UAE: Abu Dhabi Real Estate Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Construction & Real Estate from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2019

Although it has become a strong contributor to economic diversification, Abu Dhabi’s real estate sector is being put under pressure by slower growth, brought on by low global oil prices that started in 2014. Spending cuts since 2015 have been reflected in capital value, with rental rates declining to their lowest levels since 2013. However, the slowdown has masked encouraging developments in...

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the UAE, in terms of both its land mass and economy, and home to the majority of the country’s energy production and reserves. While the emirate is home to the world’s sixth-largest proven oil reserves, financial buffers have helped it diversify and yield steady non-oil revenues.

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In 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of humanity was living in urban areas. Perhaps the most remarkable observation about this trend is the speed at which it has happened: as recently as 1900 urban areas accounted for 13% of the global population. Towns and cities are seen as the crucibles of opportunity for many rural...

 

In response to increasingly challenging market conditions, how is the DPM approaching the rationalisation of ongoing property development?

 

Although it has become a strong contributor to economic diversification, Abu Dhabi’s real estate sector is being put under pressure by slower growth, brought on by the period of low global oil prices that started in 2014. Public and private sector spending cuts since 2015 have been reflected in capital value, with rental rates declining to...

 

The March 2018 announcement of a Dh30bn ($8.1bn) joint venture (JV) between Dubai-based Emaar Properties and Abu Dhabi’s Aldar Properties has created a wave of interest in the potential of such arrangements for the broader real estate sector. While the Emaar-Aldar agreement is unique in its size and scope, Abu Dhabi has seen an uptick in the...

 

What opportunities will be unlocked by the joint venture between Aldar and Emaar?

 

With real estate a key source of foreign investment, Abu Dhabi’s government has been gradually easing restrictions on foreign ownership to sustain market growth. This imperative has taken on added importance since the drop in global oil prices beginning in late 2014, leading to new public and private initiatives to draw in further overseas...