No longer all about London for UAE property investors

Regional UK cities, European hubs becoming more popular for UAE real estate investors - report
No longer all about London for UAE property investors
The UK city of Manchester is growing in popularity as a destination for UAE real estate investors. (Flickr/Zuzanna Neziri)
By Staff writer
Fri 23 Mar 2018 12:53 AM

UAE real estate investors are widening their scope and looking away from London, which has traditionally been the property hotspot of choice, according to a new report.

The 2018 Global Real Estate Outlook Report by property investment company IP Global has shown that regional cities in the UK and cities within Central Europe are now offering UAE residents a "compelling global investment choice".

The report also highlights that many investors from the wider Middle East are increasingly looking to purchase property in the United States and Thailand.

Richard Bradstock, director and head of the Middle East at IP Global said: “Over the years we have seen that, historically, investors from the Middle East have favoured buying property in London. However, in 2017, we witnessed a behaviour shift as many investors are flocking to buy more affordable property in northern cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

"Internationally, with the launch of start-ups and technology hubs, central European cities like Berlin, Frankfurt and Lisbon have become attractive investment destinations due to their resulting strong capital growth and sound economic performance.“

He added that IP Global's recent YouGov study also showed that America remains a popular choice for UAE residents, with Seattle in focus for many investors.

According to the report, Manchester in the UK has shown the greatest promise, with property prices rising and rents forecast to significantly increase from 2018 to 2022.

Middle Eastern property investors searching for secure income streams outside London property are also currently exploring Leeds, the report noted.

Across Europe, Berlin and Lisbon are also growing in popularity among Middle East investors.

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