June 26, 2010
The current global crisis is serious, nonetheless investments in the Middle East countries especially Dubai is sure to create new opportunities for everyone to find new markets, partners and ideas. Indeed hit hard particularly by the global financial crisis, the flourishing real estate sector in Dubai now echoes the plight of its financial crunch. For the global powers, Dubai is the new combat zone. The market players are optimistic, and they believe that this year will be a year of recovery and stability as they hope for the liquidity conditions to improve.
With the deep impact of the global recession on Dubai’s property market, investors in this sector still remain unsettled. However, the government intervention- like the real estate registry for the Emirates documenting the built and un-built property thereby solving investors’ issues and improving their confidence- greatly contributed to stabilize Dubai’s commercial property market. Western investors now seem reluctant to give up as they can sometimes make a nice pile in some murky investments. Moreover short and long term investments are now on the rise along with the local businesses being established and multinationals relocating their operations in UAE. Investors groups are also now being formed in Dubai by a group of enthusiastic and seasoned local as well as international investors and real estate professionals.
Attracting business investment in the form of angel investments- an informal set up- is still quite a challenge for Dubai. The Arab Business Angels Network (ABAN), a subsidiary of Dubai International Capital enlisted members to create the first Arab community of Angel Investors in the Middle East. Unlike VC investors, angel investors typically invest in companies that are too small or young to qualify for bank loans, or other traditional means of financing. This sort of investment programs is sure to open up new vistas of opportunities as its chief objective is to bring together businessmen and owners to start up new enterprises. Such investment programs are indeed a new and innovative venture in Dubai with the chief objective of reducing the equity gap which these entrepreneurs face as they plan to build up their business.