Dubai luxury real estate sales jump 25 percent in Q1 as prices decline

Dubai luxury real estate sales jump 25 percent in Q1 as prices decline
The most expensive property transaction in Q1 was for a 111.3 million dirhams villa on Palm Jumeirah. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 21 May 2021

Dubai luxury real estate sales jump 25 percent in Q1 as prices decline

Dubai luxury real estate sales jump 25 percent in Q1 as prices decline
  • 11.6 billion dirhams of prime villas and apartments were sold in Q1
  • Apartment prices fell 6.3 percent in the quarter

DUBAI: Sales of prime villas and apartments in Dubai rebounded in the first quarter of 2021 helped by a decline in prices as the emirate’s property market looks to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The value of sales in the prime real estate segment rose 25 percent from the previous quarter to 11.6 billion dirhams ($3.16 billion), Luxhabitat Sotheby’s said, citing data from the Dubai Land Department. A total of 3,450 apartments and 586 villas changed hands.

Properties in Palm Jumeirah topped the charts in terms of sale value at 2.70 billion dirhams, followed by Mohammed bin Rashid City with 1.37 billion dirhams and Business Bay at 1.27 billion dirhams.

Prime apartment prices fell 6.3 percent to an average of 1,315 dirhams per square foot, leaving the mean apartment costing 2.07 million dirhams. The average selling price of a prime villa increased by 3 percent while the average size increased by 10 percent, suggesting a decline in price per square foot.

The most expensive property transaction in Dubai in the first quarter was a 11,950 square foot villa on Frond N in Palm Jumeirah for 111.3 million dirhams. Second was a 44,952 square foot home in Sector R of Emirates Hills for 68 million dirhams.


Saudi Energy Ministry to help SABIC develop renewable energy projects

Saudi Energy Ministry to help SABIC develop renewable energy projects
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Saudi Energy Ministry to help SABIC develop renewable energy projects

Saudi Energy Ministry to help SABIC develop renewable energy projects

RIYADH: Saudi Energy Ministry on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Saudi Basic Industries Corp. to help develop the company’s renewable energy projects. 

SABIC CEO Yousef Al-Benyan said the support from the Energy Ministry would enable the company achieve its net-zero emissions goal.

Al-Benyan said the chemical manufacturing company plans to increase its use of renewable energy to further reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

All these measures are part of the Saudi Green Initiative. The Kingdom aims to reach net zero in carbon emissions by 2060.  

The main vehicle for the Saudi green initiative is the Circular Carbon Economy, a framework that mitigates carbon emissions but allows different countries to pursue their own economic strategies.


Saudi Arabia’s net foreign assets decline 3.3% in October

Saudi Arabia’s net foreign assets decline 3.3% in October
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Saudi Arabia’s net foreign assets decline 3.3% in October

Saudi Arabia’s net foreign assets decline 3.3% in October

CAIRO: Net foreign assets held by the Saudi Central Bank went down by a monthly rate of 3.3 percent to reach SR1.63 trillion ($433 billion) in October, according to newly released data by SAMA.

The central bank’s net foreign assets declined by 2 percent compared to last year’s October.

Commercial banks’ net foreign assets also decreased to SR47.9 billion in October down from SR59.8 billion in the previous month. 

The banks’ net foreign assets nearly halved in value compared to the same month a year ago.

SAMA’s total assets slipped by 2 percent to be valued at SR1.85 trillion in October. This was mainly driven by 11.8 percent decline in the central bank’s deposits with international banks.


OPEC+ likely to be cautious on oil demand at upcoming meeting, Vitol says

OPEC+ likely to be cautious on oil demand at upcoming meeting, Vitol says
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OPEC+ likely to be cautious on oil demand at upcoming meeting, Vitol says

OPEC+ likely to be cautious on oil demand at upcoming meeting, Vitol says
  • Opec+ is a group consisting of both Opec and some of the world's largest non-Opec oil exporting nations

RIYADH: The OPEC+ group is likely to take a cautious stance when deciding next week whether to go ahead with planned production increases following the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant has emerged, Geneva-based oil trader Vitol Group said. 

The new variant, named Omicron, has rattled the oil market globally, pushing prices down to their biggest decline since April 2020. 

There are signs that demand may be weakening in some markets going into the winter months in Asia and Europe, said Mike Muller, the head of the Asia unit at Vitol, as reported by Bloomberg.

The new coronavirus variant will probably lead to more flight cancellations this week, he said.

Several countries have tightened travel restrictions against a number of African countries, following the discovery.

Opec+ is a group consisting of both Opec and some of the world's largest non-Opec oil exporting nations.

“OPEC+ have erred on the side of caution,” Muller said on a weekly webinar by Dubai consultancy Gulf Intelligence.

“Post facto they’ve proven to be right. It is likely they will take into account these fundamentals and the possibility of a demand hit over the winter months.”

OPEC and its partners, including Russia, will meet next week to discuss whether it will implement a planned production increase of 400,000 barrels per day.

 


Qatar’s wealth fund might acquire $7bn gas assets from UK’s National Grid: CNBC

Qatar’s wealth fund might acquire $7bn gas assets from UK’s National Grid: CNBC
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Updated 28 November 2021

Qatar’s wealth fund might acquire $7bn gas assets from UK’s National Grid: CNBC

Qatar’s wealth fund might acquire $7bn gas assets from UK’s National Grid: CNBC
  • Goldman Sachs and Barclays are advising National Grid on the sale

RIYADH: Qatar Investment Authority (QIA),  the country’s sovereign wealth fund, may acquire assets of the UK’s National Grid, which operates electricity and natural gas transmission networks, CNBC Arabia reported, citing two unnamed sources.

QIA was part of a consortium of investors that acquired about 61 percent of the British company's gas pipeline assets five years ago.

Now the Qatari fund is competing with other global investment funds, including Macquarie and Equitix, to acquire the gas assets in an estimated $7 billion deal, the sources said. 

Goldman Sachs and Barclays are advising National Grid on the sale, the report added.

This comes amid a protracted energy crisis that has affected the UK and Europe significantly in recent months amid the disruption of global supply chains. 

The country earlier announced it reached an agreement with Qatar to secure its gas needs or 40 percent of the UK’s total energy mix. 

National Grid has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and a secondary listing in the form of its American depositary receipts on the New York Stock Exchange.


Amazon to open Abu Dhabi fulfilment centre by 2024, says govt media office

Amazon to open Abu Dhabi fulfilment centre by 2024, says govt media office
Updated 28 November 2021

Amazon to open Abu Dhabi fulfilment centre by 2024, says govt media office

Amazon to open Abu Dhabi fulfilment centre by 2024, says govt media office

 Amazon has partnered with Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) to establish a fulfilment centre by 2024 to be built in accordance with the company's carbon-reduction strategies, the Abu Dhabi government's media office said on Sunday


The project will create thousands of jobs, boosting Abu Dhabi's logistics sector and retail ecosystem and will be in line with the UAE's ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the media office added.