Foreign investors continue to invest in Dubai real estate

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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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 $13 billion (AED 55.50 billion), as per the reports.

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

Zoom Property is an emerging property portal in the UAE with a primary focus on Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah markets.

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 labor law and the abundant entrepreneurial opportunities are also attracting a huge number of investors,” according to Zoom Property Insights.

Mr. Ata Shobeiry, CEO at Zoom Property stated that, “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,” Mr. Shobeiry added.

The market remained dominated by European investors during the first quarter of 2022, 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 percent during the first quarter of 2022 as compared to the first quarter of 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 Insight.

The number of Russian investors in the Dubai property market has increased by over 65 percent, 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 the first quarter of 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.

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