FEATURES & ANALYSIS

As infrastructure and real estate investments surge in the Gulf, the facilities management (FM) industry is growing with them. Although end users typically see the cost of FM as a necessary evil, awareness of its contribution to lasting property value and a healthy living environment is rising and the industry’s contract values are expected to rise to USD 66 bn by 2020.

The time is right for investing in the luxury property market in the GCC.

Speculative activity in Qatar’s real estate market is seeing prices soar .

Will falling oil prices affect the demand for real estate in Qatar?- A report

According to a recently published report, `Beyond affordability – public housing and community development in the GCC', by Strategy&, the GCC region may be in need of one million housing units by 2018, due to population growth and a constant inflow of foreign workers.

Enquiries for leasehold and freehold residential properties in designated areas of Qatar have been rising. These are properties available to foreigners for long lease or freehold purchase.

Small real estate investors hope to take advantage of the demand for housing, while market operators fear a glut. Time for the government to step in.

Gulf sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have been allocating between 5 to 10 percent of their assets under management to direct real estate for many years. The exception is the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, which opts for short-term instruments.

With recovery well and truly on, the litmus test for Dubai’s real estate market will be to avoid the overheating that hits where it hurts most.
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