On this week’s episode of Taking Care of Business, Operations Director; Paul Kelly is joined by Property Consultant and Dubai Marina Specialist; Danny Walker to discuss all-things real estate, how an athletic background can impact your career and what it takes to succeed in Dubai’s property market.
Let’s jump right in!
Paul asks Danny about his previous career, as an ex-footballer, how it began and what brought Danny to real estate.
Danny shares that throughout his early years, he immersed himself in football from a young age, and eventually earned a place in academies and went full-time in the sport at the age of 16. Like many young footballers, he dreamed of becoming a professional player. After turning pro in 2018, Danny's aspirations were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a reassessment of his career choices.
It was during this period of reflection that Danny crossed paths with Marc Walters; Managing Director at Allsopp & Allsopp, during a casual encounter in Dubai. Marc recognized Danny's potential and engaging personality, offering him the opportunity to explore a new career in real estate. This serendipitous meeting opened a door to a whole new world for Danny, and he seized the chance with enthusiasm.
Paul and Danny discuss Danny’s area of expertise: Dubai Marina
Upon joining the Allsopp & Allsopp team, Danny was introduced to the bustling and diverse Dubai Marina area. He shares his initial impressions of the neighbourhood, a mesmerising blend of soaring towers, lively nightlife, and endless entertainment options. However, he admits that getting acclimated to the area was no easy feat, given its vast size and array of properties. Nevertheless, Danny embraced the challenge with determination and embarked on his journey to become a top-notch area specialist.
Paul then asks Danny what helped shape his transition to Dubai?
One key aspect that Danny credits for his smooth transition into the world of real estate is the discipline and relentless nature he cultivated as a professional athlete. Drawing parallels between the two worlds, he highlights the importance of hard work, perseverance, and adaptability in both sports and the property market.
Throughout the podcast, Danny touches upon the exciting developments in Dubai Marina, including the rising interest in Creek Harbor, a new waterfront community that promises a unique lifestyle experience. While recognizing the potential of this upcoming development, he also emphasises the enduring charm of Dubai Marina and its allure for various demographics, particularly couples and singles who seek a dynamic and vibrant lifestyle.
Paul then shoots over some quick fire questions for Danny In the latter part of the conversation, Danny reveals his personal goals, both professionally and personally. He expresses a desire to establish a more structured routine, emphasising the significance of early mornings and exercise to enhance his overall well-being and productivity. This commitment to self-improvement resonates with the Allsopp & Allsopp ethos of continuous growth and development among their agents.
They then continue discussing his success in Dubai Marina, a prime location with endless possibilities, and the new location Creek Harbour coming up - How does this pose as a competition for Dubai Marina.
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