BMI View: The Saudi Arabia n commercial real estate sector is enjoying a growing status as a destination for international investment. The government continues to spearhead development of the property market through the economic cities programme and a number of other large-scale initiatives. While the we expect strong growth in the market over coming quarters, oversuppl y is an ongoing concern .
The commercial property market is expected to enjoy consistent growth over the medium term as the government looks to prioritise the development of the real estate sector, which remains largely under-developed in comparison to some other Middle Eastern states. While Saudi Arabia's main concern continues to be a shortage of available housing, the government has also focused on the development of new financial and industrial centres under the 'economic cities' programme, which is designed to provide economic diversification and supporting the development of the non-oil economy.
Weaning the country off its dependence on hydrocarbons exports should ultimately prove beneficial in terms of growth of new industries such as financial services and petrochemicals production. Indeed, forecast long-term demand for commercial and industrial space has started to attract increased interest from foreign developers and investors. H114 saw several international firms, including the China-based Shenhua Group and China Communications Construction Company and India-based Kalliyath Steel, agree to collaborate with Gammon Group to build a new industrial city in Jazan.
The outlook for commercial rental rates and net yields over 2015 is therefore generally favourable across much of the market. However, heavy oversupply in some areas of the country, such as the capital, Riyadh, will remain a key concern for landlords, particularly with a strong pipeline of development activity anticipated over the coming months.
The Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia.
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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-2017 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 Ratings
BMI's Real Estate Business Environment Ratings provide a country-comparative Risk-Reward Ratings index aimed at investors (real estate vendors, construction companies and financial investors) in the regional real estate market.
The ratings 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.