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Dubai remains the MENA region’s most transparent real estate market

Dubai remains the MENA region’s most transparent real estate market

July 2016

Dubai has recorded continued progress and retained its position as the most transparent real estate market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, according to JLL and LaSalle Investment Management’s 2016 Global Real Estate Transparency Index (GRETI).

The Emirate placed (48th) out of 109 markets covered globally to remain in the ‘Semi-Transparent’ category, improving by a respectable 23 points to be among the top 25 global improvers. Abu Dhabi, ranked (59th) globally, while Saudi Arabia (63rd) and Egypt (65th) have nudged into the ‘Semi-Transparent’ group for the first time.

“Dubai has made good progress, recording a 10 per cent improvement in its score over the past two years,” said Craig Plumb, Head of Research, MENA at JLL, “It is positioned in a part of the global ranking which contains some of the most dynamic markets in the world, many of which are seeing growing middle classes mobilizing against corrupt practices.”

The 10 countries identified as ‘Highly Transparent’ by GRETI account for 75 percent of global investment into commercial real estate, highlighting the extent to which transparency drives real estate investment decisions.

The Dubai government acknowledges the important role that improving transparency plays in increasing levels of foreign investment in its real estate market. Its new Open Data Law aims to promote the sharing of non-confidential data between government and non-government entities. Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), the regulatory arm of Dubai Land Department, has implemented several new measures to advance the accessibility and quality of real estate data available to potential investors.

“We are pleased that Dubai has recorded an improvement in 15 of the 28 areas covered in JLL’s Global Transparency survey,” said HE Sultan Buti Bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department (DLD). “We are particularly proud to see that the greatest advancement has been made in the area of market data, where the DLD can make the most direct impact on transparency.”

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