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27 June 2019

Abu Dhabi announces new initiatives under Ghadan 21 to boost private sector

AED 4 billion fund announced to boost R&D ‘Instant Licence’ to improve ease of conducting business Government-backed loans scheme designed to promote lending to SMEs The Abu Dhabi government has launched a raft of new initiatives under the Ghadan 21 programme, announced last year, to further support private sector expansion in Abu Dhabi. The programme includes an AED 50 billion […]
26 June 2019

UAE’s Q1 2019 GDP expands 2.2% aided by non-oil sector growth

Non-oil sector expanded 1.6% in Q1 2019 Inflation declined and private sector employment rebounded The UAE registered GDP growth of 2.2% in Q1 2019 versus the same period last year, backed by continued momentum in the non-oil sector as a result of government spending, according to the Central Bank of the UAE. The non-oil sector expanded 1.6% during the period. […]
24 June 2019

Saudi Arabia launches permanent residency programme

Permanent residency available for SAR 800,000 Temporary, one-year renewable residency visa to cost SAR 100,000 Programme aimed to attract foreign investment and provides several benefits Saudi Arabia has opened applications for a permanent residency programme, with the aim of attracting foreign investment. The new scheme offers two options – one provides permanent residency for SAR 800,000, while a cheaper, one-year […]
23 June 2019

AED 2 billion plan to improve Dubai-Al Ain road links approved

Upgrade to lead to doubling of lanes in each direction over a 17km sector Capacity of road to be enhanced from 6,000 to 12,000 vehicles per hour Transit time from Emirates Road interchange to Oud Metha Street to be halved An AED 2 billion plan to upgrade road links between Dubai and Al Ain has been approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin […]
20 June 2019

UAE Ranks 5th in KPMG’s 2019 Change Readiness Index

The UAE is the only country in the MENA region within the top 10 UAE ranks 5th behind Switzerland, Singapore, Denmark and Sweden The UAE is the fifth most change-ready country in the world, according to KPMG’s 2019 Change Readiness Index report, which ranks countries on their preparedness for change and their ability to respond to it. The UAE followed Switzerland, […]
20 June 2019

Currency Adjusted Real Estate Indices

International real estate investors are inadvertent currency speculators, facing currency risk from unhedged investments. As a result, they receive two returns: the performance of the real estate asset  itself, plus the return on the currency used to purchase the security. Currency volatility can be significant, and the return from the currency can sometimes swamp the gain or loss on the […]
19 June 2019

UAE, Saudi, Oman likely to be less affected than neighbours in case of Hormuz closure: Moody’s

Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq are more exposed to potential blockade of Strait of Hormuz UAE and Saudi Arabia have alternative routes for oil transport Oman’s major ports located outside of Gulf Should geopolitical tensions between the US and Iran continue to escalate following oil tanker attacks in Gulf waters, Iran may choose to act on its threat of blocking […]
13 June 2019

Dubai house price declines by 14.5% annually in May 2019: Property Monitor House Price Index

House price declined 1.5% month-on-month Average house price now AED 2.5 million Apartment prices remain stable month-on-month Real estate data platform Property Monitor has released its Dubai House Price Index for May 2019. The index has been tracking the prices of a selection of properties since September 2015. The Dubai House Price Index revealed that prices declined by 14.5% annually […]
2 June 2019

New permanent residency scheme launched to boost foreign investment and bring in talent to the UAE

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced a new permanent residency scheme for residents in the UAE. The new “Golden Card” scheme will initially grant 6,800 select investors whose total investments exceed AED100 billion. In a tweet, Shiekh Mohammed said, “We launched today a permanent resident system named […]
29 May 2019

Kuwait’s retail sector remains robust, bucking regional trend: Kuwait Property Market Report by Cavendish Maxwell

Report gives sector-level analysis across residential, retail, office, industrial and hospitality property Includes pricing research and analysis of real estate trends in Kuwait in 2018 and 2019 Key projects and master developments as part of New Kuwait 2035 Plan Cavendish Maxwell, a leading property consultancy and chartered surveying firm in the Middle East, released its first Kuwait Property Market Report […]

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