• Real Estate

    OBG’s real estate market analysis includes detailed information about supply and demand in the residential, commercial and retail segments. We cover major development projects by local and international investors and examine changes in the regulatory framework and bank lending practices.
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At the beginning of 2017 Dubai’s residential real estate market appeared to be in the early stages of an upswing, in large part because of a surge in off-plan sales. While off-plan sales in the emirate increased by 45% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) in the first three months of the year, according to UK-based property firm Chestertons, momentum...

 

Direct participation in Dubai’s large and very active commercial real estate market has long been a challenge for international investors operating in the emirate. Non-UAE nationals are allowed to own or hold property only within the confines of one of a growing number of free zones in the emirate, and then primarily only residential real...

 

In 2017 Dubai was on the cusp of what is widely expected to be a multi-year building boom. Driven most immediately by preparations for Expo 2020, the construction of new and improved infrastructure and major event spaces constitutes an important component of the construction pipeline for the foreseeable future. At the same time, Dubai’s...

 

The trajectory of Dubai’s real estate market is expected to turn upward in 2018, after a period of slowing growth. In April 2017 global property consultancy firm Cluttons announced that the emirate’s property market would likely stabilise and potentially enter a new period of growth before the end of the year. Recent analyses by other property...

 

Perhaps the key driver of development in Dubai at the moment is Expo 2020, the world’s fair that will take place in the emirate over six months from autumn 2020 through spring 2021. The event, which is the first global exposition to be held in the MENA region, is expected to attract at least 25m visitors. Preparations have been under way for...

 

To what extent has the recent economic slowdown impacted demand for real estate in Dubai, and what trends do you expect to see developing as a result?