UAE: Abu Dhabi Real Estate

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Activity and opportunities in the Abu Dhabi construction market appear to have slowed in 2015, due in part to a fall in the international price of oil. However, a wide range of large projects are currently being built, including a major airport terminal, nuclear power plants and a local branch of the Louvre museum. A number of construction and...


To what extent do regulators and developers need to address the availability of affordable housing in the emirate?

Chapter | Real Estate & Construction from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2016

Real estate development in Abu Dhabi is dominated by large, mostly local government-backed companies, several of which are responsible for the master development of various emerging areas of the city including Yas Island, Al Maryah Island and Zayed Sports City. Meanwhile, the value of construction sector activity in Abu Dhabi increased to $24.9bn in 2014 from $23.3bn a year earlier. Sector...

Thanks to business-friendly government policies implemented over the past 10 years Abu Dhabi is now home to a rapidly diversifying economy that is among the largest in the region, with GDP reaching a total of Dh952.68bn ($259.32bn) at current prices in 2014.

Wide-ranging reforms aimed at regulating Abu Dhabi’s real estate sector and encouraging best practices look set to lift investor sentiment despite the challenging regional economic climate.

The residential property market in Abu Dhabi is defying the broader trend of declining prices in the UAE, as steady demand and a limited supply of new units drives up rental costs.

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