Dubai: Europeans lead overseas investors, with UK, Italy, France occupying the top 10 list

Real estate market in the emirate is expected to continue its upwards trajectory with more foreign investors pouring into the market



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By A Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 8 May 2022, 4:44 PM

Last updated: Sun 8 May 2022, 7:55 PM

Foreign investors continue foraying into Dubai as it concluded the first quarter on a high note. The Dubai property market recorded the best ever quarter since 2010, with a total of 20,539 sales transactions valuing a little over Dh55.50 billion.

Referring to official data, the Zoom Property Insights said the secondary market dominated the real estate sector as it constituted around 58 per cent of total sales transactions, while the remaining 42 per cent of sales were recorded in the primary market.

The market is expected to continue its upwards trajectory with more foreign investors pouring into the market, owing to visa reforms and economic stability. The changing scenario in the Dubai labour law and the abundant entrepreneurial opportunities are also attracting a huge number of investors, according to Zoom Property Insights.

Ata Shobeiry, CEO at Zoom Property, credits overseas investors for the exceptional performance of the property market in recent months.

He said, “The rising demand, property prices, and ROI can be majorly accredited to the influx of overseas investors. Expo 2020 facilitated the visit of many first-time investors, who ultimately decided the market is worth investing in. I believe the recent announcement of the new green residence visa and broadening eligibility criteria for the golden visa will provide more opportunities for foreign investors, resulting in an even better performance in subsequent quarters”.

European investors dominated the market in Q1

The market remained dominated by European investors during the first quarter, with the UK, Italy, and France occupying the first, third, and seventh spots on the list of top nationalities investing in Dubai. Canadian buyers increased by 116 per cent during Q1 2022 as compared to Q1 2021. Investors belonging to the sub-continent, India and Pakistan, ranked second and eighth respectively, also contributed to the remarkable performance of the property market, according to the Zoom Property Insights.

The number of Russian investors in the Dubai property market has increased by over 65 per cent, as the country enjoys a fifth spot among the top investing countries. Lebanon and China are the other two countries that made significant investments in the Dubai property market during Q1, 2022.

According to Zoom Property Insights, foreign investors belonging to other regions are also expected to enter the market as it continues to show its high performance. Experts believe that 2022 will conclude on a stronger note due to the increasing prices and demand.

Key takeaways

• Investors from India and Pakistan also making significant investments in Dubai real estate.

• A huge increase in Canadian investors and buyers recorded in Q1, 2022.

• Russia, Lebanon, and China among the other three countries in the top ten list.

• The market is expected to continue its upwards trajectory with more foreign investors pouring into the market, owing to visa reforms and economic stability.

— business@khaleejtimes.com


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