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The King Salman Park in Riyadh.

The King Salman Park in Riyadh.

Mega projects ‘to spur Riyadh realty sector’

May 2019

The ongoing mega-project announcements and improvements to government regulations are expected to boost demand for, and enhance the long-term performance of Riyadh’s real estate sector, highlights JLL’s Q1 market overview.

 Reforms focused on increasing transparency, enhancing the logistics sector and improving the overall quality of living for Riyadh’s citizens are expected to accelerate the implementation of Vision 2030, it said.

 Earlier in the year, the government announced a project worth SR86 billion ($23 billion) to revamp public spaces in Riyadh, aiming to improve the quality of life for the city’s residents. The King Salman Park will promote urban development with green spaces and will include recreational areas for the benefit of the communities and citizens in Riyadh. Along with government initiatives to boost home ownership, this is expected to promote demand for residential units in the long run.

 In addition, the Ministry of Housing launched a rental price index aimed at enhancing market regulation and providing more transparency. This is expected to reflect positively on the housing sector as it could lead to an increase in the volume of transactions.

 “With market conditions continuing to soften in the first quarter of this year, large-scale announcements aimed at stimulating economic growth are expected to boost sentiment and translate to increased demand for the capital’s real estate. Regulations such as introducing a rental price index are also a market stimulant, as they are expected to improve transparency in the residential sector, which could lead to larger transaction volumes,” commented Dana Salbak, associate, JLL Mena.

 The kingdom’s National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP), which aims to attract SR1.6 trillion of foreign investment by 2030 into various industries, is also expected to bode well for the commercial sector.  

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