BMI View: Bahrain ' s commercial real estate sector is witnessing stagnant growth as a dip in economic output, political instability and an overhanging supply of commercial space com bine to keep rental rates down. T he country has a number of large-scale commercial projects under development, including the flagship Bahrain Bay project.
A dip in economic growth over 2014 saw rental rates stagnate across much of Bahrain's commercial real estate landscape. Falling oil revenues, a contributor to overall GDP, fell as a result of declining crude prices globally, while other sectors, such as manufacturing failed to pick up the slack by showing only moderate growth.
In the office sector the market continued to feel the lingering effects of the global financial crisis, with high vacancy rates and oversupply an ongoing concern, particularly in the capital, Manama. Meanwhile, the country's flagship Bahrain Bay mixed-use development continued to suffer further delays with a number of plots remaining vacant during Q414.
The retail segment arguably holds the most-long term growth potential of the three market segments. Relatively under-developed compared with other markets in the Gulf region, the retail sector is expected to enjoy the benefits of rising levels of disposable income as well as an expanding tourism industry. Growing visitor numbers from neighbouring Saudi Arabia should prove a key factor in increasing demand for retail space in the Kingdom, especially given recently announced plans for the construction of a second road causeway between the two countries.
Bahrain's industrial real estate segment is fast expanding with a network of modern industrial parks being developed across the country as the government looks to grow the non-oil economy and capitalise on Bahrain's status as a regional trade hub. So far, demand has failed to keep pace with expanding supply, however, with the country's continued political instability undermining investor interest. However, the...
The Bahrain Real Estate Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s market assessment and independent forecasts of major construction projects in the residential and commercial markets, plus rental prices and yields in major cities. The report critically analyses the prospects for real estate within the broader economic and financial context - both domestic and global - via our econometrically-modelled and clearly explained banking and economic forecasts and follows this through to evaluate the implications for REITs.
BMI's Bahrain Real Estate Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the real estate industry in Bahrain.
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BMI Industry View
Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering real estate and construction, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments.
Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the real estate sector and within the broader political, financial, economic and business environment.
Overview of the real estate sector, including analysis of existing/planned real estate developments and emerging industry trends in the office, industrial and commercial sectors.
Features detailed city-level data and analysis on rental prices, yields, contract terms and real estate availability with separate chapters covering the office, retail and industrial sub-sectors.
Industry Forecast Scenario
Historical data series (2010-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for the domestic real estate industry and for the local and global finance industry. Indicators include:
Real Estate: Office, retail and industrial real estate yields for all major cities (%); short-term forecasts on minimum and maximum real estate rental prices by sub-sector (US$ per square metre, and local currency per square metre)
Construction: Industry value (US$bn); contribution to GDP (%); employment (`000); real growth (%)
Economy: Economic growth (%); nominal GDP (US$bn); unemployment (%); interest rates (%); exchange rate (against US$)
Business Environment Rankings
BMI's Real Estate Business Environment Rankings provide a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors (real estate vendors, construction companies and financial investors) in the regional real estate market.
The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industry, economic and demographic data points.
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses.
The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.