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18 August 2019

Dubai records 3% increase in tourists during H1 2019, at 8.36 million

India was the biggest source market during the period with 997,000 visitors, followed by Saudi Arabia with 755,000 travellers. Room inventory across 714 establishments in Dubai increased 6% to reach 118,345 at the end of June whilst average occupancy stood at 76%.
15 August 2019

Arabtec Holding records drop in Q2 profit as new contract awards decline

Arabtec Holding released its results for the quarter ending June, displaying a 47% decline in net profit to AED 26 million. It attributed the fall to a decline in the awards of new contracts in the construction sector in the first half of the year coupled with the completion of legacy projects in 2019.
15 August 2019

Dubai’s non-oil private sector records modest expansion

The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Dubai Economy Tracker Index fell from 58.4 in June to 55.2 in July. Readings above 50 signal growth in economic activity. Expectations for business activity over the next 12 months were high at the start of H2 2019, with the respective index registering the third-highest numbers on record.
5 August 2019

Emaar Properties’ H1 2019 sales jump but profits decline

Emaar Properties recorded sales for the first half of 2019 at AED 9.4 billion, up 52% from the same period in 2018, and one of the highest reported by the company in Dubai. However, net profits during the same period declined to AED 3.1 billion from AED 3.2 billion in H1 2018 on the back of higher costs.
1 August 2019

UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain follow US Federal Reserve to cut interest rates

Any interest rate reductions lower the cost of borrowing for customers, positively impacting sectors such as automotive and real estate. Customers can now avail reduced rates on loans, mortgages and credit cards.
29 July 2019

Aldar awards contracts worth AED 1 billion for Abu Dhabi projects

Alreeman contract of AED 794 million awarded to Tristar Engineering and Construction, and Reflection contract worth AED 220 million awarded to Fibrex Construction.
23 July 2019

Dubai Land Department launches online calculator Manzili

Manzili is an online calculator that matches prospective buyers with suitable properties based on their savings and budgets. Through this initiative, the DLD aims to boost the real estate sector by making it easier than ever to find the right property.
21 July 2019

Saudi Arabia’s non-oil sector growth in 2019 projected at 2.9%: IMF

Saudi Arabia’s real non-oil growth is expected to strengthen to 2.9% in 2019 helped by an increase in government spending and confidence, according to the IMF. However, real GDP growth is expected to slow to 1.9% as real oil growth weakens to 0.7% with the implementation of the OPEC+ oil production agreement.
17 July 2019

Dubai Land Department announces ‘Real Estate Lawyer’ initiative

The initiative is designed to increase transparency, streamline real estate transaction processes, reduce transaction time, and facilitate strategic partnerships between public and private sectors.
16 July 2019

Sharjah records property deals worth AED 14.7 billion in first six months of 2019

Most of the property deals took place in Sharjah City, with 1,704 sales transactions in 91 areas, out of 1,893 sales deals. The most popular areas were Muwaileh Commercial Area, followed by Al Khan and Al Nahda.

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