DUBAI 23 September 2021: August is the second-highest month since December 2013 in terms of the number of sales transactions in one month, with 5,780 sales transactions worth Dh14.97 billion, becoming the best August in 12 years, according to Mo’asher, Dubai’s sales price index, launched by Dubai Land Department (DLD) in cooperation with Property Finder.
The base year for Mo’asher is 2012 and the base month for the monthly index is January 2012. In August 2021, the overall monthly Index recorded 1.096 and an index price of Dh1,041,825. The apartments monthly Index recorded 1.116 and an index price of Dh931,310, while the villas/townhouses monthly Index recorded 1.072 and an index price of Dh1,909,567.
The monthly overall Index rose by 1.20 percent, the apartment index rose by 1.36 percent and the villa/townhouse index rose by 3.18 percent.
August 2021 had 5,780 transactions worth Dh14.97 billion, making it the best August on record in the past 12 years. This brings the year-to-date total to 37,537 sales transactions worth Dh88.12 billion. In just eight months, the value of real estate sales transactions is 22.61 percent more than 2020 as a whole. The whole of 2020 had 35,401 sales worth Dh71.87 billion.
In August 2021, 55 percent of all sales transactions were for secondary/ready properties and 45 percent were for off-plan properties. Looking at overall percentages, the percentage of off-plan properties relative to the entire market increased by 5 percent month-on-month.
On the volume of sales transactions, the off-plan market witnessed 2,599 sales transactions worth a total of Dh4.95 billion. This is the highest value of off-plan sales transactions the Dubai real estate market has seen in over 11 years. The last time the market saw this much money being pumped into off-plan properties was early October 2009. The secondary market recorded 3,181 sales transactions worth Dh10.02 billion.
The overall average sale transaction value increased to Dh2,589,938, an increase of 1.57 percent when compared to July 2021, while the secondary/ready average sale transaction value increased to Dh3,149,857 an increase of 5.91 percent, and the off-plan average sale transaction value decreased by 1.3 percent to Dh1,904,635.
According to proprietary Property Finder demand data, the top areas of transactions in August 2021 for villas/townhouses were the Arabian Ranches 3, Dubai Land, Dubai South, Tilal al Ghaf and Damac Hills 2.
As for apartments for the same period, the top areas of interest were Business Bay, Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai Harbour, Mohammed bin Rashid City and Downtown Dubai.