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Dubai developers facing delays amidst influx of new launches

The recent surge of new property developments in the emirate has caused delays in the approvals process, according to a prominent Dubai developer

Dubai developers facing delays amidst influx of new launches

A prominent Dubai developer has claimed the number of developments recently announced in the emirate has caused a backlog in the approvals process and months of delays.

Indigo Properties had been planning to launch its new Zen master development near Arabian Ranches in May but is still unsure whether it will be approved in time for the annual Cityscape real estate event in September.

Director Anand Lakhiani told Arabian Business the project already had been awaiting approval for six months.

He said the high volume of new developments and the amendment of numerous regulations since the 2008-09 property crash had caused delays.

“The approvals process has taken longer than estimated; there are too many authorities and approvals that are required for a community development,” Lakhiani said.

“There’s a lot of projects they have to look at and that’s slowing down the process. There’s too much happening.”

More than a dozen master developments have been announced in the past 18 months as Dubai recovers from the downturn that saw property prices crash by up to 60 percent.

Property values have risen more than 30 percent since the beginning of 2013, while an expected surge in population, mostly due to the emirate hosting the World Expo in 2020, also has led to forecasts of a housing shortage unless tens of thousands of new residences are built.

“The sudden influx [of new developments] has come,” Lakhiani said. “It was a complete lack for four years.

“In the last 15 months, everybody [has announced new projects]; it’s slowing down everything.”

Lakhiani said developers including himself were moving away from high-rise towers to master developments due to the cost of land in already densely populated areas such as Dubai Marina and Downtown.

However, the large projects also are clogged the approvals system.

“[Zen] is the first [master development] for us, so we’re learning as we go along,” he said.

However, Lakhiani said the delays were not costing Indigo Properties financially.

He was confident once construction of the project had begun, scheduled for early 2015, there would be no further delays, and it would be completed by early 2017.

Zen, a $408 million project with 350 villas, is expected to be a resort-style community with running streams, mediation nooks and at least 10 small parks.

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Boss 6 years ago

Zen, a $408 million project with 350 villas, is expected to be a resort-style community with running streams, mediation nooks and at least 10 small parks.
1,2 million per villa cost sold for starting at 3 million that's what you call making cash!

Ramdar 6 years ago


Only greedy developers who are behind FAST and EASY commercial / financial profits complain from proper municipality planning and systematic procedures....

there are already several approved and on going residential communities in that area (each of 500 units or more of townhouses / villas such as Moudon, Akoya, extension of Arabian Ranches, Sustainable City,etc...) , so why Indigo Properties do need to build another residential community in that area at this time???

Note: the infrastructure ( sewage, water, electricity, telecommunication, etc... ) corridors will not be ready in that area before 2017 in order to serve the ongoing communities.

So word of advice to all greedy developers out there : please coordinate with the relevant statutory authorities for proper planning before announcing the launch of your great virtual projects.