Bidaya forms workgroup to develop real estate financing

Bidaya Home Finance organized a special workgroup of real estate companies at the Hyatt Regency Residency Hotel in Riyadh.
Updated 20 February 2018
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Bidaya forms workgroup to develop real estate financing

In line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which seeks to increase the percentage of homeowners and enable citizens to own their first homes, Bidaya Home Finance organized a special workgroup of real estate companies at the Hyatt Regency Residency Hotel in Riyadh. The purpose of the workgroup was to explore the development of the non-banking real estate sector and address its obstacles.
Majed Al-Hogail, minister of housing; Khalid Al-Amoudi, general supervisor of the Real Estate Development Fund; and Bader Al-Otaibi, general director of supervision of finance companies at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), attended the workgroup.
Also participating in the discussions were the CEOs of real estate financing companies, as well as the CEO of the Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company.
The workgroup discussed the development of the non-banking real estate financing sector and ways to increase its efficiency by raising its current share from eight percent to a minimum of 30 percent by 2020. This is in addition to identifying the obstacles hindering the sector’s growth in terms of regulatory and legislatives aspects, as well as preparing the necessary recommendations and suggestions.
Introduced during the meeting was the housing program, which is one of the programs in Vision 2030.
The program includes 16 governmental entities working together as one team in partnership with the private sector in order to raise the percentage of homeownership to 60 percent by 2020 and to 70 percent by 2030. The programs and goals of the Real Estate Development Fund were showcased, as well as the segments of beneficiaries of these programs, the funding opportunities per segment, and the products to be provided in partnership with the financiers.
At the end of the workgroup, the CEO of the Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company, which is owned by the Public Investment Fund, explained the nature of the company and its goals, which include achieving growth and stability in the real estate financing sector and refinancing 10 and 20 percent of the total existing real estate loans by 2020 and 2026, respectively.
The company’s role also includes providing the necessary liquidity to achieve the targeted growth, so that real estate financing — currently at SR290 billion ($77 billion) — can reach SR502 billion by 2020, in addition to offering financing at a fixed cost that can lead to stable real estate financing and fixed monthly instalments for beneficiaries.


ADIB becomes first bank to join UAEIIC

Updated 23 June 2018
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ADIB becomes first bank to join UAEIIC

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), a leading financial institution, has joined the UAE International Investors Council (UAEIIC), making it the first bank in the UAE to become a member in the council. This comes following an approval from the board of directors of the UAEIIC, headed by Sultan bin Saeed Al-Mansoori, UAE minister of economy.

Through this membership, ADIB will join government decision-makers, locally and internationally, with the support of the UAE’s minster of economy, to help remove obstacles, strengthen foreign investment relations and support sustainable economic development.

Khamis Buharoon, vice chairman and acting CEO at ADIB, said: “We are proud to be the first bank to join the UAE’s Investors Council. We are also committed to the development of Emirati investments, which are critical to economic diversification and the UAE’s global economic competitiveness. Important measures have already been taken to secure support and protection and to overcome any challenges faced by Emirati investors abroad, and we look forward to playing an instrumental role in building on these efforts.”

He added: “The establishment of the UAE International Investors Council forms part of broader efforts to advance economic diversification policies that complement the expansion and growth of the UAE’s private sector as well as create a favorable environment that supports national companies investing abroad. The council provides a vital link between investors interested in promising opportunities available in countries with close ties to the UAE and governmental and semi-governmental entities to streamline the investment process. It also serves as a pillar for ensuring the protection of UAE capital abroad through advice, guidance, and logistic support.”

Jamal Saif Al-Jarwan, secretary-general of the Emirates Council for overseas investors, said: “We have the honor to join Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank as an active member of the council, which contributes to enhancing the role of the council’s working environment to support the state’s economic development and to keep pace with developments in the economic, investment and banking sectors in general, since the measure of success depended not only on financial results but also on how it dealt with the needs changing markets, innovative and sophisticated solutions that keep pace with rapid global changes and shifts in those sectors.”

He added: “Emirati investment abroad plays a vital role in more than 70 countries in the world and has a great impact on the soft and reputed power of our young state in the world, which is a great achievement and a strong demonstration of the path of investment of the Emirati investors in the right direction.”