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Close to eight in 10 experts predict real estate market growth, increased competition in 2022


More than 84 percent of real estate professionals expect competition within Dubai’s real estate market to ramp up going forward after Dubai’s property market proved remarkably resilient during the pandemic, according to the 2022 EMEA Real Estate Report published by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services global headquarters.

Additionally, a noteworthy 77 percent of respondents in Dubai – the highest figure reported across EMEA countries – predicted that the real estate market will grow further in the coming year.

In November 2021, Dubai registered the best month of sales on record, with a total of 6,989 transactions worth $4.88 billion (AED17.95 billion).

In terms of transaction volumes, Dubai reported a total of 57,043 for 2021, representing a 73.6 percent increase on 2020 and a 51.6 percent increase on 2019.

In the last quarter of 2021, the UAE’s real estate market witnessed record-breaking growth since records began, the state-run news agency, Wam, reported.

Real estate professionals attribute Dubai’s growth over the past year to have been supported by Expo 2020 Dubai as they observed an increase in market value of property coupled with an increase in demand both regionally and internationally.

More than two in three (68 percent) respondents in Dubai said they experienced growth over the previous twelve months and expect this positive trend to continue.

These figures, when coupled with a strong outlook for further growth, suggest that Dubai’s property sector will continue to display considerable vitality soon.

The report reflected the experiences of residential real estate professionals across seven key markets for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices consisting of Dubai, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece over the past 12 months.

With UAE being at the forefront of innovations globally and geographically located around the center of the world, Dubai is getting acknowledged and respected by investors across the EMEA region and wider globe.

Dubai’s real estate professionals estimate that roughly 60 percent of residential real estate investment has been generated from outside the region, with under half (40 percent) of demand for property originating locally.

According to the findings, a third (32 percent) comes from international investors within EMEA, and just over a quarter (27 percent) from outside of EMEA.

Additionally, more than 50 percent of respondents based in Dubai are most likely to say that the balance of international versus domestic investment will change in the next three to five years.


The chief operating officer of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gulf Properties, Dounia Fadi, said: “We must recognise the Dubai’s market has totally transformed. In just a few years, we’ve seen a marked shift from a market that was almost entirely domestically driven in the past, to one that is attracting more and more foreign and institutional capital.

“The country’s investments in world-class infrastructure coupled with the exceptional lifestyle and amenities, from the world’s best hotels and restaurants have helped transform the city into a destination that people want to live in.”

Fadi added: “We see this to be true as people from all parts of the world including Europe, India and UK continue to choose to live in Dubai and furthermore add up to the tally of over 200 nationalities of expatriates that make up for roughly 85 percent of Dubai’s population.”

In term of types of houses in demand, more than half (55 percent) of property professionals said that the pandemic had generated increased demand for starter homes.

Dubai is often seen as a luxury, second home destination, but the results illustrate a shift towards purchasing first and primary properties in the wealthy hotspot.

The pandemic has also showcased that demand has grown for most property types, but most significantly, there was a 57 percent rise for detached homes and 58 percent for apartments and flats in Dubai.

Furthermore, the proximity to amenities is particularly in-demand in Dubai with almost 70 percent of respondents highlighting the highest metric reported across the EMEA region.

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