Real Estate & Construction
Almost half of illegal housing areas across Syria are located in the Damascus countryside, according to a state body.
Majid Al-Futtaim remains committed to its large scale Syria development in spite of a recent announcement that it was suspending works on it, the CEO of the company’s real estate arm said in press remarks.
The General Organization for Cement and Building Materials said that its plants had produced and sold 1.1 million tons of cement in the first quarter of this year.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad enacted this week a law enabling the establishment of mortgage finance and refinance companies, which aims to ease the financing of real estate projects but that caps foreigners' share in these companies at 49 percent.
Majid Al-Futtaim Properties, a UAE developer, said that it was suspending works on its USD 1 billion development in Yaafour on the back of the unrest gripping Syria.
Syria has increased by 10 to 15 percent the price of cement sold by state-owned plants on the back of an increase in production costs.
The Real Estate Development and Investment Commission has licensed thirty five real estate development companies since its inception three years ago, according to its Director-General Yasser Al-Sibai.
Al-Badia Cement has announced that Tarek Ziad Al-Zaim had been selected to sit as Board member in replacement of Nizar Asaad who resigned in October.
Al-Badia Cement generated revenues of SYP 4.0 billion and posted a loss of SYP 669 million in 2011, its first year of operations.
Adra Cement, a state-owned cement manufacturing company, said that it had begun output from its third production line.
The Syrian Government has announced the formal launch of a scheme to build 50,000 low cost housing units across the country in a bid to supply affordable housing for the population.
The head of Syria’s cement manufacturing body said total output by Government-owned plants fell 10 percent last year, attributing the decline to competition from the private sector.
A law issued on the last day of 2011 has enabled Syrian landlords to recover their properties leased to state administrations although a last minute change to the text has postponed its application some 3 years.
The Syrian Government has approved the establishment of a new authority and fund to oversee the development and reorganization of random housing areas surrounding the country’s main cities.
Syria’s state-owned cement plants produced a total of 3.87 million tons in the first nine months of this year, according to the entity in charge of the sector.
City View 2011 - Damascus
Four Seasons Hotel
Damascus Chamber of Commerce