GCC countries to activate a unified Gulf system for homeowners’ association

The 17th meeting of the GCC Committee of Ministers for Housing Affairs in Muscat

Providing a database that can be referenced in several housing situations, GCC countries are working on a project to activate a unified Gulf system for homeowners’ association.

The Saudi Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hoqail participated in the 17th meeting of the GCC Committee of Ministers for Housing Affairs in Muscat yesterday.

The meeting comes to confirm concerted and complementary regional efforts among the GCC countries — the ministers discussed plans and strategies to promote housing work and push it towards broader horizons for the benefit of the Gulf citizens; where joint housing action strategy, an important fruit of these achievements, which will unify efforts and organize legislation and laws in the member states to create for greater integration among the GCC States.

The Omani Minister of Housing, Chairman of the current session, Sheikh Saif bin Mohammed Al-Shabibi, confirmed that the GCC countries are currently working on issuing a project to activate a unified Gulf system for homeowners’ association, which will provide an important database that can be referenced in several housing cases within the framework of legislation and laws guaranteeing the rights and duties of owners in the GCC in addition to the digital statistical information exchange, which will be periodically provided through the provision of housing databases by the member states to the GCC Statistical Center, enhancing joint cooperation and facilitating access to and circulation of information between the housing institutions concerned with the member states.

The meeting dealt with the GCC Award in the field of housing, adopted by the Council to draw a general framework for academic research in the field of housing, enrich the urban visions and provide them with new ideas and studies; making it one of the most important means that the Gulf countries seek to encourage and support to reach the overall strategic objective of the Gulf governments in the housing field.

The ministers also reviewed the developments of the housing databases site, in addition to the minutes of the technical team for housing databases, the Arab Strategy for Housing and Sustainable Development, workshops and specialized seminars in the field of housing.

The date of the 18th meeting to be hosted by the UAE was also announced.

The meeting reviewed the most important topics adopted by the meetings of the technical committee on housing affairs in the GCC States and the follow-up decisions of the ministers concerned with housing affairs and the coordination meetings of the concerned authorities in the GCC States, to prepare for the meetings of Arab housing and reconstruction and to review the programs of field visits to housing projects in the GCC States.

With regard to housing finance, it was decided that Member States would provide the Secretariat with the distinctive experiences of the process of involving the private sector in housing finance provided that the Secretariat prepares a booklet that would combine the experiences of the GCC States in involving the private sector in housing finance.

The meeting stressed the importance of participating in regional and international activities and meetings, especially the meetings of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the Council of Arab Ministers of Housing and Reconstruction, the meetings of the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers of Housing and Reconstruction, the meetings of the Council of Arab Ministers of Housing and Reconstruction, and meetings and forums of United Nations organizations and programs.