Abu Dhabi: Masdar on Wednesday said it is open to selling plots to foreign investors in its unfastened sector at the back of a brand new actual property law that encourages foreigners to shop for plots in select zones.

“This regulation permits us to inspire foreign investors to return and personal the land and start to develop it. This is what changed into accredited by way of Abu Dhabi government weeks ago and we are making plans to sell plots to accelerate constructing in Masdar City,” said Yousuf Baslaib, executive director of sustainable real estate at Masdar.

Abu Dhabi introduced new changes to its actual estate law last week to allow all foreigners to very own land and belongings in funding areas on a freehold basis.

Earlier, ownership became only authorized for UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council nationals, and foreign buyers were limited to ninety nine-year rentals.


Baslaib stated 1,500 humans are presently dwelling in Masdar City and the range is predicted to go up to two,500 by means of the stop of 2019 with new apartments being constructed.

“By quit of this year, we are going to add extra than 950 apartments and 5000 square meters of retail area in Masdar City to reinforce our real property portfolio.”

He became speakme to Gulf News at the outlet of a brand new shopping center by Majid Al Futtaim Group in Masdar City with funding of Dh300 million.

More than 600 businesses presently operate in Masdar City, he added.

Meanwhile, the Majid Al Futtaim group opened its first shopping center in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The new mall, named My City Centre Masdar, is Majid Al Futtaim’s twenty-fifth shopping mall within the region, Ahmad Galal Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim, Properties told Gulf News.

“What distinguishes this mall is the funding we made in sustainability in each element like the manner the mall is designed to ensure that it’s far incorporated with the neighborhood delivery community, encourages ridesharing and the use of electrical automobiles and even the canopy of the mall is designed to create a microclimate around it to minimize using power,” he said.

The corporation is likewise constructing any other shopping center in Abu Dhabi named Al Jazira City Centre.

Over the coming two to three years, the organization will bring online nearly four million rectangular toes of GLA (gross leasable area) starting with a mall in Egypt, in Sharjah and in Oman, he brought.

My City Centre Masdar features greater than 70 stores throughout 18,500 rectangular meters of a gross leasable place which includes Carrefour, Life Pharmacy, Al Jaber Optical, Zaatar w Zeit, Kababji and Cinnabon, among others.

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