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Leading Gulf property company backs Turkey and commits £’millions to the market

Confidence in Turkish property received a boost this month after a leading real estate firm in the Gulf announced a major foray into the market with investments to the tune of AED 200 million (around £33milion). The Gulf property firm has unveiled three iconic projects in Turkey as part of...

Posted on 06 December 2013

EU-Turkey relations reach new level with visa liberalisation on the cards

The European Union took steps this week towards removing visa requirements for Turkish citizens, in a move that signals a snowballing unification between Ankara and the 28-member bloc. Turkey and Brussels will sign an agreement allowing EU governments to send back illegal immigrants crossing into Europe from Turkey. In return,...

Posted on 04 December 2013

Turkey’s currency “undervalued” and could strengthen in 2014, says international bank

Turkey’s currency is undervalued and in line to strengthen in 2014 when the country’s economy will continue to outperform the rest of Europe, said a leading international finance house in Istanbul in November. Societe Generale (SocGen) told Bloomberg this month that investors should buy the lira against the euro as...

Posted on 29 November 2013

New air routes connect Istanbul with North American and North African continents

Turkey’s aim to become one of the best connected countries by air globally continues to take shape, with the announcement and launch this month of new routes to Canada and Algeria. Turkish Airlines will begin operating out of Canada’s Montréal-Trudeau airport in June 2014. A Star Alliance member, Turkey's national...

Posted on 26 November 2013

World Bank President labels Turkey an “inspiration” and opens Islamic finance hub in Istanbul

Turkey has taken a step closer to becoming an important player on the global economic stage, following the opening of the Global Center for Islamic Finance in Istanbul on 30th October by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. Jim Yong Kim was accompanied by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali...

Posted on 22 November 2013

Turkey talks shop – demand for shopping space there now one of Europe’s highest

Highlighting Turkey’s growing middle class and its appetite for a consumer lifestyle, the country completed the second largest amount of new shopping space anywhere in Europe during the first half of 2013. The number one spot was taken by Russia. A report by international property consultancy Cushman Wakefield also showed that...

Posted on 19 November 2013

Spot Blue appears in Telegraph article about Istanbul tunnel

A recent article by the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph, which outlines how the new Marmaray rail tunnel in Istanbul will attract more foreign businesses, features Spot Blue and includes quotes by Director Julian Walker, illustrating the firm’s increasing prominence in the region.In the article, Mr Walker says: “In areas...

Posted on 11 November 2013

Economic growth in Turkey predicted to be double that of other OECD nations

Turkey will see average annual growth of 5.2 per cent between 2012 and 2017, while other OECD members are forecast to grow at 2.4 per cent for the same period, President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT), Ilker Ayci, stated recently. Ayci added that Turkey is the...

Posted on 04 November 2013

New railway tunnel promises to make Istanbul an East-West trading hub

A new railway tunnel linking the European and Asian sides of Istanbul opened on 29th October, with hopes it will make Istanbul a convenient trading route between Western Europe and South-east Asia, including China, in essence a modern-day Silk Road.The 1.4-kilometre tunnel, which runs under the Bosphorus Strait and is...

Posted on 29 October 2013

Foreign investors in Turkish property predicted to be worth $3 billion during 2013

Property sales in Turkey were up 78.7 per cent in the first half of 2013 compared to last year, a member of Turkey’s Real Estate Investment Trust Association (GYODER) said in October.According to the Anadolu news agency, Isil Gokkaya of GYODER added that Turkey’s new law that has opened up...

Posted on 28 October 2013