Commercial Real Estate Market in Oman - Growth,Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The Commercial Real Estate Market in Oman is segmented by Type (Offices, Retail, Industrial, Logistics, Multi-family, and Hospitality) and Key Cities (Muscat, Sohar, and Dhofar).

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2016-2025

Base Year:

2019

CAGR:

11.12 %

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Market Overview

  • Oman’s real estate market has been recovering since early 2019. The continuing recovery of oil prices, the introduction of natural gas production at the Khazzan gas field, and the completion of the new Muscat International Airport are some of the major factors expected to encourage private sector investment in Oman, which may give a boost to the country's GDP growth. This growth is also anticipated to enhance the commercial real estate sector’s performance in the country.
  • To boost investment in the Oman real estate sector, the Capital Market Authority (CMA) of Oman issued the regulatory framework for the introduction and trading of real estate investment trusts (REITs) in 2017. The regulation is providing a great opportunity to Omani residents, including ex-pats, by allowing them to purchase a part of a real estate development in the Muscat Securities Market. This is expected to further boost the real estate market activity in Oman. As a part of its move to reduce the country’s reliance on oil and diversify the economy, the Government of Oman has also opened the real estate sector to investments from expatriates in integrated tourism complexes (ITCs). ITC's are freehold mixed-use developments featuring different asset classes, including residential, hospitality, retail, leisure, and offices.
  • The retail market of Oman is also in a transition phase, due to the changing consumer preferences. Despite weaker consumer sentiment and declining retail sales due to poor market conditions, a significant amount of retail space is being added to the existing stock in the country, mainly in the capital. The retail landscape of the country is gradually shifting toward larger format malls from stand-alone retail outlets, owing to the changing shopping preferences.

Scope of the Report

This report aims to provide a detailed analysis of the Omani commercial real estate market. It focuses on the market dynamics, technological trends, insights, and government initiatives taken in the commercial real estate sector. Additionally, it analyzes the key players present in the market and the competitive landscape in the Omani commercial real estate market.

By Type
Offices
Retail
Industrial
Logistics
Multi-family
Hospitality
By Key Cities
Muscat
Sohar
Dhofar

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Construction Activity across the Hospitality Sector in the Sultanate

Oman is witnessing a steady increase in the hospitality sector. There is an increase in the construction activity across the hospitality sector, with nearly 72 new hotels under construction in 2019. By the end of 2019, 55 of these developments are expected to be completed, which may add 4,763 rooms to the total hotel supply in the country.

Some of the major factors boosting the market growth for hotels in Oman include corporate demand, leisure, meetings, conferences, and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), which was inaugurated in 2016 to attract a wide range of business travelers from across the world. The total number of hotels in Oman was 412 units in 2018. There was an increase in the number of hotels from the previous number of 367 units in 2017. Some of the major hotel projects scheduled to begin operations in 2019 include W Muscat, JW Marriott Muscat Convention Centre, and Centro Hotels by Rotana.

Increase in hotel construction activities across the country is likely to continue during the forecast period, with more hotel projects coming up in the country, which is further going to boost the demand in the hospitality sector.

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Industrial Sector Gaining Strength in the Country

The industrial sector is gaining strength in Oman and the outlook for the industrial sector looks stable and positive in the middle to long term. The country has four free-trade zones: Al-Mazyunah, Sohar, Salalah, and Duqm, each at different stages of development and all designed for international companies. With the increasing government support for new foreign direct investment (FDI) initiatives and sustained investment in infrastructure, industrial contributions to GDP are expected to benefit from projects developed in the country’s free-trade zones. The average value added by the industrial sector to Oman's GDP was around 47% in 2018. The manufacturing sector of Oman has also maintained a stable growth rate, due to the continuous investment for expanding the base of the manufacturing sector in the country. The contribution to the GDP from the manufacturing sector in Oman increased to OMR 2,914.40 million in 2018 from OMR 2,709.31 million in 2017.

Oman also has nine ‘industrial estates’ offering low rental and energy prices, customs duties advantages, and five-year corporate tax exemptions. One of the industrial estates in Oman, Knowledge Oasis Muscat, allows 100% foreign ownership for technology companies. The new Khazaen Economic City on the southern expressway represents the future vision of industrial and logistics in Oman, connecting hubs with northern ports and airports with equivalent zones in Duqm and Salalah in the south. This growth in the industrial sector is anticipated to boost the demand for commercial real estate in the country with more growth options for industries.

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Competitive Landscape

The Omani commercial real estate market is fragmented, due to the presence of a large number of players in the market. Some of the major players in the market include Majan Development, Al Taher Group, Wujha, Al Raid, and Shanfari Group. The country is witnessing significant investment opportunities backed by a non-oil economic growth, especially in the industrial sector, which presents growth opportunities for more players to enter the market during the forecast period.

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Table Of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Current Economic Scenario and Consumer Sentiment

    2. 4.2 Commercial Real Estate Buying Trends - Socioeconomic and Demogpaphic Insights

    3. 4.3 Government Initiatives and Regulatory Aspects for the Commercial Real Estate Sector

    4. 4.4 Insights into Existing and Upcoming Projects

    5. 4.5 Insights into Interest Rate Regime for General Economy and Real Estate Lending

    6. 4.6 Insights into Rental Yields in the Commercial Real Estate Segment

    7. 4.7 Insights into Capital Market Penetration and REIT Presence in Commercial Real Estate

    8. 4.8 Insights into Public-Private Partnerships in Commercial Real Estate

    9. 4.9 Insights into Real Estate Tech and Startups Active in the Real Estate Segment (Broking, Social Media, Facility Management, and Property Management)

    10. 4.10 Drivers

    11. 4.11 Restraints

    12. 4.12 Opportunities

    13. 4.13 Challenges

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Offices

      2. 5.1.2 Retail

      3. 5.1.3 Industrial

      4. 5.1.4 Logistics

      5. 5.1.5 Multi-family

      6. 5.1.6 Hospitality

    2. 5.2 By Key Cities

      1. 5.2.1 Muscat

      2. 5.2.2 Sohar

      3. 5.2.3 Dhofar

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Market Concentration

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Developers

        1. 6.2.1.1 Majan Development

        2. 6.2.1.2 Al Taher Group

        3. 6.2.1.3 Wujha

        4. 6.2.1.4 Al Raid

        5. 6.2.1.5 Shanfari Group

      2. 6.2.2 Other Companies (Real Estate Agencies, Startups, Associations, etc.)

        1. 6.2.2.1 Hamptons International

        2. 6.2.2.2 Real Estate Souq

        3. 6.2.2.3 Diamond Real Estate

        4. 6.2.2.4 ERA Oman

        5. 6.2.2.5 Aqwaas Properties

  7. 7. FUTURE OF THE MARKET AND ANALYST RECOMMENDATIONS

  8. 8. DISCLAIMER

  9. 9. ABOUT US

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