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  • Egypt’s Real Estate Experts Weigh on New Investment Law No 8
    Interviews

    Egypt’s Real Estate Experts Weigh on New Investment Law No 8

    Tuesday, 29th August 2017
    Following Egypt’s major reform plan to attract more investors to the country, Invest-Gate voices real estate market experts on the incentives provided, following the recently issued New Investment Law No. 8 of 2016 such as tax breaks, subsidised utilities, the easing of bureaucratic procedures and permits, land allocation and ownership.
  • CBE Launches Initiatives to Bolster Real Estate, Tourism Sectors
    Financial

    CBE Launches Initiatives to Bolster Real Estate, Tourism Sectors

    Sunday, 27th August 2017
    The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) has recently launched initiatives to support the country’s real estate and tourism sectors, providing low-interest loans with long maturity periods. Invest-Gate demonstrates such incentives that are to attract further investments to the country
  • Alchemy Aspires to New Ways of Living
    Interviews

    Alchemy Aspires to New Ways of Living

    Monday, 21st August 2017
    Alchemy is an innovative design firm with unique designs, some of which were featured in this Ramadan’s series La Totfea' Al Shams (Don't Let The Sun Go Down), narrating different stories of life. Aiming to know where Egypt’s design industry currently stands, Invest-Gate sits with Alchemy Design Studio Founder Karim Mekhtigian to introduce a new style of contemporary design, following his multi-cultural 15 years of Parisian experience. Mekhtigian shares with Invest-Gate his views on the industry’s current and future status. By Julian Nabil
  • TDF Architects Sees EGP Devaluation Beneficial to the Architecture Industry in Egypt
    Interviews

    TDF Architects Sees EGP Devaluation Beneficial to the Architecture Industry in Egypt

    Monday, 10th July 2017
    Aiming to explore the current status and future of the design and architecture industry in Egypt, Invest-Gate meets up with TDF Architects CEO and Founder Hala Saleh, who introduced an ‘Eco-Friendly Interior Design’ concept to architecture in Egypt. In an in-depth discussion with the interior designer and architect, Saleh highlights the EGP floatation effect on the business and also shares the latest trends and designs. By Julian Nabil
  • Egypt’s Hospitality Sector On The Rise Post Float
    Tourism

    Egypt’s Hospitality Sector On The Rise Post Float

    Monday, 19th June 2017
    Egypt’s hospitality sector is taking an upward trend after the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided to float the local currency, making the country cheaper than ever and more appealing to tourists, accordingly increasing demand from international investors and tourists. Invest-Gate gives an overview on the sector pre-and post the devaluation of the EGP
  • Egypt’s Developers Urged to Smarten Waste Management Techniques
    Residential

    Egypt’s Developers Urged to Smarten Waste Management Techniques

    Sunday, 28th May 2017
    Experts are urging the country’s real estate developers to smarten up their techniques on urban waste management and set out a vision enabling the development of flexible, green, and adaptable cities. Invest-Gate looks into developers’ attitude towards waste management in Egypt amid recent initiatives...By Leena Eldeeb and Menna Farouk
  • Zamalek vs. Shorouk: Where to Buy?
    Investment Residential

    Zamalek vs. Shorouk: Where to Buy?

    Saturday, 1st October 2016
    Where should I buy? A question that baffles every soon-to-be couple, every father looking to buy a property for his child, and every investor looking to make a profit.
  • The Key to Egypt’s Future: New Alamein Eco-City
    Overview

    The Key to Egypt’s Future: New Alamein Eco-City

    Friday, 30th September 2016
    Egypt's official tourism website describes the Mediterranean city of Alamein as the “key to Egypt.” This Mediterranean city, located halfway between Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh, is famous for witnessing several World War II battles. The Egyptian government has targeted the country’s north west coast for development and New Alamein, a multi-billion pound eco-city designed to boost the country’s economy, will be an important part of that long-term goal. With initial construction underway on New Alamein, a more apt name may soon be “key to Egypt's future.”
  • Off-Plan Property vs. Existing Property: Which to Buy?
    Investment Residential

    Off-Plan Property vs. Existing Property: Which to Buy?

    Thursday, 29th September 2016
    With the continuous rise of real estate prices due to the persistently high demand, developers have begun to expand on their off-plan investment offerings, amid different facilitations to ease the purchase cost for buyers and help them secure better financing terms from their lenders.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Property Mortgage in Egypt
    Financial

    Everything You Need to Know About Property Mortgage in Egypt

    Sunday, 25th September 2016
    Despite the housing boom in Egypt, and the myriad payment options that have recently become available to buyers, mortgages have nonetheless maintained a limited popularity, despite being widespread in other parallel markets internationally. Aiming to tackle this issue, and to moreover bridge the housing gap, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) launched its mortgage financing initiative in 2014, aiming to provide EGP 10 billion to banks to provide mortgage loans to homebuyers.
  • Making Your Investment Count: Commercial vs. Residential Property
    Investment Residential Commercial

    Making Your Investment Count: Commercial vs. Residential Property

    Wednesday, 21st September 2016
    The Egyptian economy is currently facing turbulent times, as the country remains locked in a currency crisis, while poor economic growth forecasts have sent investment tumbling in recent years. However, one sector which still remains buoyant during the country's difficult times is Real Estate. The main reason behind its stability is the belief of many Egyptians that property investment one of the safest investments, as well as a hedge against inflation in the country.
  • Social Housing: Promises, Law, and Application
    Residential Overview

    Social Housing: Promises, Law, and Application

    Thursday, 1st September 2016
    Egypt has long been subject to many housing difficulties, especially with the increase of informal and hazardous areas that have fostered due to the shortage of affordable housing. With an expanding population, which has tripled since 1960s, the country was catapulted into an urbanization crisis, creating major pressure on the housing capacities of major cities, mainly Cairo.
  • Egypt’s Top 10 Roads: Exploring the National Roads Project
    Overview

    Egypt’s Top 10 Roads: Exploring the National Roads Project

    Wednesday, 24th August 2016
    Despite the current economic situation, the Egyptian government has been focusing the larger portion of its plans to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country. One industry that has been benefiting from the inflow of FDI is the real estate, especially in terms of projects in new non-urban areas.
  • Sahel vs. Sokhna: Where to Buy?
    Tourism Investment

    Sahel vs. Sokhna: Where to Buy?

    Wednesday, 17th August 2016
    Owning a vacation property is a huge draw for some, allowing a person to acquire their very own small slice of paradise and enjoy it at your leisure without the hassle of renting. It also means enjoying serene, picturesque settings, clean air, away from the congestion of the city. Two avowed examples of Egypt’s vacation spots are Ain Sokhna and the North Coast.
  • The Influence of FDI Investment on Egypt’s Commercial Real Estate
    Commercial

    The Influence of FDI Investment on Egypt’s Commercial Real Estate

    Monday, 15th August 2016
    Viewed as one of Egypt’s stronger industries, real estate ventures have been on the rise despite economic conditions. With state efforts in attracting investment to numerous sectors, many investors, especially foreigners, have begun directing capital towards one of the underserved segments of the industry, commercial property.
  • The Top 5 Must Visit South Sinai Eco-lodges
    Tourism

    The Top 5 Must Visit South Sinai Eco-lodges

    Tuesday, 2nd August 2016
    Egypt is well known for its diverse wealth of natural resources and sites that offer a large variety of recreational experiences, alongside access to some of the most breathtaking natural views in the world.
  • Sell Your Home Online Like a Pro in Four Easy Steps
    Brokerage

    Sell Your Home Online Like a Pro in Four Easy Steps

    Sunday, 31st July 2016
    Commonly, homeowners seek the help of real estate agents and small-scale brokers to sell their properties. Such endeavors can yield success or deem the process as a failure. However, in this time and age, where accessibility to such commodities has been digitized, preparation and marketing real estate can be more lucrative for the homeowner if done through online research and proper presentation.
  • The Five Destinations for a Budget Vacation
    Tourism

    The Five Destinations for a Budget Vacation

    Saturday, 30th July 2016
    There is hardly any point in spending an exorbitant amount of money on a short vacation if it ends up being over taxing and stressful. Another reason to aim for a cheap vacation is the increase in the possibility of frequent short escapes from Cairo’s overbearing chaotic life. Finding a cheap vacation house contributes a lot towards keeping vacation costs down and allows you to focus on relaxation rather than your wallet.
  • Egypt’s New Administrative Capital: How Near are We?
    Overview

    Egypt’s New Administrative Capital: How Near are We?

    Tuesday, 26th July 2016
    In one of Egypt’s gutsy endeavors to jump on the bandwagon of modernity and efficiency, a new capital was proposed at the 2015 Egypt Economic Development Conference.
  • Egypt’s Growing Affordable Homes Market and their Efficiency
    Residential Overview

    Egypt’s Growing Affordable Homes Market and their Efficiency

    Monday, 18th July 2016
    In a highly populated country like Egypt, state bodies have worked closely with real estate developers, as well as the Armed Forces Engineering Authority, to offer diversified and much-needed low and medium-cost residential units to the highly populated country.
  • 6th of October vs. New Cairo: Where to Buy?
    Investment Residential

    6th of October vs. New Cairo: Where to Buy?

    Wednesday, 13th July 2016
    Since the 1970s, as a normal outcome to Cairo’s congested state, the inclination to expand by building new cities has grown, producing two comprehensive cities that have only been in the lead when it comes to residential and commercial real estate arena.
  • The Top Ten North Coast Projects in the Works
    Tourism

    The Top Ten North Coast Projects in the Works

    Tuesday, 12th July 2016
    Recently, the Egyptian government has prioritized plans designed to boost the real estate, hospitality, and tourism sectors in the country. The real estate sector especially has been viewed as the most resilient in the face of the dwindling economic conditions the country has suffered from over the past five years.
  • Hospitality Sector in the Middle East Sees Unprecedented Growth
    Tourism

    Hospitality Sector in the Middle East Sees Unprecedented Growth

    Monday, 11th July 2016
    Not only do the World Expo 2020, in Dubai, and the World Cup 2022 in Doha are propelling enough to push for hospitality real estate market growth in the Middle East, but there is a marked inclination towards investing and expanding the ever thriving sector.
  • Egypt’s Property Tax: How is it Calculated?
    Financial Residential

    Egypt’s Property Tax: How is it Calculated?

    Friday, 8th July 2016
    In a bid to reach a conclusion on how Egyptians perceive property taxes in Egypt, Invest Gate took to the streets of Cairo, asking one simple question “Do you know how to calculate property taxes?” Almost all answers received were negatory, indicating a gap in the information offered to regular homeowners.
  • The Ins and Outs of Financing a New Home
    Financial Investment

    The Ins and Outs of Financing a New Home

    Thursday, 30th June 2016
    Buying a home is an exciting and nerve-wracking experience that requires a lot of research and planning. Will you buy a finished apartment? Two bedrooms or three? Garden, Nile, or city view? What about the neighbors and the surrounding community? Arguably the most important consideration is how you will finance your new home. Making the right choice may mean saving a lot of money on the long term. There are several home financing options available beyond using your own cash savings: individual financing through off-plan properties, bank lending, and mortgage financing. The right financing choice differs depending on individual needs of the homebuyer.
  • The Top Five Most Expensive Areas in Egypt Revealed
    Investment Residential Commercial

    The Top Five Most Expensive Areas in Egypt Revealed

    Thursday, 30th June 2016
    While land prices have risen recently, certain Egyptian areas have been expensive for a while. In fact, some historically expensive places like Mohandessin are falling behind in competition as other areas are becoming more expensive.
  • Egypt’s Top Five Cities to Live in Away From Greater Cairo
    Residential

    Egypt’s Top Five Cities to Live in Away From Greater Cairo

    Thursday, 30th June 2016
    Cairo has always been the centralized, most sought-after city to live in. The charm of Cairo, the ease of obtaining services, good education and better job opportunities, are major reasons for internal migration to the capital city and neighboring Giza.
  • Egypt’s Top Five Unconventional and Inspiring Hotels
    Tourism

    Egypt’s Top Five Unconventional and Inspiring Hotels

    Thursday, 30th June 2016
    Parallel to Egypt’s eccentricity and enduring civilization and monuments, hospitality in Egypt can turn the next vacation into a magical and exciting getaway. Scattered all over the country, these hotels have been described by their dwellers as “charming”, “memorable,” and occasionally “quirky.”
  • Vacation Homes: Buy or Rent?
    Investment Residential

    Vacation Homes: Buy or Rent?

    Saturday, 18th June 2016
    In a quest for comfort and a relaxing getaway, the ultimate vacation home is always in demand.
  • Infrastructure: Paving the Way to Ain Sokhna
    Interviews Overview

    Infrastructure: Paving the Way to Ain Sokhna

    Thursday, 9th June 2016
    For quite some time, infrastructure and public economic growth have been entwined reflecting the magnanimity of infrastructure projects on the real estate market in Egypt to a great extent.