Innovation: Most Progressive Business District
Winner: Central (Hong Kong SAR, China)
Hong Kong’s low-tax, pro-business environment continues to attract companies to its main business hub. But Central is about much more than gleaming towers. The opening of the landmark heritage project Tai Kwun this year has brought new character as well as creative retail and restaurant businesses to the area. At the same time, the inauguration of one of those gleaming towers, H Queen’s, attracted some very different tenants to Central: the new hub for gallerists confirmed Central’s new status as one of the art world’s prestige destinations.
Innovation: Most Progressive Business District Shortlist
d3, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
The city’s Dubai Design District is a purpose-built avant-garde hub for fashion, design and art, peppered with trendy cafes, high-end apartments and shopping boulevards.
Hauz Khas, Delhi (India)
Once an affluent residential enclave, this south Delhi city has transformed into a creative hub filled with design agencies and boutique shops.
Vittal Innovation City, Bangalore (India)
The southern Indian city of Bangalore is at the epicentre of the country’s IT boom, and this district – combining tech businesses, education and research and development – is its beating heart.
Kwun Tong (Hong Kong SAR, China)
Kwun Tong has been transformed from Hong Kong’s industrial heartland to the city’s newest business district, complete with gleaming skyscrapers and creative hotspots.
Poblacion, Manila (Philippines)
The downtown area of Makati is a major commercial centre, centre of government and combines culture, history and entertainment options.