Egypt Construction Articles & Analysis

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In the wake of the revolution, one of the biggest issues facing the real estate business in Egypt is the question of access to, and ownership of, land. The legal background surrounding title to land can be unclear, partly due to the country’s history, which has seen Ottoman legislation overlaid with European legal codes, and a tradition in which...

Aided in part by the large domestic market, a spate of new industrial facilities, competitive labour costs and increasing urbanisation, the fundamentals of the Egyptian construction market look promising, although like many other sectors it has been suffering from a certain lack of confidence after the revolution of 2011.

What sort of regulatory reform is needed to improve access to land in the near term?

As a result of the ongoing political unrest, the expansion of Egypt’s real estate sector has slowed considerably in recent years. Since demonstrations kicked off in early 2011, developers, investors and potential purchasers have postponed many deals, and, in some cases, cancelled projects outright. While uncertainty has continued to grow in some...

Over the past 20 years, there has been a clear trend in many countries towards using the private sector to run public services or to commission new infrastructure projects, often-times in public-private partnerships (PPPs), and Egypt is no exception. Egypt first adopted the principle of PPPs under the Hosni Mubarak regime. In 2010, the government...

The Egyptian real estate market continues to exhibit potential, despite facing many challenges in the near term. Some of these, such as uncertainty, are the result of the turbulence following the 2011 revolution, while others, such as issues relating to the availability of land, date back several decades and will require sustained government action...