Around 35 Indian companies participated in the three-day Indian Realty Expo 2008, which concluded in Muscat on Saturday.
Organised by the Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI), the exhibition showcased some of India's prestigious properties including some high-end properties targeted at high net worth individuals and non-resident Indians.
Indian Consul to Dubai Partha Ray said a number of NRIs and people of Indian origin, especially professionals, in the Gulf and other countries are being attracted by the rapidly growing economy of India.
"It's all about living in your own country the Khaleej Times quoted Ray," as saying. There are about 1.5 million Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 5.5 million across the Gulf region.
MCHI chief executive Zubin Mehta said his company expected to sustain growth in the number of transactions closed through the exhibition.
MCHI, which has been holding the show in Dubai twice every year since 2002, saw total sales of 442.4 million dirhams (Rs.500 crore). The next show will be in October.
Mehta said the most sought-after properties were in India's major cities, among them Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata.
The value of property has appreciated by 60 percent in urban centres and 40 percent in the suburbs, he told the local newspaper.
Courtesy: - HT, dtd: - 12th May 2008