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Record number of $10 mln home sales as Dubai, Abu Dhabi markets bounce back

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Residential property values in the United Arab Emirates’ two largest cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have expanded at their fastest pace since 2015, according to provisional data for the third quarter from global property consultancy, Knight Frank.

This includes a record number of homes worth $10million or more sold to local or international investors while Dubai villa prices are up 16.5 percent year on year and Abu Dhabi residential values have increased by two percent since 2020.

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Faisal Durrani, partner and head of Middle East Research at Knight Frank, explained: “The market is roaring back to life.”

“The emerging euphoria around the fact that the UAE has the pandemic so well and truly under control, coupled with the excitement around the much-anticipated World Expo are adding to the confidence that is taking hold in the residential market.”

Durrani said the UAE’s decisive, rapid and world leading response to the pandemic has caught the attention of the world’s wealthy who continue to flock to Dubai, snapping up the most expensive homes in locations such as the Palm Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.

This has played a large part in driving up villa values, according to Knight Frank.

Durrani said: “Villa prices in Dubai are provisionally up by five percent in Q3 and nearly 17 percent higher than they were at this time last year.”

“Indeed, the number of $10m plus homes sold currently stands at 54, smashing the previous record of 31, set back in 2015 – and there’s still three months left to run this year.”

“Unsurprisingly, the Palm Jumeirah and Emirates Hills account for almost 75 percent of super prime home sales in the city, but we are witnessing new Dubai submarkets such as Business Bay join the exclusive list of $10m plus locations.”

“It was only a matter of time before the ‘halo-effect’ from Downtown Dubai spilled over to surrounding markets, highlighting that not only is Dubai’s super prime market expanding, but it is also maturing.”

Abu Dhabi back in the black

Not to be outdone, values in Abu Dhabi too are climbing, with residential values overall enjoying their second consecutive quarter of positive year on year increases, according to Knight Frank’s analysis.

Residential values in the Emirati capital are now two percent higher than they were a year ago, with villas (3.1 percent) experiencing stronger growth than apartments (1.8 percent).

“As has been the case throughout the pandemic, existing and aspiring home-owners have their eyes firmly set on larger homes, whether for more room for a home office, or access to extra space, indoors, or outdoors,” said Durrani.

“It really is a case of bigger is better, as has been reflected in recent rapid off-plan villa sales projects in Abu Dhabi, such as Aldar’s 480-villa Noya Viva development on Yas Island, which sold out in 48 hours in April, or the more recent swift sale of all 83 villas at Saadiyat Reserve the Dunes.”

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