Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/28/2012 -- The Saudi Arabia Real Estate report examines the Commercial Office, Retail and Industrial segments throughout the Kingdom in the context of our bullish outlook for the economy and buoyant construction sector.
With a focus on the two principal cities of Riyadh and Jeddah, the report covers the rental market performance in terms of rates and yields over the past 18 months and examines how best to maximise returns in the commercial real estate market, while minimising investment risk and exploring the impact of the government fed construction boom on a market already characterized by oversupply. The key growth areas driven by increasing activity on the part of international investors and the potential of the domestic consumer market are also explored with corporate growth strategies looking to the Kingdom for expansionary opportunities.
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Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia's various real estate sectors are developing in different directions and at varying rates. The commercial market in general suffers from oversupply and is forecast to undergo limited growth in the short term; the data from H211 does not contradict this long-held view in light of the dynamic supply pipeline. Of the three sub-sectors that we survey there are pockets of growth opportunity, particularly in the retail and industrial segments.
There are, however, some positive fundamentals which will serve to support the real estate sector in the medium term, including the buoyant construction sector. The transport segment is also booming, especially in terms of rail infrastructure, with US$24bn of projects currently under way or in the pipeline. Positive infrastructure and pipeline developments, combined with a strengthening macroeconomic backdrop will insulate the economy somewhat from global economic headwinds.
- Riyadh's announcement that it will implement another expansionary budget in 2012 highlights the government's ongoing concerns about the need to shore up its key bases of support, given the growing threat of public unrest. While we maintain that large-scale protests are unlikely to occur in Saudi Arabia, large youth unemployment coupled with a lack of political liberties mean that tensions will continue to linger.
- Recent data from the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, which show a sharp pickup in money supply growth and bank lending, have led us to make a minor upward revision to our inflation forecast for 2012, from 4.7% to 4.9%. Nevertheless, we continue to expect moderating imported inflation to keep a lid on consumer price rises through the year.
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