Does Dubai’s real estate sector have what it takes to keep shattering market records?

Dubai is known for many things, from architectural marvels like the Museum of the Future and the Burj Al Arab to its countless luxury malls and resorts. However, it is our Emirate’s real estate market that has been dominating the headlines of late, both regionally and internationally.

Dubai’s property market is proving to be a beacon of growth and innovation, regularly setting new records and attracting global attention. Offering the highest standards of living and safety alongside expansive modern infrastructure, our Emirate has successfully positioned itself as one of the top destinations for real estate investors and homebuyers from around the world.

As the founder and CEO of AHS Properties, I’m frequently asked whether I think this upward trajectory will continue. So, what are the key factors driving Dubai’s real estate success, and can the sector maintain its record-breaking streak?


Strong fundamentals

In recent years, Dubai has seen rising property prices, increased transaction volumes and an unparalleled influx of investors from across the globe. Put simply, it has outpaced other world-leading markets by some distance – especially in the luxury segment. But is this level of growth sustainable?

I would argue that it is, provided we maintain realistic expectations. Most would agree that this is now a mature market. Over the course of many years, we have seen our Emirate’s real estate industry demonstrate impressive resilience due to our leaders’ unwavering commitment to strong economic fundamentals. The sector’s recent performance certainly appears to support my claim. Dubai registered 118,993 residential transactions in 2023, its highest total to date.

On a broader level, Dubai has set an international benchmark for property development and architecture, firmly establishing itself as a global hub for business. It has also become a highly sought-after holiday destination, welcoming more than 17 million visitors in 2023, marking 19.4% year-on-year growth.

With high demand and limited supply, there is every reason to believe that Dubai’s luxury property segment will maintain its upward trajectory for the foreseeable future.


Visionary leadership

Our government’s proactive measures, which include investor-friendly policies, tax advantages, high rental yields and successful visa reforms, have been key drivers in attracting investors and homebuyers. These trends are particularly pronounced in Dubai’s luxury real estate sector, where demand for high-quality residential units in prime locations continues to outstrip supply.

It also helps that the UAE as a whole has some of the world’s most advanced infrastructure, with world-class airports, ports and transport systems contributing to its ranking in the 2023 Global Competitiveness Report.

Government schemes have played a significant role in maintaining momentum within our thriving property ecosystem, and it looks as though they will continue to do so. Given the ongoing efforts to promote digital transformation in real estate for frictionless and efficient transactions, the future looks bright.


Diverse offerings

Supply in the luxury real estate segment may be limited, but in terms of the built assets that have been developed, Dubai offers a broad array of property types and locations for prospective buyers. Whether you are looking for a beachfront holiday villa, a spacious penthouse apartment, a deluxe townhouse or any other type of residential property, our Emirate offers something to suit every taste – provided the current owners are looking to sell.

Of course, it is vital that developers continue to deliver luxury properties that meet the exacting requirements of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) if Dubai’s premium real estate segment is to maintain its upward trajectory over the longer term. However, given that approximately 10,000 residential units were completed in Q1 2024 alone according to analysis from JLL, I believe that our Emirate’s diverse property sector will continue to attract buyers from around the globe.


Looking ahead

With Dubai’s population on course to hit 5.8 million by 2040 and the UAE’s residential real estate market size expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 8.4% during the period 2024-30, according to MarkNtel Advisors, the probability of sustained growth seems high.

Naturally, it is hard to predict what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for our sector, but Dubai’s economic resilience, strategic investments and innovative property offerings have laid a strong foundation for continued growth.

Navigating global economic uncertainties will always prove difficult, but I remain confident that Dubai’s real estate market is ideally placed to break more records and raise the global benchmark even further over the coming months and years.


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