UAE property market shows turnaround

10 March 2021

The number of property transactions and value of deals in Dubai rose 15.6 per cent and 10.6 per cent respectively in February compared with January, indicating a recovery is under way in the local real estate market.

The emirate’s residential sector recorded 3,814 transactions worth Dh7.43 billion ($2bn) last month, according to Data Finder, the real estate insights and data platform under the Property Finder group.

This brings the year-to-date total to 7,109 transactions worth Dh14.16bn.

“During the pandemic, it was very clear … Read more ›

Could you benefit by refinancing?

16 February 2021

Dubai resident Nilesh Jain switched his mortgage provider last year after realising he was paying 2.5 per cent more than the prevalent market rate for home loans in the UAE. He was paying a hefty 6 per cent interest rate to Dubai Islamic Bank for his mortgage, compared with the average market rate of about 3.5 per cent in 2020.

The Indian expat had originally taken out a Dh2.25 million mortgage for his Arabian Ranches villa from Tamweel in 2007. In … Read more ›

Abu Dhabi’s Aldar – bullish outlook

16 February 2021

Developer Aldar Properties expects its fee-based revenue to increase as it expands its asset management business amid growing profitability.

The company manages about Dh2 billion in assets owned by third parties and is “taking on more asset management” projects, chief executive Talal Al Dhiyebi told Bloomberg TV yesterday.

Aldar Development, the unit responsible for developing its 7,500-hectare land bank in Abu Dhabi, also reported strong growth.

“Our development unit, which is normally more cyclical compared to our asset management [business], right now gives … Read more ›

Worldwide property demand remains strong despite challenges of 2020

07 December 2020

2020 will go down as the year when global house prices should have crashed as Covid-19 sent the world hurtling into recession, but somehow didn’t.

A combination of monetary stimulus, near-zero interest rates and steady demand helped underpin the market, sustaining prices and activity.

Incredibly, the worldwide house price boom even accelerated in many countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific, the US and Canada, according to Globalpropertyguide.com. It found that prices rose in 45 out of 55 housing markets for the 12 months to September … Read more ›

Huge new employment zone moving to Yas Island

26 November 2020

A new megaproject on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is set to transform the capital into a global media and entertainment powerhouse.

Yas Creative Hub, which is expected to open towards the end of next year, will host some of the biggest names in the media, entertainment and gaming sectors, according to freezone twofour54 Abu Dhabi, which is behind the development.

The 270,000 square-metre project is expected to create roles for up to 16,000 professionals by the end of 2031, tripling the number … Read more ›

Landmark change to company law to boost investment and growth

25 November 2020

The UAE overhauled its commercial company ownership laws, annulling the need for an Emirati shareholder for onshore companies and opening up a number of sectors to foreign investors. This is aimed at boosting the country’s competitive advantage and attracting foreign capital to the Arab world’s second largest economy.

The President Sheikh Khalifa issued wide ranging and significant changes to the 2015 commercial companies’ law, amending 51 articles and introducing three new ones, the government said on Monday.

Among the amendments is the … Read more ›