Abu Dhabi, Dubai Property Transactions Sustain Momentum in Q1 2024 – Dubai Chronicle

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Across both Emirates, there has been a robust 30% year-on-year rise in ready transactions, showcasing a consistent supply of properties for today and the foreseeable future.

Property Finder – MENA’s leading property portal has revealed key data from its Market Watch digest report for Q1 2024. While Abu Dhabi recorded spikes in ready property transactions, Dubai sustained a growing interest for both – existing and off-plan properties.


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Significant trends include:

  • Growing focus on ready properties: Unlike Q1 2023 where off-plan transactions soared high, Q1 2024 has opened up to a strong demand for existing projects across both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
    • Abu Dhabi: Q1 2024 recorded 814 residential transactions representing around 38% of the total transactions compared to 628 transactions that contributed to 27% of the total transactions in Q1 2023. This was a notable growth of 30% from Q1 2023. By reaching AED 1.74 Billion, the existing/ready transaction value in Q1 2024 contributed to 29% of the total sales transactions value compared to 27% in Q1 2023.
    • Dubai: The existing/ready market registered almost 19,600 transactions in Q1 2024, increasing its market share to 54% of the total transactions compared to around 15,000 transactions, which contributed 48% of the total transactions in Q1 2023. This performance witnessed a notable volume growth of 30% compared to Q1 2023. By reaching AED 78.200 billion, Dubai property transaction values in Q1 2024 contributed to 68% of the existing sales transaction value, compared to 60% in Q1 2023. Consequently, The existing/ready transaction value witnessed a significant increase of 46% compared to AED 53,600 billion in Q1 2023.
  • Moderate fluctuations in the off-plan sector: Off-plan properties continued to support evolution within the sector across both Emirates, albeit with a few noteworthy fluctuations reshaping the market trajectory for 2024. 
    • Abu Dhabi: The off-plan market in Q1 2024 the market registered around 1,331 residential off-plan sales transactions compared to 1,658 transactions in Q1 2023 representing 62% of the total transactions compared to 73% of the total transactions in Q1 2023, recording a significant year-on-year decline of -20% in terms of volume. The off-plan sales transaction value in Q1 2024 reached AED 4.28 billion contributing to 71% of the total sales transactions value. There was a significant decrease of -20%  compared to Q1 2023 when the total off-plan sales transactions value was AED 5.34 billion contributing to 73% of the total value.
    • Dubai: There were around 16,600 off-plan sales transactions compared to 16,000 transactions in Q1 2023, representing 46% of the total transaction volume compared to 52% of the total transactions in Q1 2023. Consequently, the off-plan transactions recorded a slight increase year-on-year surge of 4% in terms of volume. The off-plan sales transaction value in Q1 2024 reached AED 37.4 billion, contributing 32% of the total sales transaction value, recording a 5% increase compared to Q1 2023, when the total sales transaction value was AED 35.5 billion, contributing 40% of the total value.
  • Variations in quarterly sales transactions reveal new scope for developers: With minor changes in transaction numbers and values, the current market in Dubai and Abu Dhabi offers a fertile ground of opportunities for developers and brokers to leverage their existing expertise and redefine success in 2024.
    • Abu Dhabi: According to data from the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), Abu Dhabi experienced a decrease in total sales transactions (both residential and commercial) in Q1 2024. The number of residential transactions reached for a quarter around 2,145 transactions compared to 2,286 transactions in Q1 2023, reflecting a decrease of -6.2%. Residential transactions accounted for 78% of the total volume and approximately 64% of the overall value. The residential transaction value amounted to AED 6.02 Billion, marking a -18% decrease compared to  AED 7.34 Billion recorded in Q1 2023.
    • Dubai: Data from the Dubai Land Department (DLD) showed a significant surge in total sales transactions in Q1 2024. The number of transactions recorded was the second highest transaction for the quarter ever recorded, with more than 36,000 transactions compared to 31,000 transactions in Q1 2023, reflecting a substantial increase of 17%.

“2024 has opened up to an interesting and promising phase of growth within our sector. As proptech leaders, we can see a more diversified demand and we are positive of the impact this will have in the months to come. We look forward to supporting the market by empowering property seekers with all the information they need to make more informed decisions,” said Cherif Sleiman, Chief Revenue Officer, Property Finder.

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