Dubai says 88 property projects launched in the first half

The boom in Dubai’s real estate market has been boosted by big-ticket projects, Sultan Butti bin Mejren, the director-general of DLD, said. Above, the Burj Khalifa. (Reuters)
Updated 12 August 2017
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Dubai says 88 property projects launched in the first half

UBAI: The Dubai Land Department (DLD) on Saturday said that a total of 88 property projects were launched during the first six months of the year.
The agency also said that 68 real estate projects were registered with the government, amounting to an investment value worth Dh21 billion (SR21.44 billion).
“Dubai is currently witnessing increasing interest from international investors, which has reinforced confidence in our real estate sector and its future prospects,” Sultan Butti bin Mejren, the director-general of DLD, said in a statement.
Bin Mejren also said that 713 developers are registered in agency’s database, alongside a total of 483 projects.
DLD earlier reported that property transactions in Dubai rose by 16.8 percent in the first half to Dh132 billion from Dh113 billion a year ago, with Dubai Marina the top choice in terms of number of transactions, followed by Business Bay, Al Barsha South 4 and Jebel Ali.
The number of total transactions also rose to 35,571 or 25.9 percent higher than 28,251 sales recorded in the year-earlier period.
The first half also saw the completion of 24 projects that had been initiated in previous years, bin Mejren said.
“The figures reaffirm the momentum and sustainability of Dubai’s real estate market, which is following an upward growth trajectory,” he said, aided by the development of big-ticket infrastructure projects and the positive investment climate.


IMF warns G20 economic leaders that tariffs hurting global economy

Updated 22 July 2018
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IMF warns G20 economic leaders that tariffs hurting global economy

BUENOS AIRES: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned world economic leaders on Saturday that a recent wave of trade tariffs would significantly harm global growth, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened a major escalation in a dispute with China.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said she would present the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Buenos Aires with a report detailing the impacts of the restrictions already announced on global trade.
“It certainly indicates the impact that it could have on GDP (gross domestic product), which in the worst case scenario under current measures...is in the range of 0.5 pct of GDP on a global basis,” Lagarde said at a joint news conference with Argentine Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne.
Her warning came shortly after the top US economic official, Treasury Minister Steven Mnuchin, told reporters in the Argentine capital there was no “macroeconomic” effect yet on the world’s largest economy.
Long-simmering trade tensions have burst into the open in recent months, with the United States and China — the world’s No. 2 economy — slapping tariffs on $34 billion worth of each other’s goods so far.
The weekend meeting in Buenos Aires comes amid a dramatic escalation in rhetoric on both sides. Trump on Friday threatened tariffs on all $500 billion of Chinese exports to the United States.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will try to rally G7 allies over the weekend to join it in more aggressive action against China, but they may be reluctant to cooperate because of US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union and Canada, which prompted retaliatory measures. .
The last G20 finance meeting in Buenos Aires in late March ended with no firm agreement by ministers on trade policy except for a commitment to “further dialogue.”
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said he would use the meeting to advocate for a rules-based trading system, but that expectations were low.
“I don’t expect tangible progress to be made at this meeting,” Scholz told reporters on the plane to Buenos Aires.
Mnuchin told reporters on Saturday that he has not seen a macroeconomic impact from the US tariffs on steel, aluminum and Chinese goods, along with retaliation from trading partners.
But he said there have been microeconomic effects on individual businesses, he said, adding that the administration was closely monitoring these and looking at ways to help US farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs.
The US dollar fell the most in three weeks on Friday against a basket of six major currencies after Trump complained again about the greenback’s strength and about Federal Reserve interest rate rises, halting a rally that had driven the dollar to its highest level in a year.