Indians and Chinese top 2020 property buyers: DLD

Eudore R. Chand

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DUBAI 4 February 2021: Indians topped the list of foreign investors in Dubai real estate in 2020, followed by the Chinese, British, Pakistanis, and French.

Dubai’s real estate market attracted 19,757 foreign investors, who concluded 24,666 investments worth over Dh35.6 billion.

DLD’s statistics also revealed that 10,300 women concluded 11,723 investments worth over Dh15 billion. Indians also topped the list of nationalities investing in Dubai’s real estate market, followed by Emiratis. Coming in third was China, followed by KSA, UK, Pakistan, France, Russia, Jordan, and Egypt, said Wam.

There was strong demand for investment in Dubai’s real estate sector from GCC investors in 2020, with 6,704 investors recording 8,659 investments worth around Dh14.8 billion. Emiratis topped the list of GCC nationals, followed by Saudis, Kuwaitis, Omanis, and Bahrainis.

4,388 Arab investors registered 5,283 transactions worth a total value of about Dh 7.5 billion. Jordanian investors took the lead, followed closely by Egyptian, Lebanese, Sudanese, and Algerian investors.

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Dubai Marina topped the list of areas in terms of the number of transactions, followed by Al Barsha South Fourth, Business Bay, Burj Khalifa, Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Al Thanyah Fifth, Al Merkadh, Al Yelayiss 2, Al Hebiah Fourth, and Wadi Al Safa 5.

Jebal Ali First topped the list of areas in terms of the value of transactions, followed by Dubai Marina, Al Merkadh, Palm Jumeirah, Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Burj Khalifa, Business Bay, Al Barsha South Fourth, Al Thanyah Fourth, and Al Yelayiss 2.

Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid topped the list of areas in terms of the number of mortgages, followed by Al Yelayiss 2, Dubai Marina, Al Barsha South Fourth, Jabal Ali First, Burj Khalifa, Al Thanyah Fifth, Me’aisem First, Nad Al Sheba 3, and Al Thanyah Fourth.

Jebel Ali First topped the list of areas in terms of the value of mortgages, followed by Palm Jumeirah, Al Merkadh, Al Yelayiss 2, Nad Hessa, Hadaeq Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Business Bay, Dubai Marina, Al Barsha South Fourth, and Seih Al Dahl.

Dh175 billion in transactions

Dubai’s real estate market continued to be attractive to local and global investors in 2020, with the sector recording 51,414 transactions representing a value of over Dh175 billion, according to the annual transaction report issued by the Dubai Land Department (DLD).

The report revealed that real estate sales reached Dh72.5 billion with 35,423 transactions, while mortgages recorded 12,958 transactions with a total value exceeding Dh87.7 billion, and grants recorded 3,033 transactions worth over Dh15 billion.

The report also showed that Dubai attracted 31,648 new investors who concluded 41,571 investments worth over Dh73.2 billion.

The sector was able to achieve a high volume of transactions despite the global Covid-19 crisis, which, according to Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of DLD, “affirms Dubai’s robust investment environment and its ability to adapt to various circumstances, guided by the leadership’s strategic vision to strengthen the capabilities of the emirate’s real estate sector.”

“The 51,414 transactions recorded in 2020 validate the success of the government incentive packages that enhanced the market’s attractiveness and provided several opportunities for investors and developers who were keen to continue construction and deliver projects according,” he added.


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