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    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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Economic update | South African REITs outperform other assets

20 Nov 2015

While real estate investment trusts (REITs) are relative newcomers to the South African market, with the regime governing the investment vehicle first codified in 2013, they have outperformed other classes of assets in recent months.

Articles & Analysis | Affordability and rising demand drives building sector in Ras Al Khaimah from The Report: Ras Al Khaimah 2015


A key sector in Ras Al Khaimah, the construction industry is driven by housing, hospitality and infrastructure schemes within the emirate, but also by its key role in providing raw materials and manufactured components for mega-projects in the UAE and beyond. Although the sector has seen unprecedented peaks and troughs in the last decade,...

Interviews & Viewpoints | Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, Managing Director, Al Marjan Island: Interview from The Report: Ras Al Khaimah 2015


What policies and initiatives do the authorities and planners need to consider in terms of encouraging families to settle in Ras Al Khaimah?

Articles & Analysis | Ras Al Khaimah's real estate sector grows contribution to GDP from The Report: Ras Al Khaimah 2015


The property market in Ras Al Khaimah has shown robust growth and resilience to the volatility found elsewhere in the UAE, and is set to benefit from a fresh injection of investment. More than Dh4bn ($1.1bn) is being spent on new housing schemes that will come onto the market by 2017.

Articles & Analysis | Property size, quality and affordability remain major real estate draws for Ras Al Khaimah from The Report: Ras Al Khaimah 2015


The real estate rental market provides fascinating insights into Ras Al Khaimah’s evolving relationship with the other emirates. While the price cycle from 2008 to 2014 may have tracked the fortunes of other UAE markets in some respects, in other ways RAK stands apart, with its own identity and offerings.

Articles & Analysis | New residential developments go up as Ras Al Khaimah's appetite for construction grows from The Report: Ras Al Khaimah 2015


The success of the suburban seaside communities that have sprung up in Al Jazirah Al Hamra, to the south of Ras Al Khaimah City, has given real estate developers an appetite for new housing schemes. Hundreds of homes are currently being built both at Mina Al Arab and Al Hamra, while on the Al Marjan Islands development new waterfront...