Cluttons in Dubai - A 'Brisk Start' predicted for the UAE's real estate market in 2012

The UAE's residential market will continue to mature, with quality and amenities driving demand

Cluttons anticipates an improvement in occupier demand in the commercial sector

Rents are expected to bottom out in the commercial sector, with minimal further reductions

04 January 2012
Cluttons, the real estate specialist that has enjoyed a dedicated Middle Eastern presence since 1976, today offers a snapshot for predicted property trends across the residential and commercial sectors across the UAE in 2012.  


Having identified general maturing of the marketplace in 2011, Cluttons predicts a brisk start to 2012. There will be a continuation of many of the trends seen in the residential market, with good quality, well-established developments benefitting from nearby services and amenities, and continuing to do well at the expense of newer residential areas. Cluttons also anticipates the residential market continuing to gain from increasingly available mortgage finance options at competitive rates.


Cluttons anticipates an improvement in occupier demand as we move into 2012 with increasing numbers of companies looking to relocate into the UAE. This trend can be attributed to the effects of the Arab Spring, and Dubai's stability and perception as a business 'safe haven'.

The general oversupply of office stock in the market place and low rents on offer will also continue to fuel occupier movement within the city. Many companies are still going through fairly rigid cost saving and downsizing exercises, noting that more focus has been put on reducing rents and vacant floor space that is no longer needed.

Whilst a general oversupply of office stock will continue to be a feature of the market in 2012, there are signs that rents are beginning to bottom out and further reductions are hoped to be minimal. Rental incentives and flexibility offered by landlords is likely to continue to increase in order to reduce vacancy levels

However, despite a number of positive signs, Cluttons notes that the overall situation in Europe and US cannot be ignored, and advises general caution over the potential knock on effects in the region in respect of debt financing and general liquidity levels.


Cluttons LLP is an independent partnership of chartered surveyors founded in 1765. With a network of offices in the UK, Europe, Middle East and South Africa, Cluttons LLP offers a wide range of professional property management, agency and consultancy services across the commercial and residential sectors, for both investors and occupiers. For further information, please see:

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