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Abu Dhabi: increasing demand for real estate by investors

The positive performance of the real estate sector in Abu Dhabi during 2019 indicates the increasing demand for real estate by investors who are looking for a safe, stable and encouraging investment environment.

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi has recorded Dh58 billion worth of real estate transactions in 2019, the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) revealed on Wednesday.

In a statement, DMT announced the total value of real estate transactions in Abu Dhabi during 2019 reached Dh58 billion as 19 thousand transactions were completed. The transactions included sales and mortgages of lands, buildings and real estate units.

Annual real estate deals

A report issued by DMT on the indicators of annual real estate deals in the emirate showed that the total real estate transactions amounted to Dh20.6 billion through 10,155 transactions whereas the mortgage value reached Dh37.4 billion through 8,663 transactions.

Real estate sales varied between lands, buildings, and units. Lands and buildings registered 50 percent of total sales, which is Dh10.3 billion through 3,424 transactions. The real estate units were 50 percent as a result of Dh10.3 billion sales through 6,731 transactions.

Mortgage transactions

The value of mortgages during 2019 reached Dh37.4 billion through 8,663 mortgage transactions, while lands and buildings acquired the vast majority of those mortgages with a value of Dh36.2 billion, 96.8 percent of the total. The real estate units in the total value of mortgages was 3.2 per cent, recording Dh1.2 billion through 933 transactions.

Positive performance

Hamad Al Mutawa, Executive Director of Operations Affairs at DMT, stated that the positive performance of the real estate sector during 2019 indicates the increasing demand for real estate by investors who are looking for a safe, stable and encouraging investment environment. “The number of real estate deals as a result of the appropriate payment plans, offers, and various facilities offered by several developers along with the low-interest rates offered by mortgage loan providers from banks and financing institutions,” he added.

Incentives for investors

Al Mutawa stressed that because of the UAE leadership’s interest in supporting the economic development and the investment environment in the emirate, the competitiveness of the local economy has increased and reflected the real estate market positively. For example, the Abu Dhabi Developmental Accelerator’s Program “Ghadan 21”, allowing foreign investors to own freeholds in Abu Dhabi, in addition to amending the laws and legislations for long-term residence visas and residence visas for real estate buyers. Al Mutawa said that because of these initiatives and other related procedures and decisions, Abu Dhabi became an attractive investment environment.

Al Mutawa assured that the real estate sector is a significant factor in the local economy as it affects its competitiveness and attracts local and foreign capital. It also supports DMT’s efforts to improve the quality of life in the emirate.

Most active areas

Al Reem Island topped the list of real estate transactions with a value of Dh6.52 billion, followed by Yas Island with Dh3.425 billion. Al Reef came in third place with Dh2.293 billion. Al Shamkha ranked fourth with a total value reached Dh1.078 billion, then Khalifa City with Dh687 million and Al-Faqa came in sixth place with Dh303 million.

It is worth to mention that the annual report issued by DMT on the performance of the real estate market in the emirate represents its commitment to transparency and sharing of data and statistics that help investors and those interested in real estate in the decision-making process, and support the efforts dedicated to achieve a comprehensive and sustainable development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

This article is taken from Gulf News.

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