Bahrain property transactions jump 36% in Q1 2021

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– Bahrain real estate transactions reached $600 million compared to just over $440 million in Q1 2020 –

– Almost 3,000 real estate deals conducted in the first quarter of 2021 –

Ali Al Mudaifa, Executive Director, Investment Origination at the Bahrain Economic Development Board

Manama: Bahrain’s real estate transactions rose by 36% in Q1 2021 reaching $600m (226 million BD), according to figures released by Bahrain’s Survey and Land Registration Board. These figures represent a boost of more than a third compared to the first quarter of last year, when numbers were just over $440m (166 million BD).

Just under 3,000 properties were sold across the first three months of this year, a rise of 51% from the first three months of last year’s transactions, which reached just under 2,000. Listings portal Propertyfinder.bh also reported that the number of sale listings during Q1 2021 have gone up almost 10% over the last quarter. Much of this success can be attributed to strategic swift financial decisions taken by the government to support the economy.

Commenting on this, Ali Al Mudaifa, Executive Director, Investment Origination at the Bahrain Economic Development Board said: “The rise in real estate transactions indicates the growing demand for residential and retail properties in the Kingdom which represents an opportunity for investors and developers who can benefit from Bahrain’s business-friendly regulations such as 100% foreign ownership. In addition to local demand, we witnessed a 21% surge in real estate transaction value from expat buyers including GCC nationals.”

Bahrain’s long-standing real estate sector is a popular destination for investments, offering a multi-dimensional marketplace that caters to the growing demand in the Kingdom. Residential properties present a unique opportunity as affordable housing schemes come into effect, with a demand request of 5,000 units per year and 40,000 units to be delivered by 2022 by the Ministry of Housing.

About Bahrain Economic Development Board:

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is an investment promotion agency with overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate.

The EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors, in order to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment.

The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages and provide significant investment opportunities. These sectors include financial services, manufacturing, ICT, tourism, logistics and transport.