Dubai success stories

Filipina expat in Dubai owns three apartments, wants 10

Dubai is a city that never fails to run out of success stories. Several expats tried their luck here and it all paid off eventually. Some win millions of dirhams in raffles, the others get kilos of gold and there are some who – thanks to their financial knowledge were able to successfully navigate their way into achieving good fortune. The latter is the case of Gina Gelvero – a Filipina expat based in Dubai who has been in town for more than a decade.

Gelvero’s story starts like most Filipino expat stories in Dubai: Financially illiterate and satisfied with getting their salary. During her early years in Dubai, Gelvero didn’t know much about investing her hard-earned money into another source of income; the Filipino Times reports.

It was only after thirteen years that she wised up and started buying apartments in the Philippines.

Her efforts payed off and Gelvero now owns three apartments in three different cities. She has been paying for them on a 24-month instalment basis at zero interest rate.

Currently, Gelvero is looking into purchasing another apartment in another city in the Philippines. She said that she plans to get six more apartments within 10 years – that’s one apartment every single year!

When asked about her decision to invest, Gelvero said: “I wanted to have passive income so even if I don’t work, I will have something to rely on financially. We should not just depend on our monthly salary. What if you suddenly lose your job?”

Gelvero plans on renting out the apartments.

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17 OCTOBER 2017 – Khaleejtimes

Why Dubai is top on investors’ minds

Dubai FDI, the foreign direct investment promotion agency of Dubai Economy, seeks to provide innovative and modern solutions that meet the aspirations of current and future investors, Sami Al Qamzi, director-general of Dubai Economy, said on Monday.

Speaking at the opening day of Dubai Investment Week, Al Qamzi said Dubai Economy is keen to move forward, achieve sustainable development and maintain a competitive environment by developing appropriate frameworks and applying global best practices. “The establishment of the ‘Hamdan Centre for the Future of Investment’ will help channel foreign direct investment globally into sustainable development,” Al Qamzi said.

He pointed out that Dubai has maintained its position as the world’s preferred destination for foreign direct investment, standing seventh in the world with total FDI inflows of Dh25.5 billion in 2016. “The emirate was also ranked third globally in terms of the number of FDI projects attracted during the same year, with 247 projects,” said Al Qamzi.

The third edition of Dubai Investment Week, which opened on Monday, witnessed the launch of several innovative initiatives, including the ‘Dubai Advantages’ report and the ‘Dubai Impact Investment Award’.

Organised by the Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), Dubai Investment Week 2017 seeks to introduce investors to Dubai’s advantages as a strategic hub in the global economy, a gateway to regional growth markets and a leading smart and sustainable city of the future.

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the Dubai Investment Week that will run till October 19. The event has brought together government and private sector leaders from the region and beyond, representatives of banks and investment funds, official delegations and international experts in a series of dialogues, workshops, closed meetings and field visits.

A ‘leadership dialogue’ on the opening day featured prominent government and private sector leaders including Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World and Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, and Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties. They were interviewed by Courtney Fingar, editor-in-chief of fDi Intelligence.

Sheikh Maktoum along with Al Qamzi and Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO of Dubai FDI, honoured the winners of the inaugural ‘Dubai Impact FDI Award’. Brookfield (Largest Greenfield Investment in Dubai), Alibaba Cloud Services (Largest High-Technology Investment into Dubai) and Amazon (Largest M&A Investment into Dubai) were the winners in each of the three award categories.

Al Qamzi said the ‘Hamdan Centre for the Future of Investment’ would provide a unique model for global partnerships aimed at developing and financing sustainable investment projects and assessing their economic, social and environmental impact.

“Dubai is a city of the future, a gateway to promising regional markets and a global hub for business – it has all the important drivers that boost the confidence of the local and international investor community,” said Al Gergawi.

He said the logistics infrastructure in Dubai is among the best in the world and a bridge to a vast consumer market of over two billion people. “We are leveraging the Dubai Investment Week platform to keep abreast of the latest investment opportunities in the strategic and emerging economic sectors in the region and worldwide, to identify investor views and to develop policies that enhance future readiness,” said Al Gergawi.

He said the mission of the Dubai Investment Week is not only to showcase investment opportunities in Dubai, but also to present current and future investment trends and ways to promote sustainable and competitive partnerships between local and global investors.

 

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Objective: To attract more people to Ras Al Khaimah!

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5. By enabling global exposure of the benefits of Ras Al Khaimah

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Figures produced by Ras Al Khaimah say that the current population is around 200,000. RAK is looking to increase this to 750,000 over the next ten years; within this number RAK expects to have around 350,000 high net worth permanent residents.

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Shaikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ruler of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah

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