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15 January 2024

A new era for real estate dawns in Oman

The context for Oman’s real estate boom Real estate as an engine for economic growth The importance of the real estate sector in any nation’s economic and social development is no secret. For years, construction has been celebrated as a pivotal economic driver, and in recent decades we have seen developed economies evolve from industrial and service-oriented development to what […]
24 October 2023

Valuing luxury real estate in the Gulf

Understanding luxury Luxury is a concept as old as philosophy itself. It has stirred debate for centuries. From the musings of Plato to modern economic thinkers like Werner Sombart and Thorstein Veblen, interpretations of the concept of luxury may differ, but they all seem to agree that luxury is an important aspect of society. Sombart championed luxury’s central role in […]
16 May 2021

How useful are International Valuation Standards (IVS) for Gulf real estate markets?

The International Valuation Standards (IVS) are now the basis for valuation standards in well over a hundred countries worldwide, including every major real estate market. The Gulf has been no exception in moving decisively towards the adoption of international valuation standards. But why is IVS important and how does it benefit real estate markets? Find out more in our latest […]
11 April 2021

How do real estate markets recover from crises?

We should no longer ask how real estate markets recover from political or macroeconomic crises. Rather, we should ask how the dynamics of real estate markets themselves operate to create, manage and transfer wealth, frequently at a national or even regional level. Read more from our chief economist in his latest article.
23 March 2021

Rent-to-own: Best practices and the way forward

Worldwide there is evidence that if properly managed, rent-to-own can be a successful way to improve market liquidity, encourage home ownership and contribute to affordable housing in particular, which is the main real estate challenge facing governments in the Gulf. Read more in our latest opinion article.

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