Middle East real estate investors accounted for 12 per cent of the European market in the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest research from CBRE. Non-European real estate investors, in total, accounted for 25pc of the European market in the second quarter of 2012, the highest proportion since the second quarter of 2007 before the financial crisis.
The amount of buying activity from North American real estate investors remains high, but 2012 has also seen a significant increase in activity by buyers from Asia and Latin America.
"European property markets and infrastructure continues to prove interesting for Middle East investors," said CBRE Middle East managing director Nicholas Maclean.
"What we are likely to see going forward, however, is co-investment activity, particularly involving Middle Eastern sovereign funds and Chinese state or quasi state investors," Mr Maclean added.
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