Dubai real estate returns best since global crash

The crisis saw property values fall by more than 50 percent

The bulk of the returns in Dubai have been through rental increases. (Image: shutterstock)

The bulk of the returns in Dubai have been through rental increases. (Image: shutterstock)

Dubai real estate assets have given a 120 percent return to investors in the ten years since the global financial crisis, according to a new report.

The crisis, caused by a collapse in the US sub-prime mortgage market, saw real estate values fall by more than 50 percent.

Dubai was not immune to the crisis, with many projects stalled or cancelled. The property market in the emirate has returned to a buoyant phase, boosted by a number of government investments and, more recently, the awarding of Expo 2020 to Dubai.

A new report from Reidin/Global Capital Partners has revealed that total return analysis of real estate assets in such major cities as Dubai, New York, Singapore and London, ranged between five percent and 11 percent.

Real estate assets in Dubai and Singapore have returned close to 120 percent in the form of rents and capital gains over the last ten years, compared to 75 percent in London and 63 percent in New York. The bulk of the returns in Dubai have been through rental increases.

In the commodity space, the report said gold has returned 92 percent (followed by silver at 36 percent), boosted predominantly by due to lower interest rates since the onset of the crisis.

The report said the best investment over the past ten years has been the Nasdaq Index, which yielded the highest returns (138 percent), followed by properties in Dubai (121 percent) and Singapore (126 percent).

“This value analysis reveals that Dubai and Singapore have been the most lucrative avenues for investors, inferior only to the riskier Nasdaq composite portfolio,” the report said.

“It is therefore of little surprise that Dubai has become a magnet for international investors for real estate, and monetary inflows have continued to increase steadily over the last decade.”

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Posted by: Hussain

I believe that the report makes a compelling point. Ignored is the fact that the zeitgeist has become so negative that people have become very skeptical. What they do not realize is that we are in the era of "new normal" where returns have been progressively lower, something that is expected to change with the "great reflation" trade. I think a 12% annual return is phenomenal under the circumstances and it is laudatory that there are reports that are highlighting this aspect. What the future holds no one knows, but it is refreshing to note that there are analysts who reflect the "long view of history" amid an era where there is only emphasis on short terms

Posted by: Khalid Javaid


As compared to post 2008 Crisis, UAE property prices & rentals have certainly regained much of its lost grounds, however during the past couple of years, both are faced with stiff challenges to move ahead rather even to stay on the same levels. Rentals had experienced enormous downward slide while frequency of property deals is reported to be on a much lesser side.

In the wake of fragile regional political & security situation, unpredictable oil swings which keep the public sentiment on the negative side & as the referred Expo 2020 factor has already been fully factored in, the realty market will have to wait for a real catalyst to reignite the market dynamics which may push the property prices upward or else prices are likely to experience bumpy ride till at least 2019 before expo 2020 gives them a fleeting breather.

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