• Construction

    OBG’s Construction sector analysis highlights investment opportunities in the infrastructure, residential, commercial and industrial segments. Government policies are reviewed along with labour, materials and land costs, trends in bank lending and the public tendering process.
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As Abu Dhabi accelerates efforts to diversify its economy away from a reliance on hydrocarbons, development of Al Maryah Island has become a top priority for real estate and construction. An international financial free zone and mixed-use real estate development, the island is expected to become a major financial and business district,...

 

How can developers weather the cyclical slowdowns in real estate markets?

 

Although it has risen to become a strong contributor to GDP and diversification over the past 15 years, Abu Dhabi’s real estate sector is feeling the pressures of an economic slowdown, brought on by a period of depressed oil prices and spending cuts that have affected markets across every property segment.

 

In 2017 Abu Dhabi’s construction sector should begin recovering after global oil prices reached their pain point in 2016, ending the year two-thirds higher than in January following a landmark OPEC deal. Stabilising oil prices allowed the government to reduce spending cuts, and the industry’s long-term outlook remains positive since the Abu...

 

What is the pace of development in the middle and upper segments of the residential property market, and does this need to be adjusted?

 

In recent years Sri Lanka’s real estate market has experienced intensifying demand for grade-A office and commercial space from both domestic and foreign establishments. Such space is scarce in the capital and almost non-existent outside Colombo. Although several projects expected to supply a large amount of premium commercial space are in the...