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Casablanca’s stable real estate market attracts further investment says JLL

Casablanca’s stable real estate market attracts further investment says JLL

Performance across Casablanca’s real estate market remained relatively stable throughout 2018 with the announcement of new projects also enhancing investor sentiment across all sectors, outlines JLL’s (www.JLL.com) 2018 Year in Review report. 

Oxford Economics predicts Morocco’s real GDP will increase by 3.3% in 2019, owing to the expansion of the industrial sector, increased tourism and higher levels of capital spending. As a result, the hospitality and retail sectors continued to remain active in 2018 with new projects set to enter the market in 2019. There was also a notable 8.5% increase in tourist arrivals* in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to Morocco’s National Tourism Office (ONMT). 

The hotel performance remained largely stable in 2018 with the sector now maturing due to the entry of new international operators. With increased spending in this sector, Casablanca aims to position itself as a leading destination for MICE and business tourism in the region which is also being supported by improved infrastructure. 

“The government is  focused on improving tourism sites and the infrastructure of the city, and several rehabilitation projects are currently underway including the cable stayed bridge of Sidi Maarouf, the Grand Theatre and redevelopment of coastal sites. Casablanca’s hospitality sector will continue to witness positive sentiment with new international developments entering the market,” Craig Plumb, Head of Research, JLL MENA, added. 

The retail sector  continues to transform in relation to evolving consumer preferences. Retail developers are now responding to the change in demand by offering integrated retail parks housing additional leisure and entertainment facilities. Performance across the retail sector remained stable over 2018, paving the way for increased mall-based retail space entering the market giving tenants a diversified choice in the future. 

After its strong performance in the first half of 2018, Casablanca’s commercial real estate market was relatively subdued in the latter half of 2018. Overall, the average rents remained generally stable in prime locations over the last six months. The issuance of the 600 MAD bond by the commercial real estate company Aradei Capital and the success of the Imorente’s IPO earlier in the year, confirms investors’ confidence in this sector. With new real estate investment funds entering the economy, the commercial market is due to remain active in the future.

With the refurbishment of the infrastructure underway, Casablanca’s industrial sector continues to attract operators due to its well-established road network, port and air infrastructure. Average industrial rents have continued to remain stable, encouraging new investors and occupiers to enter the market. 

The full report can be downloaded here.(http://bit.ly/2tOO75n)

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of JLL.

Source: Morocco’s tourism sector posts strong result in 2018 (http://bit.ly/2IO3qWe)

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About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) (www.JLL.com) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 90,000 as of December 31, 2018. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit JLL. com

About JLL MEA
Across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) JLL (www.JLL-MENA.com) is a leading player in the real estate and hospitality services markets. We have worked on projects in 35 countries across the region and employ over 700 internationally qualified professionals across our offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar, Cairo, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi. www.JLL-MENA.com; www.JLLVantagePoint.com


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