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Realopedia launches online booking platform for developers at Cityscape 2017 in Dubai

E-marketplace a gateway for investors to book premium real estate projects with one click of a finger

UAE, September 12, 2017 – Realopedia, the global real estate e-marketplace established in Dubai, has launched its pioneering online booking platform for developers at the ongoing 16th Cityscape Global conference and exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The move is another reflection of the growing convergence and incorporation of property technology (PropTech) into the dynamic real estate market in Dubai, the UAE, and globally.

Realopedia, which is located at Stand No. S3A01 of the event’s venue, presents developers with substantial business growth opportunities via the newly launched online booking platform, in addition to offering them solutions to reach an extensive range of investors and customers.

As part of the Realopedia e-marketplace, registered developers within their set jurisdictions or areas can upload their inventory with an option to harness 3D and virtual reality (VR) technologies to give their prospective investors and customers a lifelike experience and a sense of what it is like to explore the actual units. These premium real estate projects can now be easily booked by property buyers – be it for their location, price, and features – with the click of a finger. The online booking platform has effectively made the cutting-edge e-marketplace a gateway for investors to quickly and conveniently reserve a property of their choice.

Laura Choueri, CEO and Founder, Realopedia, said: “We are excited to introduce this global platform to our developers as a new addition to our portfolio of technology-focused services. The launch comes at an opportune time when property buyers are using next-generation tools to access useful data. More and more tech-savvy investors are harnessing the full potential of contemporary and advanced tools to search for and purchase property according to their liking and taste instead of just relying heavily on traditional methods for information.”

“The online booking platform for developers is an innovative offering that will bring investors’ experience to the next level. In our online community, buyers can connect with registered agents and brokers, as well as reach out to agents who can represent them globally under DPAP, the ‘Developers Preferred Agents Program’,” she added.

Realopedia will introduce its ‘Make an Offer’ scheme for real estate agents, whose property is registered as per the regulations of Dubai Land Department and the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) in Dubai or official regulatory bodies in their respective countries. The exciting new concept is set to go live next month and is expected to give agents a big push in terms of promoting properties they have on offer.

Technology is increasingly being adopted within the UAE real estate market, with investors making use of digital tools to help them arrive at an informed decision. A latest HSBC survey shows that UAE home buyers go online to look for available properties (72 per cent); check the value of their current home (67 per cent); learn about taxes and regulations (65 per cent): research where to live (65 per cent), and explore prospective home prices (64 per cent). According to Choueri, this key trend of technology integration is only the beginning.

Realopedia has recently formed a first-of-a-kind strategic alliance with the region’s leading e-commerce site Souq.com, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, leveraging on its global accessibility and digital expertise to expand market reach for all its stakeholders and online users.

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K5 Middle East announces construction of first manufacturing facility in the Middle East

Dubai, January 22, 2017-K5 Middle East, a firefighting products, solutions and technologies company, has announced that it is constructing its first manufacturing facility in the Middle East in Ajman. The announcement was made along with the company’s participation in Intersec 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection taking place from January 22 to 24, 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). The construction of the facility is progressing well with an estimated investment of USD 100 million over the next few years.

 The move complements a recent report by Frost & Sullivan that the GCC’s fire safety market is expected to grow at an average of 15 per cent to touch USD 3.15 billion by 2020. The UAE accounts for 34 per cent or USD 476 million of the GCC’s USD 1.4 billion fire safety market, driven mainly by the local construction boom. Demand for fire safety systems and equipment is expected to get a major boost as World Expo 2020 draws near and as work on major construction projects progresses up to 2021. Sales of detection systems and equipment – including smoke and heat detectors and fire extinguishers – dominate the UAE’s fire safety systems and equipment market.

 Alex Perfiliev, CEO, K5 Distribution, said: “We are highly excited about the construction of our first-ever manufacturing facility in the MiddleEast which will address the growing demand for fire safety solution in the region. We foresee a high demand for innovative fire safety solutions in the UAE as Dubai Civil Defence’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021 to reduce fire incidents by 10 percent and the ratio of death caused by fire per 10,000 people by 15 per cent. While the UAE remains our key market, we will explore other potential markets in the region, including the KSA, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman to bring our annual sales from this region to USD 100 million per annum.”

 “K5 Middle East has very high expectations from the robust fire and safety market of the Middle East and particularly from the UAE which is a growing market. Alongside K5 SAFETY PATCH and K5 PATCHPAINT, the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will produce paints, foams, coatings and construction materials equipped with fire extension capacity. Our clients in the region include manufacturers of electrical equipment, developers, facilities management firms, and social care institutions. In the long term, we have plans to enter India and China, which are large markets along with Europe,” concludes Evgeny Gabov, Director, K5 Middle East.

For more information, log on to http://www.k5safetypatch.com/ or visit Facebook Page K5 Safety Patch.

TASWEEK to explore European investments & partnership opportunities for international projects at MIPIM expo in France

Possible oil price fluctuations to impact global real estate activities and investors behaviors

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

UAE, March 09, 2015 – TASWEEK Real Estate Development and Marketing, an advisor and solutions provider serving the property markets, foresees possible shifts in regional and global real estate activities and investors reactions amidst the ongoing changes in oil prices. With barrel rates in the past six months at their lowest since the 2008 financial crisis, TASWEEK says that prime markets should prepare to adjust to the effects on property prices especially in the housing and commercial segments after observing changes in the investor’s options and markets.

Masood Al Awar - CEO - Tasweek

Masood Al Awar, CEO of TASWEEK, will share valuable insights on the Middle Eastern and European property markets and the strong potential for investments between the UAE and Europe in particular during the 2015 MIPIM real estate exhibition, conference and networking event running from March 10 to 13, 2015 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. He will refer to a recent survey indicating that UAE investors are one of the largest foreign groups buying low-cost investment property in the UK, accounting for a large 18 per cent. This reflects the growing interest in UAE-European real estate investment partnerships.

The TASWEEK head will discuss the property boom currently being experienced by non-oil producing countries and how Middle Eastern countries could avoid facing a market slowdown. Developers would benefit from expanding their market options and client bases as a cautionary measure. Al Awar will also present and offer prime projects in UAE, Malaysia, and Morocco forming part of TASWEEK’s diverse USD 250 million international portfolio to interested MIPIM participants from senior international investors.

Al Awar said: “While price drops in oil and variations in currency rates are triggering a real estate frenzy in many parts of the world, key markets could face a reverse slump in business. The best strategy is to anticipate unfavorable market changes and broaden horizons especially towards high-potential regions and plan to adopt new smart products and services that can match and sustain market’s growth.

MIPIM is an ideal platform to gauge the current industry landscape and forge dynamic and mutually beneficial partnerships and deals that are in sync with today’s market conditions. For our part, TASWEEK is well-positioned to tap its smart and innovative solutions to support numerous aspects of the real estate industry’s operations and functions. The sustained interest in our Malaysian and Moroccan projects reflects that there are still lots of opportunities out there for forward-thinking developers in the UAE and across the region to pursue.

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Aldar’s recent master plan developments in Al Raha Beach and Yas Island high sales volume pushes up demand in Abu Dhabi realty market

By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

Aldar sold out all of its supply of 223 units for Al Hadeel Project in Al Raha Beach in May and Ansam Development in Yas Island sold off units at prices ranging from Dhs 1,540 to Dhs 1550 per square foot.
“In terms of launches, we launched two our very well-appointed residential projects Al Raha Beach and Yas Island all of them are sold out, These are our master plan developments wherein we have enabled infrastructure and have DE risked these developments very well.”says Mr. Gurjit Singh, Chief Development officer, Aldar Properties in an Interview

Mr. Gurjit Singh, Chief Development Officer, Aldar properties

The Abu Dhabi market continues to rise in this quarter and Aldar was established to support Abu Dhabi’s development through the creation of high quality, attractive and sustainable communities equipped with residential, commercial, retail, leisure, hospitality, education and medical facilities. Today Aldar Properties owns a sizeable land bank in strategic locations throughout Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi’s supply pipeline increased to 1750 units in Reem Island, Danet Abu Dhabi and Al Reef in Q2 this has pushed the total stock to around 24000 units as per JLL.
Mr. Gurjit Singh also gave insights on the current property market and how Aldar helps in absorbing the supply

 

Mr.Gurjit Singh,Chief Development Officer,Aldar Properties talks to our reporter Anitha Lakshminarayanan in an Interview

“And in terms of how Aldar sees it, the stocks that we have had on our books for recurring income for rent, a lot of it has been absorbed and some of the developments are 100% fully occupied those which we have retained for rentals they have actually crossed up to almost full occupancy and this bodes extremely for us because we are in the business of producing recurring income for our business.”

“As a leading developer in the UAE, we at Aldar have been able to help towards absorbing the physical supply of the real estate market via our renters and gave them an option of upgrading themselves as property owners. The interesting trend now is a lot of upgrades are happening in the market”.

“People buying our developments come from a healthy cross-section. 55% of our buyers are end-user occupier types. 45% of them come from across the gulf, but they are not a high percentage compared to those who are already residing here. That is a healthy thing about Abu Dhabi and Aldar have been able to take advantage of those who are renters now, then wanting to become a purchaser. We also launched off-plan sales this year, wherein renters can upgrade themselves by buying a property that will be ready in a couple of years.”

“Besides, we were clear about our off-plan sales, which can attract mortgage only after they pay 50% equity. Nevertheless, we still got a healthy demand because of our smart yields. One more interesting rule which we have implemented is that you can’t sell your property unless you pay 50% of the total value. When people hear this and put their money in are seemingly considered in our eyes as long-term players. Indeed the mortgage rules have helped to ask into the details of our purchasers that also help the market to refocus and read speculators out”.

He concluded “We launched three projects this year at cityscape, two of which were residential are physically sold out and we will launch one more in the coming months”.

You can also read Anitha Lakshminarayanan’s interview with Mr. Gurjit Singh in the gulf news at

http://www.gnproperty.com/a/real-estate-news/abu-dhabi-realty-market-continues-rise/

Please contact Anitha Lakshminarayanan-freelance writer (writer for Gulf News), Freelance Journalist at

anithaideas@gmail.com  for covering an event, public relations writing, conducting interviews or advertising on this blog or to know more about my writing-visit

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Pacific Ventures shape up a residential community in DUBAILAND.

Face to Face with Mr. Parvez Khan,Chairman,Pacific Ventures
By Anitha Lakshminarayanan

Mr. Parvez Khan, a bold real estate developer from India with abundant knowledge of the property market in Dubai, speaks about their Dubailand project pacific village focusing on leisure and residential community in Dubai besides sharing his thoughts on the realty sector of Dubai.
Mr. Parvez Khan, a bold real estate developer from India with abundant knowledge of the property market in Dubai, speaks about their Dubailand project pacific village focusing on leisure and residential community in Dubai besides sharing his thoughts on the realty sector of Dubai.

Pacific ventures shape up a residential community from their Pacific Village project in Dubailand.
PLANS ON HOLIDAY HOMES IN THE FUTURE FROM THEIR PACIFIC VILLAGE VILLAS IN DUBAILAND

After the  Phase-II launch of their Burj Pacific signature apartments, Pacific Ventures, an Indian developer set in 2011 develops a residential community in Dubailand located next to the City of Arabia theme park.

Mr. Parvez Khan, Chairman, Pacific Ventures in an interview to Emirates Property-What’s your Property Cravings said “The Master Plan of Pacific village is designed by Mr. Manoj, an eminent architect with 15 years of experience from India and DUBAILAND officials were impressed with the layout and design of Pacific Village. It’s a gated community and close to the city of Arabia.”

“70% of our downtown project ‘Burj Pacific’ apartments are sold and we are also developing our project in Jumeirah village triangle and Jumeirah village circle that will be ready in December. Our Pacific Village Project will include 65 residential villas, 102 four-bedroom townhouses and a number of two-bedroom apartments and will be centrally located between Dubai International Airport and Al-Maktoum International Airport in the heart of DUBAILAND.”

The four-bedroom townhouses will come in two types, covering a minimum of 3,500-sq ft in size, the apartments will cover an area of 1,240-sq ft while the villas, starting from approximately 5,075 sq ft in size, will comprise of six bedrooms.

The entire development will span over 1.205, 915-sq ft. And will be fully equipped with a community center, open spaces, paved roads and parking spaces. Additional amenities will include a gymnasium and swimming pool and 900 sq ft retail outlet to serve community residents.

The overheated market of Dubai has slowed down to gain stability, inspiring confidence among investors and end-users.

“When we compare the market of 2008, the market is matured now. The old players who operated in the realty market for more than ten years are mindful about the current situation. Global crisis that hit in 2008 has given them a great learning to be watchful of the business around them.”

“It is more interesting to see the market now with all regulations in place, especially the property registration fee benefits the end-user and besides that a transparent market to operate.”

“All our transactions are systematic done via escrow account, certified by Rera.And we have a mixed bag of investors from countries like India, China, Pakistan and Russia.”

“When it comes to real estate, one has to plan long term, say about ten years that is when you yield more profit. And the real estate market is active when the population increases and now the demand for housing units will grow more as Dubai’s population is increasing rapidly. The supply what we have now will not be enough after ten years.”

Plans for Pacific Ventures include holiday home from Pacific village villas in the future

DUBAILAND, which is an international tourist hub, attracts millions of visitors to the global village, motor city and future developments include the city of Arabia theme park and much more.
“We are thinking of holiday villas in the future for which we have obtained permission. And this is a unique concept, wherein we can rent it out for short term to our clients as our townhouses are big with 5 bedrooms. If someone wants to rent it out we can help them too. Additionally, we might start a company that leases out the holiday villas.”

Anitha Lakshminarayanan

Please contact Anitha Lakshminarayanan-freelance writer(currently I write for Gulf News),Freelance  Journalist at anithaideas@gmail.com for covering an event, public relations writing, conducting interviews or advertising on this blog or  to know more about my writing-visit  http://anithaideas.com/

Tanmiyat Group fast track their living legend project in Dubai land.

BY Anitha Lakshminarayanan
Tanmiyat Group, a Saudi investment company and property developer fast track their AED 4 billion living legends project in Dubai land that was launched in 2006 before the global economic crisis that hit in 2008. And Plan to handover villas in the middle of this year.

Mr.Mohammed Bin Odah,CEO of Tanmiyat Group
Mr.Mohammed Bin Odah,CEO of Tanmiyat Group

“About 60-75% of the project is over and in the middle of this year, will hand over our villas. Phase-I concrete work is completed, and the infrastructure including the street lights are already done” said Eng. Mohammed Bin Odah, CEO of Tanmiyat group to Emirates Property-what’s your property cravings.

Located in Dubai land with a built up area of 6 million square feet, the project comprises of 500 villas,12 towers with 2200 apartments, three office buildings, a mall, three schools and a hotel overlooking the golf course.

He added “we will be attaching solar heaters to every villa of living legend and recently made an agreement with a district cooling company”.

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Tanmiyat showcasing their living legend project at a consumer property event in Dubai

As Dubai continues to recover with soaring property prices over the last two years, several stalled projects are back on track since then. Another cause for the spike in the real estate prices could be Dubai’s win of the expo 2020 bid.

Living Legends Project
Tanmiyat showcasing their living legend project at a consumer property event in Dubai

Eng.Odah said “After Dubai’s win of the expo 2020 bid, the response has been very good, and customers take initiatives to do their bookings and pay money. Now is the best time for those who have invested during the crisis, and now they can benefit from the yield as the appreciation is more”.

Dubai has a mixed bag of investors from all over the world and is well-known for its multicultural background. Now the market has matured to help the end-user and the regulations are in place. RERA(Real Estate Regulatory Agency of Dubai) has addressed the key issues such as the credibility of the developer, flipping, and with the wake of registration fees from 2% to 4% this year; this sector is easier to operate especially to end-users.

Mr.Odah urged “About 108 nationalities have invested in our project. Now it’s a regulated business wherein you cannot start selling if you do not give a bank guarantee of 25% .It builds confidence and Benefits the consumer”

“After central bank had approved, we signed an agreement with Al Noor Bank and two more banks are there in the pipeline. The funding from the banks helps us a lot as they collect money from the consumers once we start delivering the units to them”.

He concluded “At the moment,we are focusing on delivering the units this year and the project is 70% complete”

Anitha Lakshminarayanan

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Pacific Ventures begin sale of Phase-II of their signature apartments project ‘Burj Pacific’

IMG_0699Face to face with Mr.Miguel Guadalupe, Chief Operating Officer at Pacific Ventures

By Anitha Lakshminarayan

Burj Pacific sold its lower floor at the time of the announcement of the Phase-I launch last year and the higher floors are ready to be sold after Phase-II launch.

Dubai, UAE: Pacific Ventures, Indian Real Estate Company begin sale of their signature apartments Burj Pacific in downtown, Dubai after a formal launch of Phase-II at Emirates Towers  on the 8th and 9th of March.

“We recorded DHS 79 million worth of sales during the pre-launch of Phase-I of Burj Pacific,” says Mr. Miguel Guadalupe, Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Ventures to Emirates Property-what’s your property craving in an Interview.

He added “Within two months the ground floor will be ready; we have approved the contractor and will officially announce the name of our contractor for Burj Pacific after we get the approvals from Rera for our Pacific Village project in Dubai land located along the city of Arabia theme park”.

Real estate in Dubai is moving forward, and the trend is likely to continue this year and apartments dominate the demand in the property market of Dubai; however, there is a slight shift in focus as there is an increase of  20%  in the supply  of villas  this year.

Mr. Guadalupe  said “Pacific Ventures earlier projects include: Jumeirah village triangle and Jumeirah village circle which we bought from other developers are partly sold though we don’t advertise about them since they are easy to sell especially studio, and one bedroom move faster  in Dubai  although high-rises or 22 storey buildings like the Burj Pacific with more than 160 apartments or big communities need attention of how we can make the public aware about new concepts.As a business, we run in a very customer-friendly way and take our consumers to the site, update them about the progress of the project and  the marketing team sends them pictures of the development on a regular basis”.

As per Jones Lang La Salle,the property company there is more development towards central as well as in the south of Dubai and Jebel Ali.

Mr.Migeuel also said “ Many of the people working in Downtown, Dubai,plan to move into other areas such as Sport city, Studio city, Jumeirah Village triangle, Arabian Ranches and nearby locations which are also beautiful to live and they take a nice hike,by driving to work”  .

Indians top as  Property Investors of UAE

“It’s been more of an end-user business this time around and helps us as a more regulated market; the government is more involved and for the end-user, it’s more real now”.

“As everybody knows Indian community is the number one investors in the UAE closely followed by the Pakistani community and Russians are third. Indian community is big in the UK, Ireland and other parts of the world; they buy a property for investing as well as to gift homes for their kids”.

He concluded “we are going to stay residential now while we build quality, good size units and make it affordable which start from 1.3 million for 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms is 2.4 million depending on the size.1 bedroom size are usually 1000 square feet; 2 bedrooms are 2000 square feet, and 3 bedrooms are close to 3000 square feet and  maybe 4 or 5 years later, we might look into mixed-units”.

Anitha Lakshminarayanan

Please contact Anitha Lakshminarayanan-Freelance  Journalist at anithaideas@gmail.com for covering an event,conducting interviews or advertising on this blog or to know more about my writing-visit  http://anithaideas.wordpress.com/