Dubai: Villa, apartment rents to sustain an upward trend in fourth quarter – News

Expo 2020 Dubai generates property demand as tourists flock to visit the world’s largest trade fair

Dubai rental market is likely to sustain an upward price trend in near term future as Expo 2020 has generated property demand especially in areas with close proximity of the mega event, according to a report.

“The Dubai real estate sector has witnessed an upward trend in the rental market during the third quarter of this year with an estimated 14 per cent increase in affordable housing and up to 30 per cent surge in luxury housing in selected areas of the emirate. The fourth quarter is expected to follow suit with the commencement of Expo 2020 Dubai,” according to Zoom Property Insights.

The first 10 days of the marquee event recorded 411,768 visitors, and it is expected to welcome up to 25 million visitors from different countries throughout its six-month run. From these figures, it can be ascertained that the areas located close to the event site will remain busy during this world fair. There is an expected growth both in terms of rental prices and demand in these areas.

Ata Shobeiry, CEO at Zoom Property, said the promising statistics in second and third quarters of 2021 paved the way for a strong fourth quarter.

“Due to the ongoing Expo and a strong comeback by the Dubai property market post-pandemic setback, rental prices will see a significant increase in the last quarter,” Shobeiry said.

Dubai property market quarterly reports from different property portals show that the July-September saw an increased activity in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC), Al Nahda, Bur Dubai, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Deira for affordable flats, while tenants seeking luxury apartments for rent preferred Dubai Marina, Downtown Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), Palm Jumeirah, and City Walk.

Mirdif, Damac Hills 2, JVC, Reem and Dubai South topped the charts for affordable rental villas. For luxury villas, Jumeirah, Al Barsha, Umm Suqeim, Arabian Ranches and Dubai Hills Estate remained the top pick of tenants. As per Zoom Property Insights, these areas will remain at the forefront in October-December quarter as well.

“While we expect residential rents in Dubai to continue improving over fourth quarter and in 2022, it is important to note that rental recovery is expected to be segmented. Villa districts and most of the prime apartment locations are expected to see a faster pace of recovery while most affordable and outer apartment districts with ample existing stock are expected to see slower stablisation rates,” Edward Macura, partner at real estate consultancy Core, told Khaleej Times on Sunday.

Furthermore, he said most rental rises are in the new-let market as landlords have been able to list and rent at higher rents, however, “we haven’t witnessed similar levels of rental escalations in lease renewals” due to the cap on rental increases governed by the Rera Rental Index.

Shailesh Dash, a Dubai-based financier and…

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