From Scoring Goals to Scoring Deals: Meet Riccardo Scala of

If Pele, Maradona or Mohamed Salah are looking to buy a home in Dubai and need world-class real estate advisory, then former soccer supremo Riccardo Scala is their man.

Riccardo Scala of

​Award-winning brokerage is delighted to welcome Riccardo Scala as Head of Luxury Sales and Leasing. Riccardo holds an impeccable reputation in Dubai’s luxury real estate market, and his appointment forms an integral part of the company’s expansion and growth.

Starting out as a professional footballer in the UK with clubs such as Patrick Thistle and Hamilton Academical, Riccardo’s prowess saw him enjoy a sterling career in Italy and the United States. He eventually formed his own fitness brand, founding and leading two companies to international success. In 2016, he moved to Dubai and transitioned to real estate, finding familiar ground in the industry’s competitive spirit and focus on teamwork, and carved out a niche for himself as a top luxury broker.

“I think being part of is a tremendous opportunity,” says Riccardo. “The brand has a level of international exposure that no other company in the market can compete with, which allows us to get a higher volume of qualified leads from all over the world. I have had the privilege of working for two well-known real estate brokerages in Dubai, and the tools that you get here are much more enhanced, giving you the opportunity to grow your transactional business, and also your experience as part of a diverse brokerage team.”

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented slump in the global economy, Dubai has handled the pandemic rather well and has been making a V-shaped recovery, particularly in the real estate sector which saw transactions back up to healthy levels as early as June. has seized this opportunity with both hands by nearly tripling the size of its brokerage and private client advisory teams this year.

“In times of desperation, some see opportunity and few recognise that the fundamentals of Dubai have not changed,” says Jason Hayes, CEO of “It is the ideal time to expand both our team and our brand presence across the city and the wider region. Riccardo forms a very key part of the expansion as the market shows no signs of letting up. His wealth of experience, charming personality and ‘play to win’ attitude will play a major role in our future success.”


About sells the world’s finest homes, with an exclusive portfolio of over $6 billion of on- and off-market properties across the globe. The brokerage specializes in delivering exceptional private client advisory services with an emphasis on professionalism and discretion, and also offers a bespoke real estate search and acquisition service through its exclusive Private Client Office.

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