In the past three years, Dubai’s luxury real estate market has experienced a remarkable transformation that has established its position as the world’s top destination for wealthy individuals. Due to the city’s successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as forward-thinking projects and a sharp increase in the demand for opulent real estate, Dubai has gained fame as a refuge for opportunity and stability for families and businesses.
In October, the number of secondary luxury transactions in Dubai’s real estate market reached a record high for the year, according to a Prime by Betterhomes report. Off-plan luxury sales were unchanged from the previous month, but secondary sales almost tripled. Secondary transactions increased from 67 in January to 277 in October, while off-plan sales (Oqood transactions) decreased from 84 in January to 22 in October. According to Betterhomes’ data, the total value of Oqood transactions was Dh1.028 billion, while the value of secondary transactions was Dh6757 billion.
Reforms pertaining to visas, incentives for entrepreneurs, and advancements in culture are some of the factors contributing to the current surge in demand for luxury real estate in Dubai. The city promises to completely transform the waterfront with its ambitious plans for projects like the Dubai Islands project and the revitalization of Palm Jebel Ali. Among the most notable trends is the rise of branded homes, which provide unmatched quality and recognition. Dubai continues to hold its leading position in the world’s luxury real estate market thanks to constant innovation and a customized strategy.
Palm Jumeirah, MBR City, and Palm Jebel Ali were the most traded luxury communities in October. Transaction activity decreased in Damac Hills, Bluewaters Island, and Business Bay.
Sales of branded residential properties increased by 80% in 2023 compared to the previous year, when over 2,000 new units were introduced. Since December 2022, the average price per square foot for branded homes has increased by 33%.
Purchasing a luxury branded home ensures the best level of finishing and reduces any worries regarding the quality of the product, particularly for off-plan purchases. The strong reputation and widespread market recognition of these developments greatly enhance their chances of being resold or rented out. Since December 2022, the average cost per square foot of branded homes in Dubai has increased by 33%, to a staggering Dh4,188 ($1,140).
Leading luxury developers in 2023 included H & H, Omniyat, and Majid Al Futtaim; their projects included Baccarat Downtown, Orla Infinity, and Lanai Island & Serenity.
Louis Harding, Managing Director at PRIME by Betterhomes said: “Dubai’s dynamic growth, robust economy, and favorable business environment make it a prime destination for high-net-worth (HNW) and ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals. Boasting exceptional amenities such as world-class schools, healthcare facilities, and a vibrant multicultural atmosphere, Dubai attracts a diverse population, including expats and local buyers seeking to invest for wealth diversification and long-term prosperity. Affordability remains a key draw for HNW and UHNW individuals, with Dubai offering a significant advantage over global counterparts. Despite recent price inflation, prime real estate in Dubai is still approximately 5 to 6 times more affordable than in major cities like London, New York, and Hong Kong. This, coupled with ongoing developments like the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, positions the city’s luxury real estate market as a compelling and promising investment landscape.”