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GCC real estate markets booming: Al Masah Capital

ABU DHABI, December 11, 2015

Al Masah Capital, a leading investment firm in the region, has reported a booming Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economy at $1.65 trillion last year, as compared to $535.7 billion a decade ago.
 
It hinted at positive growth rates for the real estate markets in the GCC, with a reviewed 11.9 per cent CAGR.
 
The reports were in comparison with the global real estate market investments which fell back last year due to policy changes in China and other Asia Pacific countries leading to weakening in land sales. 
 
Global real estate investment fell last year for the first time in five years, dropping 6.3 per cent to $1.21 trillion from $1.29 trillion in 2013. 
 
While the recent drop in oil prices have subdued GDP growth in the short term, the GCC economy is expected to recover on back of supportive economic policies and strong performance in non-oil sector. 
 
According to IMF, GCC's economy is estimated to reach $2 trillion by 2020, with Saudi Arabia contributing $902 billion, followed by the UAE ($502 billion), Qatar ($269 billion), Kuwait ($196 billion), Oman ($81 billion), and Bahrain ($40 billion).
 
Al Masah also observed that the GCC region as a whole is still heavily reliant on oil revenues while the non-oil sector comprising of manufacturing, real estate, tourism, hospitality, and trade, has emerged as the major growth engine, especially in the UAE. 
 
Consequently, despite the steep decline in oil prices in the second half of last year, the GDP growth in GCC was not severely affected due to strong performance of the non-oil sector and the large cash buffers, which ensured steady levels of spending and investment. 
 
Over the last five years, the GCC economy has grown at an average annual rate of five per cent against the world average growth rate of 2.8 per cent. 
 
Within the GCC region, Qatar recorded the highest growth rate of 9.7 per cent, followed by Saudi Arabia (5.2 per cent), Bahrain (four per cent) and the UAE (four per cent) respectively. 
 
The increased contribution of the non-oil sector to the economy has been the major reason for the relatively better performance by the GCC countries, surpassing the growth rates of the developed countries in the last five years.
 
Post recession, GCC has emerged as an attractive destination for global investors and the real estate and construction sectors have become key economic barometers for the growth in the region. 
 
GCC countries are also organising mega events such as the Dubai World Expo 2020 in the UAE and the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, which will provide a major boost to the region's tourism as well as real estate industry in the coming years. However, the private equity investment in the GCC real estate is still recovering from the economic recession in 2009. 
 
The recovery rate has been slow due to cautious investor sentiments and the industry has a long way to go before it reaches the pre-2009 levels of investment.
 
The hospitality, residential and office lease markets remain buoyant in the GCC whereas the retail segment is expected to continue its aggressive expansion in the coming years. 
 
With major ongoing commercial projects the GCC Real Estate markets are attracting considerable interests from private sectors to indicate potential for further growth. - TradeArabia News Service



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