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Real estate investments amongst UAE-based Filipinos climb to all-time highs

Philippine property market expected to cross double-digit growth this year

Growing demand from Filipinos residing in the UAE sustains robust real estate sector in the Philippines

Dubai, UAE, April 14, 2019:

More and more Filipinos in the UAE are starting to value the need for savings and investments through real estate, with industry leaders welcoming as high as 20 per cent year-on-year increase in sales of their properties amongst Filipino buyers in the UAE.

The Philippine property market is also expected to cross double-digit growth this year, and real estate values are seen scaling all-time highs.

Manuel Arbues II, Regional Head for North America and the Middle East, Ayala Land International Sales, Inc.

Manuel Arbues II, Regional Head for North America and the Middle East, Ayala Land International Sales, Inc. (ALISI), the sales and marketing arm of one of the Philippine’s leading property developer, Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), said: “We have registered an average yearly sales growth of almost 20 per cent from the UAE for the past five years. For the most part, we attribute this growth to the increase in financial awareness amongst Overseas Filipinos in the UAE. Likewise, due to many opportunities opening up for Overseas Filipinos, they are in a better position to prepare for their future and real estate investment is their top choice.”

“ALISI’s year-on-year rise in revenue was boosted by the bullish economic growth of the Philippines, backed by several factors such as high remittances from Overseas Filipinos, thriving business process outsourcing industry, sustained growth in the tourism industry, as well as local consumer spending, and manufacturing that are keeping the GDP growth and employment rate afloat,” Arbues added.

The Philippine government’s Build. Build. Build program, President Duterte administration’s medium-term goal to effectively usher in the Golden Age of infrastructure in the Philippines by raising the infrastructure spending from 5.4 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2017 to 7.3 per cent by the end of 2022, supports leasing and selling opportunities in real estate investment particularly in growth centres near the subway stations in Quezon City, Bonifacio Global City and Taguig City. A growing number of UAE-based Filipinos are taking advantage of investing in the Philippines because of this.

“Ayala Land is supporting this growth through its new estates including the Vertis North in Quezon City, Circuit in Makati City, and Arca South in Taguig City where its brands Ayala Land Premier, Alveo, and Avida are present, offering top choices in real estate investment,” Arbues said.

Real estate companies are taking advantage of these windfall in terms of Overseas Filipinos who eye to purchase properties in the Philippines. This is also the trend observed by the organisers of Philippine Property and Investment Exhibition (PPIE), the largest Philippine property and investment event in the region which will be back in April 26-27, 2019, as the number of companies and investors joining its yearly exposition records an uptick range.

Dr. Karen Remo, Co-founder and Managing Director of New Perspective Media Group, organiser of PPIE

Dr. Karen Remo, Co-founder and Managing Director of New Perspective Media Group, organiser of PPIE, said: “We attribute this new exciting trend to the persistency of various stakeholders in educating Overseas Filipinos in the UAE to wisely invest their hard-earned money. PPIE has been promoting the investment culture amongst Filipinos since 2014. The growing demand for real estate and properties in the Philippines amongst Overseas Filipinos, particularly in the Middle East, is a significant driver that sustains the robust real estate sector in the Philippines.”

“With PPIE, we are glad that our efforts in promoting investment culture amongst Overseas Filipinos comes into fruition as billions of sales contribute to this sustained demand for homes and investments,” Remo added.

The Philippine property market is expected to achieve double-digit growth this year, with real estate values seen scaling all-time highs across all sectors, according to a report from Leechiu Property Consultants.

PPIE takes pride in bringing Philippine homegrown and trusted real estate and investment companies and brands into the UAE and bridging them to the Overseas Filipino market in the Middle East.

Now on its seventh edition, PPIE draws thousands of attendees who are keen to meet with the most reputable property developers, banks, insurance companies, government-backed financial, investment and savings institutions, money remittance centres and service providers.

PPIE, the biggest, longest running and most trusted Philippine property and investment expo in the Middle East region, will take place on April 26-27, 2019 at the JW Marriott Hotel Dubai in Deira. Individuals, who are interested to attend, can register for free at in order to gain access to the event.

PPIE is sponsored by Greenfield Development Corporation and Ayala Land. It is participated by Federal Land, Inc., SM Development Corporation, Sta. Lucia Land Inc., Green Circle Realty Sales, Inc., AboitizLand, Inc., Robinsons Land Corporation, ekar, Al Habtoor Motors – Mitsubishi (exhibitors); as well as supported by The Filipino Times and Tag 91.1 (media partner).


About PPIE

The biggest, longest running and most trusted Philippine business and investment forum in the Middle East is now on its seventh edition. The past six editions of PPIE made a history in the UAE and in the region by bringing in more than 21,000 quality visitors.

This event has been continuously attended by the leading most reputable property developers; banks; insurance companies; government-backed financial, investment & savings institution; money remittance centers; and services providers.

To know more about PPIE 2019, visit, or contact:

Angeline Rivera

New Perspective Media Group

+971 4 244 9642


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