Dubai – The global real estate industry is also feeling the effects of the Corona crisis. In Dubai, however, the market situation was exceptionally stable in the first half of last year, despite Covid-19. Real estate transactions worth €16.3 billion were made there in the first six months of 2020. In the same period, Dubai Marina recorded a sales peak worth €770 million. The average purchase price for a flat was 253,000 euros and 550,000 euros for a villa. According to „Euronews.com“, women made investments worth 1.51 billion euros. The news portal quoted Dr Michael Waters in October 2020 with a brief analysis of the return potential of such investments. The associate professor of real estate at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai said: „From 2012 to date, anyone who has invested in Dubai has seen an annual return of about eight and a half per cent. Dubai has improved its ranking in the ‚Global Competitiveness Index‘, a kind of worldwide ranking of the attractiveness of cities within the past few years, from 29th to sixth.“

Ras Al Khaimah – Professor Ulrich Pape from the ESCP Europe Business School in Berlin defines the term „financial investment“ as „long-term oriented acquisition of financial assets“. Financial investments include equity securities (for example, shares) and creditor rights (for example, bonds or loans), according to Pape. Unlike a strategic company participation (Mergers & Acquisitions) financial motives are in the foreground here.While many financial service providers specialize and offer their clients only certain investment offerings, there are also „generalists“ with an almost all-encompassing portfolio. These include consulting, finance, investment, mergers, acquisitions, fund management and asset management services.