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UAE Real Estate market safe haven for foreign investors

UAE Real Estate market safe haven for foreign investors

02.09.2015: Cityscape Global sees 30% growth in exhibition space amid real estate market stabilisation

Cityscape Global sees 30% growth in exhibition space amid real estate market stabilisation



Photo caption:  The Middle East’s largest and most influential property show Cityscape Global expecting significant British participation.


British investors are showing no signs of slowing down after pumping more than AED4.7 billion into the UAE real estate market in the first half of 2015.


According to the Dubai Land Department, the total sum of foreign investment in Dubai’s property sector exceeded AED53 billion, with the UK accounting for the second largest number of investors after India.


These figures emerge as the Middle East’s largest and most influential property event Cityscape Global opens its doors next week to an expected audience of more than 50,000 participants from around the world.


Craig Plumb, Head of Research at JLL MENA said: ‘Dubai is by far the most popular real estate market in the region in terms of attracting foreign capital, with foreigners investing more than AED43 billion over the first half of 2015 (accounting for almost 80% of all sales).  


“Unlike other markets in the region, overseas investors can purchase freehold title in real estate in large parts Dubai.  The market is also more mature and better regulated and offers investors a greater choice of product than other cities in the Middle East. 


“The other major attraction of Dubai is the potential it offers for foreign investors to realise long term capital gains. While the market is currently in a cyclical downtown and the prospects for short term capital gains are limited,  average prices increased by more than 50% over the two years to the middle of  2014, providing significant gains for many investors.”


With both international and local investors looking to take advantage of the stabilising property prices in the UAE, more than 300 exhibitors will be gearing up to showcase their latest developments at the three-day show. 


Continuing its strong international appeal, developers from the UK, Turkey, Qatar, Egypt, the Americas, Canada and China will be out in force at the event, which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 8 – 10 September.


Shan Saeed, Chief Economist, IQI Group, Malaysia, one of the overseas exhibitors at Cityscape Global, believes now is the prime time for international investors to get a foot hold in the real estate market.


“The equity market is witnessing an unprecedented amount of uncertainty and volatility. Clients, globally in the financial markets have lost $211 billion in wealth destruction in the last two months,” Saeed said.


Covering 4,200 square meters of exhibition space, Turkey represents the largest international pavilion at the show, welcoming a record 50 Turkish exhibitors following the high demand from GCC investors.


Saeed added: “Savvy clients are looking for safe havens for their precious funds as the bloodbath in the global markets continue. There is a strong correlation between decline in equity values and rise of real estate markets globally. 


Real estate is the new global currency and has taken centre stage in asset portfolio of smart investors.  How the markets behave in H2 2015 could be the million dollar question for many nervous investors but real estate is the way forward.”


Returning exhibitors, Chestertons will be showcasing ‘The London Collection’ from St George, a series of new prime London projects which they believe will be an ideal investment for UAE and GCC nationals.


Robin Teh, Country Manager, Chestertons UAE said: “Prime London residential property has delivered stronger growth than other major asset types since the global crash because these projects provide investors with attractive returns.


“On the other hand, UAE is definitely proving to be a key investment destination for British expats as well. We have seen the numbers rising during the last few years.  The UAE market is a more regulated and stable, with long-term opportunities for British investors. Rental yields are still higher compared with other developed locations, and this proves to be an attractive feature for British expats looking for income-generating assets.


“Overall, we believe the market provides a good buying opportunity at current prices in the secondary market and a significant potential for capital appreciation in off-plan projects.”


Taking a new format this year, the Cityscape Global Conference will be staged the day before the exhibition at Conrad Hotel Dubai.  The new format is expected to facilitate more than 800 senior real estate professionals and government officials who will explore opportunities and find solutions to key challenges affecting the industry today.


Also running in tandem with the exhibition is the Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets. The awards programme attracts hundreds of entries from developers and architects behind real estate developments across emerging markets globally. Winners will be announced at an elaborate ceremony taking place at the Conrad Hotel, Dubai on 8 September. 


Cityscape Global 2015 returns with support from Dubai Land Department and Foundation Partners: Emaar Properties, Dubai Properties and Nakheel; Gold Sponsor: Arma Properties; Garanti Koza and Al Marjan Island; Silver Sponsor Sobha LLC; District Operator Sponsor: Ejadah Asset Management; Project Marketing Sponsor: Aqua Properties and Property Registration Trustee Partner: Tamleek Property Transfer. 



     
- Sarah Brook, Total Communications Dubai - also photo
 

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