New Market Research Report: Bahrain Real Estate Report Q4 2014

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Thu Oct 09 2014

The Bahraini economy is expanding and the real estate sector is projected to remain stagnant. Instability affects the country and continues to scare off investors and tourists , as a result we forecast rents to slightly increase and net yields to remain stable across all sectors.

The commercial real estate market is continuously affected by the global financial crisis, political protests and a construction boom financed by the government. This translates into stagnant rents and endemic oversupply of rental space. Among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Bahrain has been one of the slowest to recover from the crisis and the protests stemming from the Arab springs contribute to the fact that economic growth is likely to be slow.

Bahrain GDP growth is still extremely dependant to the movement of the oil price as it contributes to 80% of Bahrain's export income. Consequently it is raises difficulty about being optimistic about the short-term prospects for Bahrain's commercial real estate market. The longer-term outcome will depend on Bahrain economic achievement outside the export-oriented oil sector.

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Looking at different sectors, BMI finds similar stagnation in both rents and net yields across office, retail and industrial sectors. Though businesses continue to expand seeking newer and largest units in Bahrain, the political uncertainty is slowing these transactions to a crawl. Moreover, vacancy rates and low rates persist, as there is a lack of new corporations wishing to enter the Kingdom. This negative dynamic may persist until companies consider Bahrain stable enough to settle in.

These factors are also affecting retail particularly those closely tied to tourism. While the Bahraini government is encouraging further tourism, these efforts might not be sufficient if no political solution is found in the near term between rival communities in the country. Saudi Arabia Tourism will continue to travel to Bahrain however providing only a small stream...

The Bahrain Real Estate Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s market assessment and independent forecasts of major construction projects in the residential and commercial markets, plus rental prices and yields in major cities. The report critically analyses the prospects for real estate within the broader economic and financial context - both domestic and global - via our econometrically-modelled and clearly explained banking and economic forecasts and follows this through to evaluate the implications for REITs.

BMI's Bahrain Real Estate Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the real estate industry in Bahrain.

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