GCC REIT Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The GCC REIT's Market is segmented based on Country (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait). The market size and forecasts in value (USD Billion) for all the above segments.

GCC REIT Market Size

GCC REIT Industry (2020-2025)
Study Period 2020 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 10.37 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 15.40 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 8.24 %
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

GCC REIT Industry Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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GCC REIT Market Analysis

The GCC REIT Industry is expected to grow from USD 10.37 billion in 2024 to USD 15.40 billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 8.24% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The GCC has seen several Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) listed in stock exchanges in the past few years. This accelerated after Saudi Arabia's Capital Markets Authority (CMA) approved the listing of REITs in 2016 as a part of the National Transformation Program (NTP) and Saudi Vision 2030. Due to the economic crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the listed REITs have seen a steep decline in their share prices and market capitalizations.

REITs are not as popular in the GCC as in advanced countries despite the region being home to wealthy individuals and large institutional investors. The lack of a regulatory framework for the listing and operation of REITs remains a major hindrance to its development in the region. However, the region's capital markets authority (CMA) has started revamping regulations to pave the way for the development of alternative investments.

The future looks promising for REITs in GCC, especially with the new class of investors looking for investment products to diversify their portfolios in the local markets. Islamic REITs can be a preferable option for traditional investors who wish to invest in Sharia-compliant products in different asset classes, such as real estate.

GCC REIT Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the GCC REIT Market according to our research experts:

Growing Asset Allocation to Real Estate by Large Investors in The Region

Only 33% of the SWFs allocated 10% or more toward real estate. However, that is expected to change, with about 70% of the SWFs targeting a 10% or more allocation towards real estate in GCC. The reason is the real estate sector's ability to achieve steady cash flows through rental income and inherent ability to act as a hedge against inflation (due to contractual escalations in long-term contracts) besides healthy yields and the prospect of capital appreciation.

The property price correction in the United Arab Emirates has triggered many investors to explore alternate investment avenues to preserve and grow their wealth. Ironically, the current downturn in the real estate sector is also an opportune time to invest in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

Sovereign Wealth Funds' Current and Target Allocations to Real Estate by Proportion of Total AUM, GCC, 2020-2021

GCC REITs Average 1-Year Returns

REITs in the United Arab Emirates were offering healthy dividend yields compared to the global average. However, the story emerging in Saudi Arabia was a little different, with REITs offering an average dividend yield of 2.7%. Part of the issue in Saudi Arabia was that there was a sudden rush in listings with insufficient diligence done on the quality of assets. Early entrants to the market were able to obtain an initial premium on the listing. However, the long-term performance of a REIT is determined by the underlying quality of the real estate.

UAE has higher returns than most of the world's popular real estate investment sites as the rental income is tax-free due to tax exemption on capital gains.

Gulf Council REITs Average 1 Year Dividend Yield, 2021

GCC REIT Industry Overview

The report includes an overview of REITs operating across GCC. We wish to present a detailed profiling of a few major companies, which cover product offerings, regulations governing them, their headquarters, and financial performance. Currently, some of the major players dominating the market are Al Rajhi REIT, Riyad REIT, Emirates REIT, ENBD REIT, and Jadwa Saudi REIT.

GCC REIT Market Leaders

  1. Al Rajhi REIT

  2. Riyad REIT

  3. Emirates REIT


  5. Jadwa Saudi REIT

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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GCC REIT Market News

  • In September 2022, Saudi Arabia introduced a real estate investment trust (REIT) regime. In November 2016, Riyad REIT was the first REIT to be listed in Saudi Arabia (and only the second REIT to be listed in the Middle East), which was followed by another 17 REITs up to July 2022, with a number of them also increasing their capital to acquire additional assets.
  • In January 2021, the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) began trading in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) with the listing of Al Mal Capital's REIT.

GCC REIT Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    5. 4.5 Insights on Returns And Dividends - Key Performance Indicators for REITs

    6. 4.6 A Brief on Regulatory Environment

    7. 4.7 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 By Country

      1. 5.1.1 United Arab Emirates

      2. 5.1.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 5.1.3 Bahrain

      4. 5.1.4 Oman

      5. 5.1.5 Qatar

      6. 5.1.6 Kuwait


    1. 6.1 Market Competition Overview (Market Concentration And M&A Deals)

    2. 6.2 REITs Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Riyadh REIT

      2. 6.2.2 Emirates REIT

      3. 6.2.3 ENBD REIT

      4. 6.2.4 Al Rajhi REIT

      5. 6.2.5 Jadwa Saudi

      6. 6.2.6 Derayah REIT

      7. 6.2.7 Alkhabeer REIT

      8. 6.2.8 Swicorp Wable REIT

      9. 6.2.9 Bonyan REIT*


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GCC REIT Industry Segmentation

An understanding of the GCC REIT industry, regulatory environment, REITs, and their business models, along with detailed market segmentation, product types, revenues and dividends, current market trends, changes in market dynamics, and growth opportunities. In-depth analysis of the market size and forecast for the various segments. The GCC REIT Industry is segmented based on country (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait). The report offers market size and forecasts in value (USD Billion) for all the above segments.

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GCC REIT Market Research FAQs

The GCC REIT Market size is expected to reach USD 10.37 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 8.24% to reach USD 15.40 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the GCC REIT Market size is expected to reach USD 10.37 billion.

Al Rajhi REIT, Riyad REIT, Emirates REIT, ENBD REIT and Jadwa Saudi REIT are the major companies operating in the GCC REIT Market.

In 2023, the GCC REIT Market size was estimated at USD 9.58 billion. The report covers the GCC REIT Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the GCC REIT Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

GCC REIT Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 GCC REIT market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. GCC REIT analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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GCC REIT Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)