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Economic rebound underpins prime Dubai office market

Issac John /Dubai
issacjohn@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 2, 2021
Developers and landlords are beginning to evaluate the feasibility of certifying their buildings with globally recognized accreditations

Prime office market in Dubai has remained strong over the past three months amid signs of strong economic recovery and bullish business sentiments underpinned by significant government support.

Property consultants Savills said in its latest ‘Market in Minutes’ research report that the demand for Grade A office space has been on a steady incline since Q4 2020 due to a strong economic rebound. Relocations also continued to drive demand with occupiers looking to upgrade to Grade-A developments, said the report.

“Due to the accelerated vaccination drive, the UAE’s economy is among the very first in the world to showcase increased recovery and growth. This has given companies the confidence to move away from focusing on cost saving to instead securing quality office spaces,” said Paul Walshe, director of international corporate services at Savills Middle East.

According to Savills research, with sustainability remaining a high priority for occupiers, now more than ever, developers and landlords are beginning to evaluate the feasibility of certifying their buildings with globally recognized accreditations. “This has also driven an increasing number of landlords to upgrade common areas and other building facilities to improve the marketability of their buildings.”

Walshe said strong support from the government towards promoting home grown tech and fintech companies has resulted in an increasing number of new businesses entering the market. “This has significantly contributed towards the demand for office space evidenced by the recent announcement to expand the DIFC FinTech Hive four-fold to over 315,000 square feet.”

“In most micro-markets, rental values have remained relatively stable when compared to Q1 2021. However, certain submarkets, such as the Dubai Design District (D3) and One Central, have recorded an increase in rental values by 1.5 per cent to 3.0 per cent q-o-q,” said Swapnil Pillai, associate director research at Savills Middle East.

Savills also confirmed that demand for office space has notably shifted to submarkets such as DIFC, DWTC, DMCC and onshore locations such as Business Bay.



Issac John

Editorial Director of Khaleej Times, is a well-connected Indian journalist and an economic and financial commentator. He has been in the UAE's mainstream journalism for 35 years, including 23 years with Khaleej Times. A post-graduate in English and graduate in economics, he has won over two dozen awards. Acclaimed for his authentic and insightful analysis of global and regional businesses and economic trends, he is respected for his astute understanding of the local business scene.

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