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Dubai: Exploring Real Estate Shifts in 20246 min read

Author: Uwe Hohmann
Managing Partner, MBA Tax Law / Commercial- & Tax Consultant

Dubai’s real estate market is set to undergo a transformative phase, with a renewed focus on apartments and measured growth in the villa sector. The changing dynamics offer both challenges and opportunities for investors and home seekers alike.

To read more about Dubai´s thriving Real Estate Market, we kindly refer to our previous article.

Resurging Apartment Market and Villa Dynamics

Reports suggest a resurging demand for apartments, potentially driven by lower mortgage rates enticing tenants towards home ownership. On the other hand, the villa market is experiencing more tempered growth, with analysts cautioning buyers to explore affordable options. With Dubai’s real estate landscape known for its dynamism, strategic decisions are crucial for those navigating the market.

Influence of Dubai Metro Blue Line Expansion

The upcoming Dubai Metro Blue Line expansion, spanning 30 kilometers with 14 new stations, is expected to influence the demand in communities benefiting from improved transport links. This development aligns with the Dubai 2040 Urban Plan, showcasing the city’s commitment to modern infrastructure and connectivity.

Emiratization Targets and Legislative Changes

To boost Emiratization, the UAE plans to raise targets for companies with 20 to 49 workers, requiring them to hire UAE nationals. Legislative changes, including amendments to the Labor and Domestic Workers Law in 2024, aim to reshape the employment landscape and potentially impact the real estate sector.

Government Initiatives and Economic Outlook

Government initiatives, such as visas for expatriate retirees, the Green visa, and the expanded 10-year Golden visa scheme, aim to attract foreign professionals, providing additional support to the real estate market. The positive economic outlook for 2024, with an expected growth of 4-4.5 percent led by non-oil sectors, contributes to sustained real estate demand.

How TME Services Can Support Your Business

Dubai’s real estate market is not only resilient but continues to adapt to changing dynamics. As the city gears up for a new phase in its real estate cycle, stakeholders are encouraged to approach the market strategically, leveraging the opportunities presented by government initiatives and economic growth while cautiously navigating potential challenges.

However, the outlook for 2024 remains positive, with a forecasted economic growth of 4-4.5 percent, predominantly led by non-oil sectors. Population growth drives real estate demand, with strategic locations like DIFC and Downtown Dubai expected to see sustained demand for Grade-A office spaces.

At TME Services, our team of 45 experts is ready to help your business make the most of these opportunities. With over 18 years of experience in the UAE and the Middle East, we specialize in legal, tax, accounting, and compliance matters. Visit our services page to learn more about everything we do.


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