Real Estate: What Ownership of Property Abroad Can Do for Arab Natives

Luke Cloherty


The Need for Property Abroad

High-net worth individuals rather clearly understand the need to invest their money into profitable and sensible assets and schemes. For high-net worth Arabs this is, of course, no different and investing in real estate abroad is a fantastic way to get a financial foot on foreign sands and also a fantastic way to attain citizenship abroad. Sensible investment in property in a country that best suits the investor’s needs can be a very profitable venture indeed, just ask any of the Arabs who’ve invested in Monaco, London and Switzerland over the past ten years.

Most Citizenship by Investment programmes offer an option whereby the purchase of real estate is available as opposed to a purely monetary investment in a country, providing the investor with all the returns that buying property can bring.


Types of Investment

When looking to invest in real estate abroad, the options are myriad and the returns are thusly varied. An investor may choose to buy a holiday home, which can be rented out to visitors to the country of choice when the investor isn’t there and obviously used for stays in the country by the investor. The monetary benefits of this are the incomes gained from both the rentals to holidaymakers and any rises in price the property takes. From a personal viewpoint, it gives the investor a base should he or she wish to holiday regularly in the country regularly.

Alternatively, the investor may look to live in their chosen country of investment. The monetary benefits are, at least instantly, less rewarding than renting out to holiday visitors, but provide the personal benefits of being able to live in the desired country and oversee any business interests there.

Commercial property is another option, which could be used to house business offices or leased out to companies who may wish to use the premises. The benefits here in the monetary sense can be increased global sales for your own business, were it your company housed there or, clearly, the rental income from the leasing company(s).


The Legal Bit

Property owned abroad is almost, if not completely, impossible for the investor’s native government to seize, repatriate or interfere with. This serves to make it one of the most highly-covered assets that any overseas investor can own.

Investment in overseas property can be, however, somewhat legally tortuous and therefore can incur extra expenses. At the high end, though, these costs are minimal compared to the returns that can be gained. Legalities are rather complex, so a good lawyer or law firm is obviously a huge advantage.



Arabs looking to invest in an asset overseas could well do worse than to seriously consider real estate. High returns coupled with serious citizenship opportunities make property a palatable and highly desirable form of investment.

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One Comment

  1. Hello,

    I am taking care of a high-end property and immigration exhibition in China. 

    Our 16th edition of LPS Shanghai 2017 – The Luxury Properties Showcase – will be held on December 8-10th at the five-star Marriott City Centre Hotel, in Shanghai.

    Held in cooperation with Ferretti Yachts and Maserati, The three day event will welcome between 6,500 and 7,000 Invitation-only Chinese investors looking for overseas real estate investment opportunities. 

    If you wish to book your booth at LPS Shanghai and sell your properties / offer your immigration services to Chinese investors, please contact me for more info.

    Do not hesitate should you have any question and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind Regards, 

    Alex Béna
    Head of Sales 
    The Luxury Properties Showcase Ltd.

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