Lagoon developer welcomes market correction

Schon Properties chairman says 'reality check' will be good for Dubai real estate.
Lagoon developer welcomes market correction
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 26 Jan 2009 06:01 AM

The developer behind much-delayed Dubai Lagoon project has said the local real estate market "badly needed" a correction in prices.

Tahir Schön, chairman of Schon Properties said he was "unworried" about the downturn in the sector.

He said: “The market was overheated and badly needed a correction. We have been in business for decades and fully understand that all markets are cyclical.

"Those developers and investors who forgot this fact of life, who thought that the property boom would never end and were seduced by quick and easy profits, those who leveraged themselves beyond their means, are suffering now, but this doesn’t mean Dubai isn’t still a fantastic place to invest and do business."

Schon Properties came under fire last year from disgruntled investors after long delays to the $598 million plan.

Residential units which were initially scheduled for completion by December 2007 are now expected to be delivered in 2011.

Schon predicted that the days of flipping homes were over and both developers and investors were having a "reality check".

He added: "I have complete confidence in the prospects for sensible long-term real estate investment in Dubai. I am not worried.”

Schon also announced that construction on the 750 million dirham Schön Business Park project was on schedule for completion in the first quarter of 2010.

He claimed 90 percent of the business park space was sold out.

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