UAE Leads GCC’s $172bn Real Estate Market – Realty Plus Magazine

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The UAE is the clear leader in the GCC’s fast developing real estate sector, with Dubai alone contributing more than half of the region’s land and property deals, according to a report by Kamco Invest company.

An economic report highlighted the UAE’s importance to real estate as it topped Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, acquiring the highest share of the total value of real estate deals conducted during the first ten months of 2023, surpassing the expectations for the entire year of 2022. The Kamco report indicated that the value of real estate deals in the GCC countries reached $171.6bn from January to October 2023.

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It marks a growth of 21.1 per cent annually as compared to $141.7bn in the same period of 2022. The report highlighted that Dubai accounted for 52.1 per cent of the total value of real estate deals executed across all GCC countries. The value of real estate deals in Dubai surged by almost 57 per cent annually during the first ten months of 2023, driven significantly by the rise in prices of leading developers and increased demand for luxury properties under construction for both single-family and multi-family homes valued at over AED5m ($1.4m).

Additionally, the report pointed out that the value of real estate deals in Abu Dhabi jumped by 56 percent during the first nine months of 2023. This contributed to the performance of the UAE markets in enhancing the overall value of real estate deals for the GCC countries during the first ten months of the current year, surpassing the estimates for the entire 2022, which stood at $165.8bn. Furthermore, according to Kamco Invest’s report, real estate stock indices in the UAE and Saudi Arabia continued their strong performance, witnessing significant gains during the first 11 months of the current year. As per the Gulf real estate total yield index released by Refinitiv, the sector’s performance rose by 19.2 percent, surpassing the Morgan Stanley Gulf Index. This growth was propelled by the strong performance of real estate development indices in Dubai by 32.9 per cent, Abu Dhabi by around 29 per cent, and Saudi Arabia by 21.4 per cent.

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