Dubai’s new real estate law to attract foreign capital

The law opens the UAE market to large investment capital infusions. File
The law opens the UAE market to large investment capital infusions. File
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Updated 04 August 2022

Dubai’s new real estate law to attract foreign capital

Dubai’s new real estate law to attract foreign capital
  • Experts believe new legislation to help boost sector, regulate private development

DUBAI: The new law on incentivizing property investment funds will lead to a boost in foreign capital, according to Amira Sajwani, general manager of sales and development at Damac Group.

Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum enacted a new law on July 19 to promote the growth of real estate investment funds in Dubai.

As part of efforts to position the emirate as a global destination for investment in real estate, the law grants certain privileges to real estate investment funds, reported Emirates Media Agency, also known as WAM.

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The law grants certain privileges to real estate investment funds.

There is also a dedicated committee created by the new law that identifies which areas and properties the funds may invest in.

Investopedia defines a real estate fund as a type of mutual fund that primarily invests in securities offered by public real estate companies.

On the other hand, a real estate investment trust invests directly in income-producing real estate and is traded like a stock.

Among those covered by the law are all real estate investment funds licensed and regulated by government authorities, private development zones and free zones, such as Dubai International Financial Center, WAM stated.

Also, investors will be entitled to benefits that will help them invest in the emirate’s real estate market.

So how will the new law benefit the country and real estate investors?

Husni Al-Bayari, D&B Properties chairman and founder, said the new law would encourage investors and real estate funds to enter the market while increasing transparency and governance.

Moreover, it will contribute to regulating Dubai’s private development and free zones, Al-Bayari said.

As a result, high-net-worth individuals are flocking to Dubai, and this legislation will open up new areas for personal and professional relocation, Al-Bayari commented.

The register is open to applicants with real estate assets of 180 million dirhams ($49 million) or more, WAM said.

Damac’s Sajwani said that “creating a register for property investment funds gives the added value of transparency which is always good to attract more foreign entities to invest here.”

As she pointed out, the new law follows a slew of recent economic and social reforms that have increased Dubai’s appeal.

There is also a dedicated committee created by the new law that identifies which areas and properties the funds may invest in, WAM stated.

Alexey Galtsev, founder and CEO of Realiste, a personal artificial intelligence firm on real estate investing, said removing liquidity and asset management risks should help real estate investment trusts attract 15 percent more investments and support liquidity and market growth.

Dubai Land Department, the real estate registrar, will also appoint an expert to appraise properties owned by the funds, WAM added.

With real estate as one of Dubai’s focus sectors, the move comes as the city ramps up efforts to attract foreign investors.

Galtsev also said the law supports significant funds in Dubai real estate and opens the UAE market to large investment capital infusions.

Al-Bayari concluded that the UAE has recently been recognized as the preferred place for millionaires to migrate. This initiative will further elevate Dubai to the top of the affluent investor’s list.


NADEC shares rise as it signs MoU with Leha Agriculture to produce potato seeds

NADEC shares rise as it signs MoU with Leha Agriculture to produce potato seeds
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NADEC shares rise as it signs MoU with Leha Agriculture to produce potato seeds

NADEC shares rise as it signs MoU with Leha Agriculture to produce potato seeds

RIYADH: National Agricultural Development Co. which signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Leha Agriculture to produce potato seeds in Saudi Arabia saw its share prices increase during the early trading hours.

NADEC’s share rose 1.96 percent to open Monday at SR26.05 ($7) as of 10:09 a.m. Saudi time.

The MoU, which will take effect on Oct. 1 and expire on April 30, 2023, outlines a general framework for joint cooperation between the two companies, including a desire to study joint investment in potato seed production, Nadec said in a bourse filing.

Both parties agree to combine their investment efforts and serve their mutual interests.

The parties further agreed to appoint independent financial, legal, and technical advisors if they so desire or if the official authorities so request.

The full financial value will be determined and announced after legal, financial, and commercial due diligence.

Leha Agriculture provides storage and cooling solutions for agricultural products in Saudi Arabia and specializes in cultivating and marketing potatoes and potato seeds.


TASI extends loss as oil prices drop below $85: Opening bell

TASI extends loss as oil prices drop below $85: Opening bell
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TASI extends loss as oil prices drop below $85: Opening bell

TASI extends loss as oil prices drop below $85: Opening bell

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s main index continues to decline in response to oil prices dropping below $85 for the first time since January and fears of a global recession due to aggressive interest rate rises.

The Tadawul All Share Index fell 0.45 percent to start Monday at 11,110, while the parallel market Nomu fell 0.11 percent at 19,853, as of 10:09 a.m. Saudi time.

Brent crude traded at $85.30 a barrel and WTI crude reached $77.96 a barrel, as of 10:06 a.m. Saudi time.

Saudi oil giant Aramco started with a 0.43 percent decline, while Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. added 0.3 percent.

The Saudi National Bank, the Kingdom’s largest lender, decreased by 0.16 percent, while Saudi British Bank declined by 0.53 percent.

National Agricultural Development Co. gained 1.96 percent, following the signing of a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Leha Agricultural Co. to produce potato seeds in the Kingdom.

Retal Urban Development Co. gained 1.62 percent, after selling its share in a land located in Al Khobar city for SR67 million ($18 million) to Maali Holding Co.

Anaam International Holding Group gained 5.6 percent to lead the gainers, after reporting that it turned into profits of SR1.6 million during the first half of 2022.


Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Monday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Monday
Updated 26 September 2022

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Monday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Monday

RIYADH: Saudi stocks started and ended sharply lower on Sunday, in response to the Saudi Central Bank raising interest rates in line with Fed's steep rate hike and forecast for further hikes to curb inflation.

The Tadawul All Share Index lost 2.61 percent to end the session at 11,161, while the parallel market slid 1.92 percent to finish at 19,875.

Kuwait’s index declined 2.5 percent, followed by Qatar's index declining 1.5 percent for a second session.

The index in Bahrain traded down 1.4 percent, while both Egypt’s blue-chip index and Oman index tumbled 0.3 percent.

Oil prices fell below $85 for the first time since January, Brent crude traded at $84.94 a barrel and WTI crude reached $77.70 a barrel, as of 9:20 a.m. Saudi time.

Stock News

Nadec has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Leha Agricultural Co. to produce potato seeds in the Kingdom.

Sure Global Technology Co. set its price guidance for a direct listing on Saudi Arabia’s parallel stock market at SR70 ($19) per share.

Retal Urban Development Co. sold its share in a land located in Al Khobar city for SR67.44 million to Maali Holding Co.


Saudi tech firm Sure Global sets price guidance at $19 for Nomu listing

Saudi tech firm Sure Global sets price guidance at $19 for Nomu listing
Updated 26 September 2022

Saudi tech firm Sure Global sets price guidance at $19 for Nomu listing

Saudi tech firm Sure Global sets price guidance at $19 for Nomu listing

RIYADH: Sure Global Technology Co. announced the publication of the registration document for a direct listing on the Nomu-Parallel Market, setting its price guidance for the listing at SR70 ($19) per share.

Sure International reached an agreement with its shareholders to allocate 1.284 million shares, representing 25 percent of its capital, to offer and sell in the market to natural or legal persons in order to meet liquidity requirements.

Sure received approval from the Capital Market Authority on June 30 for its registration to trade on Nomu-Parallel Market.

Established in 2006, Sure International Technology offers a wide range of services, including wholesale and retail sales of computers and accessories, printers and inks, systems analysis, software design and programming, and senior management consulting.

 


Oil Updates — Crude slipped below $85; Ecopetrol selling more Colombian oil to Europe

Oil Updates — Crude slipped below $85; Ecopetrol selling more Colombian oil to Europe
Updated 26 September 2022

Oil Updates — Crude slipped below $85; Ecopetrol selling more Colombian oil to Europe

Oil Updates — Crude slipped below $85; Ecopetrol selling more Colombian oil to Europe

RIYADH: Brent crude slipped below $85 for the first time since January on fears of lower fuel demand from an expected global recession sparked by rising worldwide interest rates and as a surging US dollar limits the ability of non-dollar consumers to purchase crude.

Brent crude is priced at $84.85 a barrel at 09.30 a.m Saudi time, while the US West Texas Intermediate Crude fell to $77.61. 

Ecopetrol selling more Colombian oil to Europe 

Colombian state energy company Ecopetrol is selling more of its oil production to Europe, replacing Russian supplies, while it sees growing competition for market share in Asia.

About 40-50 percent of Ecopetrol’s crude production is exported to Asia this year compared with 60 percent last year, Ecopetrol’s CEO Felipe Bayon told Reuters on the sidelines of the 38th Annual Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference in Singapore.

Bayon said there is growing competition with Russian, Mexican, Canadian Heavy and Venezuelan crude in Asia.

Vitol expects Russian oil to flow to Asia and Mideast

Russian oil is expected to come to Asia and the Middle East, while refined fuel produced in these regions will flow to the West as the global oil trade is disrupted by sanctions, Vitol’s CEO Russell Hardy said on Monday.

The Russia-Ukraine war has made energy security the top issue for governments as they grapple with inflation. With bans on Russian oil looming and Moscow slashing gas supplies to Europe, policymakers are setting aside sustainability concerns for now.

“Energy security is number one. Price is number two. Sustainability is number three,” Hardy said of key priorities in the short term.

More than a million barrels per day of US crude is expected to go to Europe to fill the gap in Russian supplies, he told a forum at the APPEC conference, adding that Russian commodities would need to find a home in places outside the UK, US and EU. 

“It’s going to go further and longer distances and find different markets, and in doing that it’s going to have to trade at a discount,” Hardy said.

“You’re beginning to see that with fuel coming East that would otherwise have stayed in Europe, and fuel in the East going to the West to cover the shortfall.”

(With input from Reuters)