His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at IPS 2013
Dubai emerging as a regional property investment hub
2013 figures reveal nationals of Qatar are biggest investors in Dubai's property market with AED 6.71 billion of investments, followed by nationals of Oman, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Germany, India and the United Kingdom.
Qataris accounted for the highest per capita investment in Dubai's real estate market in 2013 (AED 6.71 billion), followed by nationals of Oman (AED 5.77 billion), the UAE (AED 4.56 billion), KSA (AED 3.71 billion), Germany (AED 2.37 billion), India (AED 2.22 billion) and Britain (AED 2.11 billion).
These figures were released in connection with the International Property Show (IPS), which will be held from 8 – 10 April 2014, supported by the Dubai Land Department (DLD). According to the same DLD report, international real estate transactions during 2013 exceeded AED 114 billion.
The organizers of the 10th IPS, which will coincide with the 4th Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, said the fact that nationals of 4 GCC countries occupied the four highest slots in Dubai's 2013 investment league table, shows that Gulf investors remain a key driver in the Emirate’s property sector - encouraged by new, investor-friendly legislation, proximity and a rising confidence in a lucrative return on their investments.
HE Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, Director General of the Dubai Land Department said: “The figures once again reinforce Dubai’s status as a top-notch real estate investment hub in the Gulf and beyond. I foresee even stronger regional demand in 2014 and this is where specialized events like IPS will help in maximizing per capita investment from neighboring regions and the world.”
Other foreign countries which figured in high per capita real-estate transactions include France (AED 2.054 billion), Russia (AED 2.051 billion), Canada (AED 1.98 billion) and USA (AED1.83 billion).
Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions, organizers of IPS, said: “Overseas investments were key contributors to the turnaround of the UAE economy, driven by a maturing market, transparent legislations and regulations and a growing appetite for property investment. Our major focus in this year’s show is to expand the number of exhibitors and investors.”
“We will also be highlighting the role of regulation in driving transparency, market confidence and facilitating sustainable investment in emerging markets in conjunction with the IPS’ Official Knowledge Partner; RICS International,” added Al Shezawi.
“We invite investors, developers, financiers, architects and consultants in property investment, development and construction to visit IPS and keep abreast of the latest market trends as well as meet with decision makers from the real-estate industry,” concluded Al Shezawi.