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With a population of over 200m, Nigeria is a large and diversified economy, despite the government’s reliance on oil and gas revenue. While the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent oil price crash caused a contraction in economic growth in 2020, it also led to rapid digitalisation across commerce, education and communication. This shift is expected to put Nigeria in a favourable position for recovery in the medium term.

Following a year of pandemic-related disruptions, there appears to be a greater focus on sustainable, digital and health-related projects; for example, in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), of which the UAE is one of the key participants in the Middle East. Launched in 2013, the BRI is an ambitious international initiative that aims to revive ancient Silk Road trade routes...

Which factors are driving demand for residential real estate in Sharjah, and how has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted these trends?

Many emerging markets are turning to infrastructure projects to stimulate recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on green and sustainable developments. Despite the broader downturn in 2020 – which the IMF says resulted in the global economy contracting by 3.5% – the number of newly announced infrastructure projects increased by 5%, according to analysis...

The emirate of Sharjah has worked to brand itself as a unique place within the UAE and the wider GCC, which has resulted in an uptick in work for contractors as they try to close the gap in supply and demand for real estate, especially in the residential segment and for other family-friendly infrastructure. Although the Covid-19 pandemic temporarily disrupted the market, mixed...

In what ways are real estate developers pursuing differentiated residential projects or aligning their products with the needs of target markets?

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