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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 21/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Tourism hospitality education and healthcare driving growth

abu dhabi’s gradual economic diversification is helping to deliver long-term sustainability to the capital’s residential market according to the latest research released by real estate consultancy cluttons.

the cluttons abu dhabi spring 2014 residential market outlook report points to the emirate’s strong economy which is showing significant signs of change. the non-oil sector continued to expand its share of the economy accounting for 45 per cent of total gdp in 2013 and up from 43 per cent in the previous year which is helping to ensure the sustainability of growth in the residential market by aiding in the long-term diversification of the buyer and tenant demand base.

masdar city to showcase investment opportunities at cityscape abu dhabi

abu dhabi — masdar city representatives will showcase the city’s attractive investment opportunities during cityscape abu dhabi the emirate’s foremost real estate event beginning tomorrow at the abu dhabi national exhibition centre.

“masdar city is proving that sustainable urban development can deliver both environmental benefits and commercial returns” said anthony mallows director of masdar city. “cityscape is a valuable opportunity for masdar city to meet with investors and developers to describe our attractive investment opportunities.”

“masdar is located in abu dhabi’s fastest-growing corridor and offers the amenities of any world-class city” added mallows.

“today setting up operations and investing in masdar city couldn’t be any easier. from our 99-year lease options to our seamless free zone registration process masdar city offers tremendous advantages that make it the ultimate destination for companies locating in abu dhabi.”

at the masdar city stand representatives will highlight the investment opportunities available to large and small investors developers and tenants. in addition cityscape attendees will be able to learn how sustainable design and development delivers unmatched value — both environmentally and economically.

“masdar city is a strategic hub for those companies looking to enter the middle east and also gain access to europe asia and africa becuase of its close proximity to both abu dhabi and dubai’s expanding airports” mallows said.

— business?khaleejtimes.com

key sectors driving growth in the housing market are the tourism hospitality education and healthcare sectors which is translating into robust population growth and demand in terms of the volume and nature of property requirements. this resurgence in demand is coupled with a market that has been depleted of new supply for a number of years and this is drivng values while also stimulating a widespread return to development.

steven morgan chief executive of cluttons middle east said: “abu dhabi’s economic evolution is underpinning the long-term sustainability of the residential property market. the market has already seen the quarterly pace of residential value growth stabilise at close to seven per cent over the past two quarters. despite the moderation in the rate of acceleration values across the city’s relatively small freehold residential landscape currently stand 47 per cent up on this time last year highlighting the depth of buyer demand. this is also enhancing abu dhabi’s attractiveness to international investors some of whom are keen to capitalise on rapid rebounding in values.” highly-sought freehold apartments experienced the strongest performance in the first quarter (six per cent) with al reef downtown (nine per cent) showing the greatest level of growth. in the villa market al reef villas (six per cent) was the strongest-performing primarily because of its relative affordability when compared to other submarkets in the city.

the economic diversification is also positively influencing the lettings market with corporate transactions taking entire towers for staff housing common place. the rapid removal of stock from the supply line will continue to sustain the upward pressure on rents.

“we expect this trend to persist during 2014 but the ongoing growth in rents across the city will drive larger corporations to contemplate longer term solutions for staff accommodation” added morgan. “we expect to see a sharp increase in long-term lets which will reduce stock levels in desirable locations. as a result we anticipate a growth in partnerships between corporations developers and land owners with build-to-suit options coming to the fore.”

the lettings market is however still expected to remain buoyant. the vibrancy will in part be aided by the recent removal of the rent cap in november 2013. morgan said: “landlords were able to adjust rents to perceived market levels rapidly and clearly longer term tenants would have felt this the most. in fact some tenants have reported increases of up to 50 per cent at renewal. the announcement has helped to drive churn in the market as value seekers are being driven to more affordable submarkets such as al reef.”

“as these sub-markets come to life with improved infrastructure and amenities more people will continue to be drawn to them. the market is undoubtedly meandering through a settling period following the removal of the rent cap but the thickening supply pipeline may offer some respite to tenants particularly if we see corporates begin to exit the private rental market in favour of build to suit options.”

— business?khaleejtimes.com

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