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    OBG’s real estate market analysis includes detailed information about supply and demand in the residential, commercial and retail segments. We cover major development projects by local and international investors and examine changes in the regulatory framework and bank lending practices.
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Although recovery has been slower in Bahrain compared to some of its GCC neighbours, the kingdom’s real estate sector has made steady progress since 2013, with gains in the residential and retail markets demonstrating a gradual return of investor and developer confidence. While the office market remains oversaturated, with flat growth reported...

Chapter | Construction & Real Estate from The Report: Bahrain 2015

The residential segment is well on its way to returning to pre-2009 levels of growth, with the volume of real estate trading expanding by 30% in 2013 and total value of transactions reaching $2.28bn, compared to $1.76bn in 2012. State-funded housing projects are expected to drive expansion, with the government signing its first-ever housing public-private partnership agreement in 2012....

As the region faces up to the challenge of the recent drop in oil prices, Bahrain’s fundamentals indicate the kingdom is well positioned to weather the dip. The focus on diversification goals outlined in Economic Vision 2030 is helping establish a more competitive and sustainable economy in the kingdom. The financial sector, which represents Bahrain’s second-largest GDP contributor, has continued to recover robustly since the global economic downturn.

Major demand for real estate is being driven by Myanmar’s significant economic growth, and market participants are looking forward to the arrival of new foreign investors. Thanks to the current government’s economic and political reforms since 2011, Myanmar is seeing broad growth in sectors such as oil and gas, telecommunications, manufacturing, construction and tourism...

Evidence of the construction boom in Myanmar is visible throughout the country and especially in Yangon. The old capital has been awakened and is on an express track to becoming a modern city, with the number of public works and concrete buildings rapidly rising in the last four years. This trend is set to continue, as the economy is on track to grow 7.8% in both FY 2014...

A much-anticipated reform in the real estate sector for 2014 was the introduction of the draft Condominium Law, but a series of disagreements among lawmakers has delayed its introduction to an unspecified date. The draft law is now expected to be re-submitted to the parliament in January 2015. The law, if approved as proposed, will allow foreigners to own apartment units...