• 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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In 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of humanity was living in urban areas. Perhaps the most remarkable observation about this trend is the speed at which it has happened: as recently as 1900 urban areas accounted for 13% of the global population. Towns and cities are seen as the crucibles of opportunity for many rural dwellers....

Although it has become a strong contributor to economic diversification, Abu Dhabi’s real estate sector is being put under pressure by slower growth, brought on by the period of low global oil prices that started in 2014. Public and private sector spending cuts since 2015 have been reflected in capital value, with rental rates declining to their...

In response to increasingly challenging market conditions, how is the DPM approaching the rationalisation of ongoing property development?

The March 2018 announcement of a Dh30bn ($8.1bn) joint venture (JV) between Dubai-based Emaar Properties and Abu Dhabi’s Aldar Properties has created a wave of interest in the potential of such arrangements for the broader real estate sector. While the Emaar-Aldar agreement is unique in its size and scope, Abu Dhabi has seen an uptick in the number...

What opportunities will be unlocked by the joint venture between Aldar and Emaar?

With real estate a key source of foreign investment, Abu Dhabi’s government has been gradually easing restrictions on foreign ownership to sustain market growth. This imperative has taken on added importance since the drop in global oil prices beginning in late 2014, leading to new public and private initiatives to draw in further overseas...