20 Oct 2017 - Turkmenistan (Ashgabat)

Jasen Leith

I am in Ashgabat in Turkmenistan looking at the office real estate market. Arriving at a very impressive modern airport I clear immigration and head to my hotel. As I am driven through the tree lined motorway boulevards of the city on the sunniest day possible, I am struck by the sheer scale of the architecture, the numerous roundabouts with their impressive monuments and cascading waterfalls, each one out doing the one before, and most striking of all every building is marble white. It is a statement of arrival at the gates of the ‘White City ‘’which in this sunlight is blinding. Pausing for breath I thought I had seen all the magnificence this city had to offer and then I pass the Presidential palace, larger, grander than anything I have seen so far. The palace with it sheer size, numerous burnished gold roof tops and pristine condition just takes your breath away.

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19 Oct 2017 - Bangladesh (Dhaka)

James Whitmee

I have flown from Thailand to Dhaka in Bangladesh on Biman, the Bangladesh national airline. The flight is around two and a half hours and was good. I didn’t have time to get a visa in London so I got one on arrival which was relatively straight forward for me as I had an invitation letter, although someone who had turned up as a tourist without any documentation was having problems getting through.

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16 Oct 2017 - Uganda (Kampala)

Arturo Pavani

In the past week, I have been in Kampala, Uganda's capital, working to update and consolidate our commercial property database.

 

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14 Oct 2017 - Nepal (Kathmandu)

Jasen Leith

I am in Kathmandu in Nepal looking at the office real estate market. Despite arriving at the tail end of the Dashain festival this sprawling city still maintains a frenetic car and scooter vibe. I seek a little rest bite in staying slightly out of the melee in the Summit Hotel and welcome its tranquillity at the end of each day.

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10 Sep 2017 - Dubai (UAE)

Michael Lowes

I am in Dubai looking at the rental market for good quality residential villas in the Umm Suqeim area which is located near to the beach and the Burj Al Arab Hotel.


Rents have been in decline over the last few years with villa rents estimated to have declined by between -7% and -10% over the last 12 months.

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13 Jul 2017 - Algeria (Algiers)

James Whitmee

I am in Algiers, Algeria looking at the office market. The fact that the Hilton is currently closed means that the Sofitel and Sheraton are operating at high levels of occupancy, and as I have often found here I have had to move hotels several times during the course of the week.

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23 Mar 2017 - Algeria (Algiers)

James Whitmee

I am in Algiers in Algeria. Whilst the economy has been knocked over the last year because of low energy prices, there has been a surprisingly large amount of construction activity.

I started my trip staying at the Ibis in Bab Ezzouar, and the new activity I saw there was as follows:

- The construction group, Cosider, has finished its HQ and is in occupation.

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14 Oct 2017 - Thailand (Bangkok)

James Whitmee

I am in Bangkok where I am undertaking a valuation of land. I started my stay here in Ploenchit, and I have now moved out to the livelier area of Thong Lo.

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22 Aug 2017 - Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

James Whitmee

I am in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic looking at the residential real estate market.

It is difficult to travel around the city on foot because pavements either don't exist, or they are very small (less than 0.5 metres width on a 4-lane road near where my hotel is in Naco), or people have parked cars on them.

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01 Jul 2017 - Paramaribo (Suriname)

James Whitmee

I am in Paramaribo in Suriname on a real estate project. Suriname is former Dutch Guyana and it is a nine hour direct flight from Amsterdam.

The country has a political and economic crisis right now. Alcoa, which apparently contributed 25% of GDP has pulled out of the country, and I visited their bauxite smelting facility around 70 km from the capital the other day. It is closed, but still apparently being maintained.

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14 Sep 2017 - Bolivia (La Paz)

Jasen Leith

 

I am in La Paz in Bolivia looking at the residential real estate market.


Arrival into the international airport at El Alto, incidentally the adjoining city to La Paz, is quite an experience since it is one of the highest cities in the world at 4,100 m above sea level and it is very noticeable. As you descend into La Paz you become aware of its size and density.  It is a very bus and car oriented city with everything pretty much on a hillside.

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18 Jul 2017 - Cyprus

James Whitmee

I am in Cyprus looking at a potential massive development of residential, leisure, educational and medical usages. I have been focusing mostly on the values and activities in the coastal cities of Ayia Napa, Limossol and Paphos.

The luxury end of the residential market is doing relatively well thanks to some generous new non-dom tax rules, and the fact that a non-Cypriot investing a minimum of EUR 2 million in real estate becomes eligible for Cypriot citizenship (and therefore the EU).

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11 Apr 2017 - Mauritania (Nouakchott)

James Whitmee

I am in Nouakchott in Mauritania on a real estate project (looking at the land, retail, office and residential markets). I have been coming here for 10 years, and there have been big changes over the last several. The new airport to the north of the city has now opened, and the roads generally have been improved throughout, with solar powered streetlighting along all main routes.

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