Middle Eastern investors expect to see the domestic real estate market return to normal by the second quarter of 2011, a new survey by Colliers International has revealed.

Respondents from the region to Colliers' 2010 Global Investor Sentiment Survey said they saw the property sector starting its recovery within the next 12 months.

But they also said the market had yet to hit the bottom and still viewed the sector as being in the down part of the cycle.