Dubai, Jul 8: The property transactions in Dubai in the first half of 2018 has seen approximately 16 per cent decline compared to the same period a year ago. According to Dubai Land Department (DLD), overall property transactions in Dubai totalled Dh111 billion from January to June this year. This was done through 27,642 transactions.
The Land Department numbers represent properties and plots sold across Dubai. Overall property transactions in Dubai totalled Dh132 billion in the first half of 2017 and Dh113 billion in the first six months of 2016.
According to Hussain Alladin, head of IR and research at Global Capital Partners, the reduction in property transactions in the first half of 2018 come as off-plan transactions recorded a drop after the torrid pace set in 2017. The reason for the decline in off-plan transactions has been a combination of fewer developer launches as well as somewhat of a pullback of developer incentives that were the rage in 2017.
In the first six months, Business Bay and Dubai Marina were the leaders in terms of investor picks, accounting for 1,934 and 1,445 transactions, while the Al Merkadh neighbourhood had 1,262 deals. In terms of value too, Business Bay reigned, with its transactions accounting for a sizeable Dh4.2 billion. Dubai Marina was placed second with Dh2.9 billion worth of transactions and Dh2.1 billion for Al Merkadh.
While Emirati investors ranked first in both the number and value of transactions - being involved in 2,986 transactions worth Dh6.8 billion - Indian nationals came in second with 3,218 transactions at Dh5.9 billion. This was followed by Saudis whose investments were worth almost Dh3.7 billion through 1,415 investments. The list of top 10 investors by nationality also included Dubai residents from Britain, Pakistan, China, Egypt, Jordan and France.
The investments put in by Gulf nationals exceeded Dh11.6 billion through 4,919 transactions. Arab investors concluded 2,561 transactions worth more than Dh4.115 billion. The value of properties registered by female investors reached Dh9 billion through 5,526 transactions.
Dubai property transactions decline in 2018; Indians second highest investors