• Real Estate

    OBG’s real estate market analysis includes detailed information about supply and demand in the residential, commercial and retail segments. We cover major development projects by local and international investors and examine changes in the regulatory framework and bank lending practices.
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Chapter | Real Estate from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2014

Saudi Arabia’s real estate market should present the best opportunity on the Arabian Peninsula in the coming years. It has the largest potential market in the GCC with abundant oil wealth and a growing and youthful population. But whereas its counterparts to the east have experienced the highs and lows of a full boom-and-bust cycle, and the headlines that accompany this, the Kingdom has ticked...

Economic update | Nigeria’s property market matures

7 May 2015

Due in part to a large housing deficit, demand for residences in Nigeria looks set to remain strong, putting the real estate sector on course for a period of sustained growth.

Interviews & Viewpoints | OBG talks to Omar Hussain Alfardan, President and CEO, Alfardan Group from The Report: Qatar 2015

Which segments of the real estate market are currently the best-performing?

Interviews & Viewpoints | OBG talks to Turki Mohamed Al Khater, Chairman and Managing Director, United Development Company from The Report: Qatar 2015

Given the ongoing growth in the expatriate labour force, to what extent have developers shifted from selling properties to leasing them?

Articles & Analysis | Qatar's retail space set to expand from The Report: Qatar 2015


With Qatari residents benefitting from one of the world’s highest levels of GDP per capita, and enjoying the resultant disposable income, demand for new retail space has reached historic highs. The retail segment is set to welcome more than 1m sq metres of net leasable area (NLA) before 2020, adding much-needed space to a fast-growing market,...

Articles & Analysis | Qatar's infrastructure projects aim to consolidate growth story from The Report: Qatar 2015


In 2014 Qatar’s real estate market officially surpassed its 2008 highs, with rapid expansion driven by a growing population, shrinking average household sizes and a shortage of available units in the residential sector. This expansion has not been painless, with rental and land price inflation putting the market, and wider economy, at risk of...