13 April 2022 – Khaleej Times – www.khaleejtimes.com
Abu Dhabi real estate market is expected to see delivery of approximately 7,000 residential units this year compared to 6,000 units in 2021 as the investors and end-users generated demand for the apartments and villas in the emirate.
The real estate consultancy Core’s latest Abu Dhabi’s annual report for 22, said market confidence in Abu Dhabi is considerably high in the wake of a favourable economic environment, revival in tourism numbers, a successful vaccine program, and the recent scaling back of Covid-19 restrictions. However, it said most price recovery was witnessed over the last 12-18 months, with the market expected to be in a steady phase over 2022.
“Continued inward investment with key investment deals and the announcement of full foreign ownership for specific businesses affirms the government’s push to attract more direct foreign investments by promoting an open and flexible business environment and bolstering Abu Dhabi’s position on the global investment map,” David Short MRICS, head of Abu Dhabi at Core, said.
Ata Shobeiry, CEO at Zoom Property, said the progress in Abu Dhabi’s real estate market was modest in 2021 as compared to Dubai. However, 2022 looks more promising in terms of market growth. “Factors such as favourable economic conditions, tourism, and new developments will continue driving the property market. While the issue of over-supply persists in the apartment segment, stability in the rental market is anticipated with the gap between the demand and supply narrowing down,” Shobeiry told Khaleej Times on Monday.
Al Reem Island in demand
Core’s annual report said most of the 6,000 residential units in 2021 were delivered on Al Reem Island, Yas Island and Al Raha Beach areas.
The report further said there is a relative oversupply of apartments due to a large number of handovers on Al Reem Island. However, it remains a preferred apartment district witnessing strong off-plan sales and a growing leisure hub with the expected delivery of Al Reem Mall in 2022.
“The villa market in Abu Dhabi remains relatively undersupplied with limited new deliveries expected in 2022. Prominent apartment projects expected in 2022 are mainly concentrated on Al Reem Island,” David Short said.