UAE: Abu Dhabi Construction Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Real Estate & Construction from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2017

Abu Dhabi’s office, residential and retail markets, long buoyed by undersupply, now face the opposite challenge, with a host of large-scale new completions coming on-line in recent years. This weighed heavily on sales prices and rental rates in 2016, although bright spots remain in the mid-market residential segment, as well as in prime up-and-coming neighbourhoods and commercial districts. In...

While reduced oil prices are undoubtedly a concern for the emirate’s authorities, economic diversification efforts of recent years mean Abu Dhabi is well placed to weather a prolonged period of subdued prices. Vision 2030 meanwhile contains a raft of goals that will further reduce the emirate’s reliance on hydrocarbons, and continue to foster the emergence of a more sustainable and knowledge-based economy in the years ahead.

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How can developers weather the cyclical slowdowns in real estate markets?

 

Although it has risen to become a strong contributor to GDP and diversification over the past 15 years, Abu Dhabi’s real estate sector is feeling the pressures of an economic slowdown, brought on by a period of depressed oil prices and spending cuts that have affected markets across every property segment.

 

Renewed demand for more affordable housing in Abu Dhabi has come about as a downward readjustment of housing allowances has strained rents in the high-end residential sector. Developers are now shifting their strategies to include new mid-market developments. This has enabled double-digit returns on rental yields for some, making the mid-...

 

As Abu Dhabi accelerates efforts to diversify its economy away from a reliance on hydrocarbons, development of Al Maryah Island has become a top priority for real estate and construction. An international financial free zone and mixed-use real estate development, the island is expected to become a major financial and business district,...

 

In 2017 Abu Dhabi’s construction sector should begin recovering after global oil prices reached their pain point in 2016, ending the year two-thirds higher than in January following a landmark OPEC deal. Stabilising oil prices allowed the government to reduce spending cuts, and the industry’s long-term outlook remains positive since the Abu...

While reduced oil prices are undoubtedly a concern for the emirate’s authorities, economic diversification efforts of recent years mean Abu Dhabi is well placed to weather a prolonged period of subdued prices. Vision 2030 meanwhile contains a raft of goals that will further reduce the emirate’s reliance on hydrocarbons, and continue to foster the emergence of a more sustainable and knowledge-based economy in the years ahead.