June 25, 2024

US$ 4.4bn of private capital globally is set to be invested in Dubai’s residential property market

High-net-worth-individuals (HNWI’s) around the world are prepared to spend US$4.4 billion on residential real estate in Dubai, according to global property consultancy, Knight Frank’s second annual 2024 Destination Dubai report.

Knight Frank has surveyed 317 HNWI – 217 around the world and 100 GCC-based HNWI expats – to gain an understanding of their attitudes, appetite and aspirations when it comes to investing in real estate in Dubai. Collectively, the HNWI respondents have a net worth of US$5.4 billion and own 1,147 homes around the world between them.

Dubai has taken pole position as the most preferred emirate in the UAE for HNWI’s globally to purchase real estate. Abu Dhabi ranks second overall, while Sharjah has secured third place this year. 

Faisal Durrani – Partner and Head of Research, MENA explained: “Dubai remains the number one destination for the global HNWI community. Not only has the city cemented its status as the busiest US$ 10million+home sales market in the world, but HNWI’s continue to clamour for the ‘Dubai life’ and property at the upper echelons of the price spectrum in the emirate is a hotly contested commodity. This is best evidenced by the fact that the desire to own a home in the city jumps from 28% for those with a net-worth of US$2-5 million to 78% for those with a net-worth in excess of US$15 million.

“This segment of the market is what truly dictates how prices across the mainstream market behave. Last year, total residential transactional volumes approached a record 120,000 deals, worth around US$95 billion, yet US$10 million+ home sales accounted for only 8% of this figure, by total value of sales.

“What is truly extraordinary however is the average budget for ultra-high-net-worth-individuals considering a Dubai property purchase. 25% are prepared to spend between US$60-80 million on a home in the city, while a further 16% would like to spend over US$80 million. Meanwhile the average budget for this exclusive cohort stands at US$58.5 million.”

Knight Frank says Dubai’s prosperity has been fuelled by its transformation into a global commerce hub over the last 50 years. This, coupled with investments in infrastructure, and a focus on social mobility, has fostered a continuously rising standard of living and exceptional public safety. In addition, Dubai is one of the world’s most connected cities. It is within an eight hour flight radius of any Middle Eastern country and a six hour flight radius to major gateway cities in the Indian Subcontinent and Africa.

Overall, the city’s high-quality infrastructure ranks as the number one factor that makes Dubai an attractive place to acquire real estate, according to the 317 HNWI that we surveyed. Indeed, the UAE’s infrastructure quality was ranked fourth globally in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF/Davos) 2023 competitiveness report published this January.

Dubai’s position as a global tourist destination is the second biggest consideration to HNWI. The emirate has experienced a meteoric rise from being a small fishing village in the early 1800’s to the world’s third most visited city, with 17.1 million arrivals in 2023 (behind London at 18.8 million visitors and Istanbul, which welcomed 20.2 million tourists).   

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