SR 1 trillion Saudi real estate market growing 6% annually

Updated 17 December 2012

SR 1 trillion Saudi real estate market growing 6% annually

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s real estate market estimated at more than SR 1 trillion is growing at the rate of six percent annually. It contributes 9.5 percent to the nonoil GDP.
“So real estate is the Kingdom’s second largest economic sector after oil,” said Khaled Al-Hamoudi, president of Qassim University, while addressing a seminar in Buraidah on real estate and mortgage finance.
Economic consultant Abdullah Al-Ajaji said the construction of 500,000 housing units ordered by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah at a cost of SR 250 billion would help reduce real estate prices and rents.
Falah Al-Subaie, one of the main speakers, said the new mortgage law and its executive bylaw contains regulations for real estate finance and development and allows banks to finance real estate projects.
Muhammad Al-Shayie, director of the department to monitor financing firms, said the new law was drafted after studying the main reasons for mortgage crisis in different parts of the world to avoid such problems.
Abdul Elah Al-Asheikh, CEO of Saudi Home Loans, said the Saudi real estate sector was still in the beginning stage as most Saudis depend on contractors to build their homes. “Land accounts for 60 percent of a home’s cost in the Kingdom,” he pointed out.
According to Al-Asheikh, unemployment among Saudis was one of the reasons that intensified the country’s housing crisis.

Saudi Arabia has lion’s share of regional philanthropy

Updated 27 April 2018

Saudi Arabia has lion’s share of regional philanthropy

  • Kingdom is home to three quarters of region's foundations
  • Combined asets of global foundations is $1.5 trillion

Nearly three quarters of philanthropic foundations in the Middle East are concentrated in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by researchers at Harvard Kennedy School’s Hauser Institute with funding from Swiss bank UBS, also found that resources were highly concentrated in certain areas with education the most popular area for investment globally.

That trend was best illustrated in the Kingdom, where education ranked first among the target areas of local foundations.

While the combined assets of the world’s foundations are estimated at close to $1.5 trillion, half have no paid staff and small budgets of under $1 million. In fact, 90 percent of identified foundations have assets of less than $10 million, according to the Global Philanthropy Report. 

Developed over three years with inputs from twenty research teams across nineteen countries and Hong Kong, the report highlights the magnitude of global philanthropic investment.

A rapidly growing number of philanthropists are establishing foundations and institutions to focus, practice, and amplify these investments, said the report.
In recent years, philanthropy has witnessed a major shift. Wealthy individuals, families, and corporations are looking to give more, to give more strategically, and to increase the impact of their social investments.

Organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have become increasingly high profile — but at the same time, some governments, including India and China, have sought to limit the spread of cross-border philanthropy in certain sectors.

As the world is falling well short of raising the $ 5-7 trillion of annual investment needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, UBS sees the report findings as a call for philanthropists to work together to scale their impact.

Understanding this need for collaboration, UBS has established a global community where philanthropists can work together to drive sustainable impact.

Established in 2015 and with over 400 members, the Global Philanthropists Community hosted by UBS is the world’s largest private network exclusively for philanthropists and social investors, facilitating collaboration and sharing of best practices.

Josef Stadler, head of ultra high net worth wealth, UBS Global Management, said: “This report takes a much-needed step toward understanding global philanthropy so that, collectively, we might shape a more strategic and collaborative future, with philanthropists leading the way toward solving the great challenges of our time.”

This week Saudi Arabia said it would provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid in Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The UAE also this week said it had contributed $192 million to a housing project in Afghanistan through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.