president Alan James Gammon has joined as general manager at Dubai's Samana Developers, part of an effort to drive its 2019 expansion plans that include three project launches in Q1 2019.

Gammon, a British national, will oversee activities including overall project and asset management of Samana Developers, new business, joint venture partnerships, expansion, operations, marketing, and end-to-end customer management, a statement from the Dubai-based developer said.

In addition to the three product launches in the first three months of next year, Gammon will also oversee construction of the 1.3ha Samana Green development, the developer's maiden project in Arjan, Dubailand.

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Gammon brings 35 years of experience with top developers, Samana said, and has managed $2.7bn (AED10bn) worth of assets under his portfolio. He has joined the firm from Shaikhani Group, where he worked as chief operating officer between October 2016 and November 2018.

The industry veteran also had a stint as vice-president of customer service for Damac Properties between December 2009 and January 2013, before joining Funsho International as director of business development, a role he held for 17 months until June 2014.

Speaking on the senior addition, Imran Farooq, Samana’s chief executive officer, said: “The appointment of [Gammon] is a reflection of our commitment to completing our projects well on time with a high quality, healthy living environment and developing potentially high yield properties.

“[His] extensive expertise in real estate, customer service and hospitality will help firmly position Samana Developers in the real estate market of Dubai.”

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Gammon said he is “excited to work with a boutique, high-calibre developer that has a reputation of commitment to its investors and end-users”.

Samana’s $20.4m (AED75m) Samana Greens residential project, a freehold property, will deliver 131 residential units, made up of studios, and one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Forty percent of construction work has already been completed, with the project set for delivery by April 2020 – six months before the official opening of Expo 2020 Dubai on 22 October.